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Yob – “The Screen” Video

The first Noble Truth of Buddhism is frequently translated into English as, "Life is suffering." The highest level that can be achieved in Buddhist practice…
Michael Nelson | April 17, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Stream Panopticon The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness (I And II)

If you were gonna write a Great Jones Street-esque postmodern novel about an American black metal artist, you could do worse than to base your…
Michael Nelson | April 5, 2018 - 2:07 pm

At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”

Leaving aside all the abject horrors of the real world, yesterday was the raddest: MLB Opening Day! Also? Giancarlo crushed two taters in his first…
Michael Nelson | March 30, 2018 - 10:57 am

The Voidz – “Pyramid Of Bones” Video

Oh hey sorry, I got sidetracked and totally spaced on ya the other day. I never finished that thing I was saying about this new…
Michael Nelson | March 29, 2018 - 12:23 pm

Sounding Board

On Virtue, Julian Casablancas Scorches The Strokes’ Legacy And Leaps Into The Voidz

Back in January, over the course of less than 24 hours and with zero advance notice, the Voidz dropped a pair of new songs. On…
Michael Nelson | March 28, 2018 - 11:41 am

The Voidz – “ALieNNatioN”

The Voidz are really saturating the market over here, aren't they? They just shared Virtue track "Pyramid Of Bones," which is some art-rock-via-Sabbath shit ("nananananananana…
Michael Nelson | March 15, 2018 - 9:53 am

At The Gates – “To Drink From The Night Itself” Video

At the risk of repeating something I said not five days ago: The Swedish melodic death-metal group At The Gates are maybe my favorite active…
Michael Nelson | March 2, 2018 - 11:28 am

The Voidz – “All Wordz Are Made Up” Video

No lie, I wake up every day wondering when Julian Casablancas is gonna drop a new single from his upcoming Voidz album, Virtue. Part of…
Michael Nelson | March 2, 2018 - 7:17 am

At The Gates Announce New Album Details

The Swedish melodic death-metal group At The Gates are maybe my favorite active band in the world today. Their 1993 and '95 LPs -- Terminal
Michael Nelson | February 26, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Interview

