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 +9Posted on Dec 15th | re: The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 (71 comments)

Thanks again for doing this column and covering this music. I have been a metal fan for a long time now and it is still music that means so much to me. Due to alot of crazy stuff going on in my life the past two years I have not had as much time or money to dedicate to music as I would have liked. But I have always found time for metal and actually NEEDED it as much as I did when I was a teenager. You have turned me on to several albums that I would have otherwise missed and supported many artists that I think truly deserve it. Thanks again. Looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

 +1Posted on Dec 13th | re: Stereogum's 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (181 comments)

If you are going to go big then go BIG. This list goes to 70! And we have the same #1 song.

 +4Posted on Dec 11th | re: Stereogum's 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (181 comments)

I applaud Michael for sticking to his metal guns. I too had a certain #1 and the rest are hard to rank. Here are the 10 songs that I played over and over again this year or stuck with me for some reason.

1. Oxygen – Swans
2. YOB – Marrow
3. Kitty – marijuana
4. Aphex Twin – CIRCLONT6A [syrobonkus mix]
5. Liars – Vox Tuned D.E.D.
6. Millie & Andrea – Stay Ugly
7. Rustie – Attak
8. Shellac – Gary
9. Thou – Feral Faun
10. Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

I must say I listened to Blank Space more times than I care to admit but cannot bring myself to rank it.

 +5Posted on Dec 10th | re: Classic iPods Are Selling For As Much As $900 (47 comments)

Seriously bad move on apple’s part. I (sort of) understand the business reasons for this but I was really bummed when this news came out. I take my 160 with me wherever I go and I’m at the point that when I buy an new album I have to decide which one I have to take off. EVERY TIME! I still can’t believe they have no plans to even fill the gap that is left for people who just want a high capacity music device.

And to all the dumbasses who don’t “get it”. What if you suddenly couldn’t get pepperoni pizza? They just don’t make it anymore anywhere. You don’t need peperoni pizza. You COULD live without it. Why not just eat plain cheese? Or try sausage. I like pepperoni!!! I want it on my pizza, end of story. I don’t want a fucking iphone. I don’t want to play fucking candy crush on my music player. I just want to be able to take most of my music around with me like I have been able to do for the past 7-8 years. I accept that the market is moving in a different direction or you can’t get the parts or whatever but I don’t have to be happy about losing what is one of my top 5 favorite possessions ever and having no suitable replacement for it. Is that really so hard to comprehend?

 +5Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (526 comments)

Here goes, really tough to pick a top 10:

1. Swans – To Be Kind
2. Run The Jewels – 2
3. Shellac – Dude Incredible
4. Aphex Twin – SYRO
5. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
6. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
7. Perc – The Power and the Glory
8. Thou – Heathen
9. Millie & Andrea – Drop the Vowels
10. Liars – Mess

Also a special mention to the Unwound rereleases boxes. Spent a lot of time with those and it rekindled my love for a truly great (and underrated) band.

 0Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (526 comments)

Duly noted. I was alternately interested and annoyed at this beef but you guys were there before, during, and after. I can be snarky at times and I believe some snark was deserved but this was a nice cherry on top.

Great list btw. There is a really great variety even in the top 10 and it really goes to show the range of music you all cover and appreciate. Spent the last few days listening to that Nux Vomica album and glad I finally caught up.

 +7Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (526 comments)

Wow. You totally went there. I applaud Stereogum’s commitment to the BOTY. At least RTJ made #1.

 +2Posted on Nov 28th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - November 2014 (57 comments)

That Horrendous album is really great too. I love these year end metal lists because they help me catch the things I may have missed. Their top 10 is actually pretty impressive and I’m really looking forward to the Black Market list.

 +1Posted on Nov 26th | re: 20 Covers Of Radiohead's "Creep," Rated (45 comments)

My favorite “cover” of this song was done by some drunk dude at a karaoke bar in Portland. It was the day before easter and he changed the lyrics to be a song about Peeps. I guess that technically make it not a cover but it was well done and hilarious at the time.

 +1Posted on Nov 25th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - November 2014 (57 comments)

Love seeing Napalm Death back at it. I never thought Utilitarian got enough love and it sounds like they are continuing their run of quality albums. Also thanks for the heads up on Cretin and The Crown. Really dug those two.