Nicholas Tinsley

Comments from Nicholas Tinsley

Love the new single, and look forward to the record. I'm kinda glad to hear him say that about New York, I moved from Chicago last summer and still have trouble finding anything comparable to the hubs of Smartbar and Berlin in New York. It's totally weird that New York doesn't have a place like Smartbar where no matter what night you go you'll find someone djing whose of some interest. I actually saw Maclean and Shit Robot dj about a month ago, but everywhere I've gone none of the clubs seem that special. Does no one in Brooklyn want to be the new Michael Brody? Seems odd.
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April 19, 2013 on Progress Report: The Juan MacLean
There's a couple of albums I associate with first starting to drive. This is one of them, even though I'd been driving for a year or so. I spent a lot of time in High School driving around with friends, but I also spent a lot of time alone, in a car, listening to music, taking pictures, reading books and art magazines at Borders (we're old, guys) drinking coffee (which was also new) and having disposable income for the first time. Whenever I hear electronic music from this period I think about RES magazine and Lost in Translation and The Director's Label dvds, Spike Jonze, William Eggleston, Mike Mills, my first real brush with contemporary art. I still love the record, too, and I think it holds up just fine. Also I have the most emo and embarrasing way of finding this album: a "friend" on LiveJournal posted about it and always had it in her "Now Playing" at the top of her posts. She was cute.
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February 21, 2013 on Give Up Turns 10
I prefer Zooey's version with Leon Redbone from Elf. It's really good.
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December 18, 2012 on She & Him – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Video
True story: Annie Clark came into my National Coffee Chain store last week like two minutes before we closed. She needed to use the bathroom, my coworkers had no idea who she was so they were angry when I excitedly was like "Yes, you, of course, bathroom right there, anytime, yes." Then I was freaking out. It's in area that gets a lot of famousy people, many of whom I'm a fan of, but for some reason I was so starstruck by her because she's a fucking rock star and I've seen her crowdsurf in heels and just destroy giant theaters. Anyway when she came out she thanked me and I yelled "You're great!" and she said "What?" I repeated myself and she said "Oh, thanks." and left. Honestly the most embarrassing thing ever but she was so sweet about it and I think she understood I meant her music and what not and not just some creepy dude yelling "You're great!" to pretty ladies. My coworkers have not stopped making fun of me.
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December 17, 2012 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2012
In all this discussion no one mentions Transference. Much like Kill The Moonlight presented a shift in their sound, I really think Transference will prove to be that too. They kind of reached the apex of accessibility and sterling crafted pop songs with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and Transference strips that all down. It's the most reductively Spoony Spoon album. Instead of filling out melodies, it tries to see how little of one you can have while still being pop music. It's kind of a visionary record too, I think, and one that will grow in people's estimation as it ages. As for this record, it was the record I fell in love with Spoon with. I'd only heard "Cvantez" on a mix a friend made for me before Kill The Moonlight. It became the default car cd every time I went out with friends, and in that horribly literal way you consume things in high school, we did end up smoking a fair amount of pot in the back seats of my mom's car. That's a depressing sentence. Great record!
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August 22, 2012 on Kill The Moonlight Turns 10
I think I got into it a year after it came out. I'm sure I heard the singles, but I had a dumb "I refuse to listen to pop music" phase during High School. I listened to nothing but Classical (Stravinsky, predominately) and Jazz (Miles Davis, predominately) for like two years, then I started driving and falling in love with movies, which completely opened me up to everything else. I don't even remember how I found the record, because I wasn't listening to radio or watching MTV (or MTV2, which seemed so much cooler then). It must have been a magazine. I remember being instantly attracted to the cover, with it's Eggleston in 2002 quality. I just remember driving all night after school, in the winter, in the snow, listening to this album non-stop, taking shitty pictures of Christmas lights with my first digital camera I bought with three checks from my awful job. It got me into Joy Division too, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Hell, reading a Deftones review got me into My Bloody Valentine, which in my middle class suburb was just about the artiest thing I'd ever encountered. I still think this album is good. It's one of the few actual CDs I bought post mp3, and any time I'm back at my parents apartment I end up playing it in their mp3-incompatible cars. Who cares, right? It's a great album, and I've never listened to more than 30 seconds of anything else they've done. That's not fair, but it also keeps me loving this album.
