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Talkin’ To Scott Aukerman Re: R U Talkin’ R.E.M. Re: Me?

The great podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me is billed as "the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2." It's a claim as bold…
Michael Nelson | February 21, 2018 - 3:02 am

The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video

It feels like just yesterday that we were all hanging out over here and talking about the obscenely gorgeous new Voidz track "Leave It In
Michael Nelson | January 24, 2018 - 11:01 pm

Stream Watain Trident Wolf Eclipse

Back in 2013, I attended a pre-release listening party for The Wild Hunt, the fifth studio LP from Swedish black metal trio Watain. The event…
Michael Nelson | January 5, 2018 - 2:57 pm

‘U Talkin’ U2 To Me?’ Talk U2’s New Album Songs Of Experience

Guys, it's been awhile. But FINALLY the lads from Liverpool known as U2 are back with a new album! Which, of course, gives us two…
Michael Nelson | November 28, 2017 - 2:03 pm


Pure Violet – “Garden” & “Numb”

This past June, the Myrtle Beach, SC hardcore band Hundredth released their fourth LP, RARE. It's an outstanding album -- it won a spot on…
Michael Nelson | November 7, 2017 - 10:00 am


Harakiri For The Sky – “Tomb Omnia”

Language is a pretty ineffective tool for conveying feeling. Words function only to the extent both parties agree on their definitions, and even then, only…
Michael Nelson | November 2, 2017 - 10:54 am

Stream Krallice & Dave Edwardson’s Collaborative Album Loüm

Krallice never stop. They're always working on new Krallice material, and every member of the band is also always doing like half a dozen other…
Michael Nelson | October 27, 2017 - 11:21 am

Morrissey – “Spent The Day In Bed” Video

Even in the bloom of youth, Morrissey evinced an obsession with physical impermanence: the reading glasses; the bloodied bandage; the hearing aid. I don't know…
Michael Nelson | October 17, 2017 - 9:32 am

Watch Justin Timberlake In Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel Trailer

You know who's gonna be basically unavoidable from Thanksgiving 2017 until Memorial Day 2018? Justin fucking Timberlake, that's who. He's doing the Super Bowl Halftime…
Michael Nelson | October 4, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Quicksand – “Cosmonauts”

It's hard to say how the Quicksand reunion is going at this point. The quartet started a monthlong tour at the beginning of September, and…
Michael Nelson | October 3, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Quicksand Guitarist Reportedly Arrested For Shoplifting & Resisting Arrest

A few weeks ago, the NYC post-hardcore institution Quicksand announced a new LP -- their third overall, and first in 22 years -- and dropped…
Michael Nelson | September 14, 2017 - 12:17 pm

Sounding Board

Drama Chameleon: Won’t The Real Taylor Swift Please Stand Up?

Taylor Swift wrote her first hit single during her freshman year at Hendersonville High School in Tennessee. The song was about her then-boyfriend, a senior…
Michael Nelson | August 31, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Quicksand Tease 1st LP In 22 Years, Interiors

A couple months ago, the great NYC post-hardcore band Quicksand announced a pretty substantial North American tour spanning the month of September 2017. Needless to…
Michael Nelson | August 21, 2017 - 5:54 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding

You guys ever see that Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart? I love that flick, but there's one scene in particular: Wilco…
Michael Nelson | August 18, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Waltham – “Summer Nights” Video (Feat. Noelle From Damone & Corey Feldman)

Back in the early aughts, the Boston-adjacent city of Waltham, Massachusetts produced a pair of the decade's best power-pop bands -- one named after the…
Michael Nelson | July 27, 2017 - 6:01 pm

