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Worked the last 24 days in a row. Now I've got some sort of flu or fever or something. By the time I have days off, I'll have worked 27+ days, a new record for me. I'm tired. The new Burial tune's pretty damn good, though I can't hear too well out of my right ear currently. Definitely one of his danciest tracks yet. Been behind on a lot of new music, but that See Through Dresses is one of my favorite albums of the year so far, maybe even more than the Priests one. Been listening to "Catacombs" and "Diamonds" almost every night before I go to sleep. "Diamonds" is is a damn near "Plainsong"-level opening track. Maybe I'll catch them live in Phoenix when they play there in November. Assuming I survive this flu tonight . . .
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September 15, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Fair point, that's been my go-to DLH song up to now. The way it builds toward that euphoric beat at the end makes it one of the most straight-forwardly satisfying songs in the PC Music catalog.
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July 18, 2017 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2017
Somehow I missed a bunch of those recent PC Music releases. But after three listens, I agree, it's definitely going to be "1UL" for me. Might be my favorite thing he's done yet. Charli and ABRA's "Drugs" is still up there though.
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July 17, 2017 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2017
Whoa, We is one of my favorite books, and that Subrosa album is also really good, yet I didn't even realize it was inspired by that! Just shows how much I pay attention to song lyrics. Read that novel in a class I took (about utopian visions in the Soviet era), along with Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which I also loved. I really should reread those two soon, it's been years.
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July 1, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Oh yeah, and the fact that he's sampling "Pagan Poetry" just makes "Uncle" even better, since it's gotten to the point where that's almost my favorite Björk song, just after "All Is Full of Love".
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July 1, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Haven't had a chance to spend much time with it yet, but the tracks I've heard off of Clams Casino's latest are really hitting the spot. "Time" is fucking gorgeous, and "Summertime" is another early fave. At first I just downloaded the mixtape and threw it on my mp3 player without looking at the track titles. Then I got confused and thought "Wait, when did I put 'Stem/ Long Stem' on my player?" When I realized it was his remix of that song I got pretty excited, though I didn't end up liking that one as much as I hoped. "Uncle", though! Got back to my work center after being gone a few days, and the first thing I did was sit in my own car blasting that song while hotboxing cigarette smoke. The beat itself of course is amazing, but even better is hearing Björk vocal samples flitting in and out of a Clammy-Clams song. (He might have sampled her before, can't remember right now.) I don't have much time to search out new music in the summer, so it's always nice when one of my top artists delivers something this time of year.
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July 1, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
For me, the Clams holy trinity is pretty close to yours, though I'd probably go with "LVL" / "I'm God" / "Blast" at this point. "LVL" just has that awesome bass line, no further reason needed. "I'm God" is like his "Xtal"--that early song that, while not as adventurous as some of his later stuff, is so perfect that it will probably always be considered one of his best. "Blast" kind of plays the same role for me as "Natural", except I think I like "Blast" even better now. I actually did recently get caught in a thunderstorm out in the forest, and while I took shelter under a shorter pine tree, I sort of fell into a trance staring at a nearby peak through the rain, and "Blast" just naturally started playing in my mind. It was one of those cool moments where the environment around me actually cues up a song in my head when I'm not actually listening to it.
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June 5, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yeah, it's definitely gonna require more listens for me to get into this one, compared to neo bahamut. It does feel more structured and less obviously adventurous, and in that sense it kind of reminds me of Merely's solo album. But I think the video for "Trippel Skörd" helped me get into this new direction of theirs. It would be cool if they did some more stuff with Sail a Whale too, since "Blackboxing" is still one of my favorite songs they've done.
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June 5, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Also just noticed your shout-out in the album of the week thread. Listening to the new Team Rockit Album now! So far "Nadir" and "Trippel Skörd" are my favorites. Ooh, "Ambrosia Junkie" just started and that one's up there too! Nothing's yet blown me away to the extent that neo bahamut did, but I'm definitely enjoying these songs. On a random note, I think it was Team Rockit who mentioned, in one of their earlier interviews, that they were at one point on a strictly root-based diet. Seems like a cool idea, but probably not a diet that I would want to try.
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June 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Kodama by Alcest. (I'm sure you're already aware of this one, but it's my favorite album since Art Angels, and it seems nature-y as hell, so I figured it's worth mentioning here.) Particularly the title track and "Untouched" for me. And of course there are plenty of Clams Casino songs that work great in nature. "Natural" being an obvious one, but I also find that "Blast" is amazing to listen to while staring at a mountain on a rainy day in the forest. I'll post more suggestions if I can think of some good ones. . .
