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I'm currently pandemicing at my family's in Western Mass, and can very much confirm it's no Adrianne Lenker quarantine album and the signs on the neighbors' lawns knock my blood pressure up...
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October 28, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Oneohtrix Point Never Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Nobody in music journalism ever seems to know where Western Massachusetts is. 106.7 was a Boston radio station. Boston is solid 90 miles east of Western Massachusetts. Daniel Lopatin also is from Wayland, MA. Wayland, MA is somewhere between the central and Greater Boston areas, 70 miles east of Western Massachusetts. Unless I'm wrong, the only connection to Western Mass Daniel Lopatin has is that he went to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, which IS part of Western Massachusetts. Fun fact: I alwayf forget that I went to college in that area the same time as he did, and he apparently ran in the same circles as I did, but I had no idea who he was back then (nor did anyone really.) The Altered Zones generation of experimental and indie rock has a lot of Western Mass roots, though, because there's a few others who went on to either write about or make music that broke out the same time as OPN did.
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October 28, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Oneohtrix Point Never Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
As someone who was a huge stan of Wilderness and still occasionally checks to see if they somehow returned, I can honestly say... no, not at all. Wilderness was almost lethargic, the guitars made use of space, and the vocalist had this echoing wail to his singing. This sounds more nervous and palpitating, the vocals are quick and anxious, and resoundingly British. I enjoy it, but Wilderness spirit animals they are not.
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October 28, 2020 on Black Country, New Road – “Science Fair”
The past month has been overwhelming with new releases that are very good. This point in the year usually does have more big and noteworthy releases, but I'm wondering if the reason this year has been so extra with it is because a lot of artists/labels delayed their release calendars for albums set for spring and summer to the last quarter of the year, with the small hope that the pandemic wouldn't still be as bad as it is right now.
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October 27, 2020 on Album Of The Week: War On Women Wonderful Hell
I don't think any album is ever really picked over other albums around here nowadays, making the "Album of the Week" title somewhat moot. There's like, four different formats of praiseworthy album review spots per week on this site now: - Album of the Week: A review which has become more of a spotlight for a new album that maybe isn't the most popular, biggest name album of the week, but is still pretty good and could use a spotlight. - Premature Evaluation: This can sometimes be a negative or lukewarm review, but it also seems to be reserved for praising more established names and those more popular indie/mainstream albums that more people know about. - Interviews: If there's other important good albums that get released, there's likely going to be a feature-length interview that basically reviews the album alongside soundbites from the artist. - Artist to Watch: A praising review of a new emo or indie rock band's album as narrated by Ian Cohen well before the rest of the world even has a chance to hear it or know who the band even is.
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October 27, 2020 on Album Of The Week: War On Women Wonderful Hell
I neve heard of this band until today when the label announced they had signed them. Hours later, here we have an interview, which is more or less a full album review of it. Not sure what my point is here other than I miss being able to get to know a new band over a string of singles rather than have the same one guy give his take on it and sculpt the narrative.
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October 26, 2020 on Band To Watch: Record Setter
It's not a bad song, but it also sounds like they've been absorbed into Weezer's "I Just Threw Out the Love My Dreams".
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October 22, 2020 on Tigers Jaw – “Cat’s Cradle”
I'm not totally surprised by how this sounds because I figured she and Jack Antonoff would do more of the same with where NFR left off with diminishing results, and I do wonder if the critical reaction to it will be tepid for that reason alongside everything else Lana has said and done publicly since.
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October 16, 2020 on Lana Del Rey – “Let Me Love You Like A Woman”
NBC has been enabling Trump from the very beginning, since the days of 'The Apprentice' to humanizing him with appearances on 'SNL' and Jimmy Fallon. Fuck them all.
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October 15, 2020 on Report: NBC Edited “Vote” Message Out Of Demi Lovato’s Anti-Trump Billboard Music Awards Performance
Beyond NME's suspicious 5 star review, I've read so many reviews of the beabadoobee album where at the end of it, even if it's positive, I can't tell if it's any good or not. I want it to be good, but I also feel like most critiques on it are focused on '90s appropriation and her being an indie-ish major label artist rather than what the music actually sounds like.
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October 13, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Annie Dark Hearts
I do find it a little odd how the press has rehabilitated his words with a redemption story over the past few years by rebranding his byline as the go-to gatekeeper of all acclaimed emo/emo-adjacent/hardcore/indie punk releases. The only time he seem to get villainous is when he's assigned the review of the third or fourth album by a rock band who is no longer buzzy (like his latest METZ review.) Most younger listeners in their 20s who listen to emo consider his word gospel because they never had to live through the era of him writing very harsh reviews of 2010s indie albums that often killed them upon arrival.
