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Radiohead - The National Anthem has gotta be my number one. Nico Jaar - The Governor uses the saxophone to a similar effect and is also a great song. If we're counting samples, T.R.O.Y. by Pete Rock & CL Smooth. One of the greatest beats ever made.
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Been listening to jazz since the pleasant surprise of the month in jazz column earlier today. It definitely helps me relax about everything.
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
This column is fitting today, as I've been wanting to say "Shut Up, Dude" every time Trump opens his mouth.
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hell yes to Out to Lunch and The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Have you heard Explorations by Bill Evans? That man plays a mighty fine piano.
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January 20, 2017 on Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2017
I haven't heard Agharta or Pangaea, but will check them out because Miles Davis does not do wrong. Lately I've been a big fan of Nefertiti and Sketches of Spain.
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January 20, 2017 on Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2017
Very happy this column is happening. I have been trying to listen to more jazz lately, so this is good timing. Most of the stuff I listen to is from the 70's or earlier, and have been wanting to find out about more current music besides Kamasi Washington's The Epic, which is absolutely amazing, definitely in my top 5 albums for 2015. I always love listening to jazz on Sunday afternoons and evenings. I'm not sure why exactly, but it always feels perfect for the mood of a Sunday. Lately I have been getting into late 60's/early 70's avant garde/experimental jazz, especially Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. The title track on Alice Coltrane's Journey in Satchidananda has one of the greatest basslines I have heard in a long time.
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January 20, 2017 on Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2017
Gotta say your comments recently about Pharaoh Sanders made me give "The Creator Has a Master Plan" another listen....which led to me checking out a bunch of his stuff from around the time he released Karma , and man I have absolutely fallen in love with his music. I think Elevation is my current favorite, but Thembi is up there as well. "Greeting to Saud" off of Elevation is incredibly beautiful, the piano on that track is heavenly.
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January 20, 2017 on Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2017
Fair. Hobby might not be the right word. Collecting, shopping, etc is probably better.
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January 20, 2017 on Slightly Stoopid Releasing Smokable Record Made Of Hash
I hate the hot take I see on this site sometimes that people who buy vinyl are only in it for the novelty or just dumb hipsters or whatever. I've been collecting vinyl for almost 10 years now, and thats such a dismissive attitude towards a hobby that has only helped me appreciate music more and find great new stuff I wouldn't seek out otherwise had I not stumbled across it in a record shop. I have formed friendships over a shared love of vinyl, and I have never met or heard of someone who just buys vinyl because its ironic or something. People who buy vinyl tend to really care about the music they listen to, otherwise they wouldn't invest the time, money, and space in their home that a record collection requires. There's a lot more to it than the novelty.
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January 19, 2017 on Slightly Stoopid Releasing Smokable Record Made Of Hash
1. Black Messiah - D'Angelo 2. Good Kid, Maad City - Kendrick 3. Cosmogramma - Flying Lotus 4. mbv - My Bloody Valentine 5. MBDTF - Kanye
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January 19, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Dilla's influence is interesting. It's not the same as Kanye, where he has released an album and within like 2-3 years you could point to stuff influenced by it. It's a bit more subtle and more like an underlying current in approaches to production, especially in hip hop. Most hip hop artists will cite him as an influence. Kanye himself is very much influenced by Dilla, especially in the beginning of his career. He hasn't changed the face of pop music, but his production style has quietly become more and more ubiquitous since his death in 2006. But also I am a total J Dilla stan, so that's probably influencing my opinion here.
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January 19, 2017 on Homework Turns 20
We've had this discussion, and I think Daft Punk is up there for sure. But I think you can argue Kanye, Dilla, Beyonce, or Radiohead as being more influential. Of course this is all presupposing that Ja Rule is not included in this conversation because it wouldn't be fair to the rest of music.
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January 19, 2017 on Homework Turns 20
Jimi Hendrix got me into rock music with Are You Experienced? Kanye West got me into hip hop with College Dropout Daft Punk got me into electronic music with Homework. They're a couple of douchecanoes now, and RAM is a testament to mediocrity, but man Homework is great front to back. I've always felt Discovery falls off in the second half (though maybe just because that first half is freaking insane), whereas Homework is solid throughout. I often think of "Phoenix" as like the perfect example of minimalism in electronic music. There's like 5 parts to the whole thing, and yet it works so goddamn well.
