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 +3Posted on Jul 25th | re: Thank Arcade Fire For The Unicorns Reunion (4 comments)

Oh. Yes. I hate to criticize in a comments section, but I had to read that first one about 8 times before I was convinced it was just poorly worded. Really, Nick’s quotes clarify the summary before it.

This is pretty exciting news. The Unicorns ‘Who Will Cut Our Hair’ was really a phenomenal work. And it’s telling to hear Nick’s retrospective coming to terms with it. I guess it’s obvious that they weren’t taking themselves too seriously when they recorded it, but that’s a large part of the magic. It’s just fun, and meta to a point of self destruction. Which makes it stand out because it is just not an approach you often see from very talented musicians. I hope this anniversary tour and reissue can maybe inspire some new young artists to take on some of the same flippent punkish self defacing songwriting and musicianship. Charge with all your guts, and then die on the wall.

I will also point out that the debut Islands album was also amazing in it’s own way. And I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoyed The Unicorns, but slept on the Islands.

Random Fact: They actually had a much longer name originally, hence the ellipsis. They shortened it by request from their record label. Their full, original name, was “Kid Rock Subpoenaed To Produce Glass Dildo As Evidence In Insane Clown Posse Lawsuit And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead”.

This will easily be the best thing Kid Rock has ever produced.

 0Posted on Jul 18th | re: Hiss Golden Messenger - "Lucia" Video (2 comments)

I’m so pumped about this album. I’m glad there is some hope from more stripped down acoustic tracks, because they tend to be my favorite of his. But I’ve warmed up to his full band sound a great deal as well and am looking forward to that as well.

 0Posted on Jul 3rd | re: The Presets - "No Fun" Interactive Video (2 comments)

The video thing was kindof a let down, but that song is GREAT.

 0Posted on Jul 3rd | re: Hear Some New Wrens Music Cut From Their Forthcoming Album (5 comments)

Anyone know what their plans are for distribution? Are they still with Absolutely Kosher?

I know it won’t be hard to sell an album like this (follow up albums to critical successes sell regardless of how good they are, honestly). But I would hate to see this thing languish on the shelf after finally being finished.

 +3Posted on Jun 27th | re: Watch Spoon Play Two They Want My Soul Songs On Kimmel (9 comments)

Seriously. Best moment in music this year.

This is how I picture that killer bridge:

 +1Posted on Jun 27th | re: Watch Spoon Play Two They Want My Soul Songs On Kimmel (9 comments)

Counterpoint: These songs are hot. I’m not saying your opinion is wrong, because it’s your opinion, but there is an energy and a driving passionate force behind these songs, and that is what entangles me the most. I find it hard to break away from them. Spoon songs are unique and fascinating in that they are so often focused on intricate juxtaposition of sounds, rather than outright bombast or surprise twists. They travel and grow without ever getting physically bigger or more complex. I am mesmerized by songs like “Rainy Taxi” because it’s like watching a wall of detailed flowered wallpaper slowly burn from the ground up. The contrast between beautiful and dangerous, and that driving beat that pulls to the eventual conclusion of cleansing flames.

Counter-Counterpoint: They’re rock songs, dude. Don’t over think it.

 +8Posted on Jun 24th | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014 (183 comments)

I would have voted for any song on ‘Lost In The Dream’.

In fact, let’s just delete the track breaks and I’ll vote for the entire album as if it were all one song. In fact, play it twice without stopping and I’ll still vote for it. In fact, play nothing but ‘Lost In The Dream’ on repeat all summer and forget there ever was anything else in the world. No more voting. No more searching for better music. The game is over. Let’s just enjoy the end credits as the universe dissolves.

 +13Posted on Jun 24th | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014 (183 comments)


Round 2.