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Nobody’s going to read this now, but I feel so good at number ten. It’s only up from here, right?
THANK YOU THANK YOU for this piece! Not only was it a fantastic read for a Thursday morning, but it hit some personal veins as well.
I want to be a musician; it’s always been my greatest dream. But a very strict religious upbringing in a small town held me back. I never had people to play with and I always had my future planned out, due to said religion (a mission for the church, marrying and having kids, etc.).
Now, I’ve left my faith behind, but I’m married, 24, and about to graduate college in said small town. I’ll be moving to Austin, TX next year, alongside my best friend and his wife, and we plan on starting a band. I worry constantly about whether it’s foolish to still hold on to the dream of making music and even trying to pursue it as a career. I worry about whether I’ll be too old to really matter.
But reading pieces like this, about musicians who stuck to their goals of just making music because they wanted to, and found success even a little later in life, gives me SO MUCH hope. So thank you Ryan Leas, and thank you The War on Drugs. The new album is incredible, and already means so much to me.
I don’t know where else to put this, but I finally looked up Lost in the Dream on Grooveshark (I don’t know where to find these “leaks” everyone speaks of), and I’m in the middle of “Suffering” and I’m DROWNING in feels. Can’t wait till this comes out, I’m gonna buy a physical copy.
Anyway, I like the Men and Real Estate too.
Which goes to say, this sounds great and I’m really excited!
Sounds a little more slick and produced, but if there’s anyone I have faith in that production won’t distil the good qualities of her music, it’s Merrill.
Ah, Saturday nights, huh? Getting into some substances, huh?
So how about the fact that of this weeks’s amazing releases, only St. Vincent got Best New Music over at P4K? I mean, they don’t matter that much to me, and SV would have been my first pick to, but I was still interested to see that. All those albums are great. I’ve had Morning Phase on repeat for sure.
Disagree about the U2 song being one of the best in a long time, but the rest of the article is cool!
But as far as I know, Chris Martin’s only been in one Kanye song, and I’m pretty sure everyone agrees it’s a weak track. Vernon has been in several, and always elevates them to great heights.
Thank you for this! I’ve been having some issues processing the new album and seeing its inherent human qualities, and I feel like I understand so much better. For the record, my favorite song on it is “Huey Newton” and I like that so much was written about it.
This is great. I really loved “Atlas,” too, from Catching Fire. It seems they’re simplifying, which is the best thing for them to do right now.
Man, these comments.
I thought it was pretty cool.
I think I’m gonna make it! This is my first SXSW too, so it’s gonna be an exciting week. :)
I think you’re operating too much under the assumption that a lot of us are embarrassed of liking this band or this album.
This album fucking rules (and hell, the band still rules in my opinion).
I still can’t figure out which syllables in “Abracadabralifornia” to properly stress.
Well, it’s not his fault, it’s the dumbass Grammy voters. And not really a surprise. Good on him though, I guess?
Just discovered that yes, this is old news. However, the tracklist here is different from the one released in December. Did it change? Or is the vinyl tracklist different? Interesting…
1. Cycle 0:40
2. Morning 5:22
3. Heart is a Drum 4:31
4. Say Goodbye 3:29
5. Blue Moon 4:00
6. Unforgiven 4:34
7. Wave 3:45
8. Don’t Let It Go 3:08
9. Blackbird Chain 4:26
10. Phase 1:12
11. Turn Away 3:05
12. Country Down 4:00
13. Waking Light 5:00
Did we already know this stuff? Did I just waste my time?
I haven’t read this yet, but I just had to come down and comment. I just started my Pavement adventure a couple months ago, and they’re increasingly becoming my favorite band. Just yesterday I got the L.A.’s Desert Origins deluxe reissue of this album, and it’s incredible, and I’m just on a huge Pavement kick, so thank you for this.
Nothing’s more disappointing than finding out that a vocalist doesn’t perform live nearly as well as on record. I’m very pleased that this isn’t the case with London Grammar; their album is great.
Most of his covers period are bad, aside from maybe three or four of them.
+1 on “Jean Genie” — Aladdin Sane is my fav Bowie album as well and I exhibited a similar excitement to that song being in the movie. I’m surprised there was no mention of Jennifer Lawrence dance-cleaning to “Live and Let Die” though; that was easily one of the best scenes in the movie!
but…but it comes in like a … wrecking ball