Comments from undergroundspoon

Excited for their next highly scientific study, confirming that listening to cool music does indeed make you a better person.
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March 25, 2019 on Researchers Say Aging Cheese Exposed To A Tribe Called Quest Tastes Better
Bish Bosch is still one of the strangest, strongest albums of the 2010s - as strong a swan song to go out on as any. Rest in power.
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March 25, 2019 on Scott Walker Dead At 76
Half-expected to see "I Still Can’t Stop Thinking About This Insane Clown Posse Video" as the headline.
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March 20, 2019 on Meet Dave, The Post-Grime Future Of UK Rap
Had also, until today, forgotten the age-old Grimes album cycle dilemma - "is the slew of stupid shit she says leading up to the album release gonna ruin the album for me?"
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March 20, 2019 on Grimes Talks New Album, Elon Musk, & Killing Off “Grimes” In New Interview
Ah yeah, I'm always forgetting that the reason "nobody" cares about climate change is because it isn't fun. Think of it this way - when the earth is warmer and the sea levels rise, every day is going to be like a day at the beach! What fun!
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March 20, 2019 on Grimes Talks New Album, Elon Musk, & Killing Off “Grimes” In New Interview
Still loving the new Matmos album from last week. I'm really taken with how they set up highly specific frameworks for themselves that could scan as gimmickry (album of washing machine sounds on the previous, all-plastic on this one) and end up incorporating it formally - the last one being intended to mirror a hypothetical wash cycle, and this one being more compact/compressed/button-pushing. Truly no one like these guys, even amidst a thriving experimental electronic community.
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March 19, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Nilüfer Yanya Miss Universe
Malick vibes in the video's back half tbh.
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March 19, 2019 on Weyes Blood – “Movies” Video
Wild to witness what it looks like when a nation actually takes these issues seriously.
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March 19, 2019 on New Zealand Venues Cancel Phil Anselmo Shows Over 2016 “White Power” Incident
The unique collision of influences and melody/experimentation on here - following the somewhat self-reactionary self-titled - really cemented their legacy as being distinct from Britpop IMO (unlike, say, a certain other band with whom they were in occasional competition). And on a personal note, "No Distance Left to Run" was pretty constantly in the rotation as my last break-up shifted from trying to be friends into no longer speaking to each other. My favorite of theirs.
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March 15, 2019 on 13 Turns 20
Rescheduled for literally the one day I can't go b/c of Stereolab's first NY show. Cool!
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March 14, 2019 on Massive Attack Announce Rescheduled Mezzanine XXI Tour Dates
American Football albums (EP included), ranked: 1) American Football 2) American Football 3) American Football 4) American Football
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March 14, 2019 on Stream American Football’s New Album
*throws dart at print-out of the color wheel* that's the album.
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March 14, 2019 on Baroness – “Borderlines” Video
Oh fuck, Nick Cannon has a new one out this week??
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
I actually agree with this completely, and think that TPAB is much more interesting for its musical and ideological messiness - a combination of societal critique and critique of self, ambitious and all the more fascinating for its contradictions and imperfections. To lightly paraphrase the U Talkin' U2 to Me podcast, you don't go for broke like he did on that album without occasionally swinging and missing, as with the Michael Jackson line (and a few other gross moments on the album). It's uncontestedly my favorite album of his for that reason and one of my favorites of 2010s, if not "the" favorite. I think the phenomenon you're describing with how people received the album speaks to how the discourse around Kendrick in general tends to be pretty flat, and puts his music in uninteresting boxes (I never need to hear the phrase "Kendrick's demos are better than most people's albums" ever again). It just seems weird to me that someone so consistently held up by many as the best rapper alive is so rarely questioned or considered beyond his obvious verbal skill - to me, an artist's caliber as a thinker should be as interesting a quality of their art, if not more so. I don't see a lot of that going on and it bums me out. Feels weird to be getting into it in a post about a Drake tour but I'm glad it's happening at all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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March 11, 2019 on Drake Drops Posthumous Michael Jackson Collaboration From Tour Setlist
Not to say that there's an imperative to immediately discuss a song on a four-year old album, but seeing as we're all about to stock of the decade in music at the end of this year, it seems like something that should be thought about (would like more diversity of opinion on Kendrick's art in general).
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March 11, 2019 on Drake Drops Posthumous Michael Jackson Collaboration From Tour Setlist
Hmmm, anyone going to bring up the Michael Jackson line on the TPAB closer at some point? Or is everything Kendrick-related going to continue being received as unimpeachable?
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March 11, 2019 on Drake Drops Posthumous Michael Jackson Collaboration From Tour Setlist
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March 8, 2019 on Summerteeth Turns 20
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March 6, 2019 on Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 Lineup
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March 6, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “Sunflower” (Feat. Steve Lacy) & “Big Blue”
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March 6, 2019 on Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 Lineup
(probably not the immediate reaction to this announcement most people here had...)
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March 5, 2019 on The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”
Mike Mills also directed Beginners a while back, which features a great late-career Christopher Plummer performance and a talking dog. Worth a look if those things sound appealing!
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March 5, 2019 on The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”
As someone who thought the last Solange album was perhaps a touch overrated, I gotta say: When I Get Home is extremely fucking good. Reminds me of Blonde and Big Fish Theory, insomuch as it follows up more traditional songcraft (and an immediately canonized album) with something more impressionistic, doing more with less and conjuring an emotional interior that’s harder to pin down but feels more human. All three albums also use the voices of others in fascinating ways, but I’ll leave it at that. How’s everyone else liking it?
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March 1, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
For real, somebody's gotta stop him. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--BZ5p6bOa--/c_fill,fl_progressive,g_center,h_900,q_80,w_1600/lkcxv119v4c7z87tksys.png
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March 1, 2019 on Siri How Do I Delete Someone Else’s YouTube
Fewer interludes than last time, at least.
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February 28, 2019 on Solange Announces New Album When I Get Home Out Tonight
Definitive "the party is over" album.
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February 28, 2019 on Record Store Day Unveils 2019 Release List
New Flaming Lips?? Hoping they sound less dead inside than on Oczy Mlody.
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February 28, 2019 on Record Store Day Unveils 2019 Release List
This is gonna be great - love their framework, and have really enjoyed all four songs released to date. Hoping that this having a concept that lends itself to being narrativized will lead to an experimental electronic album getting some shine for a change, too.
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February 28, 2019 on Matmos – “Thermoplastic Riot Shield” & “Breaking Bread” Videos
Sounds like M. Ward if he hadn't veered into releasing increasingly adult contempo nothings. Into it!
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February 27, 2019 on Kevin Morby – “No Halo” Video