Comments from tomcruisin4chix

also the art looks a lot like Gregory Crewdson from YLT “Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out”–very cool

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July 23, 2015 on Futurebirds – “twentyseven” (Stereogum Premiere)

Hell yes. These guys are wonderful, great live show, great dudes, too. But they’re an Athens band, not Atlanta. I’ll say it here, this will be there breakout album, the first two are absolute pleasure, but I think this is their maturation point. Good luck

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July 23, 2015 on Futurebirds – “twentyseven” (Stereogum Premiere)

Does anyone else enjoy this more than “To Pimp a Butterfly”? For all the George Clinton on TPAB I feel SURF captured more of that spontaneity that Clinton became so famous for.

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June 1, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf

Great effort on this essay, but we all know there’s still an untapped wellspring cultural phenomena to this band that only history will show us.

If nothing else you gave us a descriptor that will stick with this history of this band:
“[…]catharsis is so crucial to their music; this is why James’ voice and the voluminous reverb and the seven- or eight-minute multi-part sagas are so crucial to their music. They never sink into depletion in a musical or physical landscape where they easily could. And they’d get something great out of it, too. But they commit, fully and over-the-top, to the idea that there’s always more to discover and explore.”

Brilliant. I think what’s so intriguing about this band is that they really don’t fit in. They have a space all to themselves and have no shame exploring it however they see fit. It’s a beautiful thing. Thanks.

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May 10, 2015 on Opening The World Again: My Morning Jacket’s The Waterfall And The New Americana

lmao that solo at 2:20 is so jerry, was cracking up when he said it.

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April 22, 2015 on Mac DeMarco Readies Another One Mini-Album, Enormous Tour

10cc’s serious cousin or ELO’s artsy son.

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April 16, 2015 on Watch Tame Impala Play The Epic “Let It Happen” On Conan

Kevin Parker is making Tame Impala into 10cc’s serious cousin, and it’s pretty cool.
Also, the texture of the song is way better now with guitar in the beginning.

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April 16, 2015 on Watch Tame Impala Play The Epic “Let It Happen” On Conan

great song, but a capo on a ukulele is fucking hilarious

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April 6, 2015 on The Staves – “Make It Holy” (Feat. Justin Vernon) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Tony Earley is having a moment here

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April 1, 2015 on We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years

this will be one of the live killers on the album

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March 31, 2015 on My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)”

also getting some heavy Bruce vibes on this single too

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March 3, 2015 on My Morning Jacket Announce New Album The Waterfall

This guy is unbelievable. We are so spoiled that Father John Misty and Matthew E White just produced two of the richest albums of the decade thus far within the space of a few weeks!

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March 2, 2015 on Stream Matthew E. White Fresh Blood

Also, did know anything about Darkside, but now I know this man, Dave Harrington, can fucking shread.

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February 11, 2015 on Watch Alex Bleeker & Dave Harrington Play “Eyes Of The World” During Marathon Grateful Dead Covers Set

this show was so good. couldn’t believe the number of dead fans in brooklyn. they nailed it too, the setlist would get thumbs up from any fan.

Whenever people don’t get the grateful dead I chalk it up to a few things:
1. sobriety
2. never playing in a band, jamming, or an instrument for that matter. And I don’t mean dicking around, I mean like go on stage at a bar and playing an 80 minute set, actually having the pressure of having to make people move.
3. south park-esque disdain for hippies // in the way people rag on hipsters today
4. or he/she is just an obnoxious music snob who can’t like anything a friend’s dad might enjoy

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February 11, 2015 on Watch Alex Bleeker & Dave Harrington Play “Eyes Of The World” During Marathon Grateful Dead Covers Set

who gives a fuck about the grammys? poor author of this article: go get laid, or jerk off, or read a book–ain’t enough time in life to waste it on writing critical essays about annual arbitrary asshole award anointments!

but if you gotta pay dat rent, I see you too.

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December 6, 2014 on Making Sense Of The 2015 Grammy Nominations

George Clinton all over this

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November 4, 2014 on Kendrick Lamar – “i” Video

The sampled laugh track induces chills.

It’s weird, his theatrics are limited and therefor much more tolerable on a screen. When I saw him in concert last summer this theatrics seemed contrived and annoying. But who cares, his music is so on point.

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November 4, 2014 on Watch Father John Misty Play “Bored In The USA” From New Album I Love You, Honeybear On Letterman

this guy is gonna be huge

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October 14, 2014 on Porches. – “Forgive” (Feat. Greta Kline)

My point is that, within Graves assumed artistic subgenre (typing this is making me realize how innane this whole conversation is, but we’re too far gone!), there is a legacy of borderless expression–if Patti Smith wants to say n^gger that’s her right. We can say we don’t like it (which we have) but at the end of the day we cannot regulate her art. You’ve suggested a similar point in your comment, dansolo.

My concern is that Graves implicitly believes there is a parallel, equal or better, artistic universe where people cannot offend, where one is limited in what they can and cannot say. And yes, ideally this is a good idea–nobody wants hurt feelings. But think of all that is lost when we eliminate language–example, movie in theaters v movie on any Turner station.

I’m afraid if people like Graves take control of music opinion (she won’t) then we will write off any artists who offend the majority–one that is moving towards an online community of people who like taking offense. The music listening majority is not America’s majority (ie white people), it’s the internet (upper middle class white kids?). And the internet loves loves loves to be offended and take up digital picket signs via hashtags and comment threads.

The whole digital protest idea beckons the question, why even bother, Graves? To some extent she is just accumulating digital currency: I wrote a pandering essay on a premier music website, said buzz words/themes, so like my band on facebook, hear our new single on spotify. I cannot help but think this was done, consciously or otherwise, with the thought of improving her own clout.

If she really cared or believed what she said, she would do something in the public physical sphere. If she did that I’d shake her hand and buy her a coffee. But until then it’s just another voice in a sea of verbiage–like me!

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October 9, 2014 on Meredith Graves Condemns Mark Kozelek’s Diss Track And The Language Of Abuse

Isn’t Perfect Pussy a punk band? Legs McNeil, founder of Punk Magazine, said that, “Mass movements are so un-hip.” And that liberation movements were, “the beginning of political correctness, which was just fascism to us. Real fascism. More rules.”

So what is it? Maybe Meredith Graves should look to Patti Smith and her song “Rock N Roll N^gger”. White punks used racist colloquialisms as artistic expression, I am not condoning such expression but it illustrates the point that it has always happened even in liberal minded groups like the punks.

I completely agree with blochead’s sentiment, this zealous, hyper-analytic pandering is frustrating. She wants a “better music scene” but what would her image of a better music scene be exactly? Given the context of her argument it would be one where nobody said offensive things and could only be subversive if it did not offend a minority or suppressed socioeconomic group. Very punk.

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October 8, 2014 on Meredith Graves Condemns Mark Kozelek’s Diss Track And The Language Of Abuse