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The slight chance of winning something I could buy never outweighed the very likely chance I’d accidentally post on Stereogum with my fbook account.

Though you do have a beautiful name!

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August 1, 2015 on Workin’ In A Cocktail Bar: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Wait.

Is getting the #1 comment in “Workin’ In A Cocktail Bar” a higher honor than the #1 comment in “Shut Up, Dude”?

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July 31, 2015 on Workin’ In A Cocktail Bar: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Depends on the colour. White vinyl is pretty awful, very hard to find the grooves. Even worse is clear vinyl, as you can often see the grooves on the flip side as well, making it even more difficult to find a certain track.

Nothing beats black, but there are some colors that work well too. But I’m over these translucent vinyls… though I’ll admit the purple/yellow combo of Tame Impala’s new one was pretty cool.

And as always, Magna Carta Holy Grail is complete garbage. Probably why Jack White is giving the option to desecrate the packaging with a knife because I’d of done that even if there wasn’t a secret song hidden in it.

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July 31, 2015 on Jack White’s New Jay Z Vinyl Has A Concealed Flexi Disc You Access With A Knife

The Supreme Numbers (transcribed from page 45 in “The Wu-Tang Manual” written by The RZA)

1 = Knowledge. That’s first, because the first thing you must do is to “do the knowledge.” Look, listen, observe. You walk into a party, a gunfight — look, observe. Do the knowledge.

2 = Wisdom. It’s number two because that’s the second thing you do – you do the wisdom, which is to act upon what you know.

3 = Understanding. If you know something, and you act upon it, the next step is to truly understand it.

4 = Culture. After you know something, you put what you know into action, and to understand it enough to see clearly, that means you have to live it. So four is culture – the way of life. But it can also mean freedom, depending on the context.

5 = Power. Power is truth. The only power the devil has is power as yet unclaimed by Man.

6 = Equality. That’s the command that you must be equal and deal equally with all people. But six is also the devil because he has the power to be equal to man, but not equal to God. Both the devil and man are physically based on six, they have six sides. But when you add knowledge to the equality you get …

7 = God and perfection. G is also the seventh letter of the alphabet, and for God. God sees with the seven colors of the rainbow and hears the seven notes on the musical scale.

8 = Build. Eight is build because God builds everything. Even the word God itself – G-O-D – you take those letters and add it up, you get eight. 7 – 15 – 4 (rjc math note: you add up each individual number until you’re left with a single digit. 7 + 1 + 5 + 4 = 17 / 1 + 7 = 8). And to build means to add on to life. And when you build positively, you take away from negativity.

9 = Born. To bear is to bring into existence. It takes nine months to make a baby. Nine is the only number that multiplied by itself still ends up with the same product. Nine time nine equals 81. 8 plus 1 equals 9. Why? Because nine is what brings it into existence.

0 = Cipher, or the circle. Because when you get to ten what happens to that ten? You’re actually on the left side of that zero. You, one, are on the left side of the zero. Cipher is a zero. A circle.

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July 31, 2015 on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Turns 20

“I’ve seen it, like a 27 inch zenith, believe it.”

Fantastic write-up for an essential album. Adding to “Raekwon likes to brag about the trends he started with Cuban Linx” line, he also successfully integrated Allah Mathematics into this entire album. Most likely a suggestion from the RZA (as “The Wu-Tang Manual” sits across my lap at this moment) but either way Ghost and Rae both ran with it and incorporated specific numbers into their lyrics. I’ve listened to this album dozens of times and since I’m too out of the loop to understand all the “slang-rap democracy” if you will, I focused on the numbers.

I’m going to transcribe what each number represents below, but I implore anyone who likes this album to go back through and use the knowledge (1) of Allah Mathematics and realize how the numbers they use are meant to enhance the bars they’re contained in. Shit, Rae sticks to the numbers all the way to the last track on Cuban Linx 2 with, “90 thou in the coffin,” line.

Bet you thought 311 and Boards of Canada got me on my numbers tip. Wrong, it’s this album. Scroll up and re-check that ‘4’ in the album title.

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July 31, 2015 on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Turns 20

Money well spent if it brings plb back to the comment section!

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July 30, 2015 on Millionaire Instagram Playboy Has The Most V.I.P. Festival Accommodations Ever

Not exactly “on” “Crimewave” so much as the band that made the original that got remixed by Crystal Castles into the version most people know.

Give credit to HEALTH for rolling with it though. DISCO & DISCO2 are arguably better than the albums that created them.

That’s the beauty of DEATH MAGIC though. It feels like HEALTH found that middle ground between their noisy albums and their dancy albums. It’s what USA BOYS was hinting at on DISCO2 and it sounds incredible.

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July 30, 2015 on Stream HEALTH Death Magic

“LIFE” might just be the best song they’ve ever done.

This album is fantastic.

