swanstep

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Esp. Chvrches. Their album's dull beyond the singles. Moreover it's dull in a specific way: timbres and beats are pretty much the same across every song (much like a guitar band - it all makes sense now!) but they aren't nearly high-quality/well-defined/separated enough to bear that sort of scrutiny. I think what I'm saying is that some people (Reznor, Kraftwerk, Underworld, Orbit, etc.) are good synthesists but Chvrches really aren't (at least not yet) and it shows.
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September 23, 2013 on Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
Even thought it's her Pablo Honey, this album did establish Bjork as a video force and as a purveyor of unstoppable badass single remixes, e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5TisZ2MRl8.
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July 9, 2013 on Debut Turns 20
Janelle Monae way down the list/tiny font on Saturday. She was in album-of-the-year territory in 2010 and, judging by youtube and Letterman, a beast live. What gives?
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January 26, 2013 on Coachella 2013 Lineup
Half way through and so far it's all completely excellent (if you like Four Tet at all). What a treat!
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January 16, 2013 on Download Four Tet Rarities Comp 0181
Fun, but very familiar... Roxette's Listen To Your Heart meets The Verve's Velvet Morning, but without the melodic or arrangement punch of either. Still better than a lot of what's out there tho'.
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January 15, 2013 on Tegan & Sara – “I Was A Fool”
Up The Neck from their first record (almost as good as Tattooed....). Anyhow, 1980 was definitely a great year for interesting women in pop/rock: Marianne Faithfull's Broken English album was huge that year; B-52s, Blondie, Abba, Diana Ross, Kate Bush all riding high (at least in the UK and down under); Siouxsie and Banshees, Grace Jones, Holly and the Italians, Young Marble Giants threatening; Toyah and Flying Lizards doing great singles. But Hynde and the Pretenders debut bossed everything: an amazing record, powerful but with incredible range.
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December 18, 2012 on The 10 Best Pretenders Songs
Au Revoir Simone's Erika Forster:
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December 16, 2012 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2012
Key 2002 party piece: playing Say Hello to the Angels to someone and having them *always* say something like, 'Wait wait, I know this, it's Stevie Knicks, right? No, hang on, it's the Clash. Aw, no it's The Smiths; I LOVE The Smiths. Oh, wait....'
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August 18, 2012 on Turn On The Bright Lights Turns 10
In your interview, the band says that if it had to have only one and only disc for a desert island, it would take Creed's Human Clay. I hope to God that that's a joke.
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July 26, 2012 on Stream Ice Choir Afar (Stereogum Premiere)
That Ice Choir track sounds like a hit (from a John Hughes movie). Woo hoo.
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July 1, 2012 on Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012
It's also just the *wrong* Brits. Two Stone Roses tracks and nothing by Kate Bush, Pulp but no Kinks, and so on. Probably no serious way to complete the basic '20 from 60' task but I Feel Love, What's Going On, and Dancing Queen would definitely make my personal, hopeless list of this sort.
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June 23, 2012 on NME’s 20 Greatest Tracks Of The Past 60 Years
From which we provisionally conclude that Daft Punk aren't in the same league as Clint Mansell or Vangelis, let alone Herrmann, Williams, Morricone, Elmer Bernstein, and the like.
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November 21, 2010 on Sample Daft Punk Tron Soundtrack