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Yeah, its a generational anthem and all but is also the CSI: Miami theme (and meme), it's not like its too sacred to fuck with. And Daltrey still gave us a passable "YEEAAAAAH." So good for him!
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May 17, 2019 on The Who Did One Of Those Classroom Instruments Videos With Jimmy Fallon
For example, "The Soft Bulletin," which I'm assuming you gave a much nice write-up than Tom gave "Play," is an album that I know is a classic, I just never cared much for The Flaming Lips.
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May 17, 2019 on Play Turns 20
Better than 97/98 or 00/01? I’d say 99 has by far the weakest yield of that five year stretch. Even the artists I love that put out music in 99 put out albums they had already bettered and/or would soon better (99 might be peak ‘everyone’s third-best album’). And the ones who did put out definitive releases don’t happen to be artists I’m super attached to, though obviously a personal filter is at play there.
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May 17, 2019 on Play Turns 20
I was about to mention that. Granted 99 was a relatively weak year for albums, but it's hard to think of another artist whose critical stock has plummeted so drastically and in such a short time no less.
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May 17, 2019 on Play Turns 20
Sucks that Logo isn't showing it this year.
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May 17, 2019 on Madonna – “Future” (Feat. Quavo)
LMAO I knew exactly what you meant and I’m so proud of you
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May 16, 2019 on Premature Evaluation: Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated
If Bjork hadn't just robbed me at gunpoint I would definitely have shelled out to see the 1975 this month. Sounds like a fun show and "Brief Inquiry" is still an extremely fun and rewarding album to go back to.
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May 16, 2019 on Behold The 1975 In 2019
Morrissey supports an actual far-right racist party *because of* (not in spite of) their ethnic nationalist immigration platform. Wanting him to be challenged on that is not fascism, and equating "let's stop letting Muslims into Britain" with "don't coddle rich, delusional racists" as equally intolerant is both bogus and also pretty much par for the course for guys who like to tell people how pragmatic they are. I get that you are trying to play "the reasonable guy who sees the middle ground" but all you're doing is grasping at straws to defend something that doesn't need to be defended. First you had something about how this was really about animal rights. Now you're saying something downthread that its really about who sucked up to Morrissey. Here's an idea: if you have to literally make shit up to explain your position, maybe it isn't all that reasonable!
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May 14, 2019 on Morrissey Supports Right-Wing Extremist Group While Performing On The Tonight Show
It's weird that you act like there's some hard work you have to do to find out that a guy who openly supports an awful party and its awful platform does in fact support that party/platform. Nothing you are saying is really "pragmatic" either. Morrissey got invited on this show to sing a song and used that opportunity to promote his reactionary political ideology, so how did separating the art and the artist actually work out there?
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May 14, 2019 on Morrissey Supports Right-Wing Extremist Group While Performing On The Tonight Show
Maybe I just don't have enough fascist sympathizers in my family to get where you're coming from, but Morrissey's politics shouldn't be normalized, which is exactly what happens if you sweep it under the rug of amicable disagreement. And anyway we're all kind of stuck with our family, nobody needs to give Morrissey a platform or collaborate with him, and given the music he's been making this decade, no one really should!
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May 14, 2019 on Morrissey Supports Right-Wing Extremist Group While Performing On The Tonight Show
It looks incredible. I hope she adds some more dates.
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May 9, 2019 on FKA Twigs Brings Pole Dance, Sword Dance, & New Songs To First Show In Years
Grimes is electronic but not "EDM" (maybe "Go" could be considered EDM-pop but that's as close as she's come so far). I'd call both Visions and Art Angels electronic pop albums, though Art Angels is definitely the more pop-oriented of the two.
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May 9, 2019 on Ultra Music Festival Leaving Miami After 21 Years
I would assume cost of living is just higher across the board here, especially in the more expensive cities. But there's a lot of variation on concert tickets just based on demand, production values, venue, and cost of living. Doing anything in Manhattan costs way more than it would cost anywhere else in the country.
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May 9, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
These blatant imitators can be helpful though. I had a friend in middle school / high school who tried for years to get me (and anyone who would listen to her) into Bjork, but my teenage brain was like "this isn't a white guy whining over power chords, so I'm not really sure what to do with it." Getting deep into Funeral really primed me to enjoy Bjork's music the next time I gave it a shot, since they had smuggled "weird feral lady emoting over dramatic strings" into my indie rock.
