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Grimes is a genius. I think her closest analogue as an artist is actually Prince in his prime. It seems that even the people that like Grimes aren't completely aware of how good she is, and the people that don't aren't paying enough attention. I would have definitely preferred that she sent her tracks to someone like Dave Fridmann to master, but I guess appealing to a larger audience is a more savvy thing to do. The record is still great.
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November 7, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Grimes Art Angels
Um, this was a good record. I had no idea of the origins of their popularity, or even the concept of 'blog rock', but it has nothing at all to do with whether this music is good or not. The next record was mostly disappointing and I lost interest after that, but a lot of bands have trouble living up to their first record.
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September 11, 2015 on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Turns 10
They put out this video in the early 90's, and it was one of the stranger, unsettling things that I'd seen, but it included these live performances that was just the one guy on guitar and the girl singing with some backing tapes and I recall some of the music being strange, psychedelic, and exciting. Whatever they had out at the time I didn't like as much, and they didn't seem like a band that was going to have a long productive future, or even live to see the future. So I am kind of surprised that they actually put out a bunch of records and have led productive, interesting lives. I had no idea. A good band to rediscover. :)
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June 27, 2015 on Royal Trux Albums From Worst To Best
So Miley Cyrus has a giant pile of money, has real talent, gets to make art and music with the Flaming Lips, gets to hit on Ariana Grande, and overall seems to be a wonderful person. LIFE IS SO UNFAIR! She should at least have the common decency to have some negative qualities.
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May 15, 2015 on Watch A Raunchy Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips Debut “Tiger Dreams” At Adult Swim Upfront
I like most of this record. There's a bit of cringe-inducing, "produced for the radio" type guitar sounds and melodies, but there is lots of good material on it. You can hear them pushing against commercial restraints. I wouldn't mind having a remastered version.
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March 14, 2015 on The Bends Turns 20
While I'm generally delighted by Grimes, I want more than this musically/soundwise.
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March 12, 2015 on Grimes – “REALiTi” Video
I lost interest in Beck after "Sea Change". I generally liked the album but I felt it lacked something vital and was kind of samey. Too many steps towards the middle of the road for my taste. I would rate Mutations/Midnite Vultures as peak Beck, but this article has convinced me to check out "Guero" at least. The one song I listened to off of "Morning Phase" sounded like straight up adult contemporary to me. I have found that several Beck tracks from the Odelay-Mutations-Midnite Vultures combo stand up to repeated listens.
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
I like the Pixies a lot. "Last Splash" is better than any Pixies record. Pixies had better guitar playing, that's it. 90's psychedelic rock at its finest. A classic record.
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August 31, 2013 on Last Splash Turns 20
This is a pretty intriguing track, but I'd say at this point I could do without that guitar in the left channel for the most part.
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March 6, 2013 on The Flaming Lips – “Look… The Sun Is Rising”
This is like some weird test of the level of Flaming Lips fandom. Telepathic Surgery, their worst record, at 4 is just weird, and "Priest" is a classic in Flaming Lips universe. "Hit" is my favorite, so I'm glad it got some love. Clouds Taste Metallic would be around 5 I'd say, behind all the other 90s 'noise-rock' records. "Mystics" was the first disappointing Lips record since the early days and should be way lower. "Zaireeka" I think is their finest achievement, but it has to be listened to properly, and maybe shouldn't be included. I'm still figuring out what to make of "Embryonic" which is a good thing. At this point I'd certainly put it ahead of their three early records and "Mystics".
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January 18, 2013 on The Flaming Lips Albums From Worst To Best
I agree with including Louder/Hatful as a single entity on this list, but, y'know, The Queen is Dead is fantastic, and a proper album. I suppose if it was in it's rightful place there would be fewer comments. ;)
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January 9, 2013 on The Smiths Albums From Worst To Best
I thought Mutations was way better, he's considerably less interesting when trying to be 'serious'. I listened to this a lot though, at the time, wasn't terrible. I had no idea so many people liked it so much.
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September 27, 2012 on Sea Change Turns 10
I have a lot of confidence in these girls. Can't wait to hear it!
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August 1, 2009 on Progress Report: Tegan & Sara
How about calling it "What is the light?"
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May 19, 2009 on The Soft Bulletin Turns 10
CCR was really fucking good. Props people.
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May 8, 2009 on Norm MacDonald Jokes About Crystal Meth On Letterman
I like Grandaddy, but their sound hasn't really gone anywhere. This song could be on the sophtware slump.
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May 8, 2009 on New Jason Lytle Video – “I Am Lost (And the Moment Cannot Last)”
Here's all you have to do to understand some of the ridiculous things Prince does. He decided to strip down to his underwear and put out an album of pornographic demos...and it worked. He decided to put out a double album and it worked. Then, he decided he was going to make and star in a semi-autobiographical movie and it worked. This is how you become a person that can't be told how to do anything.
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March 31, 2009 on Prince Web Presence Leaves A Lot 2 B Desired