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I just gave you both upvotes, so your accidental downvote has been cancelled out. Nothing but love for Harris fans.
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February 22, 2018 on Talkin’ To Scott Aukerman Re: R U Talkin’ R.E.M. Re: Me?
Just to offer some contrary points of view from people who make a living in podcasting: PJ Vogt (Reply All) from an interview with BK Mag: Vogt: Me and Alex [Goldman] really love Comedy Bang Bang, and [our Reply All segment] Yes Yes No is not funny in the way that Comedy Bang Bang is funny, but it taught us that there’s a way to have people talking that didn’t feel flabby. There’s a way the conversation can work. BK Mag: Scott Aukerman is like a genius at that. Vogt: Oh my God, he is so good. BK Mag: That U Talkin U2 2 Me podcast is just amazingly done. Vogt: And it’s like, oh, this episode is four hours long? Sure! It’s all gonna be fine. They come up with games. So I can hang out for a long time because you told me the rules of the thing I’m about to hear. That’s the thing we consciously crib. ‘Here’s this thing. Here’s how it’s going to work.’ There’s something weirdly nice about that. And it will be different, but that’s fine, because you know the parameters of the difference. BK Mag: I love that he’s not afraid to hit the beats every single time. On U Talkin U2 2 Me? he’s going to call Larry Mullen Jr. “Larry Mullen Senior’s son” every single time. Vogt: Every single time! It’s so good! It’s so enjoyable! Basically, podcasts do two things. One of them is that you hang out with people you’re used to, and you have a relationship with. And one of them is that they’re delivering a story, or jokes, or some information that you enjoy listening to. And he’s so good at establishing things that really reward coming back. http://www.bkmag.com/2016/05/25/people-neighborhood-pj-vogt-2/ Matt Boll (Gimlet Media, Lead Audio Engineer & Music Producer) from Gimlet’s Top 2017 Picks for Non-Gimlet Podcasts: Two years ago when I interviewed for my job at Gimlet, Alex Blumberg asked me what my favorite podcast is. A bit sheepishly I replied the same way I would now…. You Talkin’ U2 To Me. As a sound engineer and music producer I’m usually working on podcasts that are sound rich, and have highly edited narrative arcs. You Talkin U2 To Me has none of that. However, through some weird combo of accident and improv, (Adam) Scott and Scott (Aukerman) have crafted a strange, funny, and surprisingly genuine podcast that stays at the top of my list. If you can get into the almost ‘inception’ like world of inside jokes and U2 knowledge they create over 20+ episodes the pay off is incredibly satisfying. https://medium.com/gimlet/tis-the-season-2017-ace409771a3c
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February 21, 2018 on Talkin’ To Scott Aukerman Re: R U Talkin’ R.E.M. Re: Me?
@ me if you can even FIND a J Church shirt. I've been looking for one forever! (This is a sincere request.)
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February 6, 2018 on Watch Lil Uzi Vert, In A Bad Religion Shirt, Make His Late-Night Debut On Colbert
Thank you? Look, I'm sure you can find SOMEBODY out there writing clinical, dispassionate, house-style music criticism. But will they have a comments section for you to share these MFA workshopisms? Idk.
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February 3, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Doodz (everybody, all): I just wanna jump in and say I'm super flattered and humbled by your generosity and kindness. Thank you all so much for real. I thought the thing I wrote was WAY too long ... but Amir requests "more words" and Coke favorably compares me to the writer who invented and perfected the concept of minimalism in American literature, so next time I guess I'll go longer. (Jk. But I did cut a bunch because it was too long.) To the maniacs asking about "QYURRYUS": you people are nuts. Also I wrote this on Tuesday night, before I even knew "QYURRYUS" was coming out this week. If I wasn't clear in the post I wrote ABOUT THAT SONG, I absolutely love that song, too, I just love this one more. (And also, again, I had already written this one.) Love all u guys. Except for the guy who did the "Hemingway sucks" meme. That was just uncalled for.
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January 26, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Altho to be fair, that is literally exactly an actual thing Koz HAS USED as a "sick burn," too, come to think of it. Cancel the "bring more" request. You have brought exactly enough.
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January 26, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
This is also exactly the kind of thing Ryan Adams would think is a "sick burn." Man, I got trolled by Kozelek himself. You gotta bring more than that.
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January 26, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Actually Wild Hunt is a great comparison too. Everything you're saying here is 100% on-point, at least as I heard this album. You basically just said exactly what I felt/heard/experienced but hadn't taken the time to put into words. Thanks man!
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January 26, 2018 on Stream Tribulation Down Below