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May 9, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
My non-exhaustive running list of artists who have discussed Bjork's influence, covered her music, or otherwise avowed themselves as stans includes: Adam Bainbridge, Amy Lee, Angus Andrew, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Anthony Green, Arca, Ben GIbbard, Chris Martin, Ed Droste, Ellie Goulding, Hayden Thorpe, Hayley Williams, Heloise Letissier, Jared Leto, Justin Vernon, Kali Uchis, Karen O, Kelela, Mike Hadreas, Missy Elliott, Miya Folick, Moses Sumney, Owen Pallett, Renee Fleming, Robyn, Rosalia, Solange, SZA, Thom Yorke, Timbaland, and Will Wiesenfeld And there are plenty of others like FKA Twigs and Florence Welch whose existence is hard to conceive of in a Bjork-free world
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May 8, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
I meant Memorial Day I would actually die if I had to wait until September
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May 8, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
If people discussed her albums with even half the reverence and presumption of importance that Radiohead or Kanye got we’d be that much closer to a just world (Thom Yorke is among the people who gets this). For my money her discography is the most thrilling and rewarding adventure in popular music, bar none.
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May 8, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
I’m seeing this show on Labor Day weekend and I can’t fucking wait
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May 8, 2019 on Björk Discusses Her Elaborate New Stage Show, And Baby Albino Giraffes
I honestly enjoy it, but I would also agree that it's by far the worst Vampire Weekend album.
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May 7, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Charly Bliss Young Enough
Slightly different order but exactly my Top 5
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May 7, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Charly Bliss Young Enough
Zuboff's book really is incredible, 10/10 reading rec from HH And for me anyway Platform ended up being very listenable and enjoyable. So far the PROTO material has been a lot more challenging but I'm still into it.
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May 6, 2019 on Inhuman After All
But what about this version? https://youtu.be/fFzj14bpMu4?list=PLZQfnFyelTBOQ15kmHSgEbdjzLMWzZpL7
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May 3, 2019 on “All Star,” “Smooth,” “Mambo No. 5,” And Why 1999 Hits Are So Memeable
Perfect write-up, Ryan. It's amazing to me that in 2009, a year littered with incredible albums, this somehow became the one I couldn't stop listening to... and even more incredible that Annie would just get better and better from there. BONUS BEATS: She was already showing signs of the world-class live performer she would evolve into https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpjbaX7lUOo
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May 3, 2019 on Actor Turns 10
Oh I also love the way the Kacey and 1975 records sound (and so far they are the 2018 albums that have gotten the most play from me in 2019, which is why they were on my mind). Is it fair to say liking an album for how it sounds is fine but dismissing it for how it sounds is superficial? And I don't just mean in a "for me / not for me" way but more in the "Vampire Weekend sounds like a jam band now and we all know jam bands suck so therefore this also sucks" type way. Clearly there are lots of great bands whose signature sound is a huge part of their appeal. I just don't like when the conversation becomes about how cool or lame a band's reference points are.
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May 3, 2019 on The Evolution Of Vampire Weekend
Okay but mid-30s is not "middle aged," no need to drag the boys down into the crypt with you
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May 3, 2019 on The Evolution Of Vampire Weekend
Seconded. But also, I'm gonna double down on this point about people being too worked up about the sound. Yeah, its rootsy and parts might sound like a jam band or even country. That kind of music can be good or it can be bad. Kinda reminds me of people freaking out because Grimes is mining nu-metal or people who won't listen to the 1975 because it sounds too "boy-band"-y or Kacey Musgraves is too adult-contemporary and so on. Now probably a lot of people who say that wouldn't enjoy what those artists even if they dug deeper into the music, so maybe this kind of shorthand is helpful as a personal-listening-filter, but it doesn't lead anywhere wortwhile as a critical lens on the music. People get too worked up about the superficial aspects of what this music sounds like and whether its sonic references are cool or pleasing or whatever on the surface level. If I have any big complaint about FOTB, it's that it has more skippable songs than any other VW album. But that doesn't really have anything to do with the "sound," it's just that this is a longer and more diverse album so there's a lower hit rate than the tighter LPs that preceded it. But "this doesn't sound cool" is always going to be a dumb reason to dismiss an album.
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May 3, 2019 on The Evolution Of Vampire Weekend
+1 on Ezra being an underrated singer.
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May 3, 2019 on The Evolution Of Vampire Weekend
This is how I'm feeling too. Some of the singles ("Harmony Hall," "This Life") were instant entries into the VW pantheon, some of the others I just didn't know what to make of. But it comes together to make another intriguing and compulsively listenable album. A lot of discussion has been about the "sound" of the album (loose, jammy, not-Rostam-produced), but to me this is a pretty superficial aspect compared to the songs themselves, which are consistently excellent. I don't love the new sound in the way I do the sound of their first three albums yet, but it doesnt overshadow the quality of the writing and playing. And the best songs make me think I could love it. So well done VW. I was wrong to be worried.
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May 3, 2019 on The Evolution Of Vampire Weekend