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July 30, 2015 on Stream HEALTH Death Magic

I was there too! That’s the festival I was mentioning :)

Right before Radiohead no less.

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July 29, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

Saw this too late, but the answer is Spencer. I love Sunset Rubdown a lot too.

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July 29, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

I like pretend they’re trying to prove who made the better “Lord Knows”

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July 29, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: The Developing Drake/Meek Mill Soap Opera

Well if Tom Cruise says it’s the song of the summer, I guess that’s that!

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July 28, 2015 on Watch Tom Cruise Lip Sync The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” On Fallon

Anybody else getting heavy “All Day” fatigue?

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July 27, 2015 on Kanye West – “All Day / I Feel Like That” Video (Dir. Steve McQueen)

Looks like Caitlin didn’t grassduate with her doobploma from Weed College.

Joints = weed rolled with papers (example: Zig-Zags)
Blunts = weed rolled from gutted cigars (example: Swisher Sweets)

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July 27, 2015 on Doobie Brothers Corp. Sues Millionaire VC’s Cover Band

Yeah ‘Gum mixes are pretty much up to us on Spotify nowadays.

dontonna created the Songs of Summer playlist that Doris mentioned above. We’ve been getting lots of good additions.

I am curious as to why it has taken so long for Stereogum to post the Song of the Summer thread. I’m pretty sure the general consensus is that they fucked up super bad last year by ignoring our votes and just picking what they thought were “legitimate” songs of the summer, which I think defeats the whole purpose. If the “true” song of the summer is something that can’t be denied (source: ?uestlove), then what’s the fucking point of voting on it?

2012 & 2013 found us picking Japandroids then Daft Punk. Even though Daft Punk was a shoe-in, at least we got the option to vote for a Deafheaven song for crying out loud. I’d prefer to see it return to that. We all comment, upvote our faves, shortlist those, then we vote, then we have OUR song of the summer. Done. Easy.

In the meantime, check out that Spotify list. Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” is already in there so you know it’s legit.

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July 24, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

As a fan, I even have to agree.

Looks like he was opening for DeVotchka and the Colorado Symphony. I can’t imagine this was given too much forethought other than, “Here’s how to play some of our songs.” Plus it always sucks when you have a crowd still filling into a venue, getting settled, and could clearly care less about what’s going on.

The show I saw at Lincoln Hall last Saturday was leagues better. He’s still touring with everyone from Haunted Graffiti (minus their drummer who tried to sue them of course, replaced by Don Bolles, who is awesome and really makes those little skit bits like on “Black Ballerina” all the more entertaining).

As 2015 ticked on, I started doubting if “pom pom” was really my favorite album of 2014. After seeing most of it performed live though, turns out I was right. I fucking love that album and “Not Enough Violence” was enormous live. Plus it’s easy to forget that this guy has “Round and Round” and the “Baby” cover in his discography. Helluva show.

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July 24, 2015 on Watch Ariel Pink’s Full Set With The Colorado Symphony Last Night

Oh they’re all as worthless as the cost of 1 CD-R, across the board.

Yet somehow when you release an album as a normal version and deluxe version (sold side by side) it somehow makes something already worthless somehow less than worthless, if that’s even possible, which clearly it is. That’s my problem. Typically I download and burn CDs to listen in the car, but every once in awhile I’ll buy a CD if I’m at the record store picking up some vinyl and want to hear something new on the ride home.

My issue with DS2 is that usually the deluxe tracks on rap albums are throwaways that you don’t need to appreciate the whole album. For DS2, the extras are essential. That’s my issue.

Also I don’t go to many rap shows to answer your other question. I’ve been to enough that I know that’s how they do it, but I’m the kind of person that likes 23 minute songs, so wtf do I know?

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July 23, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Future’s New Album Is Fucking Incredible

They’re one of my favorite bands as well. Thanks for the article!

I will say after seeing many of the songs from “In The Grace of Your Love” performed live, I realized they were much better than I initially gave them credit for.

Live shows were always The Rapture’s strong suit. That’s how I became an instant fan was checking them out at a festival and realizing it was one of the greatest performances I’d ever seen.

Seeing them open for Daft Punk at Red Rocks is still a mind-boggling combo to process.

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July 23, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

I wouldn’t say their last album is their greatest by any stretch of the imagination. It was better than I expected, but Mattie’s absence was sorely missed. Mattie sang some of their best songs: “Sister Saviour” / “Pieces of the People We Love” / “Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh-Huh”. Luke’s voice is one of the defining (and some would say grating) qualities of The Rapture, but a full length by them really needed Mattie’s vocals as a counterweight. Think to how Wolf Parade shone with Spencer & Dan’s alternating vocals.

But there is absolutely no denying “How Deep Is Your Love?” When I saw them live, even without Mattie, that song proved to be just as powerful as “House of Jealous Lovers”. It’s a mammoth and like you said, an exceptional song to end your band on.

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July 23, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?