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"Jay can’t sell the business, because he is the business, man." Goddammit Mikey Nels I love your writing. Interesting note on the piracy uptick. Lord knows I had to "acquire" Lemonade after ya'll claimed it was the best album of 2016 so far (my sister agrees with you and will cut me if I say otherwise, but ya'll still know my feelings). Then when I wanted to hear Frankie's "Endless" without watching a couple dudes build stairs, I had a fellow 'Gummer hook me up with a link to a Google Drive with all the files fleshed out. Both got burned onto one of the 100 Memorex CD-Rs I keep under my car and got some strong car play time in that 6-CD chang-o (Clearly, Frank has been getting the recent love). I use Spotify at home mostly, or when I'm travelling via airplane. I'd totally use it in my car if it had bluetooth, even though I still prefer the simplicity of not having to think about what I want to play every time I start my car. Much prefer having a CD abrupt start when I kill the engine and pick right back up where I left off when I start it up again. I'm helplessly old school (as I sit here playing IDIB vinyl next to my computer typing this). Clearly, my days of burning CDs are numbered through legal means. Guess it makes sense piracy is making a comeback because there is still a large swath of the population that is used to OWNING a copy of the music they want to hear. I mean we all know the Vinyl Bubble has burst, but why did it last as long as it did? I think because people really do want to at least FEEL like they own the music they love. I know my sister would absolutely love to go to sleep at night next to a physical copy of Yonce's Lemonade asking if it needed a glass of milk before turning out the lights. That's just how us music geeks exist. Dare I say, streaming isn't the answer at all, and that's why everyone doing it is failing at some spot on the fail spectrum.
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September 27, 2016 on No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What?
If I'm not mistaken, "Adam's Song" got its name from the Titanicca sketch on Mr. Show. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/lvDLW6EV3B4/maxresdefault.jpg
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September 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Blink-182 Songs
"For the moment, we will have to go elsewhere for our acerbic meta-commentary." Wait, did he deactivate his Stereogum account too? I've never had to leave this site to get a healthy dose of his sweet, sweet meta-commentary.
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September 26, 2016 on Father John Misty Deactivates Twitter & Instagram
"Of all the albums in 2016, VIEWS is the most."
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September 26, 2016 on Watch Drake’s Please Forgive Me Short Film
Yes, because clicking a tiny button attached to a single comment on a music blog is an incredibly accurate gauge of intelligence.
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September 25, 2016 on Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Blasts Beyoncé’s Pepsi Money, Live Nation, Having His Picture Taken
I remember typing that one out going, "Who added... oh who cares, it's a penultimate top 10. LET 'EM KNOW!" Proud of ya Double L!
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September 24, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Look up CFCF "Do U Like Night Bus?" and "Night Bus II" and "Night Bus III" They're free downloads. Listen to all of them whilst riding.
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Was listening to Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights with my roommate and he asked if it was She Wants Revenge. I had to explain, in detail, how they ripped everything off of Interpol and will forever stand on the wrong side of history by playing a conflicting set at Coachella 2006 during Daft Punk's pyramid landing. Seriously, the next day at Coachella my friend overheard a girl going, "Were you at She Wants Revenge last night? They were amazing!" HA! YOU WILL FOREVER BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY GIRL WHEN YOU WERE MERE STEPS FROM BEING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY.
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Honestly, if any Stereogummers (I have two tickets) wants to go, I'd hit you with a discount since it's so close to the date and not sold out I think. Hit me up on Spotify if you down.
