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This was an excellent review with great writing, and I'm hardly a Foos fan. Just great work.
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September 12, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Concrete And Gold
I love this band. Wish they'd play more deep cuts like this. Tons of stuff from their mid-70s work they could break out not to mention a lot of Tattoo You deep cuts.
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September 11, 2017 on Watch The Rolling Stones Play “Dancing With Mr. D” For The First Time In 44 Years
Poptimism as a critical movement has clearly gone well beyond "Hey, you shoudn't discount pop as art just because it isn't made by white dudes with guitars" into something that feels more about worshipping celebrity multi-millionaires. Re: this particular song and era of Taylor Swift, it looks old and out of touch when even YouTube commenters are universally negative on both tracks.
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September 6, 2017 on Somehow, We Are Absolutely Ready For Taylor Swift’s Rapping-About-Being-Horny-Over-Dubstep Single
I really like 1989 and Red, so I'm not a Taylor Swift hater or a hater of pop music at all. And I agree bland 4th-gen Pavement ripoff bands are boring and awful as well. That said, there's a particular way that people claim to like something like this that is clearly more about being edgy and pissing off a primarily indie rock audience than about the actual merits of the song. "The world doesn't feel the same anymore?" Give me a break.
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September 6, 2017 on Somehow, We Are Absolutely Ready For Taylor Swift’s Rapping-About-Being-Horny-Over-Dubstep Single
Yeah when you performatively claim to like a bad pop song, it makes you seem more out of touch, not less. It also makes poptimism seem stupid, if not outright nihilistic, in its attempt to obliterate good taste.
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September 6, 2017 on Somehow, We Are Absolutely Ready For Taylor Swift’s Rapping-About-Being-Horny-Over-Dubstep Single
Just this week, the War on Drugs put out a great album on a major label that will find a sizable audience. That and the new QOTSA (not to mention LCD next week) should both be pretty big.
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August 28, 2017 on The Land Of Tempered Expectations: Alvvays On Antisocialites, Despondence, And Being A Rock Band in 2017
Rock may be past its commercial prime, but I really don't think it's as moribund commercially as jazz was in 1972 (at all). Arcade Fire, Linkin Park, John Mayer, Harry Styles and Brand New have already had number 1 Billboard albums this year, and Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Portugal the Man, and 21 Pilots continue to sell loads of albums and/or have hits on the singles chart. Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey are all to varying degrees pop/rock artists with massive commercial success this year, while rappers like XXXtentacion and Lil Uzi Vert continue to go in a rap/rock direction while resonating with a very young audience. Just earlier this decade, Mumford, Foster the People, etc. rode a huge wave of mainstream "indie" that was immensely commercially successful but is now forgotten about. Rock may not have the young audience that hip hop and Top 40 have, but that's been true for a long time but wasn't met with as nearly much hand-wringing until pretty recently.
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August 28, 2017 on The Land Of Tempered Expectations: Alvvays On Antisocialites, Despondence, And Being A Rock Band in 2017
I love Ryan's writing, but does every single rock band in 2017 have to comment on being a rock band in 2017?
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August 28, 2017 on The Land Of Tempered Expectations: Alvvays On Antisocialites, Despondence, And Being A Rock Band in 2017
I think the pendulum will swing back. Millenialls have so much nostalgia for classic rock, pop punk (Blink 182), and even The Strokes/that whole scene that someone will start writing more catchy, accessible guitar pop again. The 1975, 21 Pilots, and The War on Drugs are all doing it. Arctic Monkeys did it with their last album and it was huge. Tame Impala are also just one album/single away from being absolutely massive.
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August 24, 2017 on The Killers On Why Today’s Rock Bands Aren’t As Popular: “They’re Just Not Good Enough Yet”
I'm sure this will be downvoted, but I'm legitimately curious — when Michael says, people are rooting for "something else that they don’t wanna call by its real name," is he implying that "rock and roll" is code for racism or something? Just confused by that passage.
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August 18, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding
This is a great record. The album cover fits the music perfectly.
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August 18, 2017 on Stream Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
Another note on this is that it does make a lot of last year's rock is dead hand wringing seem silly. It may have to be more genre agnostic to get on the radio, but it seems like pop radio even still has space for "indie rock" bands and that alternative radio is still capable of crossing bands over to a larger audience.
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August 17, 2017 on When Career Artists Score A Freak Pop Hit
Call me crazy, but I wouldn't be surprised if they have an album in the works and Julian doesn't want it to overshadow what he's doing with The Voidz.
