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Ticket purchased! The eight days between now and then should be enlugh time for me to decide which band T-shirt to wear.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Same deal w/r/t Strange Mercy & the s/t. I guess the former's still my 2011 AOTY, but I don't like it nearly as much as I do the s/t (which weirdly enough ended up being #4 on my list the year; chalk it up to 2011 being a weaker year and 2014 delivering the good in its top tier, I guess). Only time in recent memory I can recall regretting my AOTY pick was January 2015, when I finally got around to hearing Black Messiah. Not that I necessarily felt bad about picking RTJ2 instead, but Black Messiah was something else, man...an "Album of the Decade" contender for sure.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I dunno about pushing the album back, but if you have the opportunity to not come across as a tonedeaf jerk, maybe take it? He didn't have to put the song on his album, or even release it to begin with.
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December 2, 2016 on J. Cole’s “False Prophets” Appears To Be A Kanye West Diss
I don't really think this is true, though; we've seen all year people chiming in in this very space about their belief that Kanye's unwell/hopes that he gets the help he needs (like you just provided). I love Pablo, but I still don't think it came from a particularly stable place. Anyway, if this is really about Kanye, then Cole is the latest to err on releasing an already dated diss cut (Drake v. Cudi was the first). Like, maybe don't release a song with bars you wrote months ago that now read callous and insensitive; coming at people in visible dire straits is soooooo weak.
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December 2, 2016 on J. Cole’s “False Prophets” Appears To Be A Kanye West Diss
Yeah, writing a whole album mourning the loss of a mother you hardly knew is an "exercise." Sure. If only he had included an 11-minute epic about how being a 20-something is hard.
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December 2, 2016 on Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Shares Hot Take On Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, Then Apologizes
I dunno guys. Hardly a disappointment, but all of these singles have felt more like RTJ1.5 than RTJ3 to me. Was expecting a bit more.
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December 1, 2016 on Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It”
My bad! It would definitely make the list of "Best Albums I Listened to on the Highway" this year.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
D∆WN and Susanne Sundfor occupy an inexplicable blind spot for a music culture that seems to love forward-thinking pop. Go figure.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Def agree that it had gems, ("James Joint," man) but between aforementioned Tame Impala karaoke/the Travis Scott shrapnel "Woo"/some lesser cuts, my opinion ended up skewing closer to "pretty good!" than "great." Though I think it might have been a victim of expectations more than anything else. Not every anticipated album from a high profile artist needs to be What's Goin On.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
This is really strong round-up! Blonde AOTY FTW, and seeing someone else champion Anohni is comforting; it's been a pretty lonely island defending this (IMO) inexplicably divisive album.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
That level of cultural permeation for such a strange album is really heartening! Between that and making fun of nerdcore, Alex was on a roll this year. I...never heard Endless. Does it offer a deeper understanding of Blonde, Nostalgia Ultra round 2, or what?
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
If I had to guess, I'd say he probably did himself in releasing two other, less worthy, projects this year. Though you'd think the album art alone would have burned it into all of our brains.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Blonde is life. It's less easily categorized than Channel Orange was with its coming-out narrative, but I find it a lot more fulfilling and, shockingly, more than worthy of the insane hype. Total validation of him as one of our finest working songwriters. 2016 was definitely the year of blockbuster albums, good (Radiohead, Kanye, Beyonce) fine (Rihanna, Chance) and bad (Drake, Weeknd). Hoping with all those loads blown, we can pay more attention to up-and-comers next year (not that we were lacking for those this year, too).
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
So glad we've all cooled it a lil w/r/t pretending Anti is better than it is since January. I dunno what thesis you could craft to explicate it placing higher than Blackstar in a year-end round-up. Re: Avalanches, I think people (wrongly) hold the changes in sampling law since 2001 against Wildflower. To be fair, I don't know that the record is the equal of Since I Left You, but I dunno that we should be mad about a more song-based approach this time out. The absence of Thugger and Jaar is less explicable and equally egregious. Different strokes, I suppose!
