Alex Sobel

Comments from Alex Sobel

I hate going standard classic rock, but Comfortably Numb really is just one hell of a solo.
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November 1, 2016 on Win A Fender Offset Mustang In Olive Green
That chorus is "Mine" by Taylor Swift, no doubt.
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July 1, 2014 on Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”
New Slang is not only my favorite Shins song, but my favorite song in general. I know it's not the coolest thing to say, but there's something about that song that really crawled under the skin of a 14 year old who felt trapped in the midwest. Plus, it's gorgeous to listen to, of course.
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July 25, 2013 on The 10 Best Shins Songs
I'm glad to see some loves for Animals (maybe my favorite record of theirs), though I would drop Dogs and replace it with Sheep. Holy shit that's an amazing song.
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June 20, 2013 on The 10 Best Pink Floyd Songs
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June 6, 2013 on Mykki Blanco – “Initiation” Video
While I love love love High Violet, I agree with this. I remember the first time I listened to Alligator, a cold listen, mind you, suggested by a friend. I wasn't even sure what to think. I wasn't instantly hooked. But I knew I had to listen to it again. And the again. And then I was in love.
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May 10, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me
I'm so glad that "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is number one. Truly one of the greatest songs ever written. I would have liked to have maybe seen "Rockin' Chair," but still a great list.
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May 3, 2013 on The 10 Best The Band Songs
Holy shit, that was good
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April 6, 2013 on Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Play Letterman
This is really good. Hope I get to see them play in Portland, they're really great live.
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March 26, 2013 on Stream Telekinesis Dormarion
I'll probably be one of the few to think this, but when taking it for what it is, I really like this song.
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March 21, 2013 on The Postal Service – “Turn Around”
The number 1 song of 2003? 50-fucking-cent. I know we're talking about indie music and not pop hits, but I feel like everyone, in hindsight, forgets how much terrible music filled in the gaps between Give Up and Chutes Too Narrow. There will always be bands putting out good music, and bands putting out terrible music. We may not have the reaction to great bands now that we had when we were in high school, but the music is still there.
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March 1, 2013 on Deconstructing: The Return Of The Postal Service And Why 2013 Should Be The New 2003
Now all of those times that I reflexively check Stereogum on the weekends won't be pointless!
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February 17, 2013 on Hi! I Am The New Weekend Editor
Solid list, but honestly, I was never as fond of Nineteen as everyone else. I don't know why, I just never connected with it. I am glad to see "Where Does the Good Go?" here and relatively high. "So Jealous" is a really nostalgic record for me.
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February 15, 2013 on The 10 Best Tegan And Sara Songs
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February 15, 2013 on Watch Sound City Players And Stevie Nicks On Letterman
Johnny Marr, you're such a chill, cool, talented guy. I loved every second of this.
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February 14, 2013 on Watch Johnny Marr Play “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” For The 1st Time In 25 Years
I'm actually pleased to see such a short tracklist. Hopefully that means its as tightly put together as their last album.
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February 12, 2013 on Phoenix Bankrupt! Details
For some reason, the electronics on this song are really unsettling to me. Still, it's catchy. I'm satisfied.
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February 11, 2013 on The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line Of String”
Well... that's disappointing. This whole Postal Service "reunion" has left me feeling a bit deflated, to be honest.
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February 4, 2013 on The Postal Service Announce Reunion Tour
I'll probably just listen to it, myself. But I'm old fashion like that.
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February 2, 2013 on Download My Bloody Valentine m b v
Yeah, Tegan's always been a bit loose live (I've seen them a dozen times, and she has never once done a whole set where she didn't forget the lyrics to a song), but you can tell that lately she hasn't been able to match what's on the new record. Sara seems the opposite on the songs she sings lead for, where the record seems a bit week and then she kills it live.
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February 2, 2013 on Watch Tegan & Sara Play Kimmel
I agree that his early whisper-acoustic stuff will likely never be topped, but I definitely understand the need to move beyond that. Just please, Sam, avoid the sax solos.
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January 31, 2013 on Iron And Wine – “Lovers’ Revolution” & Ghost On Ghost Details
By "personal beliefs," I meant actions or life or something else. Though I guess beliefs is also relavent.
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January 29, 2013 on Surfer Blood – “Weird Shapes”
I'm usually an advocate for separating someone's art vs. their personal beliefs, but that TOTALLY has limits. I believe that he crossed that limit in a way where their songs are tainted, which is sad, because I was a big fan early on. Adding to this, they don't seem to be engaging me with each new release, but just reiterating the same ideas over and over.
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January 29, 2013 on Surfer Blood – “Weird Shapes”