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 +6Posted on Dec 5th, 2013 | re: Slow Burn, Slow Fade: Inside The Walkmen's Final Days (35 comments)

Fascinating piece. I think this hiatus upsets me (mainly because I want more Walkmen music but also) because it’s just so simple and calm. The shrug that ends a long, long career in a typically showy business. It just makes sense for the Walkmen to go out like this. But I just don’t really know how to understand it. Should I be happy for them? Sad that they’re stopping because they didn’t feel there was anything left to do with “The Walkmen” moniker? I guess it’s just bothersome because it reveals that artists are really just plain old people and they get bored with stuff too.

But I think I’m happy for them. I’m happy I got into them while they were still putting out albums and that I got to see them live twice. I saw them once at Merriweather Post Pavilion opening for Fleet Foxes. During the long note in “All Hands and the Cook,” I kept peaking over at Robin Pecknold on the side of the stage. When the instruments kicked in, he went crazy and starting air-jamming with the song. I’ve always loved that memory.

I just wish they (and others) didn’t consider A Hundred Miles Off a disappointment or a mistake or whatever. Sure, the album’s a little messy, but I really love it. It’s a lot of fun to listen to, just like all of their albums.

 +5Posted on Nov 30th, 2013 | re: The Walkmen Announce "Extreme Hiatus" (31 comments)

I’ve always wondered what it would feel like when one of my favorite bands broke up. You always hear about these popular bands breaking up, but it’s never been one of my favorites. The Walkmen are my favorite band. I still don’t know what it feels like. The quotation above and the fact that they won’t have new music coming out anytime soon make me sad, but I feel kind of happy for them at the same time.

You & Me is my favorite album, and I don’t think about it the way I think about other albums I love. There’s something special about it to me–and there’s something special about the Walkmen for me.

They’ve always seemed kind of weary to me. I mean, just look at the title and the tracks of songs on their debut album. Even though You & Me is my favorite album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone is the one I turn to most nowadays. It has this tired and resentful feeling to it but it’s hungry at the same time. It’s got some fight to it. But then other songs hit me the hardest when I’m just sitting at my desk, too tired to keep my head up. “They’re Winning,” even though it’s only 2 minutes long, is maybe my favorite song of all time. The gradual, patient build-up which turns into an anxious plateau. And then the lyrics: “I’ve stood in line so many times, how could I do it all again?” and ending with “How could they keep it up so long?”

I don’t know how the Walkmen kept it up so long, but I’m really glad they did.

 +5Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013 | re: Ezra Koenig Weighs In On "Selfies" (16 comments)

selfie’s out; selfy is in. the man himself has spoken.

https://twitter.com/arzE/status/401370103402336258

 0Posted on Oct 11th, 2013 | re: Robin Pecknold, Chris Cornell To Play Fallon's Pearl Jam Week (3 comments)

I’m excited just to see Robin Pecknold.

 +4Posted on Jul 19th, 2013 | re: Vampire Weekend - "Blurred Lines" (Robin Thicke Cover) (14 comments)

i like this. the vocal work following “what rhymes with hug me” cracks me up.

also, “that man is not your maker” is surely yet another reference to YHWH, right?

 +19Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013 (298 comments)

Is “Ya Hey” too thematically dark for summer? If not, I’ll vote for it. If yes, I’ll nominate “Diane Young” in its stead.

Outside of VW, I think “Sea of Love” by The National might be my personal song of the summer

 0Posted on Jun 4th, 2013 | re: Stereogum's Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far (752 comments)

Has anybody listened to Daughter’s If You Leave…? It gets very little coverage, but it’s definitely one of my favorites of the year.

 +4Posted on Apr 26th, 2013 | re: Watch The National Play Fallon (9 comments)

I can’t think of anyone better at putting big drums in a quiet song than Bryan Devendorf.

 +5Posted on Apr 16th, 2013 | re: Watch Steve Buscemi Meet Vampire Weekend (15 comments)

steve buscemi’s funny

 0Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best National Songs (197 comments)

I definitely have some of my personal favorites that I would put on here, including a few from Sad Songs, but I still love all of these songs, so I’m not going to complain.

What’s up with that picture though? Matt looks like a male model.