Tony Harrison

Comments from Tony Harrison

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

By the time the remove the jack, most people will be using bluetooth headphones anyway, or whatever the next generation of wireless figures to be.

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June 6, 2014 on Is Apple Abandoning The Standard Headphone Jack?

Man, that sucks. I missed them in Chicago a couple weeks ago and was really looking forward to their Pitchfork set.

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May 13, 2014 on The Julie Ruin Cancel Tour As Kathleen Hanna Begins Treatment For Lyme Disease Relapse

Back of the envelope….

9. Dark Days/Light Years
8. Mwng
7. Love Kraft (though it has arguably my favorite SFA song).
6. Hey Venus!
5. Fuzzy Logic
4. Radiator
3. Phantom Power
2. Rings Around the World
1. Guerrilla

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April 24, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List

Not a bad list. Blue and Slide Away are probably my favorite Verve songs. I probably would have found a place on this list for So It Goes as well. Really love the guitar part about half way through that song.

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April 24, 2014 on The 10 Best Verve Songs

Saw the Longpigs open for Echo and the Bunnymen in San Diego around 1997, and they were pretty good. Really like that first album.

Echobelly has been a long time favorite of mine. I always loved Sonya’s vocal style, and I actually think People Are Expensive may have been their best album. Bums me out that I never got a chance to see them live.

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April 23, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List

Seven? I count nine. Fuzzy Logic, Radiator, Guerrilla, Mwng, Rings, Phantom Power, Love Kraft, Hey Venus!, and Dark Days/Light Years. Unless you don’t consider Mwng a real album and didn’t care for the last one, which is defensible.

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April 23, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List

Or maybe John Power’s other band, the La’s, who were actually much better than Cast (thanks mostly to Lee Mavers).

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April 23, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List

Are they really Brit-Pop? I kind of figured they were of a different era. Though I’d disagree that none of their albums are perfect. I think Rings Around the World is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Guerrilla is phenomenal as well, and they did some really great stuff when they started working with Sean O’Hagan (Frequency has probably my favorite string section ever). Really awesome live band as well.

They’re in a completely different class than any of the bands on this list (except maybe Supergrass).

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April 23, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List

I wonder what the reactions are from people who go to see them at big arenas expecting to hear songs like this and the last album when they bust out Do The Rump or something like that. It doesn’t even sound like the same band. I mean, every band evolves, but this is a pretty stark contrast.

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March 26, 2014 on The Black Keys – “Fever”

That’s about as Morrissey a title as I’ve heard. I don’t think an album title could be any more Morrissey than that.

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March 7, 2014 on Morrissey’s New Album Is Called World Peace Is None Of Your Business

God bless you, Gary.

Yeah, now that’s the one I want to end on. Thanks for the laughs, you guys.

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February 7, 2014 on Heaven Just Got A Little More Videogum

Actually, that kinda sucks as a potential last ever Videogum comment. I’d rather it be this one instead. Phew! Dodged a bullet there.

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February 7, 2014 on Life Is A Highway, You Guys