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October 13, 2020 on Love Remains Turns 10
I imagine beabadoobee being on the popularity level of the 1975 -- Seemingly everywhere online, but nowhere on the charts.
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October 12, 2020 on With beabadoobee, The ’90s Alt-Rock Revival Sounds Ready For Its Inevitable Pop Crossover
It's weird how the trajectory for a lot more of today's indie rock artists is to ultimately make pop music instead of making increasingly more original sounding indie rock. There's nothing wrong with how this sounds, but also, it sounds like it could be any pop musician behind it, be it indie or mainstream.
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October 8, 2020 on Kississippi – “Around Your Room”
The album's on Bandcamp! You just have to go to Partisan Records' Bandcamp page to find it: https://chubbyandthegang.bandcamp.com/album/speed-kills
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October 8, 2020 on Chubby And The Gang – “Union Dues”
In a way, I was disappointed that 'Punisher' wasn't released this month instead of summer.
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October 6, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Lament
They've skipped a few things that used to be the norm around there. The latest Uniform comes to mind as does a few of the recent Dirty Projectors EPs.
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October 6, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Lament
Out of curiosity, is there a reason why the month of October/early November has a habit of piling on very good new albums all at once? Is it to jockey for positioning on year-end lists? Be on people's radars to purchase going into the holiday shopping season? Whatever the case, it can feel like you can put together a solid year-end list based on releases from just the two-three weeks during this time, and not be wrong. At the same time, it's like the rest of the year doesn't matter as much.
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October 6, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Lament
“Said she wanna fuck to some SZA, put on My Bloody Valentine/ Cause I used to date SZA back when they reunited at Coachella in ’09.”
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October 5, 2020 on SZA Confirms That She Dated Drake When She Was A Teenager
I agree, but I also feel like part of the problem is that for many of us, we were old enough to remember when the song sampled was a hit on its own and it's difficult to separate that memory from something that makes lesser of it.
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September 26, 2020 on Preview Kanye West’s New Song Sampling Lauryn Hill
Imagine trying to consume all of this music on release day? I actually can, because I've noticed it becoming more of a thing that my friends and colleagues will ask me if I've heard all these new albums on release day by 10am. Do they all just binge on new music at midnight or something? We always talk about binge watching, but no one talks about binge listening, which I feel can't be a good thing!
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
Jack? I think you mean Jacked. Turns out they've been spending the last 10 years hitting the gym, and I'm all for SWOLEM ("SALEM" + "swole", but it's a rough merger.) https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5f63f0e9291a3fedd683eb67/2:1/w_2560%2Cc_limit/SALEM_CA_CAR_%23_REAL.jpg
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September 18, 2020 on SALEM – “Starfall”
And -- this is me just assuming who it's about based on nothing but observing the looks the two shared on staged when they toured together -- but then that person had to produce it for your EP on top of it! (note: not Alex G)
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September 17, 2020 on Tomberlin – “Hours”
Did it ever really go away?
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September 15, 2020 on SALEM – “CAPULETS”
Seeing Matty Healy analyze Mondrain got me thinking way harder than I probably should have about the parallels between the 1975 and Silverchair.
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September 15, 2020 on Grimes, Matty Healy, & FKA Twigs Teach You About Famous Paintings
https://www.tiktok.com/@noahglenncarter/video/6865034308726410502
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September 12, 2020 on Remember Blackpool Grime? It Now Soundtracks The Most Popular TikTok Of All Time.
You've obviously not seen the YouTube channels dedicated to critiquing OnlyFans influencers...
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September 12, 2020 on Remember Blackpool Grime? It Now Soundtracks The Most Popular TikTok Of All Time.
I began going through the related TikTok videos on this, and there was a post that addressed how much she was making off the post. Apparently there is a Tik Tok Creator Fund for those influencers whose posts go viral. It's something like $0.02-$0.03 per 1,000 views. At the time it was made, this post of hers only had a fraction of the 31 million likes it does now, and said she had already made at least $3,500 off it, and her other posts were doing well, too, so multiply that exponentially.
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September 12, 2020 on Remember Blackpool Grime? It Now Soundtracks The Most Popular TikTok Of All Time.
Dance On the Blacktop was very good, but I felt like it was the capstone to refining that style of their sound. This is back in the trenches of bleakness, but the rhythm reminds me of an early Autolux track while the guitars scale up to Explosions In the Sky-sized reach.
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September 11, 2020 on Nothing – “Say Less”
Does anyone know if in these reports, they measure sales by units or just the overall revenue? I would think if it's the latter, it'd be easy for vinyl to surpass everything considering the average cost of an LP is about $25, where as a CD is about $12-$14.
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September 10, 2020 on Vinyl Sales Top CDs For The First Time Since 1986