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My favorites so far: DJ Koze - DJ-Kicks Jamie xx - In Colour Dave DK - Val Maira Purity Ring - Another Eternity Roisin Murphy - Hairless Toys Fort Romeau - Insides Nick Hoppner - Folk Bjork - Vulnicura ALSO - ALSO Anthony Naples - Body Pill BOOF - The Hydrangeas Whisper George Fitzgerald - Fading Love Howling - Sacred Ground Jon Hopkins - Late Night Tales Jupiter Jax - Visions Passion Pit - Kindred Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Art Department - Fabric 82 Scuba - Claustrophobia Biggest disappointment for me is Hot Chip. I looooooove them, but for some reason, I really don't like Why Make Sense? at all. 2015 needs new music from Robyn and M83. I'm super excited for Maceo Plex's new album Solar.
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June 22, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
I love Adore. I actually love a significant amount of the Machina albums too. Zeitgeist was pretty soul-crushing. I had zero expectations for Oceania, and found it to be a really strong comeback that actually made me rediscover my love for this band (along with the amazing reissues), and two years later I'm still revisiting it often. After a few listens, I'm super happy with Monuments. It feels lean, and immediate in a way no SP release has, and I'm really liking this side of them. I can't imagine what it's like to be an artist living in the shadow of a trifecta of albums of the likes of Gish/Siamese Dream/MCIS, and Billy has taken a ton of shit from fans and haters alike with regards to his post 90s output, but goddamn... he still puts out some great tunes. I'm kinda done defending my love for SP. Haters gonna hate and whatever and yeah SP aren't going to top their godlike 90s albums but fucking hell they are still great in my book.
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December 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy
That 1st paragraph pretty much nails it; there's so much good, diverse music out there. Pretty much anyone who pays attention to music outside of the mainstream could curate a list of top albums from their own personal taste and it would hard to argue. I've missed a lot of the commonly agreed upon top 'indie' releases, so i'm looking forward to digging into some of the albums on the list and from the comments. Here are my top releases of the year, mostly from the electronic spectrum: Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again Royksopp - The Inevitable End Burial - Rival Dealer Aphex Twin - Syro Caribou - Our Love Taylor Swift - 1989 (This album is pop perfection. The bonus tracks are better than most pop stars' lead singles) Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence FKA twigs - LP1 Honorables: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers Call Super - Suzi Ecto Clark - Clark Duck Sauce - Quack (easily the year's most fun album) Francis Harris - Minutes of Sleep Frank & Tony - You Go Girl Gesloten Cirkel - Submit X Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited Head High - Megatrap John Barera & Will Martin - Graceless The Juan MacLean - In a Dream Kalipo - Yaruto Kiasmos - Kiasmos Lone - Reality Testing Manual Tur - Es Cub Martyn - The Air Between Words Max Cooper - Human Moodymann - Moodymann Mr. Twin Sister - Mr. Twin Sister Objekt - Flatland Second Storey - Double Divide Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy (yep, it's been out 5 minutes and I love it.) Steffi - Power of Anonymity Todd Terje - It's Album Time Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Gone Girl Soundtrack Tycho - Awake Wen - Signals DJ Mixes: Danny Tenaglia - Balance Move D - Fabric 74 Prins Thomas - Rainbow Disco Club Ryan Elliott - Panorama Bar 06 Kolsch - Balance
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December 3, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014
Yes, This! I would add Tegan & Sara to this list. 1989 is giving me some serious Heartthrob vibes, which is a very good thing. Love this album, not sorry bout it.
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October 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989
I'm so glad I have Stereogum to inform me about popular Top 40 music... I have no idea how I would ever hear about it otherwise!
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October 22, 2014 on Taylor Swift – “Welcome To New York”
It's a new Smashing Pumpkins song... Quick, whoever hates it first is the coolest guy in the room!
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October 20, 2014 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige”
I know nothing about Sun Kil Moon, but I'm really fucking over this guy blowing up my newsfeed every goddamn day. Shut the fuck up Sun Kil Moon.
