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I’d say I’m a casual fan of Titus Andronicus, but I’m really enjoying this album on first listen. It’s like prog-punk or something. Neat stuff.

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July 20, 2015 on Stream Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy

I accidentally downvoted you when I meant to thumbs up, and can’t seem to change it :( I’m so sorry.

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July 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Wilco Star Wars

Agreed, these really don’t sound all that alike to me

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July 15, 2015 on Miguel Credits Billy Corgan On Song That Sorta Sounds Like “1979”

You guys, seriously, Comedown Machine is not a mediocre album. There are so many excellent songs here. It has all the hallmarks of a Strokes album (super tight rhythm section, interlocking dual-guitar parts, heavy grooves, etc.) while still covering new ground with the 80’s retro feel and falsetto vocals and whatnot, AND, unlike Phrazes or Angles, Comedown Machine is actually a consistent album listening experience.

Personally, I like Tyranny a lot, but I also have high hopes for whatever the Strokes do next. My fingers are crossed for another album at some point.

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June 5, 2015 on Don’t Expect More Tour Dates Or New Music From The Strokes Anytime Soon

Blissfully psychedelic. This album sounds like a drug comedown on warm, summery night at the beach.

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May 4, 2015 on Stream My Morning Jacket The Waterfall

Hey hey, I apologize, but I have to disagree. It’s really not that simple.

Historically, the fair use/parody argument is a very grey legal area. Claiming “Tacky” is a parody may be a viable defense strategy for Weird Al if he were sued, but it’s not at all a guaranteed victory.

Because it’s such a murky legal area, Weird Al does typically request permission from the copyright owners of the songs he parodies. It could be argued he doesn’t need to do this, but he does it anyways because he’s a respectable businessman. People usually agree because Weird Al parodies can be lucrative, but sometimes they don’t.

In the case of Weird Al’s Lady Gaga parody (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perform_This_Way), her management initially denied his request to parody the song, but then Weird Al released it anyways with a fair use defense. Gaga herself approved the song after that, but if she hadn’t, that would have been an interesting legal battle.

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March 13, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks Pharrell Ripped Them Off On “Happy,” Too

Music industry professional here – this question has a complicated answer that depends on many different things.

First, let’s say the Gaye estate did sue Pharrell again and the court decides that “Happy” is too similar to “Ain’t That Peculiar.” I don’t think that has any direct implications on Weird Al’s song. If the Gaye estate decided to then go after Weird Al, they would have to start a new, separate lawsuit. The precedent set by the “Happy”/”Ain’t That Peculiar” case could give the Gayes an edge, but maybe Weird Al’s song is different enough from Pharrell’s that the Gayes don’t really have a case. Anything could happen.

HOWEVER, the scenario above assumes that Weird Al doesn’t share any of the songwriting credit for “Tacky” with Pharrell. Whatever sort of licensing arrangement those two have with one another may matter. For instance, if Weird Al’s agreement with Pharrell says that Pharrell gets half of the publishing royalties from “Tacky,” then the Gayes will be entitled to a percentage of the royalties Pharrell earns from the song.

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March 13, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks Pharrell Ripped Them Off On “Happy,” Too

Love it. I’m stoked for these albums.

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February 25, 2015 on My Morning Jacket – “Big Decisions”

I like this song and am really looking forward to this album, but I hear what you’re saying about Doug’s voice. Though, I don’t think it’s a stylistic choice so much as just aging. Sometime around Ancient Melodies his voice started to lose some of its punchiness.

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February 25, 2015 on Built To Spill – “Living Zoo”

It may still grow on my, but after my first few listens, I don’t love it. I think it’s their first album in a while that’s just not very surprising. It sounds like “Paralytic Stalks” meets “Lousy With Sylvianbriar,” but with diminishing returns. By far, I think it’s the band’s least melodic album. Kevin does a lot of speak/singing vocals that I’m not crazy about and the lyrics just feel like more of the same “relationship crisis” stuff Kevin’s been singing about since ‘Paralytic Stalks’ or maybe even ‘Hissing Fauna’.

I’ve always like of Montreal for their ability to write catchy hooks with complicated song structures and chord patterns, but I’m not really getting that here.

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February 23, 2015 on Stream of Montreal Aureate Gloom

FINALLY

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February 5, 2015 on Built To Spill Announce New Album Untethered Moon

I thought we were all past the point of criticizing bands for licensing their music for commercials. Musicians gotta make money somehow.

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February 5, 2015 on Amid A Rumored Clash Of Egos, Fun. Claim They’re Not Breaking Up

Pshhh, I kinda like ‘Elevator’

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January 23, 2015 on LCD Soundsystem Turns 10

I was going to ask the same thing. I haven’t seen any announcements of a new Built to Spill album in 2015.

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December 27, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

That’s too bad. I like their first album a lot, but haven’t listened to the later ones much. Are they worth checking out?

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December 19, 2014 on Smith Westerns Confirm Breakup In New Interview

Oh, I forgot!!

Did anyone else like Blonde Redhead’s album this year? ‘Barragan’? I absolutely adore this one, but it was sort of panned/ignored by most critics.

I think it’s totally beautiful and an excellent addition to their catalog. I actually haven’t checked out ‘Penny Sparkle’ still, but ‘Barragan’ sounds to me like a natural successor to ’23’ (which is obviously great).

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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Okay, I’m going to make my case for the new Weezer album. I don’t think it’s “objectively” one of the best 50 albums to come out this year, but I listened to that album soo many times. It didn’t change music forever or anything extraordinary like that, but for Weezer, whom I have a strong personal and nostalgic connection with, even just a return to form of sorts was really, really great. This album was so good, and such a pleasant surprise, that it inspired me to revisit and reevaluate the entire Weezer discography. It turns out that most of those albums we all thought sucked… well, they do suck. However, with the exception of “Back to the Shack,” EWBAITE certainly does not suck.

Other notable albums missing from the Stereogum list:
-Hamilton Leithauser’s solo album (I loved this one. Totally scratched that Walkmen itch)
-Peter Matthew Bauer’s solo album
-Julian Casablancas + the Voidz (totally changed my idea of what Casablancas is capable of)
-Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’

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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Not bad. I just listened to all 4 of the released tracks back to back and I’m actually looking forward to this album now. “Being Beige” is definitely my least favorite, but it’s not so bad in the context of the other tracks. Assuming other songs are as solid as “Tiberius,” I don’t think “Being Beige” is going to derail the album or anything.

Obviously, the production here isn’t on the same level as Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie, but I don’t think it’s the disaster some of us have made it out to be. I was one of the people initially criticizing production on “One and All,” but I’m kind of used to it now. I think that one is actually my favorite so far.

Keep up the good work, Billy.

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November 21, 2014 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife”

I don’t know. It’s almost good, but the production is just missing some oomph. Seems like a step backwards from Oceania. I even like some of the Teargarden stuff, but these last two songs sound a little watered down and bland.

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November 5, 2014 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “One And All”

I know I’m late to the listening party here, but IMO this is easily their best since Pinkerton. From what I’ve read, it sounds like Rivers really tried to make a good album, and I’m happy he succeeded. I gave up hope of another decent Weezer album a long time ago, but Rivers has proved that he still has some good music left in him.

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October 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End