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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

The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”

Taylor Swift and I have many things in common, but one of the quirkier items in the shared area of our Venn diagram is this:…
Michael Nelson | July 21, 2017 - 3:00 pm

James Hetfield Disses Kirk Hammett Again For Not Contributing Ideas To Metallica’s Latest Album

Way back in April 2015, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett went on Jamey Jasta's podcast and revealed that he'd somehow "lost [his] iPhone with 250 musical…
Michael Nelson | July 18, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Ted Leo – “You’re Like Me”

It's been seven years since Ted Leo's last LP under his own name -- 2010's Brutalist Bricks -- and those seven years have been a…
Michael Nelson | July 6, 2017 - 10:56 am

The Lurking Fear – “Vortex Spawn”

It can be pretty hard to draw a meaningful distinction between "extreme metal" vocalists, even if you've got a decent familiarity with the genre. That's…
Michael Nelson | June 30, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Comments from Michael Nelson

You have an irrational hatred for Tribulation so I feel like you'd say the same thing even if it were their best work. That said, this is not their best work.
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November 17, 2017 on Tribulation – “The Lament” Video
Gotcha. Well if you don't like to listen to catchy music, you should DEFINITELY not listen to the new Harakiri For The Sky record.
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November 3, 2017 on Harakiri For The Sky – “Tomb Omnia”
They absolutely do and the reason for this is so fucking badass. Rather than rely on my memory, I will quote Wikipedia: A commonly repeated legend claims that the two-fingered salute or V sign derives from a gesture made by longbowmen fighting in the English and Welsh archers at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War, but no historical primary sources support this contention. This origin legend dictates that the English and Welsh archers who were captured by the French had their index and middle fingers cut off so that they could no longer operate their longbows, and that the V Sign was used by uncaptured and victorious archers in a display of defiance against the enemy.
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November 3, 2017 on Liam Gallagher Mocks Noel’s Scissors Player: “I’m Gonna Have Someone Sharpening A Pencil At My Gig”
I'd take issue with calling it "soft," but otherwise, most of what you dislike in their sound now is the stuff I love about it. Arson (the new album) is INSANELY catchy. Like, almost every second of every song is just a massive fucking hook. It's really like Maiden but with blastbeats and Neige/Godspeed guitar climaxes and Nergal-style vox. I get why fans of the first two records might not connect with it the same way, but for me this stuff is like drugs.
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November 2, 2017 on Harakiri For The Sky – “Tomb Omnia”
Damn man, you sold that one. I'm gonna check both these albums now.
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November 2, 2017 on Turnstile – “Real Thing” Video
I concede all of this, and should also note that I have written extensively about my appreciation for such themes in black metal, so I'm not only off-base but a little hypocritical here. Point taken. That said, it sometimes seems like a little bit of a dodge to me when bands focus so intently on "nature" as lyrical subject matter. It's like, they know Satan and Odin are too dumb to actually think about, but they don't want to rankle the hegemony by writing about human suffering or fragility, so they find a safe midpoint that sometimes feels (to me) like filler: just white noise to serve the guitars. It doesn't really bother me, and when it's done right, it can be really impressive, but it always feels (again, to me) a little clinical, which is at odds with the performances themselves. But I won't argue any further. Consider "Cascadian wilderness" stricken from my list of "dumbass garbage" metal themes.
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November 2, 2017 on Harakiri For The Sky – “Tomb Omnia”
Oh, no argument. It just sometimes feels weird to hear those bands screaming furiously about, like, walking in the park.
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November 2, 2017 on Harakiri For The Sky – “Tomb Omnia”
Nah man, they put out the Prelapsarian LP after Ygg Huur and Hyperion. https://www.stereogum.com/1917335/stream-krallice-prelapsarian/music/album-stream/ PLUS all the side projects AND Marston's production/engineering work. I'm not being entirely hyperbolic when I say I don't understand how they can generate such output in such a timespan. These aren't like Bob Pollard throwaways here; they're insanely complicated songs and fairly diverse when you look at the entire spectrum of the work. Just constant Beast Mode.
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October 30, 2017 on Stream Krallice & Dave Edwardson’s Collaborative Album Loüm
