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 +2Posted on Sep 23rd, 2013 | re: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock (107 comments)

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.

 +2Posted on Jul 9th, 2013 | re: Debut Turns 20 (13 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Jan 26th, 2013 | re: Coachella 2013 Lineup (163 comments)

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?

 +2Posted on Jan 16th, 2013 | re: Download Four Tet Rarities Comp 0181 (5 comments)

Half way through and so far it’s all completely excellent (if you like Four Tet at all). What a treat!

 -2Posted on Jan 15th, 2013 | re: Tegan & Sara - "I Was A Fool" (14 comments)

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’.

 0Posted on Dec 18th, 2012 | re: The 10 Best Pretenders Songs (26 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Dec 16th, 2012 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2012 (198 comments)

 0Posted on Dec 16th, 2012 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2012 (198 comments)

Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster:

 +1Posted on Aug 18th, 2012 | re: Turn On The Bright Lights Turns 10 (95 comments)

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….’

 0Posted on Jul 26th, 2012 | re: Stream Ice Choir Afar (Stereogum Premiere) (15 comments)

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.