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 +5Posted on Jan 23rd | re: LCD Soundsystem Turns 10 (36 comments)

Pshhh, I kinda like ‘Elevator’

 0Posted on Dec 27th, 2014 | re: The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015 (221 comments)

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

 +3Posted on Dec 19th, 2014 | re: Smith Westerns Confirm Breakup In New Interview (10 comments)

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?

 0Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (531 comments)

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).

 +3Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (531 comments)

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’

 0Posted on Nov 21st, 2014 | 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, 2014 | 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.

 +2Posted on Oct 3rd, 2014 | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

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.

 +3Posted on Oct 1st, 2014 | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

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.

 +3Posted on Oct 1st, 2014 | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

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.