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October 10, 2014 on Mark Kozelek, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
Love this... really can't wait to hear this album!
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October 10, 2014 on Röyksopp – “Sordid Affair”
I would definitely put Syro above Chosen Lords. It might even be #3 for me. And seeing that we're including Chosen Lords, Caustic Window, and Polygon Window, I would've included Classics as well, probably around #5.
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October 10, 2014 on Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best
I would say that the lyrics are part of what makes it work so well. On one hand, they do feel vacuous and superficial, to the point where it feels like the song is a tongue-in-cheek parody of all the typical pop/dance songs with lyrics about having fun/dancing all night/ hands in the air like you just don't care/ and other fill in the blank cliche crap. Then the killer bridge comes along and it changes the entire focus of the song. It works for me, but then again I also don't put much value on pop song lyrics.
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June 24, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
First things first: My vote is for Do It Again. In my opinion, it's by far the go-to, hand-in-the-air, ecstatic electro pop jam of the summer. I've heard it every time I've gone out in the past month and a half, and it definitely has mainstream crossover appeal; I just heard it at the gym for the first time last week (which, considering what is usually played at the gym, is both awesome and terrifying). Also, it's Royksopp and Robyn, and they are both cool as fuck. Second, there seems to be a lot of bellyaching over the inclusions for voting, vs the songs that got lots of upvotes in the shortlist post. I'm not trying to knock anyone's preferences, or defend for that matter some of the inclusions in the poll (bc yes, I think some are pretty terrible), but let's just try to remember that we are picking the Song of the Summer, and not our Favorite Song of the Year So Far. The criteria for those are pretty different. Like I said, I'm not trying to knock anyone's taste, but just for example, how could Real Estate's Talking Backwards be the Song of the Summer? Nothing about it (to me) says summertime. Sure, it's a good song. But it's not what I want to hear at a BBQ, or at the beach, or in a car with the windows down. It's perfectly fine, but it's not going to define summer 2014. I mean, to me it's just a nice, if somewhat emotionally bland, indie pop song that kinda sounds like it could've been on the Garden State soundtrack from 10 years ago. I feel that same criticism can be applied to Future Islands as well. It's a pretty good song. Nothing about it says Summer to me at all. That said, there were some glaring exclusions on the poll though, like Caribou for example. But even it had been included, my vote is still Do It Again. Cuz it's a fucking JAM.
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June 24, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
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June 16, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014
Early contender for track of the summer... love it!
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April 23, 2014 on Röyksopp & Robyn – “Do It Again” & “Every Little Thing”
One of the best albums of last year... so unbelievable underrated. p4k really shit the bed on this one.
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February 23, 2014 on Cut Copy – “We Are Explorers” Video
Chills. and tears. goddamn this is fantastic.
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December 11, 2013 on Stream Burial Rival Dealer
Boards of Canada is my #1 for the year, followed closely by Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Chvrches, Disclosure, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend. My other favorites not included here are: Sigur Ros (one of their best ever), Darkside, James Blake, DJ Koze, Special Request, Moderat, Mikal Cronin, Machinedrum, Fuck Buttons, After Dark 2, Gold Panda, Classixx, and Bonobo. A ton of great DJ mixes this year too: Fabric mixes by Sandwell District and Cassy, Sasha's Involv3r, and the DJ-Kicks series was on fire this year with Maceo-Plex, John Talabot, and Breach
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December 6, 2013 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2013
What the fuck does this even mean? Have fun at dinner.
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October 26, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor
I thought the Hidden Track was supposed to open the album? I have it as track 0 on disc 1... which perfectly flows into Reflektor (if you wish to listen to it) and also bookends the album nicely with the Supersymmetry outro. I think it's funny when people knock down albums a notch or two for having tracks like these. It's like, it's a hidden track and an outro... they're pretty easily avoidable if you don't want to hear them, but add a cool atmospheric 'journey' feel to the listening experience if you listen to the album in its entirety. I love Reflektor. Loooooove it. It's so great. But as great as it is, I think I love Cut Copy even more. It's like all of the sex all at once. It's that orgasmic. A psychedelic old-school rave/house album inspired by Screamadelica? Yes please. Yes Yes Yesssssss.
