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yes, the Horrors. personally I'd put them 3rd on my list, which would be 1) the National, 2) Cut/copy, 3) the Horrors, 4) Arcade Fire, 5) Animal Collective, to name 5. I don't hate the Killers, some catchy/fun songs in there. but I don't think they have an album that could stand up to the Horrors' 'Primary Colours' as a song cycle.
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May 19, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Are The Best Band From The Last 15 Years
Chairs Missing really is so great. Those first 3 albums are all magical, but Chairs Missing is nearly perfectly conceived & executed. Probably the album I've listened to in its entirety more than any other in my 40 years of existence.
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April 23, 2015 on 01. Chairs Missing (1978)
all 3 albums are pretty radically different from one another
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April 23, 2015 on Wire Albums From Worst To Best
I particularly love 'she's my girl'...
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April 2, 2015 on Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best
I'll have to look for some live versions. it's such an insane piece of music.
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April 2, 2015 on Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best
Hee hee, I do think "Are you going to look out for my boys" is Pink's greatest song. I'm glad to see it getting mentioned repeatedly here. Who else on Earth could have made that song? Who could even cover it credibly? That said, numerous possible re-orderings of this list above are seconded. I think that album by album is not the best way to analyze this guy though. You could do a '50 best tracks by Ariel Pink' and it would still be hard to narrow it down enough, but it would probably illustrate better what his deal seems to be. IMO.
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April 1, 2015 on House Arrest (2002)
weird how little this breakdown delves into the musicality of any of these albums. there are interesting things to be said about some of the tracks beyond just what they immediately sound like.... and no mention of Nile Rodgers' influence on 'Virgin...'? his autobiography made me re-like her a lot more again. anyhoo... 1. tie - Like a Virgin / True Blue 3. Like a Prayer 4. Madonna 5. Ray of Light 6. Erotica 7. Bedtime Stories ...the rest are tied for last.
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March 19, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
we have gone so far down the wrong fork in this road now, we don't know what's down or up. this isn't like the worst thing happening in the world right now, but it is crazy. we are crazy. we have lost our damn minds on this issue. I don't get any of it. while many of us can get behind the idea that Robin Thicke and Pharrell should both be punished, in some way, for some of their recent output, this taking money for micro-segments of songs that bear a resemblance to other micro-segments of songs is some bullshit.
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March 16, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks Pharrell Ripped Them Off On “Happy,” Too
somewhere, I can't remember where, I saw someone do a sort of breakdown of particularly the intros of the two songs. and there is a striking similarity between very specific sounds within them. there is a technique where the tracks are made to sound 'live' by using muffled voices in the background carrying on overlapping, unintelligible conversations, then a bell tone, then the bass line. they both followed that exact pattern. afterwards, they are less similar. BUT, in as much as they Gaye estate is trying to say that someone could hear the stat of 'blurred lines' and think they were about to tuck into some Marvin, they have a pretty solid point. whether that's enough to meet the legal criteria here will be interesting to see. but it really sounds like someone (pharrell) thought that the way to capture the mood of 'Got to give it up' was to simply mimic the beginning and then sustain a falsetto male voice throughout. and that very, very similar intro might just f#(k them out of a lot of $$.
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March 4, 2015 on Robin Thicke Trial Reveals Extraordinary “Blurred Lines” Financials
sounds like how the US won the revolutionary war...
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
yeah, it's problematic to compare our American 'left/right' political spectrum to even Canada or the UK, let alone cultures that have even less direct lineage with our political evolution here. say you get Pol Pot on TV right now (despite his being real dead), and you say "Hey, Pol Pot - Obamacare: yes or no?" his answer is to have his lieutenant cut your head off. not really a left/right thing...