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January 19, 2017 on Homework Turns 20
Have you heard Gas, the ambient project by Wolfgang Voigt? It's a different sound that Julianna Barwick, but the endless loops and airy, hazy kinda feeling is strong. Probably my favorite ambient electronic music, especially the last album Pop.
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January 19, 2017 on This Will Destroy You – “The Puritan (Julianna Barwick Remix)”
Man when Stylo first dropped I remember being reeeeeaaalllyy ambivalent about it and worried the album was going to be a trainwreck, and like everyone I talked to feeling the same way. Then the album dropped and Stylo fit perfectly, and there was that glorious video for it with Bruce Willis. That song grew on me so much it's weird to think I didn't really like it at first.
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January 19, 2017 on Gorillaz – “Hallelujah Money” (Feat. Benjamin Clementine) Video
Julianna Barwick is very underrated. Her sound is unique and interesting, and both Will and Nepenthe are absolutely gorgeous.
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January 19, 2017 on This Will Destroy You – “The Puritan (Julianna Barwick Remix)”
Holy shit this is great. Gorillaz albums don't happen often and I'm really glad they always seem to be awesome. Plastic Beach had its share of detractors but I think that one has aged well for the most part.
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January 19, 2017 on Gorillaz – “Hallelujah Money” (Feat. Benjamin Clementine) Video
I remember him from the Troy McClure-hosted telethon Let's Save Tony Orlando's House!!!
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January 18, 2017 on Tony Orlando Will Perform At Inauguration
That name will always make me think this is a Riff Raff superfan's cover band.
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January 17, 2017 on Hurray For The Riff Raff – “Hungry Ghost” Video
3 Doors Down has probably not faced any backlash because that would first require them to have fans or at least people who halfway give a shit about them, so.
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January 17, 2017 on Trump Inauguration Books Sam Moore
The whole "give him a chance to lead" thing is insidious. It kind of presupposes that Trump is just another politician acting in good faith, when he's not, he's not even a politician. He ran on a campaign disparaging many different groups of people, and has done exactly nothing to ease those groups' anxieties about his winning. To tell those people to shut up and give him a chance is complete bullshit. Also, at least in my experience, like 99% of the people I meet who say that we need to give him a chance were nowhere to be found when Obama had to deal with all the bullshit before taking office, and Obama at least met the basic qualifications for the job.
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January 17, 2017 on Trump Inauguration Books Sam Moore
I went to the saddest wedding of all time once. It was in Texas, in a giant church. Nobody seemed very enthusiastic about it, including the bride and groom (who got divorced less than 2 years later). The reception was held on the basketball court in the crappy gym adjacent to the church. My table was on the 3 point line. Because it was on the church's property, no alcohol was served. Best of all, the playlist for the reception was way too short, because I heard "Kryptonite" by America's finest several times that afternoon. I can only imagine their presence will be similarly disappointing on Jan 19.
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January 13, 2017 on Trump Inauguration Books 3 Doors Down
Do you think Ed Sheeran will scream in horror and accuse James Corden of being an evil wizard working for Sauron when he is exposed to the advanced technology of a modern day car?
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January 12, 2017 on Country Star Sam Hunt Is Basically A Drake Tribute Act Now
I wouldn't say they've always blown it, but I don't like any of their albums nearly as much as Nowhere, whereas the other big shoegaze bands I find to be more consistent across their discographies (especially My Bloody Valentine, whose output is pretty much uniformly great).
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January 12, 2017 on Slowdive – “Star Roving”
I've always loved all of the big 3 shoegaze albums, but Souvlaki was always ranked third for me (Loveless being 1 and Nowhere being 2). But this is sounding excellent, and gives me hope they can match the high watermark of shoegaze reunion albums set with mbv.
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January 12, 2017 on Slowdive – “Star Roving”
So it's basically Name That Tune: Robot Uprising Edition
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January 11, 2017 on Jamie Foxx To Host Shazam TV Game Show
I just want to say that "The Governor" is such an amazing track but it also gives me so much anxiety half the time I listen to it.
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January 11, 2017 on Stream Nicolas Jaar Sirens (Network Version) Feat. New Bonus Tracks
Hot Thoughts sounds like the bookish version of Hot Takes
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
Oh yeah, I don't know how I forgot about Radiohead. Thinking about OK Computer and I pretty much just picture the winter time by default.
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January 10, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Julie Byrne Not Even Happiness