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August 19, 2012 on Turn On The Bright Lights Turns 10
No one figured that out yet, right?
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February 21, 2012 on Odd Future – “Rella” Video (NSFW)
It's also Goblin backwards.
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February 21, 2012 on Odd Future – “Rella” Video (NSFW)
It's actually a logo for the great Chicago club "Metro" (that is purposefully modeled on the Dharma Initiative logo).
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January 13, 2012 on This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys
How could it not be? I made a whole trip to NY to see the last two shows and never once regretted any part of it. It was beautiful week, two incredible shows. I know they're putting this out and then a full recording of the show, I wonder which one Spike Jonze was involved with. This looks like it was shot on the 7D and that's what Jonze was carrying around the whole night. He was also interviewing people in MSG's lobby before the show.
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January 12, 2012 on Watch The Trailer For The LCD Soundsystem Doc Shut Up And Play The Hits
It's amazing what rich people who arbitrarily have American relatives who arbitrarily live in arbitrated Germany arbitrarily can do arbitrarily when they put their minds to arbitrary things. Also this shit moving.
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January 6, 2012 on A Heartwarming And Enjoyable Surprise For A Grandpa
Love it. I don't know why Holy Ghost! stories never get comments, but I like that you keep posting them.
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November 13, 2011 on Holy Ghost! Cover Ministry
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November 9, 2011 on A Friendly Chat With Gabe And Kelly: Dakota Fanning’s Marc Jacobs Perfume Ad Don't forget to not remember that Fanning was doing these ads when she was Not a girl, not yet a War of the Worlds woman too. So. This one's less seedy?
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November 9, 2011 on A Friendly Chat With Gabe And Kelly: Dakota Fanning’s Marc Jacobs Perfume Ad
That'd be great if they got another album out next year. An EP one year, an album early the next, and the follow up a year after that is a good pace to set to make sure people remember you and build a following. Which is something I think they're doing anyway. I saw them play two times in the last year and they evolved so much in a few months and they're terrific live. The record is stellar too, hopefully it won't be forgotten in the year-end roundups.
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October 23, 2011 on Progress Report: Tennis
That Twin Sister video is entirely fantastic.
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October 2, 2011 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
They're trying to say "Our cows, chickens, and pigs are happy as fuck until we slaughter the shit outta them in this weird boxing machine and one single farmer who seems kinda depressed loads them into a pretty small, non-air conditioned truck and drives them out of frame."
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August 31, 2011 on Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay For Chipotle
Boy is he gonna have a hangover when he wakes up in the morning, because he'd been drinking the night before and he also didn't drunk any water or eat anything so he'll really have a hangover in the morning and forget he started dating a madame tussaud wax figure of a porn star and then boy will he have egg and mike tyson tattoos on his face!
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July 6, 2011 on The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Paris Hilton And Todd Phillips
Definitely. It's my favorite album of the year so far period. It's as strong as LCD's debut album, which is a lazy comparison to make, but it feels like that kind of pronouncement.
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July 4, 2011 on Top 12 Albums Overlooked By Stereogum’s Best Of ’11 So Far
Whaaaaaaaat?! Girls can't be doctors.
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June 9, 2011 on Dr. Birdie: The Human Whisperer (A Real Advice Column)
Now I'm really worried about Thom Yorke.
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April 19, 2011 on Look At Me Now I’m Getting Paper!
Paul bitches about his privileged life and then we bring in the girls.
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April 15, 2011 on The Paul Reiser Show: A Review
Let's travel back to when I posted this right after the Oscars and it was down-voted into obilivifranco. WHO'S CORRECT IN THEIR CORRELATIVE PHOTOS NOW?
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April 6, 2011 on Go To Bed, James Franco
I know someone who is PERFECT. They're funny, they know the voice of the site and they have a lot of experience in the field.
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Chris Rock's Dark Chocolate Chip On His Shoulder with Louis CK Red Hots
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March 4, 2011 on Stephen Colbert And Jimmy Fallon Have An Ice Cream Eating Contest