Solomon Umana

Comments from Solomon Umana

It's rough, isn't it? I haven't even listened to The System Sleeps since May and I'm still kicking myself over that.
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August 29, 2017 on The National – “Day I Die” Video
I was worried about this one but I'm really digging it. No Help Pamphlet is friggin gorgeous!
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August 25, 2017 on Stream Liars TFCF
I love all those bands, and I'll give you QOTSA and Fucked Up in particular. I just have a heavy bias towards post-punk and I think Joe's lyrics are brilliant. Just making a case!
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July 10, 2017 on Protomartyr – “A Private Understanding” Video
I mean, there was only a year and a half between Under Color and Agent Intellect, so I'd say this is about on schedule. Also: I think one could definitely make a case for Protomartyr as the best active rock band in America right now. Two albums that good back-to-back, plus they rip live? Please.
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July 10, 2017 on Protomartyr – “A Private Understanding” Video
In the 7 years between FRR and this, the s/t became my 1st or 2nd favorite album of all time, so I don't think I've been this excited for a record to drop... ever. Leggo
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July 3, 2017 on Stream Broken Social Scene Hug Of Thunder
Looking at their Facebook page, they seem to be adding the full catalog, a year per day. If they keep up like this, in a week we may get Ys on Apple Music, which would be sweet. But for now, I can finally check out Twin Infinitives and I See a Darkness and Gastr Del Sol without shame! This pretty much saved my awful week!
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July 1, 2017 on Classic Drag City Albums Now On Apple Music
Ayy, GBV! I'm still not sure if I like it more than Please Be Honest, but August by Cake is growing on me more every week - and we're only two months away from the follow-up! Though I'd argue that Bears for Lunch and Motivational Jumpsuit are the best of the... uh... first batch of reunion albums. also, my year so far looks like: 1. Arca - Arca 2. Kendrick Lamar - Damn 3. these GBV - ABC Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound Blanck Mass - World Eater Xiu Xiu - Forget The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions Gnod - Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine Feist - Pleasure Power Trip - Nightmare Logic Cherry Glazerr - Apocalypstick Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory Big Walnuts Yonder - Big Walnuts Yonder (SO! DAMN! AWESOME!!!!!!!) Alex G - Rocket Aaron Dilloway - The Gag File Drake - More Life Honestly, it's been kind of an off-year for me in terms of connecting with albums. Not sure why :/
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
I've only heard up to the Achtung Baby episode, but knowing U2's discography definitely makes this podcast even better
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June 6, 2017 on Hear A New Ep Of U Talkin’ U2 To Me?
Well my new year's resolution to avoid advance singles for albums I'm hyped about was fun while it lasted I guess
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May 11, 2017 on The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” Video
HOT TAKE ALERT: Medicine's To the Happy Few is the best shoegaze comeback album this decade. But yeah, this is sounding really good so far. Slomo is an unbelievable opener and Don't Know Why gets my blood pumping in the best way.
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May 5, 2017 on Stream Slowdive’s Self-Titled Comeback Album
So, this album is basically the LP version of the party I went to a few months back where the belligerently drunk DJ played "Closer" upwards of 10 times in the span of an hour and a half. Noice.
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April 13, 2017 on The Chainsmokers Have Pinpointed Pop’s Absolute Middle And They Refuse To Budge
Glad to see this didn't turn into a Mother 13 incident.
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April 11, 2017 on Paul Oakenfold DJs Mt. Everest
Finally, I get to bust out these "ACTUALLY, U2 are unfairly maligned" #hottakes I've been sitting on
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April 11, 2017 on Kendrick Lamar Shares Cover Art & Tracklist For New Album DAMN.
This list has 14 albums I'm looking forward to and it doesn't even include the new ones from Future, Nav, Karriem Riggins, Circus Devils, Stormzy, or THEY. This is an unbelievable week.
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February 22, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Vagabon Infinite Worlds
Honestly, I've been surprised at how much of Future I'm enjoying. I was already hearing it as somehow both overlong and more consistently good than his last few... but now we're getting HNDRXX too. Somehow, these two 17-track albums dropping within a week of each other feels 10x more exciting and less exhausting then getting the way shorter Purple Reign and EVOL tapes within the span of a month. And if this one ends up being the emotive counterpoint to the s/t's kind of gross braggadocio... it might be time for me to dust off those #FutureHive memes from 2015.
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February 22, 2017 on Does Future Have A Second New Album Ready To Drop This Friday?
I mean, none of this seems particularly roof-blowing, save maybe the dossier thing, so I'm not sure I see the endgame here...
