Zayin

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This whole conversation reminded me of the classic Datarock track "Computer Camp Love". Still a great song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMDlSBT5P24
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August 18, 2016 on This Lana Del Rey Demo About BBM Sexting Could’ve Been The “E-Mail My Heart” Of 2011
Wretzky should give Corgan a big middle finger and join The Pixies, and then, just to stick it to Frank Black, Kim Deal could join the Smashing Pumpkins.
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August 17, 2016 on Billy Corgan Reconciles With D’arcy, Discusses Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Rumors
This comment is great. But it's so much better with Brent's voice coming out of your avatar.
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August 17, 2016 on Here’s What Michael Phelps Was Listening To Before Those Historic Olympic Wins
I am a traffic engineer. Please, Tell me more about transit systems. Or is there a Transitgum where it would be more appropriate to talk about this?
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August 15, 2016 on Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Drums On Subway Platform For Some Reason
I would like to see the video of him carrying that kit back up the escalator.
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August 15, 2016 on Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Drums On Subway Platform For Some Reason
Well then, digital fist bump my padfooted brother. Sometimes weekends can suck. I too need more coffee. It was 5:30 this morning that I was watching through a McDonalds drive-thru window and saw a lady shaking a coffee pot over my cup so she could be sure to get allll the grit. Cymbals Eat Guitars is truly a God sent palate cleanser this morning.
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August 15, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Have A Heart”
The description is spot on. This track is fantastic. I'm so pumped for this album. It's up on GooglePlay as well, if that matters to anyone.
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August 15, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Have A Heart”
Okay okay, but guys. This song is amazing, right? Like, holy cow this song is great.
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June 30, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “4th Of July, Philadelphia (SANDY)” Video
That's the thing though. I'm not saying he didn't frantically claw his way into this narcissistic world of celebrity, because he absolutely did. He bled for this. He has pushed and pushed until he is way out past the breakers in this absurd almost comical level of celebrity. He married a woman that is just like him and they just rebound off of each other like mad. And for that very reason he is the perfect person to send back staticy transmissions telling us what he has found out among these planets of self importance with their spiraling moons of fans and network of rusted satellite paparazzi. I'm not saying that he doesn't LOVE every second of it, deep down; his narcissism is not an act. But I honestly feel like there is a part of himself that also truly hates it and is disgusted by it. Fame is an addiction. It is a mental condition that cries out and makes him physically need that attention in order to survive and function. But just like any addict he hates the very drug he bleeds for.
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June 26, 2016 on Kanye West Unveils “Famous” Video Depicting Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, & Other Celebs Naked In Bed With Him
I don't know. I mean, it's gross and dumb, but I can see it from Kanye's perspective, and it is actually slightly profound. I mean, it's the intrusiveness of fan culture. It's uncomfortable to watch. It's all of these "famous" people laid bare just like everyone wants, but they are not doing anything sexy or evocative. They are just sleeping. And we, through the eyes of the camera are just sticking our heads right down next to their faces. Trying to get an angle so we can see their naughty parts. We are blurry cameras devouring the famous as if they were a table of food laid out in front of us. They are neither inviting us into their personal space or trying to push us away, they are just sleeping, and we are ghosts drooling over their nakedness. I don't know, I didn't expect much, and I didn't really enjoy it, and didn't watch much more than the very beginning, but I feel like I kinda /get/ what he is trying to say here. And I feel like Kanye is really the best person to say it.
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June 25, 2016 on Kanye West Unveils “Famous” Video Depicting Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, & Other Celebs Naked In Bed With Him
Counterpoint: I really enjoy this. I've listened to it maybe 6 times today. I appreciate how it can explode without having to get loud. It's a very subtle pop song, which is intriguing and a trend I hope continues in the future.
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June 20, 2016 on Maggie Rogers – “Alaska”
This is sad news, considering that I had hopes that he would be available to run as Bernie Sander's vice president.
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June 6, 2016 on Killer Mike Starring In New TV Show Produced By Tim & Eric [UPDATE: Or Not]
I guess it's not too crazy. It's all about style, right? I am wearing a pair of Pavement shoes. Not the band though, like shoes made out of real cement. I made some enemies in the mafia and now I'm standing off a pier at the bottom of lake Michigan.
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May 27, 2016 on The Official A Moon Shaped Pool Chiffon Scarf Is Here!