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
I think this brings up a few issues of general stupidity. ? - Is 'Viet Cong' a stupid band name? A - yes ? - should we curtail free expression and speech here in the US because of their (or our) actions during the Vietnam war? A - unequivocal NO. ? - is it morally wrong for a band to name themselves something stupid and not really give a shit about what it means? A - no. ? - what's worse: torturing people, or torturing people? burning people alive or burning people alive? gunning down whole villages of civilians, or ... you get the point, I hope. A - yeah, it all sucks. ? - should ostensibly 'liberal' colleges refuse to book bands with names they don't like? A - if they don't care about free speech and free expression, sure. sadly, in this era of perpetual outrage, where some people wake up on your average day hoping to be so 'offended' that they will have something to spend the day complaining about, we seem to be choosing our weaknesses as a culture as more important and worthy of attention than our strengths as a culture. that's not to say this band has a specific 'right' to play this particular show. club owners can and should be able to cancel a booking for whatever reason. although IMO, this is a weak one. but as many have already pointed out, if this mentality had pervaded during the whole rock era, we'd have no: joy division (or new order for that matter, which was called fascist at first too), dead kennedys, slayer, marylin manson, NWA, U2, circle jerks, morbid angel (nearly any metal band, really) etc etc ad nauseum. ? - will cancelling all the shows of every band with a name you don't like solve even one solitary problem anyone, anywhere, actually has? A - no.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
yyyeah, never really developed a taste for Beck. the only track I've heard that I really liked was 'Debra', but even then, I think it's kinda stupid. have never really understood the appeal, other than that if you are into dudes he's really pretty. he gets some nice soundscapes going at times, but ugh, the, uh, 'rapping', or whatever it is, that was his shtick when he got huge, is not at all good rapping.
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
arg, this was supposed to be a reply to Erich Smith. ooops
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
well, to each their own and all that. if guac a being made in my bowl, there be garlic in it, and lots of it.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
I would just like to point out that there is NO GARLIC in that guacamole recipe. A batch that size should have at least 1 tbsp of finely minced garlic. And yellow onion? WTF. Red onion. Red.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
well, "the same song", no. part of the verse of 'I won't back down' is very similar to parts of the chorus of 'Stay with me', but there's nothing in SWM that sounds like the chorus of IWBD. and I guess I'm in the minority here, but to me, if you have to slow down and pitch-shift a track to show how it's 'just like' another track, then they are by definition, not that much alike.
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January 27, 2015 on Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
Ended up kinda similar in some parts? Sure. "Stole" and "ripped off", no, that seems way overstated.
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January 26, 2015 on Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
Lucky for me I live in Brooklyn and massive outdoor humanity-fests make me want to off myself, so I never have to worry about what to do about shit like this. Just for fun, I pared this list down to things I'd actually be excited to see in such a setting: Friday April 10 & 17 Ride Azealia Banks Flying Lotus Raekwon and Ghostface Killah Caribou Todd Terje and the Olsens Squarepusher Kimbra Saturday, April 11 & 18 Belle and Sebastian Swans Parquet Courts Sunday, April 12 and 19 St. Vincent Lil B Panda Bear Sloan I guess Friday's the best day for me. Out of these, would probably be most excited about Ride, Lil B, St. Vincent.
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
God freakin dammit I wish I had seen this. It seems like the Cure has finally put their weird late 90s-mid 00s period behind them and refocused on what made them great. I saw them at the Beacon Theater back in I think 2011, they were playing 3 Imaginary Boys / Seventeen Seconds / Faith. I thought that would be more than enough by itself. It started off kind of weird, like the audience was looking at an exhibition of some sort rather than at a rock concert. But they proceeded to just take the atmosphere in the place and make it collapse in on itself. Especially 17 seconds and Faith - a lot of this is weird rock music to play or see live. 'Rock!' is so not what's going on most of the time. But it was really gripping. By the time they were really digging into Faith, Lol Tolhurst was back up on stage, which I never thought I'd see. They were playing superb, way-better versions of all of these tracks than their studio versions, which I largely already loved. And, AND, they followed that up with a huge run of 70s-80s b-sides. Weird stuff like 'Splintered in her head', 'descent', 'another journey by train', 'I'm cold', just one after another and again, so loud, so awesome, soooo weird. And, AND THEN, on top of that, they came out and played a string of about 15 'hits' in a row as a second encore. It was insane. This show above is 40 songs. 40!! The show I saw was 47. God damn. Forty motherfucking seven songs in about three hours with a few minor breaks. What other band can do that and cover the sheer range of styles the Cure can cover? In the rock world, these days, no one. The Cure are the great elder statesmen of weird, creative, oddball rock. And sugary power pop. And gothic dirges. And heart-rending love songs. And skin-crawling screaming confessionals. When Robert Smith isn't busy sabotaging his legacy, he can, Aragorn-style, "summon an army more deadly than any that walks the Earth".
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December 23, 2014 on The Cure Play “A Man Inside My Mouth” Live For The First Time In Rarity-Packed London Show