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February 13, 2017 on Moby Shares Secret Donald Trump Intel Gleaned From His Friends In DC
I'm not gonna dictate how anyone should be reacting to this - I think it's totally shitty, natch - but I will say that I was pretty much ready for something like this after that line about "goin' to Chi-land with them chinks" made me stop dead in the middle of Get Right Witcha. Like, did everyone just decide to let that one slide, or?...
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February 8, 2017 on Migos On iLoveMakonnen Coming Out As Gay: “That’s Wack, Bro”
I'm in (what seems like) the superminority that absolutely loves The Terror, so I was worried about this album, especially since The Castle did nothing for me the first time around. But I really like this! Even though I hate it when people talk about what artists "ought" to be doing with their music, I'm still pretty glad they're not done exploring darker sounds.
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January 13, 2017 on Stream The Flaming Lips Oczy Mlody + “Nidgy Nie (Never No)” Video
Just gonna put this here because I've been wondering this for a while: does anyone else prefer Mount Eerie just a bit? Don't get me wrong, I love Glow, Pt. 2, but Mount Eerie is just such a uniquely odd and heavy record. It's definitely in my all-time top 10.
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January 5, 2017 on Phil Elverum: “Please Don’t Come” To Tomorrow’s Mount Eerie Show
I definitely care! I never feel like I'm totally caught up on the year's music until like 3 weeks into January anyway
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December 25, 2016 on Stream/Download Run The Jewels RTJ3
I was wondering about this. I saw the premiere episode and was so geeked by the out-of-nowhere Chastity Belt cameo that I figured I'd watch a few more. Honestly never really picked up that these guys were alt-right; just seemed like typical Adult Swim queasy discomfort comedy, which maybe says more about me than the show. But it seems like AS made the right call; Hyde seems truly awful.
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December 8, 2016 on Chastity Belt, Ovlov, Molly Nilsson Explain How Their Music Ended Up In White Supremacist’s Adult Swim Show
Major props for Lambchop at #1. Though as long as that song is, I always have to listen to it back to back with "Directions to the Can", because that song's just as brilliant.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
1. PJ Harvey - A Line in the Sand/The Wheel (both of these songs are perfect) 2. Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance 3. Schoolboy Q - Groovy Tony / Eddie Kane 4. They Might Be Giants - I Love You For Psychological Reasons 5. Guided by Voices - Please Be Honest 6. Mitski - My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars 7. ANOHNI - Crisis 8. A Tribe Called Quest - Melatonin 9. Iggy Pop - Sunday 10. Swans - The World Looks Red/The World Looks Black 11. Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles 12. The Moles - Chills 13. De La x Snoop Dogg - Pain 14. Usher x Future - Rivals 15. Young Thug x Wyclef Jean - Kanye West 16. Blood Orange - But You 17. Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Admitting the Endorphin Addiction 18. Deerhoof - The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue 19. Kanye West - Father Stretch My Hands (1 & 2) 20. Preoccupations - Anxiety This year was a rough one, so moreso than usual, my top 10 this year is full of songs that just wrecked me lyrically rather than being compositionally/creatively insane or anything. I could have had a completely different bottom ten, but c'est comme ça.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
69 Love Songs never feels like a chore to me, but that's partly because Merritt hands the vocals off to all the other members throughout. I'm reeeeally hoping that happens on this one despite it being autobiographical and everything. Either way, Be True To Your Bar and Me and Fred and Dave and Ted are going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the week.
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November 17, 2016 on Hear Five Songs From The Magnetic Fields’ 5-Disc Album 50 Song Memoir
You think Angel Guts is as poppy as Always/Dear God? Maybe I just need to go back and listen to that record again, but it seemed like a deliberate turn back towards screwiness to my ears.
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November 16, 2016 on Xiu Xiu – “Wondering”
To think that my first reaction to LA Reid breaking the news back in August was cynical. This is... like, I thought the De La Soul record was better than it had any right to be (I mean, Pain? Snoopies? Spitkicker? Trainwreck? Drawn!?), but this is something else again. I still have three songs left, but I don't think I've felt this much *joy* listening to an album for the first time since I copped my Life of Pablo leak during SNL back on Valentine's Day. And I'm not even a Tribe fanboy or anything; in fact I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I haven't listened to any of the records after Low End Theory in full. But this thing is special. And the fact that it comes two days after one of the bleakest national moments I think I've ever witnessed just makes it seem even more improbable.
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November 11, 2016 on Stream A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
...and then you shoot your cousin was my favorite album of 2014, fight me
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October 19, 2016 on The Roots Working On 17th Album Endgame
Though I liked the last two, I can sympathize with this opinion. Playing the Angel is one of my favorites in their discography, though; I don't really hear that as a "by the numbers record".
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October 11, 2016 on Depeche Mode Announce New Album Spirit And World Tour