Zayin

Comments from Zayin

I'll buy this remix album if there is a 10 minute long track that is just the bridge from "Rainy Taxi" played over and over on repeat.
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April 22, 2015 on Spoon – “Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti Remix)”
I'm going out of my mind here. I had nearly given up hope for an LP5. Every album they have put out has been gold (Even their song for Kid Cudi "Pursuit of Happiness" is out of this world). So, this is a glorious day. A day filled with light and love. And everyone is entitled to their own personal tastes, but LP4 was GOLD. How are we getting so many amazing albums this year just coming from out of nowhere? I really feel like maybe the world is about to end and only musicians know about it. But they are just coming out of the woods for a huge grand finale. Everyone up on stage at the same time playing their hearts out, and we just standing in a crowd, tears streaming down our faces as the sun sets and the world burns away in a golden fire.
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April 12, 2015 on Ratatat – “Cream On Chrome”
I actually have some bootlegs of the performance, and have listened to one or two takes from it about 100 repetitions in. And it's really fascinating. Matt actually starts breaking down at one point, overcome with exhaustion and emotion. But the band plays on, and then when it's all over, they immediately pick right up at the beginning again. Like they are playing for their lives through bleeding fingers. It is definitely an "art" moment. Less entertainment, and more to prove a point and make the listener think. Which makes sense, because The National is pretty good about keeping a fair balance between these two elements of music. They are capable of keeping their work hovering between high brow classic British literature and lower brow fist pumping engagement action flick. And it has worked well for them. But it is not surprising to see them open things up and just go full Bjork level "ART" from time to time. Keep in mind of course that most of the band is made up of classically trained musicians that write and perform chamber music when they aren't writing and performing ROCK songs with The National. The Dessners regularly host and attend music festivals that are more black tie than they are mosh pit. So, the band has a split personality that is standing with one foot firmly in a music world that is completely outside the ones that we typically see here on Stereogum. Of course, most of you know that. But I think it's an aspect of The National that is often forgotten. And it helps make sense out of things like this when it happens.
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April 9, 2015 on The National Announce A Lot Of Sorrow Box Set
I feel like a lot of people here are missing "the point". It's not just listening to the National play the song "Sorrow" over and over for six hours. It's listening to The NATIONAL play the song "SORROW" over and over for SIX HOURS. It's not a big statement or anything, but it's like witnessing a mild form of torture. The repetition becomes painful, the words begin to change meaning, as they change meaning the band begins to react to them differently. They get tired, they get out of sync, individual performers get a second wind and can pull the others through until someone else can carry the song. Listening to the song "Sorrow" for six hours straight would be stupid. Listening to The National perform the song "Sorrow" for six hours straight is worth something to people that are big fans of the band or who want to experience what "sorrow" feels like from a different perspective. Or people that want to donate to a cause while purchasing a symbol of what the cause is fighting against. There's a lot of people that can find value in a rare experience like this. Not me though, this sounds awful.
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April 9, 2015 on The National Announce A Lot Of Sorrow Box Set
Oh. Yep. That's what that song sounds like. So, good job I guess.
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March 27, 2015 on Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Guided By Voices’ “Tractor Rape Chain”
I love this sound. This song particular gives me a huge Super Furry Animals vibe.