Dimensional Bleedthrough my favorite too! This one sounds more like recent Krallice, that kinda Zorn/Gorguts style rather than the heavy ambient black metal stuff from the first few. Still kicks ass though.
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October 27, 2017 on Stream Krallice & Dave Edwardson’s Collaborative Album Loüm
Even if you do believe Tori Amos (I kinda do, but only bc I've edited some Tori Amos interview raw copy) AND Rita Ora (I do not, as she was the host of America's Next Top Model ffs), saying this stuff now leaves a lot of other artists hung out to dry. Lady Gaga did a fucking book and a movie with Terry Richardson. He's photographed Rihanna a billion times for huge mags. He photographed Barack fucking Obama. Is every other celebrity in America gonna make some fake statement denouncing him now? He's shot them all. His reputation is not an industry "open secret" like Harvey Weinstein or whoever - it is his fucking reputation PUBLICLY EVERYWHERE. Check out this list of random Terry Richardson factoids from Complex a few years ago. You'll know when you get to the salient item. http://www.complex.com/style/2013/04/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-terry-richardson/terry-10
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October 26, 2017 on Tori Amos, Rita Ora Say They Were Not Aware Of Accusations Against Terry Richardson Before Working With Him
Sinister by light years, and I say that as someone who adores Tigermilk, DCW, and Life Pursuit. DCW is pretty close to perfect, though, and it dwarfs most bands' best work.
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October 10, 2017 on Q&A: Stuart Murdoch On Belle And Sebastian’s New EP Series And The State They Are In After 20 Years
You're nuts. This might be my second-favorite track on the album!
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September 13, 2017 on Japandroids – “North East South West” Video
There are gonna be like five regular commenters who get this reference, but I got a kick out of Ray's concluding sentiment: "It took a while to truly grasp what the album had to say." Friends, here we have proof positive that we ALWAYS need to accept the possibility of a record so excellent we don’t understand it yet.
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September 11, 2017 on Strawberry Jam Turns 10
An old friend of mine used to write a food-criticism column where he worked in all these obscure historical facts, philosophical and metaphysical concepts, and scientific terminology, and his core intent was to describe the fact of "eating" in the most grotesque, tactile language, while also praising the meal itself. We would sit around cracking ourselves up thinking about how readers might react. "I dunno, Margaret. It seems like he loved the meal, and yet, I find myself ill after having read this." Of course he truly loved EVERY meal. He would write a positive review of curdled milk if somebody served it to him. He just deeply appreciated every morsel of food he ingested, because it had required the sacrifices of others to keep HIM alive. For obvious reasons, that column is no longer being published, but I think we would all find greater happiness in life if we paid such careful attention to our bounty. http://archive.longislandpress.com/2010/10/28/chris-lunchbox-syosset-thai-nirvana/
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September 9, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Holy shit. Is this too many characters for a Twitter bio? I'm humbled. Is there a stronger word than "humbled"? Whatever that word is, that's what I am. "Thankful"? Something like that. Thankful. Thank you.
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September 9, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Thanks for sharing! I never saw this clip before, but this is exactly what I was talking about. He took all these structural limitations and unanticipated, unavoidable challenges and used them to make the performance more exciting, more intimate, and frankly BETTER. But he wasn't stunting, just, like, delivering. It was very warm and charming while also being incredibly fucking badass while ALSO having no pretense or affect either way. He's a rare breed. And also his new album is fantastic.
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September 8, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I cannot possibly accept this obscenely generous compliment, but I CAN say this is quite literally the nicest thing anybody has ever said about me, and it's also the nicest thing anybody ever COULD say about me. You are truly, TRULY far too kind. So I can't accept, but I appreciate it so very much just the same.
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September 8, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Listen to Red House Painters' "24" if you want some subtextual irony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vhtpAIbIpQ
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September 7, 2017 on Lost Edge: LCD Soundsystem’s Road To Sincerity