undergroundspoon

Comments from undergroundspoon

Crazy, it's almost like he's playing a character...
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March 24, 2017 on Watch Papa John Murphy Try To Adjust To A Morning Show Interview
Anyone around here messing with the new Angles 9 record? Easily one of my favorites of this young year, jazz or otherwise.
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March 24, 2017 on Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2017
Drake pulled the robbery by not letting Sampha have "4422" for Process.
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March 20, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Drake More Life
So much better than I was expecting, and leagues beyond Views. Between this and If You're Reading This, what's the deal with Drake's releases with the lowest stakes (mixtapes, "playlists") being his best? Both are among his least cringe-y lyrically, and pull off the trick of being overlong but not feeling like it.
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March 20, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Drake More Life
What got me the most was their assertion that Spoon are only just now, with this album, gunning for radio play. Leaving aside the fact that I don't think that's how the album comes across, am I massively overrating what a smash "The Underdog" made a decade ago?
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March 17, 2017 on Stream Spoon Hot Thoughts
Hot box // meltin' my mind.
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March 17, 2017 on Stream Spoon Hot Thoughts
Italicized commenting for an article about a Malick film actually feels pretty apropos.
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March 13, 2017 on Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama
Also also, how did both Sonic Highways and now this forget about the existence of Spoon?
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March 13, 2017 on Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama
Knight of Cups low-key the most underrated film of last year, but I'm skeptical of his ability to continue mining pathos out of this aesthetic (Voyage of Time didn't add up to much more than "the universe is big and old, man" for me). Also over people depicting industries that they clearly only understand in the abstract on film and tv tbh.
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March 13, 2017 on Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama
72 hours? Weren't we waiting on these for a fortnight?
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March 10, 2017 on Nicki Minaj Calls Out Remy Ma: “U Got 72 Hours To Drop A Hit”
I mess w/ it heavy! More off-kilter than Port of Morrow, and every song is v. rich with production touches & sonic detail. Makes me wonder why I'd counted them out.
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March 10, 2017 on Stream The Shins Heartworms
Migos, stuck on outdated norms in masculinity? Awful. Next you'll be telling me they haven't liked a Madonna album since her first.
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March 9, 2017 on Migos’ Quavo Says He’s Not Homophobic Because He Worked With Frank Ocean
I envy anyone who can listen to this record w/o the feeling of the first 3 or 4 songs having been burned into their brain.
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
Has there been a great rap release yet this year? I liked HNDRXX well enough, but realized the other day that all of my other early 2017 favorites have been of the indie rock strain. Tryina make sure I haven't missed something.
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March 8, 2017 on Don Q Is The New York Rap Hardass We Need
As a somewhat staunch Port of Morrow defender, it's...weird...to be reminded that there's a new Shins album coming out this Friday.
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March 7, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Laura Marling Semper Femina
Still the most slept-on Arcade Fire album (if there is such a thing) and my personal favorite. That run of songs from "(Antichrist)" through "My Body is a Cage" is a closing run all-timer.
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March 6, 2017 on Neon Bible Turns 10
Have you ever heard Neil Young's "Ambulance Blues"? "Leaving LA" gives me those vibes in the best possible way. And I think that he acknowledges within the very song that a lot of fans might have your reaction mitigates it some. Love the album.
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March 5, 2017 on Father John Misty – “Total Entertainment Forever”
I'm dreading the slew of "OK Computer Turns 20" thinkpieces to come this year for that very reason. Also because at least half of them are sure to be spun as "How Radiohead Predicted T****."
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March 3, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
Great read, thanks! No Line on the Horizon is under-rated. Those misguided mainstream maneuvers aside, it's probably my favorite collection of U2 songs since this or Zooropa.
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March 3, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
Very much *the single*.
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March 2, 2017 on Lorde – “Green Light” Video
Is the Sunday headliner officially the spot in which an up-and-comer gets minted now? Kendrick, Chance, Twigs and now Solange.
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February 27, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange Headlining 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival
Bless you for trying. I loved every dumb spoken word interruption and inane lyrical digression.
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February 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood
Who among us will be the first brave soul to admit that this album fucking goes?
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February 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood
Agree with you that it's easily the best rap album to drop since TPAB - such a singular, daring record. I think w/r/t the puzzled reception, music listeners aren't always sure what to do with albums that defy easy narrativization. Old (and since you mention Kendrick, GKMC as well) has a clear-cut beginning, middle and end story-wise, and ends on a somewhat happy note to boot (GKMC does too). With Atrocity and TPAB, it's a lot messier, more about inhabiting a world than a start-to-finish journey. Kendrick had been anointed as Rap Savior to such a degree that I think people were either willing to engage with TPAB more committedly, or assigned greatness and confirmed it later - dunno that Atrocity got the same chance. Noticed this a bit with reactions to Yeezus compared to Pablo, too.
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February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?
Call me crazy, but I don't really think this ritual every 2-3 years of artists prostrating themselves before Beyoncé for daring to win an award that she was also nominated for is really necessary, or a particularly good use of that platform.
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February 13, 2017 on It Goes On And On And On: The Grammys Make Fine TV, But Stumble Where It Counts
Totally agree with your take on the songwriter's responsibility, and I'm sorry for your loss. I was referring more to the reaction music about loss generates - specifically, that it can sometimes make a spectacle of suffering in a way that makes me squeamish - but it wasn't the time to say as much.
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January 25, 2017 on Mount Eerie – “Real Death”
I'm not looking for bona fides! It's just a thing that keeps happening. Sincerely sorry if the observation came across as insensitive or crass.
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January 25, 2017 on Mount Eerie – “Real Death”
It's more about how the albums without this sort of driving narrative get covered IMO. Like how Nick Cave had been releasing great albums for decades, but it took Skeleton Tree and the huge loss that album is centered around to see him receive some (overdue) widespread acclaim. Or how everyone seemed to realize that they liked You Want It Darker a lot more after Leonard Cohen passed. Isn't that kind of messed up?
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January 25, 2017 on Mount Eerie – “Real Death”
Great track, ghoulish trend.
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January 25, 2017 on Mount Eerie – “Real Death”