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Great, great loaded article. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/arts/music/levon-helm-drummer-and-singer-dies-at-71.html
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April 19, 2012 on R.I.P. Levon Helm
So, so sad about this. It really feels like losing family. Just as a note though, second post in a row that feels like a wikipedia by number about, arguably, one of the most important drummers in American rock and roll. Make the changes suggested above - you've got a mistitled Band album attributed to Bob Dylan. And Tom, no kidding, you have got to go and listen to Music From Big Pink. You won't regret it. I promise. Do it for Levon.
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April 19, 2012 on R.I.P. Levon Helm
No niche categories for Levon. In my book he's one of the best rock and roll drummers that has been/will be - in the same vein as Ringo and Charlie Watts. There's more personality and soul in one of those drum tracks than some people put to tape their entire careers. I've been on the brink of crying all night thinking about living in a world without Levon Helm. For the record, he was hardly famous when he was working those oil rigs - just dodging all the boos that came from playing in Bob Dylan's backup band after the "plug-in". "The Band" hadn't even named itself yet.
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April 18, 2012 on Levon Helm In “Final Stages” Of Cancer
And R.E.M. is officially calling it quits today. http://remhq.com/news_story.php?id=1446
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September 21, 2011 on Michael Stipe’s Dick (NSFW, Obvs)
not frowning on anyone or trying to add to the self-righteousness of this post or thread, both just turned my stomach a little more than usual.
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September 4, 2011 on Bon Iver Shits On MTV
Bummer, dude. I have my moments of feeling that way lately, but this one feels like they've got some footing back. Who's voice and music is most affecting to you right now?
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September 3, 2011 on Wilco The Whole Love Comment Party
scared. nervous. Lou? Lou!?
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September 3, 2011 on Lou Reed & Metallica Unveil Album Cover
Only halfway through it, but this is some of the best I've heard from them in years. (and I love everything they've done). It is seriously affecting me. First of their records in a while where I don't feel like a spectator.
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September 3, 2011 on Wilco The Whole Love Comment Party
Good grief. I'm trying to decide what makes me more sad: pulling an semi-coherent, semi-juvenile rant off an artist's blog, slapping a shocker title on it and watching the hits roll in or the rabid turn of comments underneath it. feeling real TMZ up in here, yall. or maybe it just feels like, Stereogum. 'Get well soon, everybody.'
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August 31, 2011 on Bon Iver Shits On MTV
Yeah, the autotune is super, super thick and disturbing. It's been growing ever since "Beer for My Horses." Makes me wonder what the state of his voice is. But so what? You know? He's almost 80. He's had the wear and tear. He's fixin' to die. Let him sing out of tune damnit. He's Willie Nelson! Somebody needs to put in a call to Rick Rubin. We might need another round of American Recordings to seal out The Legend of Willie.
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August 30, 2011 on Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay For Chipotle
Shoot y'all. Not trying to rain on the parade, but I listen to Bon Iver all the time and I think I'm growing boobies.
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June 29, 2011 on Your Musical Taste Is Wimpy Says Daily News
Nah, you just didn't read any of the comments.
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June 9, 2011 on Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
yeah. i'm with you. I think byrne's speech is fascinating, but I don't think venue justifies mediocrity in any way. And really he's actually arguing the opposite, that artists adapt, use venue as an instrument, and use it to further their art (and Radiohead absolutely does) and I haven't seen that happen here outside of swinging lightbulbs around and around and around. Coldplay have been imitators from the start, and they've been really open about that, from Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, Kraftwerk and U2, Peter Allen and Spanish Dance. But at this point it's like they are imitating themselves and becoming caricatures of Coldplay - when I don't think they ever really found their identity to start with (partly because they got really popular really fast). it's kind of a big bummer and feels like watching an orphan go through puberty in front of millions of clapping people... anyways, best case scenario they just dumped out this "Summer Blockbuster" single and it has nothing to do with their next album or musical direction. either way, I think most people have given up on Coldplay putting out something mindblowing and important, I think Coldplay have kind of given up on that too...
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June 5, 2011 on Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
bro, it's a song made up of two really common two-chord progressions. you don't have to dig up obscure spanish pop music (or browse other folks blogs) to find it all over the place. at the end of the day, on some level, calling a pop song a ripoff is like calling a pop song a pop song. it's just part of the game. i have a feeling they were all geeking out to a Peter Allen record for lunch, went into rehearsal and goofed off with the chords. Five minutes later "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" was born. So they give Peter Allen some credit, simultaneously covering their asses, and shine a little spotlight on an obscure record that they dig.
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June 3, 2011 on Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
Pretty much what everyone expected. David Byrne had a great (long) blog post and a TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/eng//id/883) about music venues shaping the sounds of bands and composers throughout history. Clearly Coldplay are all about writing some feelgood anthems to redeem the grass seats of amphitheaters and nosebleeds of arenas, and they follow a really safe and common model, ie The U2 Plan. Not much reward or excitement or pushing music along, just a safe buy that sells a lot of records. Although in full disclosure, I own most of their records, pull one out maybe once a year, and it feels pretty damn good. They're nothing if not consistent, and never 'QUITE' do it the same way twice. If more pop music sounded like Coldplay, I'd venture the dial away from news radio a little more often - but I wouldn't be missing much if I didn't. Once a year is great for me.
