Comments from downbeat

I always find this debate to be like arguing between whether people should walk, ride a bike, take a bus, take the subway or drive to work. There is not one perfect answer for everyone yet there is always a push to try and make everyone use just one format.
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March 7, 2016 on Kanye West Says The CD Is Dead, He Isn’t Making Any More
Pretty sure its about the joy of music and the excitement that it can bring.
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May 2, 2015 on Blur Take Magic Whip To First NY Show In 12 Years
I was at the mall right before university started in 94 and read the Select magazine review of DM that basically said it was the greatest thing ever. I went straight to the record store and bought it, didn't do much for me. Then about a month later I went on a family road trip and on the way home for some reason I started thinking about it. When we got home I listened to it and basically didn't stop for almost a year. Still in my top 3 faves of all time. Anyone else's copy list "Digsy's Dinner" as "Digsy's Diner"?
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August 29, 2014 on Definitely Maybe Turns 20
I hear what you're saying about blur being unknown in the US before "Song 2" but would add that the Leisure album was definitely known by the college rock crowd and "Girls and Boys" was a pretty big dance hit. Most of my friends are DJs and whether they are into techno, house, hip hop, etc - they all love that track.
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April 26, 2014 on The Sound Of Someone Losing The Plot: Britpop’s Big Comedown And What Came Next
I remember hearing the name Animals That Swim at the time but never got around to checking them out. that youtube song you posted is great! thanks for posting.
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April 23, 2014 on Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List
Great article! I turned 19 in 1994 and Britpop was the first real music scene that I hit on right from the get-go and still identify with the most. The writing above truly captured that rush of excitement that existed at that time, chasing down EPs and trying to figure out who the next big thing was going to be. While living in London in the late 90s I met Miki from Lush. Came and sat with me and a friend for several minutes to talk about music, really sweet girl.
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April 21, 2014 on It’s Britpop Week On Stereogum
My two memories of Live are: Buying Throwing Copper on the same day as Jesus and Mary Chain's Pscychocandy, then busing it to Lollapalooza '94 the next day. I still do like Selling the Drama, which is why I bought it, but hated everything else. I think I gave it to my brother's g/f at the time... JAMC is in my top 10 albums of all time. The second memory is reading a magazine article about Live and someone wrote in the next issue to say something like - "every high school in America has a total jack-ass named Chad that goes to it. Now I discover that Live has two guys in the band named Chad" Still cracks me up.
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April 18, 2014 on Throwing Copper Turns 20
1994 was an amazing year, great list! For me, I'd also add Twice Removed, Definitely Maybe, and Live Through This.
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April 11, 2014 on Smash Turns 20
As others have mentioned, I definitely would have had "Jenny..." and "Smile Like..." on there. The random one for me is "Why do I keep counting?" which would be in my Top 5.
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January 14, 2014 on The 10 Best Killers Songs
Bought this on a trip to Minneapolis to see Lollapalooza "94. Still one of my favourite albums right down to the cover art.
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October 4, 2013 on Painful Turns 20
Who exactly was that thought having Grimes on Boiler Room was going to mean that she would spend weeks crate digging to find ultra rare records then scour the internet for the newest in new remixes to play? If you want that, get an actual DJ to play. Like what's been noted, she talks about ultra mainstream pop music all the time. If people want to get bent out of shape about her playing, blame Boiler Room and Richie Hawtin for having her on. I'm sure within a one mile radius of the spot in Ibiza there were about 20 big name DJs just sitting around... like a DJ bullpen of sorts.
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August 15, 2013 on Grimes Denies Trolling Boiler Room
I travelled to see them play in NYC last year. I think they played everything from A Different Class, would like to have heard a slightly more scattered set list but other than that, had a great time! 10.Do You Remember the First Time? 9. TV Movie 8. Night that Minnie Timperley Died/Trees (go hand in hand for me so it's a toss-up) 7. She's a Lady 6. Pink Glove 5. Sorted for E's and Whizz 4. Disco 2000 3. Glory Days 2. Something Changed 1. Common People
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August 8, 2013 on The 10 Best Pulp Songs
No doubt! I'm definitely not going to listen to any of their songs I got for free off the internet last year because of this.
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June 16, 2013 on Watch DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Charli XCX In A Myspace Commercial
I live in a decent size city but we're a bit out of the way geographically so lots of bands skip over coming here. Going to a festival is the easiest way to see a bunch buzz bands in one go that wouldn't come here until their 3rd album comes out and everyone has already moved on.
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January 29, 2013 on Deconstructing: Coachella And The Music Festival Industry
blur has a bunch of other festival dates listed on their website so I was thinking they would play Coachella this year as well (fits their schedule, don't think they've played any US reunion dates, if not now then when?). If they do, I hope they schedule a few North American warm-up dates like Pulp did last year. Here's hoping!
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January 10, 2013 on Coachella 2013 Lineup Not Revealed