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Got my Beach House vinyl and it feels amazing! Like the velveteen touch of a dandy fop!

No Weeknd or Destroyer vinyl. Record shoppe said Merge was delayed, which is true as my pre-order still isn’t here. Fucking pre-orders, but I guess if record stores couldn’t even get a copy then I guess it’s just a grand fuck-up on their end and not specifically pre-orders. Anybody who was around here in 2013 already knows about my hatred of pre-order delays.

Even more exciting was the guy behind the counter was checking in Tron: Legacy soundtracks on vinyl! Those were hard to find when the movie came out! So I scooped one up because Daft Punk, but yeah, check your local shops if you’re into that.

Have a great weekend everybody… but don’t have a weeknd, because girls are awesome and should be respected, not treated like sex objects ABEL.

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August 28, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

I thought I had already understood the depths of “West Coast” but this past Wednesday I went out to a bar with my good friend. He went up to hit the head as FIDLAR was firing up. Gotta say, listening to that song in the middle of the week at a bar is prime time. I was just sitting at a table by myself, rocking out, repeating, “Checked out I’m waiting for the weekend.”

And here it is! Can’t wait for “Too”

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August 28, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

“Doesn’t matter what else comes out. It simply can’t be better than this.”

Dear Tommy,

Today blochead forgot about you. I know it’s hard to believe. He’s been wanting to see you all year, but I guess his patience has evaporated.

I, on the other hand, still await with fevered anticipation for the day you appear and reveal yourself to the world. Labor Day weekend activities will be replaced by an unsettling anxiousness for when you show us another glimpse into your majesty.

Take your time. The true and pure know it will be worth the wait.

Sincerely Yours,
rj

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August 28, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This time 10 years ago, I was about to fly out to California to help my sister drive the car back home halfway across the country. The night before we left we watched Kanye’s “Bush doesn’t care about black people” live on television. I remember thinking, “Yeah, that’s probably true.” Then we took off and overpaid for gas the whole way home because Katrina. Anyway, we both bonded over “The College Dropout” and were extremely happy to have “Late Registration” for our 2-day road trip. We made big long play lists as well, but we must have listened to “Late Registration” at least 5 times all the way through.

Then in line for food at college, striking up a random conversation with another guy about “Late Registration” just coming out and how impressed we were with the quality. It inspired me to reach out to my college newspaper and start writing music reviews. “Late Registration” was my first one and I gave it 9/10 stars and highlighted how “Hey Mama” was one of the best songs ever written.

Then “Gone” with its direct shout out to my state. Something about watching this rising star name checking the home his parents grew up and met in gave it this personal touch. “Gone” is still to this day my favorite Kanye track, and I don’t think he’s ever had a better album closer… let me think… No, no he doesn’t. It’s “Gone” for sure.

I guess what I’m saying is 10 years ago, I remember a time when Kanye was bringing people together. This new rapper on the scene that just put out his second classic a year after his first. I remember dancing around to “Gold Digger” before the album dropped with my friend after he said, “DUDE NEW KANYE TRACK IS OUT!” (a similar reaction would happen with “POWER” 5 years later… but I digress).

I kind of miss the days when Kanye was somebody that everyone was rooting for to win. He kept claiming these grandiose dreams of being the best ever, and we the people who had heard his first two albums believed him! Lots can change in 10 years, but I’ll be damned if this guy didn’t do everything right in the beginning to get to where he is now.

tl;dr Can I talk my shit again?

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August 28, 2015 on Late Registration Turns 10

5: BBHMM

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August 28, 2015 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2015

Well, of course it’s been done. When I asked Johnny if the track list was changing on the “Just Like You” soundcloud (or was it “In Films”?), he responded that it was locked in. That was all I needed to know that it was done.

It’s obvious he wants it out in a colder season. Summer would’ve likely been a little odd, and fall seems like it would work better for a new Chromatics album. Let us fall back and get darker nights earlier. Johnny is the kind of guy that cares about sequencing, release dates, and making sure the album is received in the best way possible.

And Caitlin, the ONLY ONE who had faith? That’s cute.

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August 28, 2015 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2015

Where ya ass was at when I was speeden’ on the TV?
Where ya ass was at when the police chased me?
Where ya ass was at when I was runnen’ through them stop lights?
Where ya ass was at when I signaled left but turned right?
Where ya ass was at when I was rollen’ over stop strips?
Where ya ass was at when witnesses dialed in a hot tip?
Where ya ass was at when I swerved past them Benzes?
Where ya ass was at when I was on them camera lenses?
Where ya ass was at when I was grooven’ to that dirty sprite?
Where ya ass was at when I had my life’s best night?
Where ya ass was at when I crushed it on the freeway?
Where ya ass was at when I asked if could I get a little leeway?

