WilliamSockner

Comments from WilliamSockner

It's no Mr. M and doesn't have the transcendent beauty of "The Hustle Unlimited" but lordy, it's gorgeous and meditative. I can't wait to just bask in it.
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March 22, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
A gay cowboy who namechecked my hometown of Carson City should really have me more raring to go. "Hope to Die" is pretty rad, though.
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March 22, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I can't explain it, man. I've never heard this combination of influences before and yet I'm also listening to this album with a distinct sense of "this been done already".
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March 22, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I brought my glasses in anticipation of weeping too hard to keep my contacts in.
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March 22, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Sup y'all, six hours from now I'll be watching The Antlers perform Hospice. Has anyone else listened to the new Orville Peck album? I find it fascinating and possibly not in a good way. I can't tell how I really feel about it. It seems to live in that liminal space where an artist is incredible at imitating their influences but falls short of being able to synthesize them together into a unique voice. It's like cramming Lana Del Rey, Patrick Wolf, Lloyd Cole and 1960's Elvis together but refusing to melt it down into something new. Oh, and PJ Harvey, given that "Big Sky" is a nearly note-for-note rip-off of "To Bring You My Love".
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March 22, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It's a lovely album. I have a soft spot for the band not just because their music is so excellently serene and warm, but also because I saw them open for Owen Pallett twice. The first time they were so nervous and green and looked like talented deers in the headlights on stage, as it was one of their first performances in front of a crowd that size. A few months later I saw them again and they had settled into themselves so marvelously and really gave the songs room to let people in. It was wonderful to see them grow so much in such a short timeframe.
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March 22, 2019 on Foxes In Fiction – “Ontario Sunshine Pt. 3″ (Feat. Emily Yacina)
Man, this is a song where I feel like the bones are basically perfect but there's never been a recording of it that truly does justice to its potential. My most wonderful memory with this song is when we were using it to cool down from a dance class and one of the other dancers just started singing along, and soon all thirty of us were singing. It was a truly magical moment.
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March 22, 2019 on The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
I don't feel like Camila Cabello qualifies as A-list. "Havana" is the only song I'd argue most people could name from her, even people who regularly listen to pop. That said, I feel like as someone who gets my pop from three sources - my dance studio, "overheard at Safeway" and "things that look interesting on Stereogum" - my understanding of what's popular in the pop world is significantly different than reality, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. The only songs I know on the top 10 rn are "7 Rings", "Without Me", "Shallow" and "Please Me". I've never even heard the others. Just tried them and they're pretty bad! Like, really bad! This is a dark era of pop. I'd like to return to my parallel reality where Lizzo and Troye Sivan are dominating the charts and Janelle Monae has a last single from Dirty Computer kicking around at #10.
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March 21, 2019 on This Guy Is The Hottest Songwriter In Pop
This is awesome, thanks so much for making this!
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March 21, 2019 on The Number Ones: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”
How many other artists are out there doing "worldbuilding"? Asking for a friend.
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March 20, 2019 on Grimes Talks New Album, Elon Musk, & Killing Off “Grimes” In New Interview
My women's dance studio has like twelve routines to Lizzo. It'd be excessive if she weren't so damn good.
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March 20, 2019 on Lizzo – “Tempo” (Feat. Missy Elliott)
Confession: Sister Hazel was my first musical obsession. Like obsession. Like signed up for their "Hazelnut" mail fanclub.
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March 20, 2019 on Stereogum Presents: Nochella
Weird to say but I hope Bieber is okay. I can’t imagine how much it warps with your ability to connect with other people and reality to be the face of pop music since you were thirteen. My heart breaks whenever I see child stars flame out in the public eye.
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March 14, 2019 on Maren Morris Is A Little Bit Springsteen, A Little Bit Teenage Dream
When I was 16 I moderated a Mindless Self Indulgence forum that exploded into drama because the administrator, a juggalette, vanished off the internet for a while and my co-mods and I migrated all the content to a new forum without her. When she returned she wrote a bunch of horrorcore raps and uploaded them to Myspace with colorful language about how she would stuff our heads in jars of formaldehyde and run us over with her truck. These songs had appearances by her at-the-time boyfriend, who went by the name Wikkid Murda and who spammed up her Myspace wall with angry rants about how she never thanked him enough for when he took the fall for her when a traffic officer busted them for weed. Juggalos will always have a special place in my heart.
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March 13, 2019 on I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Insane Clown Posse Video
I'm sad that this comment came late enough in this thread that it won't get the upvotes it deserves.
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March 13, 2019 on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Criticized For Flapping Arms To R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
“Theater is Evil” is fantastic, but yeah, that and “Who Killed...” are the only good things from her solo career despite her voluminous output.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Man now you've got me relistening to "Trout Heart Replica", what an excellent song. And is also a song that, like many of the songs on this album, is a classical music-influenced piano composition with a feverish verse and a slower chorus and full of orchestral stabs and licks, except it actually feels composed instead of thrown together. So good.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Theater is Evil is fantastic, which just makes this one all the more disappointing to me. The Pure Comedy comparison is one I thought of too, but I actually find it a lot like Mark Kozelek's later stuff, really formless and undisciplined. I actually really like the lyrical content for both it's intimacy and its specificity, but the arrangements and melodies feel so underwritten that I feel like I'm just listening to someone narrate their blog posts. "Bigger on the Inside" in particular is just a ramble over the same figure endlessly.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Is there a way to edit?
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Has anyone listened to the new Amanda Palmer album? It’s bad, astonishingly so given that her last two actual studio albums were really goof.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Not sure why everyone's down on this. It's fine, very hooky, nicely produced. I love the little sparkle of synths during the pre-chorus.
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March 11, 2019 on Nasty Cherry – “Win”
For what it's worth the above is there to illustrate what I look like at 9am Monday morning hungover and trying to read this article on Stereogum through a mouthful of doughnut.
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March 11, 2019 on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Criticized For Flapping Arms To R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
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March 11, 2019 on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Criticized For Flapping Arms To R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
This is nice, but I don't know if she'll ever have another song as good as "What's It Gonna Be?", which is a straight-up classic.
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March 11, 2019 on Shura – “BKLYNLDN”