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 0Posted on Nov 21st | re: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Drum + Fife" (17 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Nov 5th | re: The Smashing Pumpkins - "One And All" (18 comments)

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.

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.

Playlist looks great, but you’re missing two of my absolute favorites – “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight” and “Blast Off.”

Not b-sides technically, but they were written and recorded in between Blue and Pinkerton.

Sorry, but not a revisionist history. Back in high school, I frequented Weezer message boards in between the releases of Maladroit and Make Believe. Back then, there were a lot of people that really, really did not like Green and Maladroit. It’s really funny to me now, that in the grand scheme of all things Weezer, those two albums are relative high points.

 +6Posted on Sep 26th | re: Monster Turns 20 (33 comments)

I love this album. It is an anomaly in the R.E.M. catalog and I think that’s part of what makes it special.

 +2Posted on Sep 26th | re: Weezer - "Lonely Girl" (17 comments)

I’m surprised at how invested in this album I am now. I wrote off Weezer sometime around the red album, but now I find myself hoping this new one will be good. My fingers are crossed for at least an Oceania level comeback.

 +12Posted on Sep 18th | re: Guided By Voices Break Up (Again) (18 comments)

Well, this is pretty unexpected. They were announcing new tour dates as recent as this week, so there must have been some sort of drama amongst band members.

In my opinion, 4 out of the 6 reunion albums are pretty great, so I’m upset. Motivational Jumpsuit is top-notch.

 0Posted on Aug 25th | re: Stream Blonde Redhead Barragán (2 comments)

Only 10 minutes in so far, but I’m liking it a lot. Very subdued and low-key, but I like the mood.

Man, I bet David Guetta is just really tired in this video. The dude’s not young, and his job is basically to just blast party music all night, every night.