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March 23, 2015 on Blur – “Lonesome Street”
I feel this. Prior to listen to the album, I mentioned several times that I expected it to come out sounding like The Antlers' album Hospice. And I have these feelings about that album. It's undeniably beautiful and real and potent, but it's like being locked in a room with a dead person. It's life changing and haunting, but it's not really something you want to do for fun on a Saturday afternoon. I think Sufjan's work rises above that moroseness, and he keeps his sense of humor through the whole tragic ordeal, but I can understand why someone wouldn't want to dive into that in the same way that I can understand why someone wouldn't want to date their psychiatrist.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
It's neither here nor there, but I don't read an imperative statement in his original post. I hear an implied "If" statement that was just unfortunately worded. But this is the internet where everything is unfortunately worded and unclear. I believe that 80% of what is written online is eventually misread, and the ideas mutated, either because our language has become sterile and broken, or because the readers come to it with an army of preconceived assumptions about tone. I'm sorry for accusing you of making "knee jerk" judgments. Carry on.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
I appreciate everything that is written here, but I have to say that I'm continually disappointed by the modern music listeners desire to rate the art they love. I know it just comes with any hobby, and it's how we operate as humans, but it's depressing how this comment section was flooded so quickly with people eager to discuss whether this album would be Album of the Week or Album of the Year. It must be difficult for artists to create something and have fans immediately toss it onto a football field where it has to compete with other people's work. It's bad enough that it will always be compared and contrasted back to their OWN previous work, but that I can forgive a lot easier, since it's important for context. But even that gets tiresome sometimes. I'm not saying I'm above this. But it seems especially ugly in situations like this when an album is so extremely personal and so obviously not being created for the sake of winning awards or pushing units. Carrie & Lowell is a masterpiece in the sense that it touches a unique place of the heart and puts it to music that fits it perfectly. It's a forest that you get lost in, and stumble your way through. To be honest, I expected it to be much more devastating emotionally, but I find myself surprised by the optimism and hope that is resting among the sea of questions and self doubt. I don't really feel like I'm lost in the woods with Sufjan, as much as I feel like he is telling me how he got through it. And that is a powerful difference.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
Be less knee jerk perhaps. You don't have to be a God fearing Christian to appreciate the book of Psalms. Regardless of what someone believes inspired them, the book of Psalms is clearly ancient Hebrew poetry that speaks the heart of a man that wasn't afraid to express himself in song. I often think of Sufjan as a type of David character. I think if David were alive today he too would wear multiple ball caps at the same time and would write complicated and embarrassingly intimate folk songs regarding his troubled past and struggling understanding of God and his place in the world.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
I agree concerning Ugly Casanova. There is a lot of credit that is due on that album. I always thought a great deal of the magic there was also coming out of Tim Rutili. Califone is a gem of a band that has never lost their stride. Thanks for the reminder about Holopaw.
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March 16, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves
Wait. So you think a song called "Drawn to the Blood" isn't about Jesus? I'm not saying you are wrong, but I find that kind of surprising.
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March 11, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
Yeah, there really is a massive discrepancy in the distribution of money in the art world. People on the top get marketed like mad and drive solid gold hummers, and then there is a cliff down into this ocean of artists that can't seem to live even a middle class life on their work. But mad props to Rob for being a man about it. We should see more people making such major sacrifices in their lives for the sake of their children. This is a man of character, and maybe he's not as rich as Kanye, but I would bet you money his kids turn out better than North West.
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March 11, 2015 on Pinback’s Rob Crow Quits Music: “Making Music In This Climate Is… Humiliating To My Psyche”
You guys remember when Thom Yorke was in the movie Home Alone, before starting Radiohead, his pizza themed Velvet Underground cover band?
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March 9, 2015 on On A Friday: Radiohead In The ’80s
The song is fine, whatever, but I can't get past the single's cover art. Why did no one bother to teach this woman how to properly use a Kleenex?
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March 2, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
Oh, neat. Is this, like, from television or something?
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March 2, 2015 on Watch Portlandia‘s Kath & Dave Try To Make An Impression On Paul Simon
Just the lyrics to "Eugene" are shattering me. I don't know if I'm going to be able to handle this album. I kind of expect this to turn out something like 'Hospice'. Something amazing and beautiful, and genuine and bare, but animal and frightening and sad in a way that makes people observe it in a cage once a year and then walk away shuddering.
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February 27, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell “Silent” Listening Parties Begin Tomorrow In NYC; Here Are The Album Lyrics
Love these guys to death. Love everything they made and miss them terribly. So glad they are not trying to reunite at all. I miss a lot of things that are gone: family, friends, pet hamsters. The last thing I want is to see them risen from the dead as some half dead zombie hamsters. Oh, my family and friends were all hamsters as well.
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February 18, 2015 on Stephen Malkmus Rejects Pavement Bandmates’ Pitch For Another Reunion
"He'll get away with it..." -David Bowie
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February 18, 2015 on Vanilla Ice Arrested For Stealing Furniture
I'm sad this is posted so late, because it's a great factoid. But also, the term "Metal-illness" is possibly the best typo I've seen this week.
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February 18, 2015 on Tom DeLonge Says He’s Had Contact With Aliens And He’s In Danger Because Of What He Knows