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I’m kind of sick and tired of people saying that the sound on SNL is terrible. The only times I’ve ever thought the sound was terrible was when the band was terrible. Great bands don’t sound terrible at all. From recent memory: this, Bon Iver, Radiohead, the Black Keys, Arcade Fire, etc. They all sounded great.
I think the thing we should really focus on, besides the LDR impersonation, is the amazing performance by Bon Iver. That might be there best performance on SNL I’ve ever seen. Now I know for sure that I have to go see them this summer. I only hope he brings all those amazing supporting players.
I agree with everything you said except about how memes don’t matter.
Memes shape the artistic and cultural landscape constantly and in very big ways. Written language itself is a meme. For being so harsh on people for misusing “pretentious” in other threads, don’t misuse words/meanings and expect no consequences.
This cover isn’t very funny. What’s the joke? “Coldplay’s such a terrible band that it would be SOOOO ironic if we cover them and do a super shitty job of it.” I don’t get it. Are they starved for attention? Not a Coldplay fan; I’m just annoyed at Titus for being so unfunny. They must think that they are THAT much better than Coldplay for doing something like this. Not cool. It was nice when punk bands at least had the aesthetic right so it was possible to enjoy a cover ironically but this isn’t even funny. Shit/lo-fi does not equal punk.
All of the Top 50 lists were made too soon. This album would definitely be on mine.
I think it’s very funny how many people have complained saying that Rolling Stone hasn’t included any guitarist from the past 20 years or that there favourite guitarist isn’t listed. Check the whole list:
Guitarist that people on Stereogum were complaining that they weren’t on the list but they actually are:
Stevie Ray Vaughn
There. Now you know. When you list 100 guitarists, do you think that they can really make a list so nuanced that it takes EVERY single factor into account and makes the perfect list for everyone for ALL TIME? No. They simply made a list of 100 guitarists that they think are great (and they all are in some aspects) and Stereogum incorrectly only included 10 for people to complain about. Read the full list and everyone should at least be satisfied that there are new and old guitarists on there.
Beck nothing and not influential? I agree that Knopfler is a great guitarist but Jeff Beck is a fantastically distinct player who pushed instrumental rock forward since the 70s. Remember this list is the top 10 guitar players, i.e. people who play guitar the best; not guitar players that people like.
Though some of the tracks sound interesting, I can’t imagine myself ever sitting and listening to this as a record. This is going to be so hit and miss and I don’t just mean the obvious ones like the random teen pop stars. I can’t even imagine what some of these groups will sound like doing Dylan songs. I guess it just shows how great a songwriter that he is; that from everyone from Ke$ha to Flogging Molly to Ziggy Marley feels like they can contribute.
***Season 2 of Twin Peaks continues excellently on the same path that Season 1 started and ends with probably the most satisfying and heady episode of television I’ve ever seen. It seems unfair to include only the first season if including Twin Peaks at all. It is common practice for a television series to include many writers and directors. Because of the medium, it is automatically less auteur-driven and so I believe Twin Peaks might have been the worst choice of those listed to accredit to Lynch. In future, when praising Lynch, just go with a film.
I agree with you, matt0009. The autotune killed that one for me.
I’m kind of surprised to see all of the Metronomy mentions in the comments. Am I the only one who finds them incredibly boring? Otherwise, Elbow’s great but they have won already so they’ll probably give it to Blake. Not as good of a list this year as it has been in the past, that’s for sure.
This video is fantastic. I was not a big fan of the album at all but I think the video added a much deeper layer of complexity to the song and how to interpret the lyrics. Really enjoyed how creepy it was.
I think you missed the irony here.
I only wish the album sounded as good as the hype-train built it up to be. I mean the mood and intensity hear is uncommon and brilliant, that’s for sure, but as far as listenability, it’s sub-par, in my opinion. Better beats and even more unabashed lyrics/style would suit Tyler’s next release just fine. Get some producers behind this guy and watch out!
First. And also, the grammar/editing in this article is pretty atrocious. “Lady Sunday”? I hope that one is at least a joke. Nice to hear a lengthy update on the Lonely Island.
Haha. You guys are being too sensitive. Clearly this video’s only funny because of that brief cameo at the end (the look on Eric’s face is priceless!). You can see he’s clearly joining in as well (notice his arm holding the guy up when he starts to crowdsurf). He’s a National fan, too, obviously if he’s there watching. Honestly, those guys singing that loudly right in front of me at a concert might annoy the heck out of me but at least Eric has a sense of humour.