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 +1Posted on Jun 26th | re: Prince Albums From Worst To Best (58 comments)

I’m a casual fan, only probably heard about 6 or 7, but regardless, I’m with everyone in thinking 1999 got low-balled. It’s like The Hedonist Manifesto!

 0Posted on Jun 24th | re: A Ghost Is Born Turns 10 (51 comments)

Claypool…yeah I’d say he fits. All Primus through Tales From the Punch Bowl was pretty great and then the next two left something to be desired.

Then all his collaborative stuff as he got more into the jam scene was really strong as well – the Frog Brigade, Oysterhead, C2B3…but then Of Whales & Woe and the Primus reunion were both about half-and-half, and his next solo one sounded like an utter waste of time.

I’d still seem him live in just about any situation, though.

 +2Posted on Jun 22nd | re: Bee Thousand Turns 20 (31 comments)

Also, this is my all-time #4 favorite album.

 +1Posted on Jun 22nd | re: Bee Thousand Turns 20 (31 comments)

I love GbV, and I really love albums like Propellor, Alien Lanes, Under the Bushes…, and Universal Truths and Cyles to name my absolute faves. BUT I do agree that this is #1.

Even in the original classic line-up years, no two of the albums ever really sounded the same, but this one’s sound is special and especially unique. It has this haunted, ethereal mystery throughout, but there’s also tons of swagger. And of course the songs represent those two aspects wonderfully and are just non-stop with classics.

This was also the one that brought me into the fold – my high school journalist teacher made me a copy back in 01/02 and it was one of those mind-blowers for me. I think within a month or two I was catching my first show with the Isolation Drills-era band.

 +1Posted on Jun 18th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)

Haven’t heard a ton that got me excited so far this year, but I’ve liked:

St. Vincent
Lana Del Rey
Jack White
the first of the two GbV albums (haven’t heard the second yet)
Afghan Whigs

I liked some stuff off of Freddie Gibbs and the Black Keys. In the very early stages of checking the Parquet Courts. Have been resistant to putting much time into War on Drugs but I guess I should give them another chance already.

Just from how people had reacted around release, I’m surprised Gibbs and Thee Oh Sees aren’t on the Gum list.

 -2Posted on Jun 18th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

Jack White “Just One Drink”

Yeah I feel pretty similarly. He is the man of the times, he is the zeitgeist, but in every way that I dislike.

He’s the ultimate clown victim of the social media age.

Aside from that his life is probably ridiculously awesome, that is.

 +1Posted on Jun 9th | re: Purple Turns 20 (61 comments)

Kind of late to weigh in, but there’s no way I can get behind that STP>PJ statement, though I guess it did its job and got responses. The first two STP albums had some moments, but they also felt kind of plodding a lot of the time, and the fact that some people might have seen them as a cut-rate Pearl Jam seems totally reasonable to me.

That said, Tiny Music is a huge improvement and genuinely killer album that did a great job of giving them a sound that worked better for them, even if they never caught that lightning in a bottle for an album’s length again that I’m aware of.

Well Radiohead has a bleak moment or two in their catalog.

 0Posted on May 24th | re: Ill Communication Turns 20 (16 comments)

Excellent album, and as usually from these guys, more than “just” a rap album or any other one thing. There are definitely times that I agree with whoever it was that said there feel like a bit too many muffled-vocal songs, but there are other times I dig listening straight through and dig it all.

And not that anybody’s disputing it, but Root Down -> Sabotage -> Get It Together (and sure, even -> Sabrosa)? What a killer stretch!