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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”
Oh good, another seminal artist to get overdue praise because of a death narrative. It would be nice if a career reevaluation didn't require tragedy to get jumpstarted.
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January 25, 2017 on Mount Eerie – “Real Death”
Confirmed. https://media3.giphy.com/media/5lafJeNZ47yfK/200.gif
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January 24, 2017 on Real Estate – “Darling” Video
The perfect fix for my politics-related insomnia, I'm sure.
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January 24, 2017 on Real Estate – “Darling” Video
Grateful to have been spared your indie rock outrage. Album slays.
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January 23, 2017 on Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Turns 10
Fuck, this is so good. And I hardly messed with Honeybear at all.
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January 23, 2017 on Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”
Was just thinking about this the other day during a revisit of Burial's Untrue. Agree that this isn't a top tier 2007 album, but that's more a reflection of the uniform talent on display that year than anything else. To recap, in 2007 the aforementioned Burial album, Radiohead's In Rainbows, LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver, Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam, Panda Bear's Person Pitch, Stars of the Lid's And Their Refinement of the Decline, Bon Iver's For Emma, Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, Kanye West's Graduation, Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, The Field's From Here We Go Sublime, Justice's Cross, Deerhunter's Cryptograms, The National's Boxer, Blu & Exile's Below the Heavens, Beirut's Flying Club Cup, M.I.A.'s Kala, Battles' Mirrored AND Jens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala all came out. It was an uncommonly good year.
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January 23, 2017 on Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Turns 10
Pretty much their only move at this point, yeah?
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January 23, 2017 on Interpol Announce Turn On The Bright Lights 15th Anniversary Tour
Hell yeah. https://68.media.tumblr.com/2169a6c97a313d1b6124871aa07b2b1c/tumblr_oawcvp75IS1r3xxruo9_r1_400.gif
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters. Grooves so deep I could spend the next four years inside them (and probably will).
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January 20, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Why settle for either urgency or pomp/grandiosity when you can have both at the same time? Why settle for an album with an inferior closing run of songs?
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January 19, 2017 on Arcade Fire – “I Give You Power” (Feat. Mavis Staples)
I disagree with your first point, but Neon Bible is hands-down the best Arcade Fire album.
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January 19, 2017 on Arcade Fire – “I Give You Power” (Feat. Mavis Staples)
Hey, honest question: do I have 2012 amnesia? I remember Celebration Rock, at the time of release, being thought of as a very strong indie rock album, and it seems to have been turned into something else since.
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January 19, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Is this your RZA impression
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January 18, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Up In Hudson”
3/3. Know some are gonna bemoan that they're not a more recognizably indie rock act any more, but I'm REAL excited by the new direction.
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January 18, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Up In Hudson”
Had your physical media preference in mind when I was evaluating I See You on a sequencing level earlier; "Performance" is such a strong Side-A closer, and ditto that for "Replica" as a Side-B opener. Also think the singles (which were plenty great context-free) are even better on the album proper.
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January 13, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Listened to this @ 5:30 this morning while it was still dark out and my significant other was asleep next to me. Dunno that I'll ever have music-environment synergy that good again.
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January 13, 2017 on Stream The xx I See You
No. All aces. It's like they took the expansive sound Jamie showcased on In Colour and turned it into another instrument to be employed, sparsely, with impeccable precision and taste.
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January 13, 2017 on Stream The xx I See You
https://media4.giphy.com/media/7yoAIR7CdWOUE/200.gif
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January 11, 2017 on Bonnaroo 2017 Lineup
Aw, I liked that one! It's the Yoshimi of this metaphor.
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January 10, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Julie Byrne Not Even Happiness
It's not intuitive, but I've found that Vampire Weekend albums (Modern Vampires in particular) sound especially good with snow on the ground.
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January 10, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Julie Byrne Not Even Happiness
Figure they're due for another At War with the Mystics for the cycle they kickstarted with Embryonic (i.e. a retread that's just a little tired).
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January 10, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Julie Byrne Not Even Happiness
Really hoping the new Lips album is good, but kinda not counting on it.
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January 10, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Julie Byrne Not Even Happiness
*wistfully recalls the new LCD Soundsystem album that was supposed to justify all this naked avarice*
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January 10, 2017 on Shaky Knees 2017 Lineup