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I didn't hear a single ISIS song until after p4k BNM'd Wavering Radiant and let me now explain my beautiful, twisted, facepalming reaction to that fact I experienced in 2009. Wavering Radiant blew my mind wide open because it seemingly channeled two types of music I'd loved since as early as 2000 and 2003: hard rock and post-rock. I'd been a fan of Tool since around the turn of the century then bands like gy!be and Mogwai a few years later. So finding out that ISIS had actually been around since that time and even FUCKING OPENED for TOOL... I was having a bit of a Spiritualized-esque (also see: Massive Attack-esque) panic attack that I'd been missing out on this music that rings oh so true inside of me for oh so long. So I did the only thing you can do in that situation. Get a hold of ever ISIS album ever recorded and start making up for lost time ASAP. I quickly made a playlist of all their albums and play it all the time in May of 2009. I'd listen to it while I was gaming, winding down and even sleeping. Yes, I'd sleep to ALL of ISIS' albums. If you'd think this would be a bad idea because it'd wake me up, you'd be right! Because one night I did wake up in the middle of an ISIS song and not for the reason you'd think. Well, maybe it was that opening scream, but I mainly remember waking up at like 5am to one of the most beautiful pieces of music I'd heard. I sat there in the dark just soaking it in and running to my computer to figure out what the name was of the glorious majesty blessing my ears. Not only was it the last song on Wavering Radiant but it was the last song on my all ISIS album playlist. That's right, I was one song off from metal sleeping to every ISIS album. Almost proved ya'll wrong! Anyway, "Threshold of Transformation" quickly became my favorite song on Wavering Radiant (album wise I'm more of a Panopticon man myself ["With this Apple device..." ~Frank & Wolfgang know]) Needless to say, I looked up when I could see ISIS tour live and realize they did it too closely to the album release and I had JUST missed them on a nearby slot. No worries, I'd wait. Until news broke that made me facepalm even harder at my lack of missing out on this band for the vast majority of a decade. Damn near one year exactly after I had dove headfirst into this band's catalogue, p4k posts: "Isis Break Up" There are few news stories p4k posted that have hit me like a ton of bricks: "Spiritualized to Perform, Reissue Ladies and Gentlemen" in March 2009 being one of them and then "Isis Break Up" in May 2010 definitely being the top two. (Fun fact: both news stories were posted by our man Tom Breihan) I was fucking crushed. This band I fell head over heels with were going to leave and never come back. I had to go to these shows! Alas, they were really only East coast tour dates. "Fuck it, I HAVE to go," was likely uttered out loud by me. The Athens, GA date at the 40 Watt Club stuck out because (A) I lived in Atlanta for a brief time as a kid (B) my mother is an UGA alum and (C) I'd actually never been to Athens despite its history as a musical mecca in America. So I went. Flew to Atlanta, rented a car, swung by my old house for some member berries, then drove through the sticks listening to First Impressions of Earth for a reason I don't quite recall to this date, but I just know I was jamming it. Gave myself a walking foot tour of the UGA campus, which was hard because it's basically all stairs. Walked through downtown and saw the bassist of Mastodon walking with his family (more members of Mastodon would be at the show) then got in line. It was earlier 2010 so I had to bring a digital camera I borrowed from my sister. Because not only was I there to pay my respects to a great band calling it quits at probably the right time in their career, I had checked setlist.fm. I knew which song they were OPENING with, and I knew I had to capture the entire first song on video. (More fun facts: I did the exact same thing in 2009 when I went to London to see Spiritualized. Captured the whole title track on video while sobbing like a waterfall. [SEE WHAT YOU DO TO ME TOM!]) You know it, that song was "Threshold of Transformation" and raptor jesus looked upon that performance, and it was good. tl;dr Happy Birthday lobsterman
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"Shaking Hand" -- Women "Rivers" -- The Tallest Man On Earth "Fields of Fire" -- The Murder City Devils "Guarida" -- Dengue Dengue Dengue feat. Sara Van "I Would If I Could" -- Hurrah! "12:03" -- Against Me! "Hellionaires" -- Trap Them "Raising The Sparks" -- Akron/Family "Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)" -- The Tragically Hip "An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum" -- Shabazz Palaces "Vacation" -- The Go-Go's "Sleep Easy" -- Sam Evian "Violet City Lantern" -- Murals "Jubilee Street" -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Hidden Driver" -- LVL UP "Real Thing" -- Lower Dens "Magneto" -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Stimulation" -- Preoccupations "Q.U.E.E.N." -- Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu "Through the Divine Spirit of Satan a Glorious Universe is Known" -- Inquisition "Circuits" -- Trentemoller "Well" -- Cymbals Eat Guitars "Still Young" -- Allo Darlin' "The Paings of Being..." -- Chumped "Stimulation" -- Preoccupations "Knives Out (live)" -- Brad Mehldau "Shadowboxin'" -- GZA feat. Method Man "Sweetz" -- Zomby & Burial "Down Again" -- Radiator Hospital "All The World Is Green" -- Tom Waits Big release day today! (thanks lobster! [more on this in a bit] :) Picked up RostHam & HTDW on vinyl (along with "The Skeleton Tree" [fear not inthedeadofknight] :) and gave them some proper listens today before my nap (gotta see Junior Boys tonight!). RostHam is every bit as good as you all promised. "A 1000 Times" is definitely a top song of the year while "The Bride's Dad" is an early stand out. Plus, closing track "1959" is suberb (though the penultimate track "The Morning Stars" leaves something to be desired ;) Not to mention, the vinyl for RostHam comes with this BEAUTIFUL vinyl-sized insert that has all the lyrics written out in calligraphy by Rostam's dad. It's definitely up there in best vinyl packaging of the year. (Only an A/B side record too, which, PLUS POINTS!) HOWEVER! I then moved on to How To Dress Well, which you all know I was looking forward to hearing. HO! BOY! Did it deliver. Tom, know I stand behind you 100% on that AOTW pick. Fuuuuuck me did Tom follow through on his last three albums trajectories. Everyone worried about the early singles not hitting as hard as they thought, I can say that most every other track on this album hits harder than those (except "Lost Youth / Lost You" because Krell & Antonoff hit that one out of the park, duh). Right after "Can't You Tell" which, whatever about that consent thing. Can we just imagine a couple sitting in a room listening to that song that already like each other and leave it as a song for them? Great, because whatever you think of that, track number 2 "Salt Song" will kick the shit out of those thoughts. WTF is that breakdown at the end?! It literally scared me when that first drum hit landed! As for someone mentioning there really isn't a "Words I Don't Remember" on this album... Uhhhh... BULLSHIT WHAT DO YOU CALL "I Was Terrible" ?!?! There's my HTDW centerpiece!!! WOW!!! Of course once again HTDW slays the penultimate and closing track slots. This time with 100% more hidden, untitled bonus track! On the vinyl there is an infinite loop break (think back to "Irene" on Beach House's Bloom if you got that on vinyl) that you have to lift up to access bonus song. Totally dope. Needless to say, Care now firmly has a spot on my year-end list. Way to fucking go Tom Krell! Now... this dancing lobster that's been looping 100 times while typing this comment will now dance 100 times more, as I will now reply to THIS comment to explain why I added "Threshold of Transformation" to this weekend's list. Consider it a "raptor jesus' bonus metal story time for lobster's birthday" post. Here we go... #scruffy2016
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hey! I was going to go to that show. You know anybody who needs an extra ticket?? Seriously though.