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July 30, 2017 on The Strokes Are Not Recording With Rick Rubin After All
This is great news. Glad to hear they're working with an outside producer to focus them. The best sign they're serious about being a working band in a long time.
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July 28, 2017 on The Strokes Are Recording With Rick Rubin Says Albert Hammond, Sr.
The whole reaction to this album is so overblown. The critical knives have been out for them since Reflektor, and yes the rollout was tedious at times, but the album is still really good and not worth the level of vitriol that's been directed at it. Also, the "rock band at a time when festival-headlining rock bands are becoming an endangered species" line is really tired and is a boring cliché at this point. Every single review I read of a rock act, I now expect some kind of line like that.
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July 26, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Everything Now
I don't think it's true that Linkin Park is/will be the last popular rock band in America. Haven't Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots logged multiple top ten hits and gone multiplatinum? They occupy a very similar sonic and cultural space to Linkin Park anyway. I also think it's a cop out to try to rehabilitate nu metal and pop punk (which is better) by just saying "millenials have different taste we shouldn't judge." Lots of millennials love The Strokes and remember Linkin Park is an embarrassing phase they went through in middle school.
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July 21, 2017 on Against All Odds, Linkin Park Were America’s Last Huge Rock Band
I think the revisionism one the next wave of popular rock bands (Mumford, Foster the People, Fun., Lumineers) will be easier since those bands don't have the aggro baggage that nu metal had. It's the same reason it's a lot easier to reappraise Blink-182, who after all, were a product of punk and post-punk music, than Creed. That said, poptimism really has invited this cycle where *everything* is reappraised as post-ironically good. The only stuff that seems to be exempt from the reappraisal is stuff by artists who scan as too male or too white like The Chainsmokers.
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July 21, 2017 on Against All Odds, Linkin Park Were America’s Last Huge Rock Band
Yeah same here. I've never liked them, even as a kid, but as a musician, I think you just feel a loss, especially when I think about all my musician friends who have dealt with mental health issues.
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July 20, 2017 on Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Dead At 41
Interesting how they're highlighting their more "classic rock" side with heavy emphasis on Ok Computer and In Rainbows alongside AMSP, not nearly as much from Kid A. Seems like that's been a constant throughout this tour, whereas TKOL tour was much heavier on glitchier stuff and obscurities.
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July 19, 2017 on Radiohead’s Controversial Israel Show Finally Happened, And It Was Their Longest Set In 11 Years
That's really disappointing. Nick Valensi had seemed to suggest they had a new album coming out this year. It's a damn shame if one doesn't come out because I think there's real pent up demand for a full LP and waiting too much longer would probably just frustrate people.
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May 22, 2017 on Julian Casablancas+The Voidz Guitarist Confirms Second Album
Yeah this album is great and not at all disappointing. It also has The Strokes all over it which I can't help but love. Would love if Julian and the boys put out something this consistent.
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May 19, 2017 on Soft Times: On Paramore’s Surprising Retro Reboot
I hear Angles/Comedown Machine era Strokes all over this thing too. Great stuff.
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May 12, 2017 on Stream Paramore After Laughter
I hear the Strokes more than anything else.
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April 19, 2017 on Paramore – “Hard Times” Video
Honestly the Chainsmokers are more a really bad indie pop/rock act at this point than an EDM one.
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April 18, 2017 on You Can Blame These Artists For Influencing The Chainsmokers
I assume by "strange piece of music" she means "Green Light is not a very good song."
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April 12, 2017 on Lorde Reveals Max Martin’s Criticism Of “Green Light,” Implies Melodrama Is A Concept Album About A House Party
I still remember the excitement of hearing 50s rock and roll when I was a kid at my grandmother's house. RIP Chuck. The Great Twenty Eight remains his definitive compilation.
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March 18, 2017 on R.I.P. Chuck Berry
Agreed, and Ryan does them better than anyone.
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March 4, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
Agreed. As a songwriter, he's very easy to study because his methods are so clear, but it's no less impressive to listen to. In a way, it's more helpful writing your own songs because you can understand it more easily and apply the techniques (imperfectly) to your own work. The downside to that is so much pop sounds like him and his school of producers. He says in the interview we're out of the "EDM swamp," but pop radio still has a very limited sound palette, partially because he is just so successful.
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February 28, 2017 on Max Martin Discusses Prince, Taylor Swift, And Pharrell In Rare Interview
Agreed. I think pop culture suffers from a lack of good pop/rock bands that make good middle of the road guitar-driven music. Early Maroon 5 songs hold up in a way their later work certainly will not. You could say the same thing about Coldplay.
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February 14, 2017 on Maroon 5 – “Cold” (Feat. Future)