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October 26, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor
Good fucking lord I can't even deal with how great this album is.
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October 25, 2013 on Stream Cut Copy Free Your Mind
Garbage - Version 2.0: A Hammering in My Head --> Push It. There's a pause between Shirley's purring voice saying "on the bullet train from tokyo, to los angeleese" and the soft crush of 'Push It's" opening bar that might the most perfect half-second of silence ever.
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September 10, 2013 on Reflections On “Reflektor”
This is such an awesome late-in-the-year surprise... I really thought Arcade Fire was going to be the last "big" album release before 2014. Judging from the singles, they are both going to be two of my favorites of the year... I really love the disco direction AF has taken and the psychedelic house vibes of these two Cut Copy jams. Can't wait!
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September 10, 2013 on Cut Copy – “Free Your Mind”
Hiiiiii. So. I *despise* linkwhoring in the comments sections of popular blogs... so I will refrain from doing so. BUT. If you want to hear my new dj mix, which is two hours of summery disco JAMS, including the Stereogum song of the summer, you could go find it through the link in my profile. I made it specifically for drinking by the pool or on a rooftop. Enjoy! (if you want to, or whatever)
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July 2, 2013 on Here’s Your Song Of The Summer 2013
It might be their bright-shiny-newness, but BoC and Disclosure have jumped right to the top of my list so far... Tomorrow's Harvest is everything I could've hoped for; good lord it is a gorgeous and complex album. Haven't put a whole lot of thought into rankings, but here goes my faves of the year so far: 1. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest 2. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 3. Disclosure - Settle 4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the Weekend 5. Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob 6. Phoenix - Bankrupt! 7. Locked Groove - Heritage EP 8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me 9. Classixx - Hanging Gardens 10. Bonobo - The North Borders 11. James Blake - Overgrown 12. Mano Le Tough - Changing Days I know DJ mixes don't usually make these lists but there's been some great ones so far: Maceo Plex's DJ Kicks, Francois K's Master Series, and Sandwell District's Fabric mix are all pretty stellar. Loving After Dark 2 as well. I still need to hear Dungeonesse and Jon Hopkins, and I'm still getting into the new Bibio , Mount Kimbie, and Baths albums (was kinda put off by Baths on first listen though, and didn't think it was nearly as good as Cerulean). All in all, its been a pretty great year so far. :) PS- fb login ain't workin for me either.
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June 4, 2013 on Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far
I think it's also worth pointing out that the vast majority of criticism towards this album (not just here, but all over the internet) is focusing on the hype, personal expectations, "daft punk vs EDM," and what the album is apparently "missing." Its kinda sad, because the production, arrangement, and mixing on this album is phenomenal; this is definitely one of the best sounding albums I've heard in while. I mean, it sounds like BUTTAH. What I've always loved about electronic music was how talented producers perfectly sculpt and manicure sounds and create atmospheric worlds for your brain to swim in. I always wanted electronic music to be more popular, and that's what has bugged me most about the whole EDM/Dubstep movement: obviously the music has become derivative and formulaic, but the biggest reason I don't like is that it sounds like fucking shit. It's like getting fucked in the ear by screeching synths, hissing white noise, and irritating bass squelches. It has all the subtlety of jackhammer. Another reason why I'm liking RAM more and more: every single sound on it- the guitar plucks, the snare hits, the synthesizer tones- sound rich and luscious. It's obvious that the duo when to painstaking measure to create this album. This is quite the counterpoint to not only EDM, but also their own Human After All, which was recorded in only two weeks (and definitely sounds like it was).