Man, it's way too long to copy here as text, but I have to share this short story about Concerning the UFO Sightings, and how everyone should appreciate it as much as I do. Hopefully Stereogum's filters don't mind me posting a link. http://shadrach451.tumblr.com/post/144987025160/musical-lepers
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
I was just getting ready to say this. I always listened to "Romulus" and thought, "Man, I would love to have an album that explores nothing but this sound and style of story telling." The first time I listened to Carrie & Lowell I went nuts, because it was exactly what I had always been wanting.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
I have my children convinced that "Justice Delivers It's Death" is a song about Black Friday. It's the first "Christmas Song" we play after Thanksgiving after we open up our Christmas Music for the season.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
And I would follow that comment by clarifying "The original recording of 'The Child With the star on His Head', not the one that was included on the album." Give me 8 minutes of twinkle lights.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Where is Majesty Snow Bird? I weep for that song. You know what would make me happy? I would be overjoyed if Suf would just release a Majesty Snow Bird EP that was nothing but 20~25 minutes of that one song. He could do it. He probably has it already recorded even. He just doesn't feel like it's good enough. But come on. Can you believe the sad irony in writing a song like that and then having it only ever see the light as bad quality live recordings and then rough cut Christmas party sing alone snippets on a Christmas album? If he didn't release so much amazing music, I would be tempted to be insulted. But I'm what they call a cry baby entitled Sufjan fan, that is still sore about "Lonely Man of Winter" as well.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
It looks like you are going to fit right in.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Seriously. More people need to listen to "Lord God Bird". You know you have found something special when you find an artist that can write songs as great as that and never even include them on an album. Like it's a doodle he made one day while he was bored and left on the bus one day, and yet, here I am, over a decade later, and I still stare at that doodle all the time and find more and more beauty in it with each passing year.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
I think it's his most famous, because he specially sat down and worked to make it his most famous. He was fastidious about it being accessible and able to be played on the radio. There is nothing wrong with that. I'm not insulting the song. Quite the opposite, I think he knew what he had to do to make it as enjoyable as possible to a mainstream audience. That's why we ended up with so many different versions of it on the follow up collection 'Avalanche'. He was obviously working hard to optimize the output, and he succeeded. For that, I give it high objective praise. But my subjective praise would go to other more complicated and difficult to digest Sufjan tracks. Places where he can be seen making beauty out of discord. Where he is purposefully trying to scare the listener away, and the effort in refusing, enriches the beauty of what is revealed. I think a bigger fault in this top 10 list is the fact that it completely ignores so much of Sufjan's broader story, and the quirks of his releases that make him who he is. There is no mention of all 100 of his Christmas songs, some of which are at the top of his catalog. And nothing from All Delighted People, which is the lost younger child that should have been born after Illinois. So much of his sound craft from Illinois reaches it's pinnacle on that "EP". And there is nothing from his early period where his master songwriter was clearly visible in things like "Joy! Joy! Joy!" and "Rake", both of which could be praised as the height of his abilities if they were released today. Enjoy Your Rabbit, is also not mentioned directly, but that's acceptable, because Enjoy Your Rabbit is really only exciting as the "big name actor's first co-staring role in a weird obscure 80s sci-fi movie where he plays an android that dies off screen" kind of way. Also not mentioned are his ballets, endless colaborations, and of course the BQE, which I feel he only made for me personally to love, since I'm a diehard Sufjan fan that also happens to be a traffic engineer that listens to Philip Glass while designing highways and then goes home to watch Koyaanisqatsi for fun in the evenings.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Upvote for Majesty Snowbird. I have a renewed hope that someday it will see a studio quality release now that we have a studio version of Radiohead playing "True Love Waits".
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
That song! It's like the Garden of Eden whose gate of entry is guarded by a pair of angels with the most abrasive flaming guitars Sufjan could create, each of them wielding their blades in circles for what feels like an eternity. But if you break through that wailing wall you are greeted by something supernatural in beauty. The witnessing of a genuine musical kiss on the forehead from a brother to a hurting sister. It gives me chills just thinking about it. I really think it’s an artistic masterpiece. It is the epitome of music made for the sake of art rather than performance, which ultimately leads to a much richer and more rewarding experience. I could be reading into things way too deep, but for me it totally encapsulates in music what it is like to be trapped in an abusive relationship. I see the squalling guitars as the abuse. It's an obnoxious noise that starts quiet and then slowly builds and builds and builds. In the background is a chorus of friends and family beautifully singing the woman's name, trying to convince her to escape and find shelter in their love, but she’s overwhelmed by the noise of the wailing guitar. It’s just been going on and on and on and you can’t imagine what it is like to have it not be there anymore. You accept it, in all of its ugliness, like embracing a tornado until it tears you to shreds. At least once she gets away, and there is some relief, but she gets sucked right back in a few moments later and it’s worse the second time, because you know what it feels like to have freedom from the abusive noise. Then when the moment finally arrives where it is gone - the deadbeat carpetbagger heart grabber is finally gone from her car. That moment is just sweeter than anything else I have ever felt in music. It’s a laying down of arm. A collapsing into family. A melting into love. And that’s not even talking about that drum beat and the bull whip rhythm, and the lyrics that tumble into the lower register where Sufjan usually fears to tread (In my opinion it is his best vocal performance on record). It’s so well done; I think people don’t even notice the achievement that it is. Anyway. I really love “Djohariah”. And yes, it is MAYBE his best song. But how do you really rate them against each other?
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
They played "Creep"? Oh crap, guys! I think this might be their last tour! Seriously, all other indications of them thinking they are closing the book on Radiohead mean nothing compared to them pulling out "Creep" during their victory lap. This is ominous stuff! Why did they have to play "Creep"? Aaarghh...
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May 23, 2016 on Watch Radiohead Play “Creep” For The 1st Time In 7 Years, New Version Of “True Love Waits”
I LOVE Cymbals Eat Guitars. This song has be super excited for a new album. But guys, is that the album cover in the soundcloud stream? I really hope it isn't. Because that looks like the worst album cover ever...
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May 23, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Wish”
Yeah, that was really some sweet flow. He just rolled right into it.
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May 21, 2016 on Watch Stephen Colbert Parody Kanye West’s Intense Ellen Interview
I love everything Will makes. He has found the hidden songwriting strings to pull to maneuver through the emotional deep waters of music. I feel tired and disillusioned and old, right along side him. It's hard to keep up. Okkervil River will always have my attention. Someday I'll be the old man in a nursing home blasting Black Sheep Boy down the hallway until the moment I leave this Earth.
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May 19, 2016 on Okkervil River – “Okkervil River R.I.P.”