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Some favorites of mine nobody has mentioned yet:
“I Can’t Wait”
“You’re Pretty Good Looking For a Girl”
“Sister, Do You Know My Name?”
“Why Can’t You Be Nicer To Me?”
These would all make my top 10.
I’m surprised by all the negative feedback about the writer’s age. Who cares? It’s not like the article revolves around the writer’s own personal reflections.
I’m not crazy about these top 10 songs lists, but this is at least well-written and coming from somebody who is obviously familiar with the music.
I actually think he comes off looking OK here – composed and sensible. He lost hist shit for a bit yesterday, but now he explains why and he apologizes.
Whoops, I mean New York Times. Weird, right?
Listen to the new album at Rolling Stone:
I’m a bit underwhelmed. It doesn’t seem all that catchy, the production is kind of stale (at least compared to the last album), and the song goes on for too long without really changing much up.
Maybe it’ll grow on me.
This is too long for me to read at work, but I’m certainly looking forward to this when I get home.
Ok, I have a silly question – how long is a band’s set at a festival like this? I’m guessing headliners get longer sets?
I’ve never actually gone to a festival because there usually aren’t enough acts I care about to warrant the crazy ticket prices, but there are several here I would really like to see. Is it worth the price?
Charity events cost money. You gotta spend it to make it!
Yeah, that’s what I figured. They must have been offered a lot of money to do this.
If they have no problem playing shows together every now and then, they were probably a bit hasty to declare an “indefinite hiatus.” If anything, why not just say they’re taking a break from recording or something?
Great article, Ryan. Thanks!
Ohhh yeah! I thought The Terror was great.
I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Strokes yet. I thought Stereogum readers liked Comedown Machine?
I only just got into the Walkmen in the past year or so. Maybe it’s because it was my introduction to the band, but Heaven is one of my favorites in their catalog. I saw them a few months ago at the Northside festival in Brooklyn and it was an absolutely amazing time. This news is reasonably devastating to me – I was so looking forward to more albums and seeing more shows.
I love Cherry Peel, personally. It’s maybe the band’s most normal album – just kind of catchy, lo-fi rock.
The Gay Parade possibly has better, more consistent songwriting, but it’s also a lot stranger. It’s very whimsical and almost Vaudeville-esque.
Petite Tragedy just sounds like the album in between Cherry Peel and Gay Parade, but it has mostly jazzy, acoustic instrumentation.
Coquelicot is like the Gay Parade on steroids. It’s all over the place in a Skeletal Lamping sort of way.
They’re all great, really.
I like this game! My list (which is subject to change on any given day):
1) Satanic Panic
2) Hissing Fauna
3) Cherry Peel
4) The Gay Parade
5) Skeletal Lamping
6) Sunlandic Twins
7) Petite Tragedy
8) Lousy with Sylvianbriar
9) False Priest
11) Paralytic Stalks
The early 4-track recordings album is one of their best!
Agreed. I don’t think Stereogum’s list is bad, but it’s entirely different from mine. I guess that’s a testament to the band’s evolution over time.
Great writeup. I like that you detail your thought process for including Pisces Iscariot and combining the Machina albums, though I also would have included Aeroplane Flies High. It blows my mind that there are enough leftovers from the Mellon Collie era to release an entire other double album’s worth of material. And it’s mostly excellent. Mellon Collie should have been a triple album.
I don’t have any major qualms with your list, but I’d definitely bump Adore up and maybe even Oceania.
My List (1-6 are all essential, in my opinion):
1. Siamese Dream
2. Mellon Collie
4. Aeroplane Flies High
6. Pisces Iscariot
9. Machina 1 & 2
There Is No Enemy is a wonderful album, mmm.
Jad7845 never said that he/she discovered new, low-level struggling musicians through Spotify.
The truth is that low-level, non-famous bands CAN get their music up on Spotify, which is a mainstream service that many people have access to. The value for the low-level band is not so much in the marketing potential of Spotify, but in convenience to the band’s fans. It makes it easy for the fans to find and access the music in the same place as a bunch of other, better-known music.
I’ve been listening to the album for about a week now. If you pay for the pre-order from Polyvinyl’s website, it gives you an instant mp3 download of the album.
I also think it’s their best, most consistent effort in some time. Definitely the least “messy” since Hissing Fauna. I kind of love it.
I think ‘Parachutes’ is without a doubt their best album, but I’m surprised there’s not more love here for the EPs. To be honest, I’ve only listened to ‘Brothers & Sisters’ but those songs are as intimate, inspired, and catchy as anything on ‘Parachutes’.
I dig it. Looking forward to this album!