Comments from undergroundspoon

Bottomless Pit is so, so good. Death Grips' best since Money Store.
+9 |
May 26, 2016 on Is Hard Rock About To Roar Back Into The Mainstream?
W/e we're all gonna die.
+23 |
May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
"Fourth of July" tho.
+34 |
May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Green Room's real good, but The Lobster is the 2016 movie to beat #FACTS Seriously, I caught it last week and haven't stopped thinking about it since. So much to delight in, and subsequently process and unpack. Anyway, music.
+4 |
May 24, 2016 on Album Of The Week: PUP The Dream Is Over
It does! I think we kinda marginalize instrumental music, such that it's hard for any of it to grab "classic" status without a vocalist. Like, when was the last widely agreed upon classic of purely instrumental music? Was it even this decade? Fantasy shortlist of rappers on 32 Levels: Rocky (given), Earl, Vince (the latter two on the same song would be a dream)
+6 |
May 19, 2016 on Clams Casino – “Blast”
Definitely glad he's dropping a new project of his own after such a long gap between releases, but I'll be a little let down if there are no rappers on here. Clams is easily one of the top rappers' producers doing it, and that FIRE Adult Swim single he did with Danny Brown last year is Exhibit A.
+6 |
May 19, 2016 on Clams Casino – “Blast”
The version streaming on Apple Music has a much more even mix - I'm assuming that's why the DatPiff download was taken down.
+7 |
May 13, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Chance The Rapper Coloring Book
I miss that old Chance the Rapper, actually mix his songs Chance the Rapper.
+16 |
May 13, 2016 on Download Chance The Rapper Coloring Book
I guess we're never going to talk about the great album Aesop Rock dropped a couple weeks ago? Bummer.
+8 |
May 11, 2016 on Skepta Makes Grime Sound New
Unbelievably gross and manipulative. Like, I really can't believe it.
+30 |
May 10, 2016 on Yacht Promote New Video With Fake Sex Tape Leak
Shouts out to HOPELESSNESS, which is so powerful and so essential and currently owning my headphones. It reminds me a lot of Vulnicura, in that Anohni tapped some of our best working producers for top tier contributions but remains the undisputed master of the project (it's also the bleakest album I've heard since Vulnicura). Definitely gonna be one of the year's very best for me come December. That and the other half a dozen other albums to emerge from the ether this week definitely make up for the stinker that Views ended up being. I still can't believe it's as bad as it is.
+11 |
May 6, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
These have been the best two or three weeks of my life. It can only go downhill from here
+25 |
May 6, 2016 on Radiohead – “Daydreaming” Video (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
It's weird - I remember thinking that of Reflektor at the time, but these days it's the only Arcade Fire album I really listen to. Chalk it up to my dwindling appreciation of heart-on-the-sleeve indie rock, I guess.
+8 |
May 4, 2016 on This Is A Low-Flying Panic Attack: What’s At Stake For Radiohead Fans In The “Burn The Witch” Era
Well, as the recent PJ Harvey review made clear, a fair amount of the criticism in this space seems to be steeped in moralism. And yes, moral standards should ABSOLUTELY be applied consistently.
+8 |
April 26, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade
Where was this reticence to speak on black issues when TPAB came out? IIRC, your critique amounted to "I want hits with bars." This album is terrific. Production is gratifyingly subtle at times, and I never thought I'd hear Beyoncé so vulnerable.
+27 |
April 26, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade
Sonically-speaking it's Twisted Fantasy-esque, in that it's something of a career overview with a few new flourishes. And he's had a great career! I think it's also his most explicitly metatextual album - lyrically, the way he's promoted it, the way the album has changed in real-time. In that way it sorta retcons his initial "the album of the life" statement as copy rather than hubris. Even if it's also been messy, this approach has never really been done before and that appeals to me. But if you're tired of the persona, I can see why it would do the opposite of that.
+13 |
April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
I guess it depends on what you mean by "the man." In hits, sure, you'd have to look back to one of those collab albums for Kanye (though "Bound 2" had modest chart success). I'm interpreting it more as pushing the art form forward, though, and I'll take Kanye's bringing the new school of trappers to church > Drake chest-thumping/crooning airily less convincingly than ever before.
+19 |
April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
"After all that, West has to know that he’s not the man in rap anymore, that he’s finally and irrevocably ceded that top spot to Drake." That's a stretch. In spite of its flaws TLOP is still the rap release of the year - better than Kendrick's scraps, better than the latest carbon copy release from Future or Young Thug. Meanwhile, at the exact moment Drake needed to silence his naysayers and release something undeniable - an honest-to-God CLASSIC - he's whiffed. None of his singles or leaks have in any way suggested Views will be classic-status, or even particularly good.
+19 |
April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse