Tony Harrison

Comments from Tony Harrison

Well, this was certainly unanticipated.
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December 4, 2016 on Morrissey Cancels Rescheduled US Shows, Blames Management
I'm in the same boat. Never saw them when they were originally around, but got a chance to check them off the list this year in Chicago, and it was a really, really good show. I feel pretty lucky to have had that second chance.
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November 16, 2016 on Lush Announce End Of Reunion
Paul Maroon has been playing guitar for Hamilton's solo stuff. They recently did an album together and toured, but I think the album was only released on vinyl (called Dear God). Actually, I took a second to Google it and Stereogum did a piece about it. http://www.stereogum.com/1822734/hamilton-leithauser-paul-maroon-how-and-why/mp3s/ But yeah, I really, really miss the Walkmen as well.
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September 15, 2016 on Stream Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
R.I.P., Mazloum. At least you didn't have to live through a Trump administration.
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July 27, 2016 on Watch Radiohead Play “Let Down” For The First Time In 10 Years
I've been to at least one day every year since it started as the Intonation Festival. 2010 was definitely the best lineup they've ever had, and lord was it hot as hell. I remember seeing BSS on Friday night, then going to Subterranean to see Titus Andronicus where it was at least 10 degrees hotter than it had been outside all day. Next day I got there at opening to see Free Energy and stayed the whole day through LCD, even though I wasn't a fan back then (my friends all were, and their set was great). Funniest moment was Sunday at the Blue Stage for Sleigh Bells. They played for like 30 minutes. When their set ended, people started booing because it was too short. Alexis Krauss yells "How many of you have our album? It's 32 minutes long! We don't have anything else!". This year probably takes the prize for best weather, at least on Saturday. It was incredible.
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July 19, 2016 on Pitchfork 2016 Was Our Great Antisocial Music Festival
The Thursday show was the best $5 concert I've ever been to. Unfortunately the venue shut them down around 10:30. They would have played until midnight if they could have.
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July 16, 2016 on Watch Broken Social Scene Play New Song “Gonna Get Better”
Umm, but she was the victim the first time, wasn't she?
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July 14, 2016 on Kim Kardashian Calls Out Taylor Swift For “Playing The Victim” In Kanye West Feud
His two Foreign Born albums are two of my favorite albums of the last 15 years or so. Really good stuff. Big Search seems to meander between folky pop and atmospheric. Really like this one.
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May 26, 2016 on Big Search – “Can’t Understand The News” (Stereogum Premiere)
"Welcome to another fun episode of “Is Morrissey playing this show or not?” This is like the musical version of Gilligan's Island. In every episode, just when you think he's gonna play the show, somehow Gilligan screws it up and Morrissey just has to cancel.
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May 23, 2016 on Morrissey Denies He Is Playing Riot Fest
John Squire can still bring it.
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May 12, 2016 on The Stone Roses – “All For One”
Hey, look at the bright side. No one of the opposite sex is going to walk into the bathroom to stare at your junk/laydparts, so you've got that going for you.
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April 8, 2016 on Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show To Protest Discriminatory Bathroom Law
Nice of them to give Wes the traditional "21 fuck yous" salute*. Seriously, I counted. *OK, two of them were technically "fuck offs"
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March 29, 2016 on Puddle Of Mudd Abandon Frontman Wes Scantlin Mid-Set
Oops, I meant to say 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia in place of Monkey House (which was their fourth album). 13 Tales probably has stuff you've heard before. Monkey House is good as well.
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March 25, 2016 on The Dandy Warhols – “Catcher In The Rye” (Stereogum Premiere)
Is This Machine the only Dandy's album you've listened to? If that's the case, I'd start with any of the first three, Dandys Rule, OK? Dandy Warhols Come Down, or Welcome to the Monkey House. Monkey House is going to have stuff you've probably heard before in commercials and tv shows, but I like the first two a bit better. I think they kinda went off the rails after Odditorium, but this sounds pretty good.
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March 25, 2016 on The Dandy Warhols – “Catcher In The Rye” (Stereogum Premiere)
Damn, I meant to upvote you and hit the wrong button!
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March 17, 2016 on The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Has Cancer
Thanks. It's been a few years now, but it still sucks. We all gotta deal with it sometime, I guess.
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March 17, 2016 on The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Has Cancer
My dad was diagnosed with MM about 10 years or so ago. Back then the prognosis was that about 1/3 of the people with it go pretty quick, 1/3 struggle for a bit before it takes them, and 1/3 do OK for a handful of years, but eventually.... As it turns out, he ended up being put on a drug that had him in remission for quite a while, and even though he passed away a few years ago, it wasn't really the myeloma that was the cause of his death (didn't help, but he had some other ailments that did more damage). Point is, in the short time between his diagnosis and death, they made big strides, and it sounds like they're pretty optimistic with Charles, which a great silver lining to otherwise terrible news. They put on one of the three greatest shows I've ever seen at Schuba's in Chicago in 2009. Only time I've seen a legit, real encore. As in, the house lights came on, the music came up, and people wouldn't leave, so they came on stage and played a few more songs. Hope Charles gets back out there and does it again soon.