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August 27, 2015 on Future Soundtracked A Very Amusing Car Chase In LA Last Night

OTC are still planning on releasing a new album? I figured they’d scrap the whole thing after Bill’s untimely passing. I know they teased a new song… back in 2011? That was before Bill passed, so if I was them I’d just leave it be and let your legacy continue to be “…Dusk at Cubist Castle” & “Black Foliage”. It’s still a solid legacy and I’m not sure I would want a new OTC album all these years later… especially without Doss.

Fun Avalanches story, one of my friends just texted me this week saying she’d just heard it for the first time. Good for her! Didn’t they say they were clearing samples for the new one… in 2009? Either way, if there are people in the world still finding “Since I Left You” 15 years after the fact, I guess Avalanches still have time on their side.

Wrens? Wouldn’t be surprised if they just waited until 2016… or maybe drop it in mid-December so that nobody will ever put it in their Top Albums of the Year list… right D’Angelo?

Based on IDIB Web site activity, they must be raising funds with all the vinyl represses and sales going on in the past few months. We’re still getting a new Chromatics track the day after Labor Day through Adult Swim, so I think we should continue to expect the release of “Dear Tommy” soon. Somebody on this site commented that the people pressing “Dear Tommy” said Mexican Independence Day is when it’s getting released. That’s September 16th, which seeing as how that is AFTER the AS single release… it could be plausible to expect it around that date. Otherwise I’ll expect a fall/winter release, which I feel would suit Chromatics just fine. Always a good idea to release a great album near the end of the year to trump AOTY lists, right 2010 Kanye & 2012 Kendrick?

Speaking of ‘Ye… if that album ever comes out… because who fucking knows… it better not be called SWISH. That name is so fucking stupid and I still believe it was changed to that name during the NBA Finals just to remind people, “Hey, rap fans like basketball? Remember my new album that is most definitely coming out?? Well it’s called SWISH now because basketball! Cool right? Right?? Guys… do you even care about me anymore? WTF?! I’m calling MTV and demanding my Vanguard!”

Frank & James… you’re are only hope.

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August 27, 2015 on Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams Appears Imminent

Great except “gun-shy” is lowercase =\

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August 27, 2015 on Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Deletes Twitter Account Amid Backlash For Taylor Swift Comments

Nothing more ride or die with HAIM than sticking with their all-caps-acronym rap team member DMX.

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August 26, 2015 on Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Deletes Twitter Account Amid Backlash For Taylor Swift Comments

I would if it wasn’t a so far away from where I reside. I’m seeing the same show on a Sunday a week and a half later.

So somebody else will have to step up to the plate!

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August 26, 2015 on Deafheaven’s New Bermuda Recalls Oasis, Red House Painters, Wilco

I don’t know him very well, but I know a few things about the guy…

Enough to say, “I hope rubberjohnny doesn’t live in the UK.”

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August 26, 2015 on Tyler, The Creator And Manager Issue Statements About 3-5 Year UK Ban

Scott,

I would like to request sending a chaperon with Mikey Nels to the Deafheaven/Tribulation/Envy show. He’s too important to this site to lose him to spontaneous combustion. Make sure the he drinks plenty of water and maybe have the chaperon bring an ostrich feather to help keep him cool.

Much Appreciated!

-rj

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August 25, 2015 on Deafheaven’s New Bermuda Recalls Oasis, Red House Painters, Wilco

It spreads across the double vinyl so well. “The Laziest River” & “Bay of Pigs” being the only two songs on each side of the 2nd LP. The rest of the album forming a flawless A/B side. It pains me knowing that there are plenty of people who have heard “Kaputt” and loved it, but have no clue “The Laziest River” even exists. So essential.

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

The cool thing about being Kanye West accepting an award is that you don’t have to worry about Kanye West coming on stage and stealing your moment.

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August 25, 2015 on Kanye West Will Receive The 2015 Video Vanguard MTV VMA

I love New Order just like anybody else, but MAYBE they should’ve picked the best song from each band they wanted to include first, thus leaving more room for individual singles like you listed.

Plus the obvious Apple Music tie-in, from the “Listen…” links and “Straight Outta Compton” being #3 (to me that is the most damning evidence of a direct Apple Music involvement in this list. OH! Best songs of the 80s you say? Why release it now?? Because “Straight Outta Compton” is out and we still got tons of money to promote it!)

It just feels gross to me. So props to the Stereogummer who put the whole list in Spotify, who knew you could listen to those 80s songs on something other than Apple Music?