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May 16, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Daft Punk Random Access Memories
1st Listen: What?? 2nd Listen: Hmm... 3rd Listen: Ohhhhhh. 4th Listen: YES. Screw the hype and your expectations. Appreciate the album for what it is, don't measure it against what it isnt'. I'll admit, it felt really uneven and kinda forgettable (aside from the standouts) the first time around... but now I'm looooving it, especially the slow robo-jams. Game of Love, Beyond, and Fragments of Time felt like muzak at first, but damn they are JAMS. It's official, I think I (mostly) love this album. Still iffy about Pharrell, and can't help but think Justin Timberlake would've been better on those tracks.
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May 15, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Four semi-decent Knife tunes surrounded by a whole lot of irritating noise and aimless noodling. Weren't these experiments painful enough to sit through on Tomorrow in a Year? Not going to sugar coat it- I'm kind of hating this album.
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April 2, 2013 on The Knife Shaking The Habitual Comment Party
I don't necessarily mind streaming services, but I do feel like it narrows the listenership to a specific type of demographic / listening behavior- people whose jobs have them in front of screen all day, with multiple tabs open, etc. While, yes, this is certainly a sizeable portion of the population, I like my music mobile and with me, not tethering me to a laptop, that type of listening is so passive. But perhaps I'm just a caveman with my ipod classic and my meticulously organized playlists.
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February 28, 2013 on Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013
My favorite film of the year, by faaaar, was Cloud Atlas. And while I know it isn't perfect and it's a little too 'out there' I was still hoping it would at least get some technical noms- editing and cinematography, maybe even adapted screenplay. Blah. Also, No Holy Motors. Blah. I can't even bring myself to see half of the films nominated. Like, I'm bored just looking at Lincoln... and it's obviously going to win everything. Secretly hoping for an upset by Beasts of the Southern Wild. If you haven't see it, that movie will rip. out. your. heart. So good.
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January 10, 2013 on The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees
I'm not trying to keep some line between the underground and pop music out of some kind of "pedantic loyalty to genre names." I understand how crossover functions; mainstream radio has been mining "underground" dance scenes for decades, long before Madonna took vogueing out of the drag balls and put on pop radio under the notion that 'it doesn't matter if you're black or white, if you're a boy or a girl." One could argue over the negative effects this has on the underground music scenes. Purists tend to feel that this exploitation cheapens the genre; the underground supplies the seed of creativity, which them blooms into a larger cultural awareness through crossover into the mainstream, and subsequently rots after the genre becomes distilled to the point of cliche (see: dubstep after 2010) and the mainstream moves on to the next big thing. While this is certainly an issue, I actually think that bringing pop elements into dance music, and vice versa, regardless of the 'underground' vs. 'mainstream' posturing is largely mutually beneficial. I want the artist I love to be more popular, and I want the music I love to reach a wider audience. It would just be really great if genres could crossover into the mainstream without the sacrifice in quality that inevitably happens (at least from my perspective). But that's the double-edged sword with popularity; in order to achieve widespread appeal, the elements of the genre become simplistic, derivative, and while these sound may sound new to a wider audience, they sound banal and uninspired to listeners such as myself. So no, I don't have a problem that this list includes songs that fall under 'radio-friendly' territory, or have reached mass appeal, or whatever. My problem with this list is that it appears to have been cobbled together with little to no regard for taste, musicality, dynamics, or any other discerning aspects that deem a track "good" vs. "bad." I have no doubt that this list is 30 tracks that you enjoy. However, a good portion of them fall into derivative pop music (Rihanna) and cheap sounding, recycled ghetto-tech dancehall beats with obnoxiously triggered vocal samples. And since you've included these tracks in a top 30 of the year list, while missing a lot of great tracks, that were actually very popular, from artists like Bicep, Rustie, Alunageorge, Actress, Andres, Daphni, Christian Loffler, Voices from the Lake, Scuba, Ejeca... (I could go on... ) well, it just makes your claim that you "revisited every nook and cranny of the year in dance music" seem slightly dubious.
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January 3, 2013 on The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012
Royksopp told some Russian website that fans can expect a new album in 2013. They just released a new song too.
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December 27, 2012 on The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013