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
1) Blonde // Frank Ocean 2) Atrocity Exhibition // Danny Brown 3) The Life of Pablo // Kanye West 4) HOPELESSNESS // Anohni 5) A Moon Shaped Pool // Radiohead 6) 22, A Million // Bon Iver 7) We Got It From Here... // A Tribe Called Quest 8) Bottomless Pit // Death Grips 9) Sirens // Nicolas Jaar 10) Wildflower // The Avalanches What a year (in music)! Quality-wise it's gotta have been the best since...2010? 2007? No knocks on 2014, which eventually got its shit together, or 2015, which set a high bar to clear, but...yeah. Quite a year (in music). As such, a few more: 11) Blackstar // David Bowie 12) Telefone // Noname 13) You Want It Darker // Leonard Cohen 14) I Like It When... // The 1975 15) Elseq 1-5 // Autechre 16) Skeleton Tree // Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 17) Human Performance // Parquet Courts 18) Blank Face LP // Schoolboy Q 19) Lemonade // Beyonce 20) Stage Four // Touche Amore Looking forward to the discussions to come & to refreshing this page all day at work.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Can you clue someone who was left cold by this in? Loved LOSE a whole lot, as well as the singles for this ("4th of July" in particular), but ended up being pretty let down the album proper. Felt like the rougher/garage-ier approach to songwriting and production resulted in kinda underwritten material.
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November 30, 2016 on Goodbye To My Dancing Days: Cymbals Eat Guitars Forge Ahead With Pretty Years
Blonde looks to have fallen through the cracks as an AOTY contender - suspect it'll be a 6-10 spot on most lists, with some backhanded compliments about it being "difficult" and "fussed over." A shame since its AOTY status is has been evident and unquestionable since its release, to me at least.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
Putting that Rolling Stones cover album one spot ahead of Pablo was suchhhhh a troll. Mudcrutch > Tribe a close second, though. Lemonade/Coloring Book/Blackstar look to be the top 3 that we'll be seeing on lists eveywhere, like the Yeezus/Modern Vampires/Sunbather/m b v/Settle group of albums from 2013, or RTJ2/Lost in the Dream/LP1 from 2014.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
Also, let's maybe not take these recent high profile flame-outs as an excuse to air out how much you've always disliked Kanye, or to be glib/presumptuous about his personal struggles. Empathy > irony.
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November 21, 2016 on Kanye West Cancels Rest Of Saint Pablo Tour
Could be for the best, but I'd be lying if I said I'm not let down. Had picked up tickets for his New Years Eve show in NYC and was really excited to send off this hellish year by seeing one of my favorite artists (ever) tour one of my favorite 2016 albums. It genuinely feels like he doesn't care about his fans any more. Ridiculously priced apparel (Yeezus merch was pricey too, but not nearly this bad), his desert rags posing under the guise of a designer line, all the rabbit holes we who wanted to hear The Life of Pablo had to jump through...I dunno, man. The kicker is that all this has made his music that much harder to enjoy for me, given how much he places himself front and center (Pablo especially). Maybe I need to take a breather, too.
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November 21, 2016 on Kanye West Cancels Rest Of Saint Pablo Tour
*reads the latest thing Kanye said* https://media.giphy.com/media/aKVenTcCSJ05i/giphy.gif
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November 18, 2016 on Kanye West: “If I Would’ve Voted, I Would’ve Voted On Trump”
Respectfully, I'll defer to Tyler, the Creator on this one.
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November 17, 2016 on At Least America Can Agree On Bruno Mars
"Leonard Cohen’s Manager Reveals Cause Of Death" "...no official cause of death was given." Consider my click baited.
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November 16, 2016 on Leonard Cohen’s Manager Reveals Cause Of Death
Even putting aside the co-opting of Leonard Cohen for pathos, this would be a lot more affecting if SNL hadn't been one of the first institutions to normalize the orange man.
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November 13, 2016 on Watch A Tribe Called Quest Perform, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Cover Leonard Cohen On SNL
Coexist is definitely better than its reputation suggests, but for me it was beautiful as often as it was boring. New song is, thankfully, just the former!
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November 10, 2016 on The xx – “On Hold”
Also want to shout out everyone on this site, writers and commenters included, for not suffering this recent shift in global politics gladly and speaking their piece yesterday. In spite of trivial disagreements about music, identity politics and Kanye, it really confirms for me the sort of well-intentioned person who comes to this place. Thanks guys.
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November 10, 2016 on The xx – “On Hold”
Is it too soon to talk about music again? This feels like exactly the right move forward for them - minimal, but with those Jamie xx beat patterns we all loved so much last year.
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November 10, 2016 on The xx – “On Hold”
Thank you. Mike literally profited off of the Clinton demonization with his HRC email apparel. Won't tolerate any pretensions of a moral high ground from him.
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November 9, 2016 on Watch Killer Mike Explain Why Trump Won On The Real
But tell me more about how both candidates are equally bad. Kinda over RTJ after this election tbh. The whole "everything is awful, have your middle fingers raised at all times" pose was starting to feel childish before last night, and this morning it feels actively harmful to our political discourse.
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November 9, 2016 on Watch Killer Mike Explain Why Trump Won On The Real