Ghost with harsh vocals is exactly what I heard too. I don't think it's Cold Lake, but this one didn't do it for me, and I'm a Trib fan. Still those guys are MONSTER talented and I'm gonna listen to whatever they do. I wish I'd covered this when it came out, but one of their guitarists Jonathan Hulten put out a Nick Drake-y solo record maybe a year after Children Of The Night, and it's genuinely beautiful (I'm a huge Nick Drake fan, so YMMV) and gives some idea how far out there they could take Trib if they choose to do so.
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January 26, 2018 on Stream Tribulation Down Below
I think their Dad was more like (translated from Polish): "WHAT IS THIS ENDLESS NONSENSE! STOP WASTING YOUR LIVES WITH THIS FLOYD PINK, GET A JOB AND GET OUT OF MY HOUSE! THESE ROOMS ARE FOR PAYING TENANTS!" Fortunately they never got jobs, dad passed in the '90s, now they own the building, and they're not real interested in being landlords, so they give us a sweet deal on the rent and we don't bug them about shit or bitch when our 3rd floor apartment reeks like an Amsterdam cafe bc of all the doobs being passed around at their BBQ in the ground-floor backyard. '70s kids, man. The American Dream at its Icarus moment. Those guys crack me up tho.
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January 26, 2018 on Wonderful And Frightening: Remembering And/Or Rediscovering Mark E. Smith And The Fall
Based on what I've heard of the album, I think it's gonna be A LOT to take in at once, so you might as well listen. You might hate the song out of context, but I'm pretty sure there is only one song on the entire album that sounds at all like this, so it's not like yr getting spoiled in the slightest. You might love the song, in which case you should be stoked for the album because even though I get the impression nothing else on there sounds quite like this, what I have heard is every bit as adventurous and unpredictable as this, just in very different ways. Best answer I can give? If you could go back in time, how would you have preferred to hear "Juiceboxx"? Whatever you FELT in the moment you finished reading that question -- before applying logic -- multiply that feeling by a million and that's your answer. I say go for it. You only live once!
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video
I do this to Ryan Leas all the time. "Dude, you shoulda seen Blur in '97 at Roseland when they did 'Tender' with the Harlem Boys Choir, it was so mega." My fucking landlord who's in his 60s does it to me all the time: "Oh yeah, I saw Zeppelin in '77, Pink Floyd touring for The Wall..." One time, my landlord's brother sees me wearing a Maiden T-shirt and he just starts running down all the times he saw them: first with Paul Di'Anno, then every tour with Bruce Dickinson through Powerslave, like two times a year in the early '80s, at little places like L'Amour in Queens or some shit, just impossible to even imagine. I go, "Man I just saw them touring for Book Of Souls at MSG, they still got it!" He sighs super hard and just goes, "Eh, it's not the same."
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January 25, 2018 on Wonderful And Frightening: Remembering And/Or Rediscovering Mark E. Smith And The Fall
Nah, total opposite (thank fuck). HHH just says a lot of high-concept stuff and assumes that will carry the music, but the music is garbage and he's a fucking charlatan. Julian says nothing, pretends to be kinda superficial and spaced-out, and makes music that is way more challenging and high-concept than ppl expect bc of the persona. Really interesting observation tho. (Of course u can disagree too, that's "just my opinion!" as they say.)
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video
Here's another great comment (and response) on that Narg track, and then I will stop hijacking the Voidz convo with my stray observations about an unrelated and also unlistenable black metal song: Mitchfinder General 3 months ago Very unique and brave black metal track. Nobody knew what to make of this when it released. Some people gave it a chance and found a beautiful, flowing Nargaroth track. Others discard this as "happy black metal". Fernando L*****o 2 months ago Mitchfinder General si único pero patético y absurdo (Google translate: "Yes unique but also pathetic and absurd.")
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video
No no, to be clear, that's the whole iceberg. The song does pretty much the same thing for 10 mins, BUT there is some sort of '80s Casio pre-programmed blastbeat-esque drum fill at about the 8-min mark that I think is supposed to feel like a big climax or something. It's just a wholly inexplicable piece of music, and it has haunted me for a decade after hearing it ONCE.
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video
@lobster Dude that is such a perfect take on this Narg track. Stick with it to hear the crazy programmed (?) blast beat (?) just after the 8-min mark. Wtf! Additionally, for an alternative view, consider this also-perfect response, which I have copied-and-pasted from the Narg track's YouTube comments: "That's sounds like a reggueton in my country... I am Kolumbien !!!"
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January 25, 2018 on The Voidz – “QYURRYUS” Video