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 0Posted on Mar 27th, 2014 | re: The Black Keys - "Fever" (63 comments)

BINGO. First thing I thought when I saw the cover. Damn. Do we have to wait another year for the next Deerhunter album? :’-(

 -10Posted on Nov 21st, 2013 | re: Arcade Fire - "Afterlife" Video (26 comments)

God, are you guys kidding? I love Arcade Fire more than anything holy, but that video is hackneyed and not even well shot. I don’t get the buzz over this director. Oblivion was stunning because of Claire’s spunk and spontaneity, and the concepts behind it. This video and the one for “Yet Again” are terribly heavy-handed. (And Latino life in Los Angeles is a very interesting subject… like 15 years ago.)

Going back to watch Reflektor’s video to wash my eyes.

 0Posted on Apr 4th, 2013 | re: Deerhunter - "Monomania" & Fallon Performance (31 comments)

You do realize that Halcyon Digest essentially means ‘THIS ALBUM IS ABOUT NOSTALGIA’?

Agree WEC was very interesting though. I’m so excited for them to produce a tougher album, as much as I have listened to HD an inappropriate number of times.

 -7Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

RIGHT. These albums are better than “Shields”. LOL:

15 El-P – Cancer For Cure (Fat Possum)
14 Chromatics – Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
13 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
12 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
11 Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular)
10 Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)
09 Chairlift – Something (Columbia)
08 The Walkmen – Heaven (Fat Possum)
07 Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
06 Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark)
05 Jessie Ware – Devotion (PMR)
04 Swans – The Seer (Young God)

 +6Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: NPR's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (48 comments)

Why the hell is Grizzly Bear being panned everywhere? Way better than Veckatimest and I can’t think of any album besides Fiona’s or Frank’s that I liked more this year.

Grizzly Bear’s “Shields” is such a close second that I wish Stereogum let you vote for more than one :(

Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel

As great as Frank Ocean’s album is, there’s just no competition. Fiona’s album is so deep, infinitely listenable, and virtuosic vocals + lyrics + musical writing and performance.

It’s been a great year, but as someone who tends to wear good albums out, this is the only one I have been able to continue listening to again and again. Every song is perfect, not a single misstep.

 +2Posted on Nov 20th, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid (77 comments)

Sadly warm crimes are not as bad as war crimes.

 0Posted on Nov 20th, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid (77 comments)

Google invested in ContentID because it had to after facing billions in infringement claims on YouTube and other sites. And Google still gets away with murder on other websites, including all the Google AdWords revenue on third party piracy sites.

Google’s job is to do the least it has to do to comply with the law while still profitting from piracy. Google makes money on free content, so why would they lobby to stop that?

The fact is, the U.S. govt could force them to block piracy websites, just like they force Google to block other sensitive sites — searches for classified documents, etc — or just like Google censors its own results (not showing videos of warm crimes on YouTube, for instance).

Google is not some benevolent, or at best, independent operator providing us a great service. They are a company benefitting from piracy and theft of creative works, music included.

 +2Posted on Nov 20th, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid (77 comments)

I’ve read Stereogum for 8 years and though I rarely comment, I have to say this is the best article I’ve seen posted here yet. Bravo — a great call to action.

The only thing missing, I’d say, is a mention of real legal solutions that could be implemented to stop music piracy. But we don’t have the political will (or perhaps capital) to implement them. It doesn’t help that Google makes billions off piracy and can spend a fraction of that to lobby the U.S. govt.