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Respect the intent/cause, but this is pretty corny.
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August 7, 2020 on Best Coast Rerecord “Boyfriend” With More Inclusive Pronouns For Charity
The main "lesson of The Lion King (2019)" would seem, to me, to be that we can't animate photorealistic animals without giving them dead eyes yet.
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August 3, 2020 on Beyoncé’s Black Is King Celebrates The Black Diaspora By Reinventing The Lion King
I know Beyoncé's been responsible for some of the most discussed/celebrated musical artifacts of the 2010s, but something about the written synopsis of this project - "This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of 'The Lion King' (2019) for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns" - makes me think I'll be fine taking a mulligan on this round of pop cultural jury duty.
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August 3, 2020 on Beyoncé’s Black Is King Celebrates The Black Diaspora By Reinventing The Lion King
It's gotta be Sgt. Pepper's - according to Rolling Stone, it's the greatest album of all time!
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Lulu, if only for its status as Lou Reed's final album-length taunt/troll before his passing (and the joke being largely at Metallica's expense to boot). True legend.
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July 30, 2020 on Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound
Consider: a drum sound so shitty that no one would want to download new Metallica songs on Napster. https://imgflip.com/s/meme/Roll-Safe-Think-About-It.jpg
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July 30, 2020 on Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound
Dang, this is almost as insane as the online army of Taylor Swift stans who've been harassing the lady who wrote the (positive) folklore review for Pitchfork.
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July 27, 2020 on Emperor Frontman To Taylor Swift: My Culture Is Not Your Costume
Bummed that that Yves Tumor album has, to an extent, fallen into the black hole of the early COVID era, it's still so sharp (Bowie-esque, even).
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
But in seriousness, it's this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3s6D0Exbjo
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
Wow, "Despacito" *again*?? Can't argue with it I guess.
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
Will always remember the time I downloaded a version of this album that was like half excerpts from Seinfeld and thinking that was the actual version of the record for months.
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July 27, 2020 on Crazy For You Turns 10
I know people like it. It should be ok for me to not like it without being painted as a self-obsessed solipsist.
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
Also, for all the talk about Swift going "indie" on this album, let's be honest with ourselves and acknowledge the fact that the "indie" artists she collaborated with here (much as I like some of their music) could reliably tour stadiums before the pandemic. How "indie" are they exactly?
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
I try to keep an open mind going into new music, but this album sounded like the sort of airy, antiseptic music that used play in the public spaces I can no longer go to, with the rough edges sanded off and seemingly lab-tested to be maximally inoffensive. Why would I choose to beam that into my home? Do people actually like this? Is this what people want from music?
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
V. reminiscent of when she put all her music on Spotify the day before the last Katy Perry album came out.
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July 23, 2020 on Taylor Swift Announces New Album folklore Out Tonight, Largely Produced By Aaron Dessner
New Nico Jaar album has been blowing my mind all day. I'm really hard-pressed to think of a musician with a more thoughtful approach to sound design and auditory architecture than him. Also wild that not only are all three albums he's released this year fantastic, but that they have a perceptible emotional arc, with 2017-2019's fractured/explosive bangers leading into the desolate ballads on Cenizas and the colliding reassemblies of Telas (my favorite of the three right now). Very high level artistry that he consistently pulls off like it's nothing.
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July 17, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
AOTY, it’s insane how his music keeps getting better and better.
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July 17, 2020 on Stream Nicholas Jaar’s New Album Telas
tbd if I know how to use the internet
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July 10, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Got around to checking out the new Neptunian Maximalism album from a couple weeks ago earlier today, which is really excellent stuff and a strong spoonman recommend. It slots nicely into that Swans zone of being a daunting, discordant album that still rips and ends up being a rewarding, if two hour-long, journey. Think there are a lot of people around here who'd like it: Éons by NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM
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July 10, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Not sure this totally works as an album-length experience, though that's how I feel about pretty much all remix albums tbh. The whole endeavor scans as a really cool flex to me - like, their debut album was so important/influential that here's a remix album that's twice as long featuring all the stars who are lucky to find themselves situated within the 100 gecs universe. And it goes *hard* pretty much across the board.
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July 10, 2020 on 100 Gecs – “hand crushed by a mallet (remix)” (Feat. Fall Out Boy, Craig Owens, & Nicole Dollanganger)
Been enjoying hearing about how many people are watching Mad Men either again for the first time during quarantine, especially knowing that Joanna Newsom is among their number. One of the best shows I've ever seen + all the more remarkable looking back on it as a complete body of work.
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July 9, 2020 on This Barest Amount Of Joanna Newsom Quarantine News Is Better Than None
It's a musical about rapping slave owners that, aside from a couple glancing references, doesn't really acknowledge that they're slave owners. LMM obviously worked hard on the whole endeavor, but it doesn't feel like something more work could've solved. To me it's just a really tasteless core concept.
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July 8, 2020 on Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds To The Hamilton Slavery Debate
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July 8, 2020 on Kanye West Disavows Donald Trump & Comes Out As Anti-Vaxxer In Wild Interview About Presidential Platform
Went to school with Anjimile and they always killed it at house shows; cool to see their music covered here.
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July 7, 2020 on Anjimile – “Maker”
Congrats to the Stereogum crew on meeting the "Save Stereogum" campaign goal (and within a week, no less)! I love posting dumb shit on here and look forward to doing more of that for the foreseeable future.
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July 7, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Margo Price That’s How Rumors Get Started
I usually find the case for "how x unusual mainsteream flop influenced y ongoing musical trend" to be overstated (like people positing that Lil Wayne's Rebirth is responsible for Soundcloud rap). That said, I don't think an album like Yeezus (or noise rap artists like Death Grips, clipping. etc.) would've crossed over to the degree that they did without this one clearing the runway first. Maybe not directly "influential," but a canary in the coal mine at least.
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July 7, 2020 on ΛΛ Λ Y Λ Turns 10
Though I still like it a lot and it's one of my favorite albums of the year so far, that Fiona Apple album and its 10.0 review are already dated.
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June 30, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Little Kid Transfiguration Highway