Comments from Zayin

It really bothers me that it didn’t actually fit in the guitar case.

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August 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach” Video

It’s 2015, can we finally arrest Eric Clapton for shooting the sheriff now?

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August 10, 2015 on Watch Key & Peele Parody The Debate About Rap Lyrics As Legal Evidence

Just so we are all on the same page, Toro Y Moi’s song “Lilly” is the song of the summer. Just super chill with a great hook in the chorus.

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July 9, 2015 on Toro Y Moi – “Pitch Black” (Feat. Rome Fortune)

Wait wait! I didn’t mean to say “I hate America!” I meant to say “I hate Fat Kids!”

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July 8, 2015 on Ariana Grande Apologizes For Dissing America, Not For Licking Donuts

Interestingly enough, both version of NIN are euphemisms for big dicks.

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July 8, 2015 on Nine Inch Nails Ask Canadian Politicians To Stop Using NIN Logo On Novelty T-Shirts

I respect and understand your disconnection from the Carrie and Lowell live show, but I had the complete opposite experience. I feel like Sufjan’s greatest talent is the ability to use extreme contrast like a spotlight to highlight whatever he is wanting to draw attention to. And his live show for Carrie and Lowell did just that. Turning these delicate intimate songs into a grandiose light show with booming drums and deafening static brought out the sizzling emotional catharsis of the music.

We deal with death is such a complex way. Our society says it should be this silent introspective thing. We are supposed to mourn like we are reading a book in a library, and the album does just that. Sits quietly and sips tea telling disjointed stories and memories through light tears in reflection about life and loss. But once everyone is gone from the room and life keeps going and going you want to put on a pair of headphones, turn the volume up and just RUN. Run and run and never stop screaming at the edge of town throwing rocks at the setting sun. Smashing bottles against a tree till your hands bleed and you just collapse. And it’s all part of the same dynamic and complex process.

One is more quiet and respectful. But interestingly enough, the other is almost far more real and animal, and bloody, and beautiful.

I will never forget the feeling of sitting in the theater weeping internally to the deafening static and noise and flashing lights as Sufjan closed out his concert with “Blue Bucket of Gold”, and I knew what it meant to lose something to death, and to lose yourself in the inescapable landslide of time that takes you and pulls you into the exploding sun and the lights that come to guide you through in confusion and pain and a heavy sigh as your spirit finally gives way like a calving glacier into the abyss.

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July 3, 2015 on Illinois Turns 10

This is the most soft and approachable I’ve ever heard Frog Eyes. Solid track. Well done Carey.

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June 29, 2015 on Frog Eyes – “Joe With the Jam”

Ten bucks says they wrote a song and wanted to name it “Dancing in the Dark”, googled it and found out that there was already a song by that name, and then realized it was actually a really good song and decided to play around with it.

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June 9, 2015 on Watch Hot Chip Cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”

I thought for sure that this was a picture of Sting. Is Sting just Bono with blonde hair? Why did I never notice this before?

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May 4, 2015 on Bono Recreated His Bike Accident With Jimmy Fallon For Tonight Show Sketch

My absurd surealist jaunt into a world where blind women drive cars to the mall recieved more down votes than a Glenn Beck sympathizer, and a three paragraph racist rant that was quite obviously trolling. I’m perplexed.

Not that I’m surprised that my strange word child was unloved by anyone else, but that it was so violently unloved. It was forcefully driven from its home and burned. He was beaten hourly by people that actively chose to peel open his “Click Here” box before bludgeoning his hunched shoulders. Its horrific really, because I truly felt it was an obvious bit of toothless internet nonsense.

Perhaps my mind is going. It’s possible I guess, that I’m completely losing touch with reality. I just can not identify the source of the anger. Maybe we are all being driven to our own form of madness, and I am just doomed to remain behind scraping my tongue with shards of bottles being thrown from the passing cars. I hope you find you paradise before your car runs out of gas and you’re forced to eat each other by the side of the road.

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May 2, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Uh can I not?

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May 2, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Yeah, I get it. The down votes are warranted and don’t really bother me. My comment was random, humorless and sour. And honestly, the flood of down votes just add to the nonsense of it all, so I am okay with it.

I should mention though that as a traffic engineer, I stand by my conclusions.

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April 29, 2015 on Hidden Braille Message Reveals Full Title Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

I learned today that they can octadeca downvote.

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April 29, 2015 on Hidden Braille Message Reveals Full Title Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Some Blind Chick: “I think I got the new Taylor Swift album!”
*Puts on CD*
As they drive away from the mall: “What the heck is this?!?”
*Immediately gets in horrible car accident because blind chicks that still buy CDs at the mall should not be allowed to drive cars*

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April 29, 2015 on Hidden Braille Message Reveals Full Title Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

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”