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

Premiere

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

Premiere

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

Comments from Michael Nelson

Yeah it occurred to me last night that I was possibly conflating Apple Music on-demand streams with Beats 1 spins. Thx for the fact-check! Again, I agree with you: It's an awful, almost punitive system. (And yet it's exponentially better than YouTube in every capacity.)
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April 25, 2018 on Zedd & Maren Morris’ “The Middle” Was Originally Recorded By Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, & Many Other Pop Stars
I don't think Apple and Spotify use the same system for determining royalties (iirc Apple pays a statutory rate). But both are horrible.
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April 24, 2018 on Zedd & Maren Morris’ “The Middle” Was Originally Recorded By Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, & Many Other Pop Stars
He'll always be Buckberry to me.
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April 11, 2018 on Arthur Buck – “I Am The Moment”
I hadn't even considered it but now that you mention it: I'm sorta having a mild panic attack at the prospect of going in cold and trying to write a PE about this one on a quick turnaround. Two hours, two discs, two distinctly different approaches to an iconoclastic artist's personal vision, 18 songs written over like a six-year period ... eek. No, I think that might kill me? I knew Austin wasn't doing any advance stuff when he announced the album back in February or whenever the Bandcamp pre-order went live. I got the impression he didn't want any press coverage because he wanted to preserve the integrity of the experience for listeners, and I genuinely appreciate that. (Like he said in that announcement: "NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON WAS ASKED TO REVIEW THIS ALBUM.") We reached out to him to see if he wanted to do an interview and he very politely and respectfully declined, saying, "it’s in line with the concept of the new album to just let the liner notes and record speak for itself." Anyway, I literally got the album the same day as everybody else, and I actually got it a day later than some of you guys because I couldn't download it till Thursday AM, and it's been a fairly hectic 30 hours or whatever since that point. I'd be doing a disservice to everyone if I tried to rush out a take, especially if I did so without properly immersing myself in the total experience. Having said all that, I feel like I'm right now reading a pretty great PE in these comments (or some entity bigger than a PE) and it's so much more thorough and thoughtful than anything I could possibly write even if I had months to prepare. I think Lundr would be stoked on this too, and also, I think it's very true to his "concept" for the album. I'm really proud to have this writing on Stereogum, and happy to have all these shared insights and feelings guiding my own experience with the music.
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April 6, 2018 on Stream Panopticon The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness (I And II)
I still haven't given this thing a proper listen (I haven't had two hours of uninterrupted outdoor time in the last couple days), so I can't comment on the music, but man it's cool to read yr take on it Lobster. That goes for everybody here, actually. Your collective stoke is only adding to mine, and your thoughts will enrich my experience. Thanks gang.
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April 6, 2018 on Stream Panopticon The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness (I And II)
I don't wanna sidetrack the Panopticon thread that has semi-hijacked the Wye Oak comments section, but since you brought it up Mike, that At The Gates record is fucking LEGIT. Honestly it kinda raises the stakes of their whole career. It's gotta be the fullest-sounding, hardest, heaviest, death-iest album they ever made -- I kinda feel like Tompa, Adrian Erlandson, and Jonas Stalhamer (who replaced Ander Bjorler) came off the Lurking Fear and were just like "hey what if we did At The Gates this way too?" It's just really vicious and old-school death metal, but it still does all the melodic and stylistic stuff you want from At The Gates. It's such a goddamn beast!
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April 3, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
PRIESTESS. I have been trying to remember that band's name for like three years now. ("Countess? Empress? No that's not it...") Thank you!
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April 3, 2018 on Remembering “Hipster Metal” & The Sword’s Gods Of The Earth 10 Years Later
@lobster: That said I totally agree re: "Tamarack's Gold Returns," and it's kinda neat to just be excited about an album in part bc I have NO IDEA what it's gonna sound like (and also bc his last album was the best of his career). Lemme pre-order it now so we can talk about this Friday...
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April 3, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Yeah, I was having this conversation with a writer recently. I'm just gonna copy-and-paste what I wrote there instead of putting it into different words: I can't imagine I'll ever listen to the folk half but I'm curious to hear what he's doing with atmospheric BM stuff now bc I felt he was really leveling up on Autumn Eternal and that was prob the most trad stuff he's done in a long while. But I hope he doesn't just ditch the melodic structural stuff and just do like a droning post-Burzum-esque thing, bc I feel like that's what a lot of these guys do when they "go back to their roots" or whatever. We shall see...
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April 3, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
I dunno man that second half could make for a LONG walk. I'm open to being blown away, of course, but in my experience, metal musicians overrate their abilities as folk musicians.
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April 3, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Nobody has heard the Panopticon. Austin wouldn't send out any advance music. Maybe I'll do a post on it Friday though so we all can talk about it. I literally have no idea what to expect.
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April 3, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Nah, it will be met with confusion, condescension, and either ridicule or bile. The collective "meh" sounds kinda different.
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April 3, 2018 on Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” (Feat. 21 Savage) Video
Literally just said the same thing to Ian. Unbelievable.
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March 30, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2018
@Ghost: See that's a classy move right there. I'm gonna give mjhk75 a mulligan on this one. He's a real good egg who just happens to have the misfortune of being born a Jays fan, and he doesn't appreciate the honor of having his team be the VERY FIRST to surrender Yankee home runs to Giancarlo Stanton. But in 15 years, Stanton's Hall Of Fame induction display will mention mjhk75's team prominently: "Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs in his debut as a Yankee (against the Toronto Blue Jays)." Power. Pride. Pinstripes. This is how we roll.
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March 30, 2018 on At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”
I had to upvote you, Ghost, to nullify SOMEBODY'S downvote. GONNA BE A LONG SEASON PEOPLE! LET'S KEEP IT CIVIL! #YankeesOnly #RE13PECT
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March 30, 2018 on At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”
Lemay belongs, no question. FWIW I've met Tompa and I can tell you straight-up that dude just radiates love. This Q&A (which I link out to a lot) kinda captures his energy I think: https://music.avclub.com/at-the-gates-tomas-lindberg-on-why-he-loves-his-north-1798273287
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March 30, 2018 on At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”
Truthfully, Tompa, Turner, and Scheidt aren't just three of the best singers ever, they are three of the best PEOPLE ever. It's good to celebrate and recognize those kinda metal dudes these days. My love for Scheidt is infinite. Also: Yob's new one is out in June and I'm fucking stoked on that, too.
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March 30, 2018 on At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”
Can't argue with that pick. Guy's a goddamn beast.
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March 30, 2018 on At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”