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June 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Fuck yeah! I didn't even know when that was scheduled to start. I don't have the means to watch it soon, but I can catch up on it later. Yeah, I had a pretty good audience for FWWM. Me and my friend probably laughed the most, especially at the first 30 minutes or so. But there were a few other people who laughed quite a bit. Might even be my third favorite Lynch movie behind Mulholland Dr and Lost Highway. And I agree about Narkopop too. I appreciated it more when I heard the whole thing on CD in my car. I kept thinking track 5 was starting, but I knew based on listening to it out of sequence that track 5 wouldn't really start until that beat kicked in. His transitions on this album are more seamless than ever.
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May 21, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yep, Nothing Feels Natural is still my favorite album so far this year, and their live show earlier this year will remain one of my favorite moments in recent memory. Glad that album clicked for you! Speaking of amazing lyrics though, I'd have to say Sampha's "Plastic 100 C" has my favorite lines of the year: "You dare know what the scarecrow hears/ It's like outer space in his inner ears/ Like a blossom you opened up/ And understood why you could not love". I get chills every time I hear that part. I don't always pay good attention to lyrics, but that's a song where the writing really hits me hard, in addition to the music itself. Yeah that sucks that spotify got rid of the messaging. But I've been doing well enough. Been working, mainly. Spending my money on stuff that I shouldn't. Down to 4 bucks in the ole bank account, but payday's Monday, so it's all good. Some good purchases I made recently, however, were the new GAS, Slowdive, and Forest Swords albums, which are all pretty great. Also loving that new HEAVEN ep. Oh yeah, I saw Fire Walk With Me for the first time last weekend, on the big screen no less! I saw you mentioned that it was playing at a theater where you live, so I checked my local indie theater and sure enough, they had 10pm showings of it for several nights, and I made it to one and enjoyed the hell out of it. Also the theater sells beer, so I had a Prairie Phantasmagoria that really hit the spot. I've finally developed a taste for IPAs.
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May 19, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That's devastating news, I'm so sorry for your loss. For reassurance, I would say HANA's "Underwater" might work, as it's a very warm and loving song that she wrote to her own sister. RJC posted Hayden Thorpe's cover of "Goodbye Horses" on the weekend playlist, and I've been listening to that and the Delta Mirror version a lot lately. Somehow I hadn't paid attention to that song's lyrics much before, but they're actually very hopeful, I think. Maybe also M83's "You, Appearing" if you need to just cry. I wish I could help more than just suggesting a few songs over the internet. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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May 16, 2017 on Album Of The Week: The Mountain Goats Goths
Interpol, Beach House, TV on the Radio, Priests. Yep, had to include a more recent band just to shake things up. But "Nothing Feels Natural" and "No Big Bang"alone warrant their inclusion.
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May 16, 2017 on Arcade Fire Debut Six Songs From New Album In Montreal
I've actually never seen Fire Walk With Me! Which is weird considering I'm huge fan of the series, and several of his movies. Luckily I'm back in Tucson for a nice 3-day weekend (came back for Mother's Day, plus my current Monday/Tuesday off schedule), and it looks like FWWM is also playing at my local indie theater. So I'll probably give it a watch tonight or tomorrow tonight.
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May 14, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yeah, the way I see it, this is no loss. I figured by the time Dear Tommy comes out, even the tracks we've heard already will be significantly worked over anyway (which is insane considering the current version of "Just Like You" is one of my all time favorite songs already). So this sounds about right. Glad Johnny's alright anyway. I don't know why, but he seems like the type of dude who would have a near-death experience every other year. He's told some weird stories in past interviews. As a Grimes fan, I've learned to make my peace with scrapped albums long ago. But when I see Alexis's last tweet there, I believe it. "Nothing's changed except it's better". If there's a better version of "Just Like You" waiting in the wings, then I'm ready.
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May 4, 2017 on Chromatics’ Dear Tommy Still Isn’t Out Because Johnny Jewel Destroyed Every Copy
Yeah, the Alcest comparison was just enough to get me to give Heretoir a try, but I quickly found that they inhabit a world very much of their own construction. Similar subgenre, but different tendencies.
