Comments from undergroundspoon

I’m sure this is fine, but I doubt if it’s close to as idiosyncratic as Arca’s Mutant (and that's coming from a Piñata superfan!). For me the immediate comparison point for Arca's journey from Xen to this (maybe because he went from black to red on the album covers?) is RTJ. Xen, like their first album, was more of a sampler pack of things Arca can do well. Mutant is heavier and feels more in tune with its own flow. It can both toss out extraterrestrial bangers like “Sinner" and follow that moodier material like “Anger," in a way doesn’t feel a bit out of place. You listen to the title track, just stupidly complex, or “Sever,” which sounds like tuning into John Carpenter from another galaxy, and it shouldn’t be a question at that he’s one of the best in the game. Also “Soichiro” is masterfully precise chaos (I’ve mentioned a penultimate track, is this the part where someone chimes in from the wings?) that sets the stage for the closer, also great, so so well. I was worried that between his recent production credits – Yeezus, LP1, Vulnicura, all among the best albums of their respective years – and Xen that Arca might be spreading himself too thin, but I was dead wrong. It’s a bummer that these kinds of artists and releases don’t get much notice on Stereogum.
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November 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Shadow Of A Doubt
We value your opinions.
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November 13, 2015 on The 10 Best Joanna Newsom Songs
This list Does Not Suffice.
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November 13, 2015 on The 10 Best Joanna Newsom Songs
Not sold on this yet after 2 listens - I definitely prefer Visions - but I do appreciate that if nothing else, Art Angels is idiosyncratic as hell. Nobody but Grimes could have made this album.
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November 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Grimes Art Angels
New Fleet Foxes when?
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November 2, 2015 on Father John Misty Has Some Thoughts About Pop Music
In a perfect world.
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October 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Joanna Newsom Divers
Love this record. It's not a statement in the vein of Have One On Me's epic break-up treatise, but it is a pretty great refinement and distillation of everything she's previously done well. I'm reminded of Carrie & Lowell in that way (another fantastic album from a mid-2000s singer-songwriter). It's a testament to how assured her vision is that Joanna Newsom can tap idiosyncratic arrangers like Dave Longstreth and they end up bolstering it rather than overshadowing. Newsom's a master of her craft. One of the year's best. And by estimation one of the last anticipated 2015 records, unless we're still holding out for SWISH and some kinda left-field surprise from Biebs?
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October 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Joanna Newsom Divers
Phew! Momentarily transmuting my indignation into gushing on that thread.
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October 20, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Julien Baker Sprained Ankle
Joanna Newsom got ROBBED. ROBBED.
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October 20, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Julien Baker Sprained Ankle
Feels like the end of an era. Also, I can guarantee that whoever wrote that press release and included the phrase "millennial males" in it has not looked at the Pitch even once.
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October 13, 2015 on Condé Nast Buys Pitchfork
Looking forward to hearing more about this one in tomorrow's Album of the Week.
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October 12, 2015 on Stream Neon Indian VEGA INTL. Night School
Birdman is a terrible movie.
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October 9, 2015 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
This isn't SNL-related, but I think anyone enjoying the new CHVRCHES album should really check out Susanne Sundfør's album from this year (Ten Love Songs). She marries their synth pop formula with a Kate Bush sensibility that results in some seriously arty bangers. Amazed that the album hasn't gotten more love. Can you guys even imagine RTJ or Future on SNL? 30 Rock would combust and burn to the ground.
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October 1, 2015 on The Week In Pop: 23 Artists Who Should Make Their SNL Debut This Season
Someone has been leafing through my fanfic.
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September 16, 2015 on Watch Run The Jewels & TV On The Radio Perform “Angel Duster” On Colbert
For me, Ought is to late '70s NY art rock as Joey Bada$$ is to boom bap (ie: good, but a subsidiary of a genre that's done a LOT better).
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September 15, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Ought Sun Coming Down
Anyone else feeling a little let down by the new Battles album? It's cool that in the absence of vocalists they've committed to being a straight-up prog/electronic act, but a lot of the songs feel like Battles-by-the-numbers to me. Still, good to have them back. I can't think of another rapper who turned their career around so completely as Mac Miller. I don't think he's quite reached his full potential, but this is easily his best release to date, and my personal album of the week. Remember when he was a joke frat-rapper? Remember Blue Slide Park?
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September 15, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Ought Sun Coming Down
Cults is such a good example of this. When they came to Boston touring their first album I was in my freshman year of school there, and my friends and I had all tentatively agreed to go see them. As concert time approached we all eventually decided, independently of each other, that we didn't care enough to go and played Smash/drank instead. That was the last time any of us, or anyone else, ever thought about Cults.
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September 12, 2015 on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Turns 10
This is solid; some moments where Jay Rock rivals Kendrick as a storyteller, but a few too many where he slips into PMW mode that the other members of TDE rap in too often.
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September 11, 2015 on Stream Jay Rock 90059
This > Parklife. Come at me.
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September 11, 2015 on The Great Escape Turns 20
YOOOOOOOOOO On the one hand, American Football's lone album is basically perfection - some genius synthesis of math rock and downtempo. On the other, new American Football songs...
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September 9, 2015 on American Football Writing New Songs, May Release Another Album