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Plus how many times do I have to tell people that an ellipses is only three periods. Although... I like to think that bloc purposely omitted "Noise" and replaced it with multiple dots to create the "Space" that is indeed only "Noise" as identified by Jaar on his debut album. blochead, genius commenter hard at work again.
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September 23, 2016 on Nicolas Jaar Announces New Album Sirens Out Next Week
If there is one song you need to make sure you hear, "It's Gonna Be Me" is one I recently stumbled upon and it blew my mind. It was on the B-side of a "Young Americans" 7" I picked up in Tokyo. Highly recommend checking it out since it's in The Gouster track list on Spotify now.
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September 23, 2016 on Stream David Bowie’s Previously Unreleased Album The Gouster
Honestly that post was the best because honlads said it. honlads is O fucking G.
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September 22, 2016 on Who’s Shawn Mendes? You’re About To Find Out, Whether You Like It Or Not
"I’m a muhfuckin’ starboy." I guess, "There's a starboy waiting in the sky," was already taken, so this was lyrically the next best Abel could come up with.
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September 22, 2016 on The Weeknd – “Starboy” (Feat. Daft Punk)
I love the combination of "fuck" and "f'ing" in the same post. It's almost as if you said something out of line, then got on your floating stage to correct it. F'en blochead: genius commenter.
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September 21, 2016 on Kanye West Makes Nice With Kid Cudi
All of which makes me anxious. At times, unbearably so.
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September 21, 2016 on Gorillaz Launch New Website … And Accidentally Reveal Tour Plans?
Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti -- "Round and Round" is pretty damn perfect in my book.
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
One time for Halloween I went as Jeffery Dauhmer and the key component were the child molester glasses. I ordered them off a prescription site to get them just right, and boy were they. I'll see them in a drawer ever so often and put them on thinking I could look a little trendy for an evening. But, nope, they're totally child molester glasses and do not look good on any person ever. The costume killed though.
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September 20, 2016 on Marilyn Manson Will Not Rock The Vote
"When America was down in the dumps, who threw a lifevest out into the sea to save it? Who got mandatory helmets on our children to protect OUR FUTURE?!" #scruffy2016
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September 20, 2016 on Marilyn Manson Will Not Rock The Vote
Oh yeah missed that vote. 01. "The Blizzard of '96" 02. "Woe Is Me" 03. "Unbelievers" 04. "Angela Surf City" 05. "Heaven"
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
You know I love a good A/B side vinyl!!! Also seconding "Your Best American Girl" as great A-side closer. Speaking of... on "Preoccupations" they break the album up in the middle of the ambient outro of "Memory" (likely due to space). But I thought it was really cool that the B-side fires back up with the remainder of that outro for a much smoother transition into "Degraded" and the rest of the album. They crushed it on "Viet Cong" with the infinite loop at the end of "Bunker Buster" on Side A, so I'm happy to see they're still taking creative approaches to chopping their albums in half for vinyl.
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
"What Is This Heart? will still be hard to beat, but I feel even if he just comes close I'm going to like Care quite a bit. Singles have definitely been hit or miss. But none of them have come close to the immense power of "Words I Don't Remember" but maybe there's a song he held back for the album that will achieve that album centerpiece's glory.
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
Scooped that over the weekend on vinyl. Packaging is also great! Loving that album more and more.
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
Hmmmm, looks like I'm adding an extra long metal song to the Stereogum Weekend Party list this Friday...
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
Yeah I still haven't heard the whole thing. As for the singles, his albums always operate better as a whole piece of work. Again, dude is a music geek and gets album sequencing like I do. He has a hot streak of bomb ass penultimate tracks. He cracked the Top 3 in the first year I did the top pennies list! "Set It Right" is a soul crusher.
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care