Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Busy week! We unveiled our list of the 40 Best New Bands Of 2012. We prematurely evaluated albums from Bob Dylan, the Killers, and G.O.O.D. Music. We ranked Grizzly Bear’s best songs, Dylan’s more obscure LPs, and Pavement’s discography. And, of course, we took sides on the Albini Vs. Palmer beef. Let’s see what you had to say about it all…



Kevin Broydrick | Sep 10th Score:22

first listen:

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party

Simon Chapman | Sep 10th Score:23

You literally never listened to an album because of hype? Seriously?b

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party

Heath D. Williams | Sep 13th Score:24

You did it, Stereogum! You included the band’s actual best song on your “Best Songs” list!

Posted in: Grizzly Bear’s 10 Best Songs

Peter Helman | Sep 10th Score:25

If you’re intentionally not listening to an album solely because of hype, isn’t that letting others’ opinions influence your own just as much (if not more)?

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party
#6 crania americana | Sep 13th Score:26

wtf no skinny love? JUST KIDDING, I know that’s actually by fleet foxes. lol right.

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#5 donnytilla | Sep 10th Score:26

GREAT album. It feels much more consistent than past output. I’m guilty of often skipping some of the tracks on veckitamest for the top shelf jams (i.e., two weeks, ready able, cheerleader, while you wait) – some of the other tracks on that bitty can lag a bit if I’m casually listening, although I do enjoy them. I don’t know if this is due to the experimentation on veck’s (<— short form) other tracks, which clearly deviate from the shit you know your mom would like.

HOWEVER, I feel like everything is much more cohesive on this album. Whereas something like “Dory” slams the breaks and puts you through the windshield, I put shields on and know that I’m in for a consistent pantaloon jazzing, without skipping anything to keep the momentum going. And the back third is just such a goddamn treat. what a solid finish (sun in your eyes O. M. G.). I didn’t expect this tone of album from da boys but I’ll be damned if it ain’t just a gem of a lil heart.

Favourite moments stem from little things – the wizzing slam at 2:45 of Sleeping Ute, the killer rasp in Ed’s voice on Speak in Rounds (stevie nicksesque??!?! uh, yes pls), the interplay between eddy and danny’s vocals throughout. Also, Sun in Your Eyes is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard this year. It feels special and no one else could have done it.

Everything is just more consistent (Droste, 2012) and it makes the overall piece so much better. Thx to da bears for this one. I will be supporting my local record shop ;) ;) ;) ;)

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party
#4 JaggerT | Sep 10th Score:28
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#3 Michael Nelson | Sep 12th Score:29

I should probably disclose that I’m actually a big fan of Apple products to the point of being a low-level Apple snob. But I’m deeply frustrated by the way in which they have marginalized music on their music-playing devices. (It reminds me very much, in fact, of the way MTV marginalized music as a part of their programming as they saw increased revenues in more structured programs.) Realistically the profit margin in MP3 players is dwindling rapidly, but as a music lover with a vast library, I want a product that suits my needs (which Apple seems to have lost interest in producing). Can’t blame ‘em for focusing on the bottom line, I just hope a suitable alternative eventually finds its way to market.

Posted in: Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes, Less-Shitty Earbuds
#2 rubberjohnny0829 | Sep 10th Score:29

you probably loved them until pitchfork gave them mediocre reviews. just like if they give this one a bad review, you’ll hate it too. think for yourself people!

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party

Jeff Miller | Sep 13th Score:34


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John Novak | Sep 11th Score:-9

Wow! It seems that Bob ripped off the melody of? “”Soon After Midnight”” from Bobby Fuller and Mary Stone’s, “New Shade of Blue”. Check it out and compare.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Bob Dylan Tempest

Nick Burica | Sep 13th Score:-10

I refuse to live in a world where Knife isn’t #2 and Two Weeks isn’t #1.

Posted in: Grizzly Bear’s 10 Best Songs

Yoni Izhaky Rapaport | Sep 13th Score:-12

fuck this band.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: The Killers Battle Born

Steven Snead | Sep 13th Score:-16

Swing Lo was amazing
Centipede Hz was amazing

This leads me to believe you’re crazy. Battle Born is the worst type of shit I actively avoid because it’s actually uninspired drivel.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: The Killers Battle Born
#1 cale | Sep 10th Score:-17

You guys are all nuts. This album is terrible. More boring than even Veckatimest. But at least that record had songs like Cheerleader and About Face. I don’t like a single song on this record. To be fair I only really liked Horn Of Plenty. Yellow House and Veckatimest, were to boring and included to many bad Daniel Rossen songs. But on this one it seems Droste is just as terrible as Rossen usually is. Gimme Swans or Merchandise over this. This might even be worse than that Bon Iver Record from last year which I also hated as well. Hopefully Pitchfork will pan this record so we can be done with them. Sites like Tiny Mix Tapes will definitely hate this album, but I guess thats to be expected.

Actually Half Gate is good though. So one good song on the entire record.

Posted in: Grizzly Bear Shields Comment Party


Josh Reichental | Sep 12th Score:2

Thank you for this list Stereogum. It’s both overwhelming and comforting that there is so much good music out there.

Posted in: Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

[Amrit’s out today! Let’s just assume he loves all your comments.]