Comments from dansolo

I was so ready to pounce in with some snark about Lil Baby having already played SNL last year but I was thinking of DA Baby & it is I who is old and out of touch.
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September 28, 2020 on 16 Artists Who Should Make Their SNL Debut This Year
My two cents is that the re-evaluation has to do with the seeming lack of legacy or influence that a lot of those records have (which is an entirely separate question from their quality, most of these albums really are excellent or at worst very good) and the related recognition that this scene was more insular than a lot of the folks commenting on it like it was the center of the musical universe realized at the time. There is sort of an "I know, I know" factor when you launch in to praise some of these albums that were so breathlessly hyped at the time. But to be fair I feel the same way about, say, MBTDF, a record which clearly does have a huge footprint in modern music. But who is out hear trashing Teen Dream? It's a great album! And unlike a lot of the folks you listed, I think Beach House's legacy is secure. They've only gotten bigger and better over the years, but they've never overreached in an embarrassing way like Arcade Fire or some of the others. I think the only indie acts from this period who have more secure legacies are ones like Bon Iver or Vampire Weekend which are/were just vastly more popular.
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September 28, 2020 on Halcyon Digest Turns 10
I mostly agree w/ Larry that witch house is more interesting as a meta-trend than as music, but it might have been interesting to consider whether it helped pave the way for big breakouts by Grimes and Purity Ring in 2012. "Oblivion" and especially "Obedear" have a good deal of witch house in their DNA, even if they also have a lot more going on. There was also some synergy with the gothed-out trap Lex Luger was making with Waka Flocka and Rick Ross around 2010 - some of the first big mainstream moments for trap in general. Not to say witch house influenced that, more that it made witch house seem more relevant if it was part of this gestalt.
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September 28, 2020 on Remember Witch House?
The title track is really all you need. That's the best version of the one idea they had.
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September 28, 2020 on Remember Witch House?
Ha, probably not. Straight listeners are often almost willfully deaf to homoerotic subtext, or text for that matter, but that's part of the fun of it. Consider the concerted effort to hetcon Sufjan's lyrics, which are typically less cryptic than Bradford's. You have to read between the lines on a lot of HD in particular, compared to say, "Fluorescent Grey" or "Snakeskin"
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September 28, 2020 on Halcyon Digest Turns 10
If you liked Balam Acab, you'll love BLM ACAB!
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September 28, 2020 on Remember Witch House?
Whitney > Taylor is a totally reasonable opinion but ""pseudo-Tolkien coffeehouse chic" is a very strange way to describe Taylor's music (or the listening habits of middle-aged soccer moms).
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September 28, 2020 on Taylor Swift Breaks Whitney Houston’s Record For Most Cumulative Weeks At #1 Among Women
Nah you can’t overhype it. I get what RJ means about it not being as dynamic as some of the more epic Sufjan compositions, but it’s still the obvious high point of the album IMO
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September 25, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Agreed. It didn’t have one song that I just instantly loved (maybe Spell of Math) but I also couldn’t stop listening to it today.
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September 25, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Sufjan can’t really make bad music but I don’t think this is close to his best music. But it has its moments and you still can’t really compare it to anything but his own work.
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September 25, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Waking up to see Deftones getting better reviews than Sufjan or Fleet Foxes (neither of whom is exactly getting slept on) is one of the only times where the upside down world of 2020 has felt right.
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September 25, 2020 on Tory Lanez Released A Whole Album About The Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Story
Honestly, this is one of the times where I'm Team Just Don't Cover It. He's already gotten way too much free publicity from this incident, and even mercilessly panning this album is going to make it more of a conversation piece even if just out of morbid curiosity.
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September 25, 2020 on Tory Lanez Released A Whole Album About The Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Story
Was there any backstage beef with Lincoln Hawk?
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September 24, 2020 on We’ve Got A File On You: Thurston Moore
Yeah I don't think it's a pinnacle of the form either, just very solid. I could have mentioned the fortchoming Sylvan Esso album as well. My point is that its a crowded lane and that, IMO, Suf doesn't do much to distinguish himself in that lane .
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September 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
"Video Game" is enjoyable to me but I also think there are several dozen synth pop acts that do that style of music better than Suf does. Like every song on Troye Sivan's EP is better.
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September 23, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
Shaking the Habitual is a great album. Side A is pretty much all bangers and "Raging Lung" has a monstrous hook.
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September 23, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
IDK, they're nice enough but they're also pretty boring. "America" in particular I thought was a letdown. The other two I enjoyed more, maybe because they were trying to do less.
