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I love "Strange Overtones"! For my money, the best post-Talking Heads Byrne tune.
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August 4, 2020 on Whitney – “Strange Overtones” (David Byrne & Brian Eno Cover)
I had considered that, but do those kind of intangibles outweigh the fact that there weren’t even physical copies in stores? In the past she’s moved a lot of units through places like Target and other big chain stores
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August 3, 2020 on Taylor Swift’s folklore Posts Biggest #1 Debut Of 2020
It’s crazy to think what she could have done in a normal sales environment. Though it also suggests that whole rollout for Lover accomplished nothing that just saying “hey new Taylor Swift album tomorrow” wouldn’t have.
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August 2, 2020 on Taylor Swift’s folklore Posts Biggest #1 Debut Of 2020
Not only is this the biggest sales week for an album since Lover, the biggest sales week before that was for Reputation.
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August 2, 2020 on Taylor Swift’s folklore Posts Biggest #1 Debut Of 2020
Yeah but this is like the one really essential song on the LP, its not exactly a hit parade. I much prefer Scary Monsters and Let's Dance.
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
My first vote is Illmatic. It's as good as everyone says it is and better. Miseducation and Rumours are pure bliss, not homework at all, you simply must listen. London Calling is more demanding but very worth it. And while I think the Smiths are better as a singles band than as an album band, TQID has some of their best deep cuts and is definitely one to make time for. I haven't listened to The Blueprint recently enough to say how it holds up, but I remember it being a blast as well.
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Dude, he’s polling better than HRC ever did, crushing demos like white women that Trump won, and there are far fewer undecided voters this time which takes a lot of the unpredictability out of the race (late-deciding voters basically swung the election to Trump). Not trying to be complacent or anything, because shit can still happen, but at this point I feel like the burden of proof is on anyone whose saying Trump will win to back it up with something more than a hunch.
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
I think it has as much to do with trajectory as with absolute quality. To go with your analogy, Let's Dance does slap (and Reflektor is often very good) - and yet, the signs of the coming decline are clearly there. I would say this of both Let's Dance and Reflektor: It sounds like they're having to try harder to deliver less. Their good instincts are just barely winning out over their bad ones. They're second-guessing a lot of their obvious strengths and betting the house on stuff they're only okay at. And tbh you could describe a lot of transitional albums that way, sometimes its a step toward a new peak, though in both of these cases it clearly wasn't.
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July 31, 2020 on The Suburbs Turns 10
In what universe does it look like Trump is on track to win again? The fact is even with a completely rigged and counter-majoritarian electoral college (which isn't even 10% as fucked as the Senate) and flagrant voter suppression, Republicans can barely eke out a national election victory. Everything you're saying is just kind of buying into the mythos that there's this "real America" that is not where the majority of its citizens live but is somehow morally and culturally and politically essential. It really isn't true even now, and every passing day those communities shrink and urban ones grow.
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
IDK I feel like part of what you're describing is the essence of "small town" life. People who live in small towns and rural areas tend to value a homogeneous community (they usually frame this in religious terms - the ideal is a community where you know everyone from church - but the implications for other kinds of diversity are obviously not great). People who live in cities like diversity and enjoy being exposed to new things. The suburbs are the battleground. But these sortings kind of make sense when you consider what different people look for and find fulfilling. And personally, I'm not on any crusade to change the character of small town America or any part of America for that matter. I just want to live my life.
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
Okay maybe I am an elitist because I literally shuddered at the thought of living in Harrisburg, I'd rather never own a home
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
Even where out-and-out bigotry isn't the norm, small towns can be pretty tough social/dating scenes for LGBTQ folks. I've done college towns and progressive-for-the-south cities and that kind of thing before, they were certainly better than where I grew up, but even where people were not outright homophobic you still had a total dead-zone of gay culture and being out felt like something I had to negotiate a lot more consciously. Not that there aren't intolerant people in big cities too, but the overwhelming ethos is that people have their own shit to worry about. Small town folks, even (especially?) the nicest ones are terrible at minding their own business. But for me it was employment that led me to fulfill my destiny and join the Coastal Elite. I live in Boston because there are approximately 1,000 universities around here and one of them hired me. It had nothing to do with being a snob who would only live in a metropolis, though I do (/did) enjoy what the city has to offer.
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
Yep, it’s the same shit with Amazon or Uber. Bleeding money for years and years but floating on venture capital while they put their competition under and dominate the market. Meanwhile, jobs that used to sustain livelihoods and communities disappear.
