Tony Harrison

Comments from Tony Harrison

Absolutely one of my favorite albums of the past few years.
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April 4, 2017 on Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Cross My Heart”
Saw a lot of good shows there over the last 15 years, but mostly in the early part of that stretch. The booking seemed to change over the years, and a lot more of the bands in my universe were playing the Bottle or Subterranean, at least on that side of town. Same with the Abbey, now that I think of it. Good memories, though. Saw my second ever show in Chicago there, driving round trip from Champaign by myself to see the Ocean Blue in 2000 or so. That Logan Square location is great if they can make it work, and a short walk from home.
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February 6, 2017 on Chicago’s Double Door Evicted
Oh man, it's so nice to be back in the top 10 after having not commented in a long time. Thanks, guys. I was luck to have the combination of "early in the thread" + "short enough to read" + "insulting an obvious troll". Also a nice symmetry between most upvoted and most downvoted posts this week.
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January 27, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Man, five Bejar songs and no Ballad of Comeback Kid or Spirit of Giving? Those are definitely in my top five Bejar.
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January 27, 2017 on The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
If you like NP (obvs) and Bejar, then you should start with Streethawk, a Seduction. It's the poppiest Destroyer album, or at least the one that I think sounds most like NP. That said, I find all of his Destroyer stuff really varies from album to album.
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January 27, 2017 on The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
I can't speak for others, but in me all it triggers is the belief that whoever uses it is probably an asshole.
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January 25, 2017 on Fuck Slayer
Gimme a break, everybody knows its just thousand island dressing.
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January 12, 2017 on CNN’s Van Jones Vies To Oversee Prince Estate
My guess is they feel that way about Telephono. I think Britt Daniel has called stuff from that era "embarrassing", though I can't see why. I saw them once play a set where they did a handful of songs from every album in order of the album's release, so they started with started with Utilitarian and ended with Black Like Me (before the encore, and i don't think they necessarily played the songs in the album order, but I can't remember that part). Even for that show, they skipped Telephono entirely, which is kind of a bummer. I'd love to hear them play Plastic Mylar sometime.
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
Can you please wish for a new Super Furry Animals album?
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
Something has to be last, I guess. It's not that I like it less than the others, I just like the others more. :) I think something about the production just never sat well with me. I can't put my finger on it. Maybe not enough major key as well? Also the margin between the best and worst Spoon album is pretty much paper thin. I've got "favorite" bands with albums that I never listen to. I will listen to any Spoon album at any time, and thanks to this announcement, I will be listening to all of them today, yes, even Transference.
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
I don't know if anyone remembers, but before they released that, they released a new track every day in order. Each day I waited for the filler track, and each day was jaw dropping. Such a good album start to finish.
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
1) Gimme Fiction - Highest concentration of songs I like, though I think the highs on Ga Ga.... are higher. But with all of the great stuff on this album, weirdly over time the Delicate Place has become one of my all time favorite Spoon songs. 2) Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - Black Like Me is probably my favorite Spoon song ever. 3) Kill the Moonlight 4) They Want My Soul 5) Girls Can Tell 6) A Series of Sneaks 7) Telephono - First five and last two songs make this album great for me. 8) Transference - Just never hit me all that well, even though I think it's a really good album. It's just that I like everything else a little better.
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
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