Dan Johnson

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For whatever reason I've always felt rather indifferent towards the Smiths and now, after years of presuming I just missed the boat, I'm wondering if I was on to something.
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November 21, 2017 on Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey And Harvey Weinstein, Saying Victims Should’ve Known What Could Happen
I TOO HAVE SO MANY OPINIONS ABOUT ARCADE FIRE'S NEW SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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June 2, 2017 on Remember When Arcade Fire Were Good?
It occurs to me that I basically never listen to anything outside of the top 5, with the exception of a bit of MMT.
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May 26, 2017 on In Honor Of Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary, We Ranked Every Beatles Album
If you're going to mainly be known for writing social justice anthems, and your core fanbase is going to be social justice folks, then I'd say you have a pretty reasonable expectation that you have to play by their rules.
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May 19, 2017 on PWR BTTM “Strongly Contest” Sexual Assault Allegations In New Statement
Just delete half your record collection :-(
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May 14, 2017 on PWR BTTM Dropped By Label Amid Assault Allegations
For reference, this is what hooks look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpoqzt2EHaA
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May 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Dropped By Label Amid Assault Allegations
I suppose some people liked it more than me, but I really thought the "Answer My Text" was pretty lame. If this is what counts for hooks in 2017, then we're in trouble. Plus, now the lyrics are kind of awkward... like, "NOOO DON'T ANSWER THAT TEXT YOU IN TROUBLE GUUUUURL"
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May 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Dropped By Label Amid Assault Allegations
This kind of reminds me of the whole "Birth of a Nation" episode with Nate Parker. People think that liking something or other gives them social justice points, and then when the thing loses that social justice cachet, nobody cares about it anymore.
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May 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Dropped By Label Amid Assault Allegations
Speaking AS A GAY, I always thought the only good thing about the band was the name (WHICH IS GREAT), and their music was just a boring garage rock rerun with some flavor-of-the-month queerness thrown in to entice the social justice-ey kids.
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May 12, 2017 on Details Of Alleged Assault By PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Emerge
I SHOULD be happy, but getting new songs from these guys just feels a bit odd. It's like having a Titanic sequel where it turned out Jack survived and all our sadz were for nothing.
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May 8, 2017 on Watch LCD Soundsystem Perform “Call The Police” & “American Dream” On SNL
I love how rap dudes are basically like, "yeah, let's include Justin Bieber purely for the $$$." Like, what if Radiohead got really greedy and said "fuck it we got to find some way to use Justin Bieber on this track"?
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May 5, 2017 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
This video makes me think CHILLWAVES NOT DEAD.
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May 5, 2017 on Grizzly Bear – “Three Rings”
Just going to say it... Buffalo Tom's "Summer" is a perfect song and it's a shame nobody remembers it.
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April 26, 2017 on Super-Connected: Belly, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, Letters To Cleo, & The Boston Scene Then & Now
So now that Frank Ocean got record of the year on both the Stereogum and Pitchfork reader polls, can we please go ahead and just admit that Frank Ocean pulled off a Paranoid Android/Kid A double-masterpiece combo? Like a shoryuken followed by a hadoken?
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December 20, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2016
Am I a horrible person for thinking that Car Seat Headrest sounds like an OK indie rock record from 1992?
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December 19, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2016
I always turned up the single when it was on the radio... at least, like, the first twelve times it was on.
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October 21, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Joanne
... named Chance the Rapper? (Serious, Rahm, LOOK OUT.)
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October 11, 2016 on Daveed Diggs Is Producing An ABC Pilot About A Rapper-Turned-Mayor
If the kids want to know what the 90s were like... this is what the 90s were like. Plus a really nice stock market.
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October 10, 2016 on Leaked Clinton Campaign Emails Include Correspondence About UFOs From Tom DeLonge
He'd kind of OD'd on cheese... but it's growing on me.
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September 22, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
What makes him so hard to work with though, or at least more difficult than your typical auteur-types?
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September 16, 2016 on Reports Describe Label’s Difficulty In Working With Frank Ocean
No. No no no no. Seriously, you can't dance at a concert? Serious, what is this, the town in Footloose?
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September 11, 2016 on Solange Shares Essay About “Being A Minority In Predominantly White Spaces” After Harassment At Kraftwerk Concert
I think it's hard for the kids today to realize how much REM were worshiped back in the earlier half of the 90s. I don't think it's an understatement to say that REM was basically what rock bands wanted to be back then, even if they didn't really sound like REM at all. I think of New Adventures in HIFI as basically being their White Album, and really as something of a epilogue to the story of the original generation of American indie rock artists.
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September 10, 2016 on New Adventures In Hi-Fi Turns 20
And the video. I could watch Patti Smith ride a tram in a nondescript eastern European city all day long.
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September 10, 2016 on New Adventures In Hi-Fi Turns 20
Someone needs to come up with a Princeton Review ranking based solely on the strength of the schools' indie rock alumni.
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September 5, 2016 on Yellow House Turns 10
How would dismantling the stage make Jay Electronica feel better about being neglected by the audience? Very confused.
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September 4, 2016 on Jay Electronica Calls For Stage Stampede When Passing Lil Uzi Vert Steals His Spotlight At Made In America
Obama really has senioritis doesn't he? Just make sure that GPA don't slip mr prez.
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September 3, 2016 on White House & SXSW Team For South By South Lawn Festival
Between this and the J Cole article, you should just have a new regular feature called "Unsolved Mysteries."
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August 25, 2016 on How The Hell Did Mudvayne Ever Win A VMA?