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June 3, 2011 on Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
Brother Reeve might just have the look and chops for the Buckley part. Next year. Idol finale. Reeve Carney - Lilac Wine. Sure thing, dawg.
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May 28, 2011 on Bono & Edge Play Spider-Man Song On Idol
Vernon and Fallon both referred to it as a Hathaway song. I think that's the version Vernon has dialed in on repeat. Blogs are just posting the video, not wikipedia'ing who to attribute the song that Bon Iver used as an intro to a Bonnie Raitt song, you know? Stuff gets overlooked. Nobody's fault really, but hopefully it draws some attention back to ol' Leon. He deserves it. Mad Dogs & Englishmen, y'all.
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May 26, 2011 on Bon Iver Debuts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Cover On Fallon
Not his best performance (for sure), but probably the most vulnerable I've ever seen him and his voice. no harmonies, no guitar, standing in a spotlight singing a bonnie raitt song in front of a grand piano. it's uncomfortable, but it's a pretty incredible thing to see on late night tv. I don't think there is anywhere on earth he wanted to be other than on that stage with Phil Cook paying homage to Bonnie Raitt in the raw. It's not my favorite Bon Iver moment but it's everything I love about Justin Vernon - a generous dude who loves music and goes with his gut. I can live with that. And I'll probably watch it a lot for that.
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May 24, 2011 on Bon Iver Debuts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Cover On Fallon
Nothing wrong with giving Leon Russell a little credit. Lord knows he doesn't get enough. I wouldn't take it personally. Great article and thanks for posting the audio link. For the record: Leon Russell, Ray Charles, and Willie Nelson trading verses on "A Song for You" is one of the most powerful things I've ever seen. Seriously, pour some scotch and wait until Ray comes in. Most times I cry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0KRQmXofq4
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May 24, 2011 on Bon Iver Debuts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Cover On Fallon
hot damn, it restores some cynical part of me that i had started to think was normal. what would we DO without these guys? gorgeous album. killer show. long live FLEET FOXES!
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May 22, 2011 on Fleet Foxes Play Fallon
definitely some hints of the Bonnie Raitt in there as well. I'm stoked to hear his Bon Iraitt covers when the record comes out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW9Cu6GYqxo
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May 20, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
i appreciate that! if they had some cheap beer and a jukebox over here at the Stereogum we'd probably both be a little more chatty on here. cheers.
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May 19, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
Haha! Balls indeed. Right on with the Jackson Browne! Maybe that's the name I've been reaching for. Lap steel and all. Anyways, crank it my friend. It's the only way. We'll do it together! I blasted it driving through a golf course today and turned some well-manicured heads for sure. I'm going to lay in the dark and spin "Late for the Sky" - thanks for the nudge.
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May 19, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
PS - I didn't give you the thumbs down. No real need for that. Just honest premature evaluations.
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May 19, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
oh man! you guys are missing out. be careful about describing the whole song based on the tone of the electric piano (and some heavy-petting sax/guitar licks). But even then, maybe y'all are too young (or grunge? or proud?) to remember how good some of that e. piano shit felt in the early late 80s/early 90s, and that's understandable. It's become a joke, but it still feels clean and right. You know? Like you want to stand on a bar at the end of the night, raise your glass, get everybody singing, and cry like you lost something. Auld Lang Syne incarnate. Sure, it got abused and perm mulleted and driven into the ground like something terrible, but the purging time is over. I'm up for that revival any day. It might be hilarious that the guy who came to mythic prominence through cabin minimalist beauty would revive it, but it's also really fitting and it hits the same nerve in me as FEFEA. Give it some time? It's got soul, y'all.
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May 19, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
Yes. It is just you, and all the other middle school girls that use the word "meh" to describe things that, like, don't make them want to call their friends, like, right when they get home from school. Or update their statuses about 'loving' things, like, 30 seconds into it.
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March 2, 2011 on The King Of Limbs Comment Party
i think this is a pretty brilliant commentary. i'm not quite to 40 listens yet, but I think this captures my feelings pretty well.
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February 22, 2011 on The King Of Limbs Comment Party
To those complaining about the price of the album: First, you didn't have to pay 50 dollars. That is not the set price for the album. There were cheaper, regular priced options. Second, you didn't pay Radiohead 50 dollars to make the album you wanted, you paid it for "King of Limbs," an album that already existed when you bought it, and that (hopefully, if you dropped 50 bones) is the latest piece of work by an artist that you trust and respect. If it's not what you wanted - fine. I really am sorry. I know how disappointing that can be. But you didn't have to pay 50 bucks, you could have waited to hear what you were paying for, or bought the cheaper option. Not to mention, the same impatience that made you buy this thing for the most money you could, the minute it came out - might, in the end, keep you from enjoying it. I hope you love the package that shows up on your doorstep when it gets delivered. I hope the art and creativity and care that went into it blows you mind. But if you don't, for God's sake, don't start complaining that you paid a lot of money for something that, as it turns out, you didn't want. That doesn't mean Radiohead owes you anything, that means you made a bad purchase.
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February 22, 2011 on The King Of Limbs Comment Party
That Joni cover is stunning. Grade A musician being stark and gentle with his own tunes and everybody else's. The album stands in its own little corner - on the money, and on repeat.
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February 15, 2011 on James Blake – “A Case Of You” (Joni Mitchell Cover)