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September 23, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
I'm still on the fence. There are things I like about all three singles (namely production, "Sugar" especially sounds great) but the toplines are not as intricate or involving as what I've come to expect from Suf. And for all of the talk of this being Suf's outward-looking, political album, I can't say the lyrics strike me as especially insightful. Or even really memorable. Though some of what's quoted here suggests there's better writing on the album tracks. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
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September 23, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
I can accept and respect that Suf wants to keep his private life private, but as far as my headcanon is concerne,d name-dropping Tonya Harding, Charli XCX, and RuPaul's Drag Race in that Atlantic interview qualifies as coming out. All hail boss bitch Suf!
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September 23, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
It's totally likeable. Though you should dig into their back catalog if you haven't yet. Currents is very similar to The Slow Rush but with a much stronger batch of songs.
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September 23, 2020 on Watch Tame Impala Go Full Synthpop, Playing “Borderline” On Fallon
Tom is NOT IMPRESSED, Kevin. (But I do get it. This kind of set-up works well when you have a Robyn or a Charli or some other ultracharismatic diva at the mic... less so in this case. Unleash your inner Kylie, Kevin!)
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September 23, 2020 on Watch Tame Impala Go Full Synthpop, Playing “Borderline” On Fallon
Me, a former Midwesterner, to the good people of Wisconsin: https://i.gifer.com/mMg.gif
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September 22, 2020 on Wisconsin Contest Offers Secret Meeting With Justin Vernon To Talk About Voting
I'm excited for Suf too, and at this point I could see it being one of my favorite Suf albums, one of my least favorite Suf albums, or anywhere in between. I like that he's taking a big swing with it, though.
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
Nerds: https://media3.giphy.com/media/SuIDKboVhHgtLPG6zm/200.gif
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
Haha I love your totally unprompted grudge match against Fontaines. Maybe I’m just glad your fiery indignation is finally focused on a band I have no interest in defending, but I’m here for it.
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
I agree. I want to own my bias against “important” UK rock bands (cf Fontaines DC) because it’s real and I know it’s not right, but I didn’t really find the joy or the resistance in that one.
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
Big Friday coming up - lots going on all over the genre map. The IDLES shade though.... I love it.
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September 22, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Bob Mould Blue Hearts
At least a place for us to comment! I had some hope Chris might come through for us here but I’ll have to accept dunking on Biebs as a consolation prize
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September 21, 2020 on If Justin Bieber’s Wife Is Really So Great Then She Deserves Better Songs Than This
Did I miss something or is the second bullet point on this News in Brief the only coverage the 911 video got? What’s up with that?
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September 21, 2020 on If Justin Bieber’s Wife Is Really So Great Then She Deserves Better Songs Than This
"Seventeen" absolutely floored me as a full-on SVE stan, if it was my first introduction to her / her voice I don't know how I would even process it.
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September 21, 2020 on Epic Turns 10
"One Day" is just perfect, still a show-stealer when she brought it out on the Remind Me Tomorrow tour.
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September 21, 2020 on Epic Turns 10
I think it belongs in the upper eschelon for sure! Though weirdly, I have never considered Deftones a band with a bullet-proof discog. To me, most of their albums are uneven. That hasn't stopped me from loving them, because when they are on they are ON. But I am kind of used to sifting through their albums for the keepers.
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September 21, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Deftones Ohms
Hard disagree! Adrenaline has aged the worst of all their albums. This is the music equivalent of recommending a tv show that doesn't pop off until halfway through season three. Someone who has never listened to the band before doesn't need to hear their whole evolutionary arc (or if they do, maybe a comp or best-of playlist is the way to go). Point is, if Adrenaline were the first Deftones album I ever heard it would probably be the last, especially if I was hearing it in 2020.
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September 21, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Deftones Ohms
The only problem with starting with White Pony is that the opening track is basically the worst song on the album.
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September 21, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Deftones Ohms
Don’t stop there. Make DC and Puerto Rico states and abolish the filibuster. Make it so the Republican Party as we know it will never hold a Senate majority again
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September 19, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
What’s flawed with this democracy is that it’s not a democracy The guy who gets to pick her replacement got three million fewer votes than his opponent The 53 GOP Senators who will rubber stamp that replacement represent 15 million fewer citizens than their 47 Democratic counterparts The whole system is rigged and the Republicans ruthlessly exploit it while the Democrats are feckless scolds who think tsk tsking over McConnell’s blatant hypocrisy will do even a lick of good
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September 19, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Indisputably. Better than "Music" or "Don't Tell Me" IMO, and I love both of those songs.
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September 18, 2020 on Music Turns 20
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