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July 31, 2020 on Spotify CEO To Musicians: “You Can’t Record Music Every Three Or Four Years And Think That’s Going To Be Enough”
Everything about their music is kind of an “all-in” experience.
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July 31, 2020 on The Suburbs Turns 10
Similar vibes though it was Funeral for me, with Suburbs being the post-collegiate victory lap. There are so many bands I had such an intense connection to in my teenage years that I just don’t listen to anymore (conversely a lot of artists I listened to casually at that time proved themselves favorites in the long game).
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July 31, 2020 on The Suburbs Turns 10
I feel the same way about outgrowing them.Their first three albums meant the world to me, but I don’t really go back to them anymore. I even like some of the songs on Reflektor and Everything Now, but whereas they were my favorite act in music from 2004-2010 they are now just another band. By the time I had the chance to see them live I didn’t even care to go. I just don’t really relate to their music that much these days.
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July 31, 2020 on The Suburbs Turns 10
“Taylor’s team took swift action...” https://thumbs.gfycat.com/ThreadbareImmaculateEnglishsetter-size_restricted.gif
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July 31, 2020 on Taylor Swift Changes folklore Merch After Being Accused Of “Blatant Theft”
The butt rock but make it lo fi vibe reminds me of Fang Island
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July 30, 2020 on Glass Beach’s New Song “Running” Was Originally Written For The New Bill & Ted Movie
Lulu is better because it’s worse. St Anger is a joyless, tuneless hard rock album and there are plenty of those. You listen to, you don’t enjoy it, that’s it. Lulu is bad in the way that really makes you question things.
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July 30, 2020 on Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound
I was just listening to this song last night, taking the deep dive into the Genius annotations and all of that. It’s a masterpiece.
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July 29, 2020 on Phoebe Bridgers Made A Suitably Epic Video For Her Climactic Album Closer “I Know The End”
I’m excited for more Angel but even more excited to see Gabriela on the beat!
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July 29, 2020 on Angel Olsen Invites Us Into A Whole New Mess
It definitely feels like she’s searching for her next big idea. Since Lemonade we’ve seen rapping Carter Bey, HBCU Homecoming Queen Bey, and now Disney Presents The Lion King Bey. As a concept, exploring Afro-pop has some appeal but it’s sensitive and the fact that she’s doing it as an extension of the Disney conglomerate is not terribly appealing (personally I think it’s kind of embarrassing that The Lion King is now a multi-year arc of her career, like hell yeah let’s do the whole Afro-conscious thing but The Lion King is not that deep). More than that the material we’ve gotten so far suggests that she hasn’t quite figured out how to execute the concept at the level we’ve come to expect from her. Not only is nothing from this era as good as anything from Lemonade, none of it has even been as memorable as Apeshit.
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July 28, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Fontaines D.C. A Hero’s Death
I'd just like to add that if you click on the Chainsmokers tag the headlines from over the years are Pulitzer-worthy
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July 28, 2020 on NY Health Dept. Will Investigate Chainsmokers’ Dicey Hamptons Concert For FuckJerry Tequila
I appreciate that rather than trickling these out as interludes that we'd have to skip she's put them all one album that we can just not listen to
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July 28, 2020 on Lana Del Rey’s Spoken Word Album Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass Is Out; Hear A Sample Track
Exactly this. The whole thing just smacks of rich people having their own set of rules. But yeah drop a few thousand dollars on a dumb party and pretend you’re a humanitarian. We need to redistribute these peoples wealth much much faster.
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July 28, 2020 on NY Health Dept. Will Investigate Chainsmokers’ Dicey Hamptons Concert For FuckJerry Tequila
Chris, I know we already got the PE but I still want your official pop column verdict on folklore. It has its moments (including yes, “Mirrorball,” swoon) but I also feel like some of the critical praise implies some condescension toward her past work, including masterpieces like Red and near-masterpieces like 1989. Like “at least she’s doing real music now.” It’s the same conflict I felt about Hayley Williams’ LP and the way it seemed to legitimize her to folks who dismissed her (IMO clearly superior) work with Paramore. That said, her LP grew on me a lot and so I’m second-guessing my second-guessing of the folklore hype, like maybe other people might like it for the wrong reasons but in the end they could still be right? Please just tell me what to think!
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July 27, 2020 on Jhené Aiko Is Still Quietly Staking Her Claim As Her Generation’s Defining R&B Singer