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April 22, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Pretty thrilled to listen to the new Gas album when I get a chance, but for now I'm thoroughly immersed in The Circle by Heretoir. (Yup, I visited The Month in Metal late again.) As soon as I saw them compared to Alcest, I knew they'd be for me. Sure enough, The Circle became my front-runner for metal AOTY after one listen (though I'm still just dipping my toes in this genre, and can be pretty choosy). Anyway, "Golden Dust" is fucking beautiful. And if you're looking for a heavier entry point, check out "The White". But also just go ahead and listen to the whole album, because there aren't any songs you'll want to skip if you're into this type of metal.
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April 22, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hell yeah! Been a fan since Neo Bahamut, and I have a close friend who's loved them since I played him Sail a Whale's "Blackboxing". I usually keep an eye on Sincerely Yours' Soundcloud. I'll always long for the days of Air France and Tough Alliance, but I'm glad there are still artists like Team Rockit, Merely, Sail a Whale, jj, and ceo putting out tunes on that label. Just checked out the video for "Trippel Skörd", and it did not disappoint!
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April 9, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Album: Nothing Feels Natural by Priests Song: Nothing Feels Natural by Priests (Sampha is really close in both categories though, and the new Lydia Ainsworth album is also working its way up my list. Still need to listen to Arca's latest...) Video: Grimes ft. Janelle Monáe - Venus Fly
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April 8, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Always good to see some Team Rockit love around here! Didn't even know they had a new release coming out until I saw your comment.
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April 8, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Plenty of noteworthy releases this week, but for the avid poptimist, Zara Larsson's album is quite good. In fact, it is titled So Good, which it mostly lives up to. But the best songs are still older singles "Lush Life" (my Song of the Summer last year, even though I think it's like 2 years old) "Never Forget You" (her and MNEK's vocals at the end always blow me away), and "I Would Like". [paragraph break] Oh yeah, I made good on my promise to check out the Planning for Burial album, and really enjoyed that as well. [paragraph break] Got drunk last night for no real reason. I may have ralphed. Woke up hungover, realized it's St. Patrick's Day, and was like NOPE. Not doing that two days in a row. Gonna be a sober one for me this year. [end of third paragraph]
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March 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Thanks! And then the very next morning I ended up going to a huge book festival on no sleep. It's tough being a bookworm sometimes. Tell ya what.
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March 13, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
She actually did pull that one out live as well, toward the end of the set. Alas, no "Remain" in the set, but that's OK, since that might be the type of song that is more ideal for headphones than for a live setting.
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March 11, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Aw, thanks bloc! I don't know if it'll live up to your five completely-sincere exclamation points ;), but here goes my review: It was a blast! I got there right when Jay Som were starting, and found the place relatively packed compared to the last time I was there. I was actually there more for Jay Som than for The Drums, and she did not disappoint! The basslines on "Everbody Works" and "Baybee" both gave me chills live, and "The Bus Song" was another highlight. Got their latest on CD, plus a shirt. And then The Drums. Wow! I didn't know what to expect, as I'd only heard some of their earlier songs. But I like the idea of getting into a band live without doing much research ahead of time, and that strategy worked out well, as their set was fuckin' perfect and largely new to me. Jonny is a freaking ray of sunshine up on the stage; his energy is infectious, for those who like to dance. I kinda just stood in the corner and did that South Park goth-kid style of dance, where you sway back and forth and nod your head. He's also a great vocalist live, and some of the songs had some hauntingly beautiful endings that nearly made me swoon. They did indeed play "Let's Go Surfing", "It Will All End In Tears", and "Book of Stories". The latter was my fave, along with some other ones that I don't yet know the names of. He mentioned that they have a new album out in June, so keep your ears peeled.
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March 11, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It feels like an album to me. But I think there are still enough other songs that she's been playing live (that don't appear on this release) that we can still hopefully expect an(other) album from her soon. This feels kind of like the Tinashe Nightride / Joyride situation. A mixtape-for-sale, presumably followed by a more official album. Which is fine by me!
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March 11, 2017 on Stream Charli XCX Number 1 Angel Mixtape
I actually did listen to the Planning for Burial song that was in the last Black Market, and really liked it. I look forward to the album!
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I will check it out! I haven't listened to it yet because I got sidetracked by the Blanck Mass album for most of the week.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Nice! I'm pretty thrilled that she's playing here on what is also her album release day, so I'll be able to buy the album right there at the show! Saves me a trip to the record store.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
The new Jay Som album is really good! "Remain" has probably the most beautiful vocals I've heard this year, and "Everybody Works" and "One More Time, Please" are also great songs. And what do you know, she's in town tonight, opening for The Drums! Same venue I saw Priests at a couple weeks back. So that's probably what I'll be up to tonight.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments