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These dudes are the greatest.

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July 23, 2015 on Meow The Jewels Adds Massive Attack, Should Be Out In September

Aside from the biggies, my highlights from yesterday were Colin Stetson (the man is superhuman; he never ceases to amaze me) and Melt-Banana (as a part-time Tokyo denizen, it was nice to have a taste of “home” deep in the Midwest).

I have to admit to being more than a bit frustrated Friday morning with seemingly endless shuttle delays and long line after long line, but the first performance I caught quickly alleviated all the tension. That set was from The Lone Bellow, who I’d never heard before. The crowd was sparse but rapt and the collaboration with the Blind Boys of Alabama was a thing of beauty.

The Blind Boys set later in the day really touched me and I had a blast at Doomtree. The Tallest Man set was great as well—used to seeing him in small spaces, but the dude has more than enough charisma and chops to pull off late-day festival billing. The few who stuck around to see Francis and the Lights instead of marching up the hill were treated with a strong performance.

I’ll stop or I’ll keep rambling. Been to many festivals in the last 20+ years and this one was truly special. Amazing sound, production, performances, community, everything. More than worth the risk of heat stroke.

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July 19, 2015 on Watch Bon Iver Debut Two New Songs At Eaux Claires Festival

I live abroad for most of the year and KDAY is approaching the In-N-Out level of “things I miss the most about LA.” There’s something wonderful about hopping in the car, rolling down the windows, blasting KDAY, and basking in the nostalgia and dirty air.

SiriusXM has a solid throwback station called “Backspin” which I listen to sometimes overseas.

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June 17, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Classic Rap Radio Is The Best Shit Ever

“Holy shit / I’m God’s manure.” – classic Wayne

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June 3, 2015 on Lil Wayne – “Glory”

This song is great. Need more bands to fill the WU LYF vacuum.

Also, I wonder if they know they spelled Kaiju wrong on their album art. Perhaps it’s intentional.

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May 28, 2015 on It Looks Sad. – “Creature” (Stereogum Premiere)

Waffle Sound
Wasted Hors-d’oeuvres
Une Année Sans Légumière

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May 7, 2015 on Arcade Fire Are Opening A Restaurant

So, A&M is taking advantage of the untimely death of a man to further profit off of an album recorded in response to the untimely death of a man. Nice.

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April 11, 2015 on Legal Fight Brews Over Temple Of The Dog Master Tapes

Monday night in Tokyo just got a lot more exciting!

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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now

I await Tom Delonge’s thoughts.

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March 4, 2015 on Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Says “The Best Room” Is About A UFO Encounter

Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors) has a solo record in the works that I’m curious/excited about.

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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

I agree. Was all prepared to leave early on that last night to beat traffic, but that set was fantastic.

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November 19, 2013 on OutKast To Reunite At Coachella?

Darren Weiss of PAPA also plays on another outstanding release this week from LA artist Cillie Barnes (the EP Happy Valley). She also happens to be the model on the cover of PAPA’s A Good Woman Is Hard to Find.

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October 10, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Danny Brown Old

Every winter I get out a magnifying glass and scour the Coachella fine print for Mineral or the Gloria Record. I miss Chris Simpson.

I know the Touché Amoré dudes from around town and agree with Underscore that they belong on a different list, but they’re good guys that have worked hard for the success they’ve found.

The only other band I’ve heard is The World Is a Beautiful Place…, whose record makes me nostalgic for the 90s, which is like nostalgia²—some sort of emo black hole. I hope these other songs make me feel that way, too. Thanks for making this list, I look forward to checking out the rest of the bands.

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October 1, 2013 on 12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival

This is a fun track; it makes me miss that old DPs style (not that I don’t love the current sound), which brings me to this:

“In fact, the track brings to mind some of the most recent DPs material rather than something like The Getty Address, which was released that year.”

Not sure what you’re talking about—this track sounds like it could be a b-side from The Getty Address. Go listen to “Not Having Found” and “Swing Lo Magellan” and get back to me on which is more similar.

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September 11, 2013 on Nat Baldwin – “Look She Said” (Feat. Dave Longstreth)

Oh yeah, and Dirty Beaches.

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June 4, 2013 on Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far

It really has been an excellent five months for music.

A few artists, whose new albums I’ve enjoyed, that didn’t make your list: Colin Stetson, Dungeonesse, Phosphorescent, Baths, Matmos, Grouper, James Blake, Local Natives.

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June 4, 2013 on Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far

The National performance was an art piece in collaboration with Ragnar Kjartansson called “A Lot of Sorrow”. Opinions on art aside, it seems like there was a clear purpose for their set as opposed to “god-knows-what-reason.” Whether their participation coinciding with a new album cycle is suspect or not is up for debate, I suppose.

Concerning Boards of Canada, it seemed like a lot of their fans had fun putting the clues together, which only builds excitement for a highly anticipated album. I didn’t follow any of it closely, but neither the artists nor fans came off as clowns to me.

Even without giving the National the benefit of the doubt, these marketing efforts don’t have board appeal and are targeted to their core audiences. Individuals like the editor’s choice commenter above or the code-breaking BoC fans were already going to buy the albums.

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May 13, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This album’s intimacy combined with how unknown it is amongst my friends makes each listen feel like a private performance just for me. The songs are striking; each track moves and breathes in the almost hypnotic interplay between the drums, guitar, and vocals, left free to drift by Steve Albini’s hands-off production. So good. Hopefully your write-up will turn a few new folks on to this brief, yet deliberate, collaboration.

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May 2, 2013 on Backtrack: Jim White & Nina Nastasia You Follow Me