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March 16, 2016 on The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Has Cancer
Looking forward to this album. Their earlier stuff has seemed kind of hit and miss to me, but all of the songs I've heard from this one seem pretty good.
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February 19, 2016 on TEEN – “Free Time” Video
God damn I hope SFA are playing an aftershow in addition to the festival set. It's been like six or seven years since they've been here. Cannot way to see them again. Broken Social Scene will be pretty sweet as well.
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February 19, 2016 on Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 Lineup
Everyone's going to agree for the most part on Blueberry Boat, but I'm surprised that I'm Going Away is so low. That's probably my next favorite album. For a FF album, I find it very accessible and stands up to repeated listens. Charmaine Champagne is probably in my top five FF songs. Though I suppose some people gravitate towards FF precisely because most of their albums are not easy listens. I like, not love, Widow City, but the the Duplexes-Automatic-Guru triumvirate is as good as the Fiery Furnaces get, in my opinion. I saw them about five or six years ago when their show consisted of a solid hour of music, with absolutely no breaks. Essentially an hour long medley of about 20-25 different songs, with perfectly executed time and key signature changes. It was one of the most impressive performances I've ever seen. The encore was Duplexes-Automatic-Guru, and was simply awesome. After the show, Eleanor was at the merch table within about a minute or two of the last note, and the couple times I've spoken with her she's always been really cool and down to earth.
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February 5, 2016 on The Fiery Furnaces Albums From Worst To Best
I guess she knows how to reinvent herself. She's come a long way from the Grand Ole Party days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IyiHjRBsyw
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January 28, 2016 on Dee Dee From Dum Dum Girls Goes Solo As Kristin Kontrol
I thought Brendan Canning's album was great as well. Honestly, if this list included those, People Under the Stairs would be on top for me. Kevin Drew sings half the lyrics on that song, so I'm not really sure what the difference is.
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October 2, 2015 on The 10 Best Broken Social Scene Songs
The Blue Root is really underrated. They rarely played it, and I hardly ever hear someone mention it when talking about the Walkmen. Emma Get Me a Lemon is in that category as well.
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June 19, 2015 on Dear Spoon, Thanks For Playing “Metal Detektor” Last Night. Love, Kelly.
The correct answer is "I Lost You". But I'm with you, the Rat is pretty tough to beat, especially if you've seen them do it live. Oh, and Spoon's best is Black Like Me.
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June 19, 2015 on Dear Spoon, Thanks For Playing “Metal Detektor” Last Night. Love, Kelly.
They shared a lot of members. Matt played a bit with Fools Gold, but where Foreign Born were basically Matt Popieluch, Lewis Pesacov and others, Fool's Gold are (were?) Luke Top, Lewis Pesacov and others. Sal Placencia is in both bands, etc. There's a lot of cross over.
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April 24, 2015 on Fool’s Gold – “Another Sun”
I loved Foreign Born. When Pitchfork did their "best albums since Pitchfork started" thing, both of theirs were in my top 20. Totally underrated. I was hoping they were just taking some time working on other things, but I talked to Matt Popieluch at a show that Big Search (his recent band) played and he said they were basically done, which was a huge bummer. I think Lewis Pesacov started producing (Happy Hollows), and between that and Fool's Gold, just no time. The first half of On the Wing Now and really all of Person to Person are really great. I'll never get tired of those albums. That said, I really like Fool's Gold as well.
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April 23, 2015 on Fool’s Gold – “Another Sun”
Tattoo? That's nothing. I've got an entire body made of slugs and guts.
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March 25, 2015 on Fans With Parquet Courts Tattoos Get Free Concerts For Life
After going 10 straight years I was considering skipping this year, especially since I'm getting married a few weeks later. Looks like I'm back in. Easily their best lineup since 2010.
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February 13, 2015 on Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 Lineup
Hey, that's right about where I was standing. Calling it a medley is a little generous. It sounded like they just kind of played each song to the point where it didn't know how it went anymore, almost liked they worked them up before the encore. That might sound like a criticism, but it's not. It came off like a really cool off the cuff tribute, and everyone loved it.
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September 25, 2014 on Watch Ty Segall Cover Some David Bowie Songs Around Chicago’s “David Bowie Day”
Only band I've ever seen give a legitimate encore. As in, they played the planned encore(s), they left the stage, the lights came on, about a 1/3 of the crowd left, and they only came back to play songs because the 2/3 that remained were aching for it. Really nice guys too from the times I've met them. Can't wait for this album.
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July 1, 2014 on The Wrens Promise New Album Is No Meadowlands, But Will Have At Least One Great Song