Comments from El Gummo

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July 19, 2018 on Blood Orange Announces New Album Negro Swan
It's probably a bunch of things: -The original Latin phrase "a rare bird...like a black swan", coined at a time when no one thought black swans existed -The philosophical problem of induction: "all swans we have seen are white, and, therefore, all swans are white" -Black swan theory: the disproportionate role of unforeseen events in shaping history, and what limitations/biases we have that keep us from predicting them -The black swan from Tchaikovsky 'sSwan Lake -The black swan from Aronofsky's Black Swan, a metaphor for fulfilling your artistic potential at the cost of destroying yourself physically/mentally It's a great title when you think about it.
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July 19, 2018 on Blood Orange Announces New Album Negro Swan
(Should've specified I'm quoting and responding to Jay-Z's comment from the article. Guy Incognito nailed it.)
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July 18, 2018 on Jay-Z On Made In America: “We Are Disappointed That The Mayor Of The City Of Philadelphia Would Evict Us”
"Do they regularly reject minority-owned businesses that want to continue to thrive and grow alongside his city’s people?" No, but thanks for race-baiting. There was that time the exact opposite happened, when former superintendent Arlene Ackerman awarded a no-bid contract for school security cameras to a minority-owned company not approved by the state—all because "she was tired of the district giving work to white-owned contractors"—lied about it, illegally fired the guy who leaked it to the press, and cost the school district and taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees. But to know that you'd have to...be from here, or...live here, or...read things.
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July 18, 2018 on Jay-Z On Made In America: “We Are Disappointed That The Mayor Of The City Of Philadelphia Would Evict Us”
This Wyoming Tapes situation reminds me a whole lot of when The King of Limbs or Random Access Memories came out. We get a mixed bag from an artist with a near-flawless discography, we have knock-down drag-out debates over whether it’s the most or least original thing they’ve ever done, and then we never mention it again. Does anyone talk about TKOL or RAM* anymore? *As an album—not just “Get Lucky”—and me constantly bitching about it on Stereogum doesn’t count.
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July 18, 2018 on Jonah Hill Describes His Experience At Kanye’s Wyoming Listening Party
While it’s been a million years since any EP has gotten a 9.0 or higher, I will say an EP from MBV has much higher stakes than your average artist’s 2-3 new songs plus a live track plus an A. G. Cook remix EP. Mitsubishi Macchiato is a toss-up. They’ll either get the Legacy 9.1-9.3 or the This Is the Beginning of the End of Your Buzz Band Career 6.7-7.9. Even with the two BNTs, I see .Paak getting an 8.6-8.8 max that maybe gets bumped up to a Top 5 AOTY. Everything else is spot on.
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July 18, 2018 on Cat Power Announces New Album Wanderer
Fucken finally. Been waiting for this one for a long time and can't wait to hear it. Related: If Mitski gets an 8.5 (a.k.a. The Woman's 9.2), which Q4 contender will save us and end the Great 9.0+ Drought of 2018? ...Cat Power? ...Chromatics? ...Spiritualized? ...Low? ...Vampy Weeks? ...Chance the Rapper? ...Charli XCX? ...Anderson .Paak? ...Deerhunter? ...My Bloody Valentine? ...Robyn? ...Todd Terje? Stay tuned to this space to find out!
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July 18, 2018 on Cat Power Announces New Album Wanderer
I'm just gonna leave this here. http://i68.tinypic.com/10h7hat.jpg
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July 17, 2018 on The Hold Steady – “The Stove & The Toaster” & “Star 18″
Endless Summer by Fennesz is another all-time great emotional electronic album and one that really broadened my horizons. Not sure whether sampled music counts as electronic, but An empty bliss beyond this World by The Caretaker is one of the saddest, scariest, yet most beautiful albums I've ever heard.
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July 16, 2018 on Autechre LP5 Turns 20
The Week in Bleep-Bloop
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July 16, 2018 on Autechre LP5 Turns 20
Anyone going to the Philly show needs to holla at me.
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July 16, 2018 on Kacey Musgraves Announces North American Tour Dates
I bought a second one to replace my original, which was on its last legs at the time, the day they announced it would be discontinued.
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July 16, 2018 on Kanye West’s The College Dropout Is No Longer On Apple Music
The French call that l'esprit de l'escalier; Bubbe calls it trepverter.
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July 15, 2018 on Pussy Riot Responsible For Four People Running Onto Field During World Cup Final
Stereogum has an incredibly stupid and naive commentariat, both on this thread and at large.
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July 14, 2018 on Grimes Granted Restraining Order Against Caped Intruder Carrying 3 Computer Mice
Couldn't agree more. In my other, longer Wildflower comment I talked about how great "Colours" is and how Jonathan Donahue's feature is the best one on the album partly because it blends in so well that it doesn't even sound like a feature.
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July 14, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
Just fucking with you, dawg. I'm proud you made yr dream come true!
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July 14, 2018 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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July 13, 2018 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Well run un up when you see me then WE GON SEE Wildflower is another one I need to qualify, especially because Since I Left You is my favorite album of all time. (Wrote a way longer comment about all this a few weeks ago.) It's not a bad album, just frustrating. Everything that works and doesn't work is right there in "Because I'm Me". It's got that classic sound with flashes of their old brilliance here and there—that "OOooOOAAOOooOOooOOOO" 45 seconds in is glorious—followed immediately by rappity-rap from a featured artist capable of much better that's way too loud in the mix and doesn't even need to be there. (The Go! Team did the same thing with Ninja on their also-good but also-frustrating second album.) And despite "Because I'm Me" being one of the best songs on the entire album, they go with "Frankie Sinatra". As their lead single. After a 15-year absence. Nah, son. So what we got was a potentially great album bogged down by shit that was beyond their control—core members leaving, label drama, sample clearance issues—and shit that was controlled by someone who should've known better—torturing their hardcore fans with vague updates and empty promises, too many unnecessary features, the most ill-chosen lead single in recent memory.
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
Did anyone predict Mission of Burma's comeback would be as good as it was? Or Dinosaur Jr.'s, for that matter?
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
I wrung my hands real hard over whether to include that and probably shouldn't have. Replace "forgettable" with "good but not nearly as good as their predecessors" and I think those are fair.
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
Follow-up Albums That Took Fucking Forever: Best The Wrens—The Meadowlands Portishead—Third Fiona Apple—The Idler Wheel... GY!BE—'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! My Bloody Valentine—mbv Aphex Twin—SYRO D'Angelo—Black Messiah Solange—A Seat at the Table Fever Ray—Plunge Worst The Stooges—The Weirdness Guns N' Roses—Chinese Democracy The Dismemberment Plan—Uncanney Valley Pixies—Indie Cindy Forgettable Soundgarden—King Animal Daft Punk—Random Access Memories Boards of Canada—Tomorrow's Harvest The Avalanches—Wildflower
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
I love Pavement and enjoyed some of the Jicks albums, but the funniest/meanest Stephen Malkmus burn I've ever read is this: "When you listen to [Stephen Malkmus solo] records you can practically hear the other members of Pavement rejecting the songs one by one. In fact, if you buy the Pavement DVD, you can see him with an acoustic guitar demoing Discretion Grove to his bandmates, who look about as excited about the song as a dog is about a stick of celery."
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
Democracy vs. benevolent dictatorship is a fascinating part of intra-band dynamics. Benevolent dictatorships have resulted in some amazing bands/albums—Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, the first three Belle & Sebastian albums, the first two Strokes albums, Treats—and it's hard not to notice things going off the rails as other band members get more creative control, writing credits, and lead vocals—"Take Me Down" and "Farewell and Goodnight" being the worst songs on Mellon Collie ("Take Me Down", jfc "Take Me Down"), FYHC, YWLAP being the worst B&S album, Angles being one of the worst Strokes albums, the diminishing returns of post-Treats Sleigh Bells. Then again, there are plenty of counterexamples where things went downhill as soon as the main songwriter parted ways with a band member who everyone assumed wasn't contributing. Remember when people shrugged when Girls broke up because "lol Girls is Chrissy Owens bb!", and then we heard Lysandre? Remember when people tortured Meg White for not being a technically proficient drummer, and then we found out her limited proficiency forced Jack White to get creative and rein in some of his worst impulses? You never know when it's the bass player shooting down bad ideas behind the scenes and keeping the rest of the band members from killing each other. True democracies in which everyone or mostly everyone can play and write and sing and vibe with each other are some of the greatest bands of all time—The Beatles, Queen, etc.—but those are very rare.
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July 13, 2018 on System Of A Down Share Brutally Honest Explanation For Lack Of New Music
You've really committed to this brand.
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July 13, 2018 on YG Arrested For Vegas Necklace Robbery
LosingMyEdge goes easy on no one.
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July 13, 2018 on Mac Miller – “Self Care” Video
I went to the Other Site Music Festival in 2011. For all the shit I give them, that was a very well executed festival.
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July 13, 2018 on Where Do We Go Now? Navigating The Crowded Field Of Music Festivals In 2018 And Beyond
Respectfully, "Luv U Better" blows.
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July 13, 2018 on Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best
[TM88 siren.mp3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzb27Dtf8jM
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July 13, 2018 on Ariana Grande – “God Is A Woman”
Thank you 4 proving it’s impossible to praise “Get Lucky” or RAM except in blurbs.
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July 12, 2018 on Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best
IMO music critics did the same thing the Oscars and Grammys do by overrating RAM to make up for underrating Discovery.
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July 12, 2018 on Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best
"...it’s hard to find a flaw in 'Get Lucky'." Allow me: 👎 No beginning—There's no intro, no drum fill, no memorable opening line. Just a kick drum and a weak-ass cymbal right into the main riff. Unacceptable for a floor-filler, which is why wedding DJs almost always cross-fade into it instead of leading with it. 👎 Pharrell's vocals—Pharrell knows how to record/produce his own voice to make it sound passable, but Daft Punk do not, and it really shows. They double-track him for almost the entire song except the first and second verses, which makes it even more obvious when he's off key ("so let's raise the bar," "'til the sun," "to get some," "for good fun"). 👎 The chorus melody—We just gonna ignore the first three lines before the "I'm/we're up all night to get lucky" part...? Did they even try? Also, the meter is off ("to get some," "for good fun") and, as Owen Pallett has pointed out, this is most likely due to Daft Punk being French and speaking English as a second language. It happens in other Daft Punk songs with no problem ("I wish this dream comes true" from "Digital Love"), but it's a problem here because it's being sung by an American. You can't tell me someone with Pharrell's ear didn't notice that shit. 👎 No music video—From the people who brought you the iconic visuals of "Da Funk" and "Around the World" comes...a shot of the band playing in front of a tropical sunset that they forgot to go back and turn into a real video. They remembered to turn it overpriced t-shirts, though! 👎 The bridge—Who thought shoehorning a weaker version of the breakdown from "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" with what sounds like the exact same vocoder into "Get Lucky" was a good idea? 👎 The fade-out—Shout outs 2 my dude rj I'll stop there.
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July 12, 2018 on Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best
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