Also this tweet from DFA Records is hysterical:

a little surprised how many Tame Impala & Jamie XX tracks made the Pitchfork Best 200 Songs of the 80’s.— DFA RECORDS (@dfarecords) August 25, 2015

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

As much as I love Destroyer, his new one isn’t perfect in the way I considered “Kaputt” perfect. Part of what made “Kaputt” my favorite record of 2011 was the inclusion of the 20 minute “The Laziest River”, so maybe “Poison Season” will include some surprise epic track on the vinyl release, but I won’t know that for sure until I get my hands on a copy.

All that being said, “Poison Season” is a bit disjointed. The transition from the intro track to “Dream Lover” is a bit jarring. They’re both great songs in their own right, but the transition from one to the next feels like, “Oh! We’re doing this now? OK then!” Even more confusing is that after “Dream Lover” it drops down into more somber territory that was first hinted at on the intro. I love “Dream Lover” but it feels a little out of place in the slower going first half. I really enjoy the first half, but I’m not surprised Face Peppler above is feeling underwhelmed so far, as this album really picks up in the back half.

The album makes a strong pivot on “Times Square” – the best version of the three IMHO. “Archer on the Beach” gets a tighter, more upbeat update from the sprawling original with Tim Hecker. Really highlights how great that song is, and I think this version is superior to the original. “Midnight Meets the Rain” is the biggest kick to the head since “Dream Lover” and is a welcome track 9 songs in. “Bangkok” is out of this world and of all the slower songs on the album, I think it takes the cake.

Then “Sun in the Sky” hits. Oh man, this is such a great example of how penultimate tracks are supposed to work on albums. Once those few notes hit, I know time is almost up on the album and I surrender to Mr. Bejar’s lyrics. Then the final outro of “Times Square” fades out and I definitely did not expect the third version of that song to be so ethereal, but well played!

Even with the uneven first half, the three versions of “Times Square” bookend and center this album so well. Even though it’s a double LP, the whole listen feels like a two sided vinyl. I don’t think it’s better than “Kaputt” by any stretch of the imagination, but after waiting 4 years for a new Destroyer full length, I’m the opposite of disappointed. Still one of my favorites of the year.

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

Wait, so is the general consensus that he’s playing a character? That he doesn’t do copious amounts of drugs and have all night sex orgies? I could’ve sworn it sounded believable back in 2011 on “House of Balloons”. I mean Tom even says in his article that at Coachella he was preaching to a partial choir. I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to think that this “character” he’s playing is largely based on his own personal experiences. Exaggerated in parts? Highly likely. But I remember thinking when he was first added to the Coachella line-up in 2012 after his trilogy run, “Damn, imagine what’s going down in that man’s Palm Springs rental mansion?” Mind you this was also before anybody knew what he looked like.

Long story short, I’m not going to give this man a pass on his lyrical content because he’s playing a character. I will assess each song on a case by case basis, which is where I feel this album falters, when he ventures too far into the abuser territory. I don’t think I’m out of my element thinking this. Has anybody stopped to think about the increased amount of people buying this album because of the success of “Can’t Feel My Face” then recoiling in horror listening to “Tell Your Friends”?

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August 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

Add “Tell Your Friends” to that list. When that song finally finished, my instant reaction was, “That was… interesting.” Too many cringe-inducing lyrics over too long a run time for that track to be anything but… odd.

I thought the middle section took off for a bit. “The Hills” is catchy as hell and kicks off a streak of pretty great songs. I enjoyed the Lana Del Rey cameo on the penultimate track.

Overall, it just seemed spotty, as many “singles” albums tend to be. “Real Life” is a good opener, but it just wavers back and forth from pretty damn good to pretty damn “Eeeks”. I think 9-track albums suited him much better, and that’s not a run-time slam. Those 9-track mixtapes were all damn near an hour. But this feels a bit excessively bloated and people here saying a few songs could’ve been cut are exactly right.

tl;dr It’s hit and miss, but at least he didn’t bother trying to steal a Portishead sample this time. Baby steps.

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August 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

Go figure the one week I bother jumping in a Taylor Swift thread to drop a pretty basic Taylor Swift joke, Carly Rae Jepsen gets AOTW.

Right when I get accustomed to Stereogum’s favorite pop princess, ya’ll go and change the game.

I can’t believe it.

Also, I fell in love with “Depression Cherry” this week. Really glad it earned the high honor of getting a career defining PE post by Caitlin. The new Destroyer album is great, but I agree it probably doesn’t deserve the high honor of a PE, but 2nd place AOTW still feels alright for good ole reliable Dan Bejar. Plus, “Poison Season” is the home to one of the year’s best penultimate tracks, which is a high honor in my book.

tl;dr Yes

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August 21, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments