Comments from James Rettig

Thanks, dad! Yeah, they're good :)
+1 |
November 29, 2017 on Friendship – “If You See My Beloved” Video
We gotta spread the love! I'm sure I'll be back on the decks, as the kids say, soon enough.
+9 |
November 1, 2017 on Join Us At A 2nd Stereogum Christmas Show In Brooklyn
There will certainly be no washing windows with THIS Angelina.
+31 |
October 27, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
We actually didn't do one that year, sadly. Thankfully no one started any new bands in 2014 so we lucked out! :)
+17 |
October 26, 2017 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2017
oh shit you're right... thank you!
+44 |
October 26, 2017 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2017
Oh shut up and go listen to these bands you definitely haven't heard of because you're too busy whining in the comments: https://www.stereogum.com/1968189/stereogums-40-best-new-bands-of-2017/franchises/list/
+25 |
October 26, 2017 on Drake Reportedly Didn’t Submit More Life For Grammy Consideration
y'all sorry to burst your bubble but lazuli is right! i messed up and fixed it very quickly :) come on everyone none of this matters
+2 |
October 19, 2017 on Watch Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Play New Song On Brazilian TV
One of my favorite Sgum commenter narratives is bloc's gradual conversion to PC Music. :)
+15 |
October 19, 2017 on SOPHIE – “It’s Okay To Cry” Video
To be fair, we covered it. I think both are worthy of discussion!
+17 |
October 12, 2017 on John Maus Addresses Involvement With Alt-Right Adult Swim Series
oh shit you're so right
+10 |
October 10, 2017 on St. Vincent – “Pills”
i think yr right, my bleary 9am eyes were playin tricks
+1 |
September 29, 2017 on Watch Charli XCX Bring Out “Boys” On Fallon
As our resident TWIABP supporter, I guess it's worth saying here that I'm pretty underwhelmed by Always Foreign. I wouldn't say it's bad or anything, but the best moments are just echoes of older songs and the rest is pretty unremarkable to me. But I'm sure a lot of people will be into it! I'm still excited to see where they go next.
+4 |
September 26, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Propagandhi Victory Lap
Nicki's actually never had a #1 period, which is pretty crazy!
+9 |
September 25, 2017 on Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With A Solo #1 Single In 19 Years
We did an interview: https://www.stereogum.com/1953660/qa-ariel-pink-on-trump-madonna-his-new-album-dedicated-to-bobby-jameson/franchises/interview/
+1 |
September 21, 2017 on Album Of The Week: The Blow Brand New Abyss
what....... no one was being serious in this situation
+19 |
September 20, 2017 on No One Buys Records Anymore So Liam Gallagher Has To Make His Own Tea
argh sry i switch up letters/numbers sometimes... thanks!
+1 |
September 20, 2017 on Watch The Trailer For Billy Corgan’s New Short Film Pillbox
That's eligible next week! :)
+10 |
September 8, 2017 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
┏┓ ┃┃╱╲ in this ┃╱╱╲╲ house ╱╱╭╮╲╲ we ▔▏┗┛▕▔ only listen to ╱▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲ Charly Bliss ╱╱┏┳┓╭╮┏┳┓ ╲╲ ▔▏┗┻┛┃┃┗┻┛▕▔
+16 |
September 7, 2017 on Jared Leto Sings A Mashup Of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Soundgarden, & Linkin Park
I hear ya! YT wasn't available when it first went live, but it's up now so I just swapped it out. That's obviously our preferred embed (plus Soundcloud and Bandcamp) but sometimes the situation requires us to put Apple/Spotify embeds in until it surfaces elsewhere.
+2 |
September 6, 2017 on Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – “Talisa” (Feat. Karen O)
You should bring one of those small packs of Kleenex! And also listen to Pinegrove... what the heck!?! Such a great bill, sad the tour is not coming anywhere near me.
+4 |
September 5, 2017 on Stream Lomelda Thx
I take offense to this because I'm a sniveling little asshole all of the time.
+21 |
August 30, 2017 on Here Is A Video Win Butler Made With ClickHole
Oh I actually agree with you! I haven't spoken this opinion in public outside of Slack, but I think a lot of 1989 has aged pretty terribly and I think a lot of that can be attributed to those "clunky but cute" moments which feel fun and good when swept up in a narrative but less so a few years removed. If Reputation is going to be a lot of those moments, I don't think Swift has the narrative armor this time around to withstand that.
+15 |
August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Nah, but thank you for the input.
+18 |
August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I also like "Shake It Off"! But the rap breakdown is clunky as hell, but charming after continual exposure. I'm a huge TSwiftie so I really want this to somehow turn around, but this single is the sorta shit that makes me doubt my faith.
+5 |
August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I think the main problem with "Look What You Made Me Do" is that it simplifies Taylor's songwriting to a not-enjoyable degree. A lot of her choruses have always been super big and obvious, but they were balanced out by more flowery writing elsewhere. Here even the verses are undercooked and not detail-heavy so it makes the song ring really hollow. I think the actual meat of the hook could be catchy and work if there was some more vocal differentiation. But because Taylor isn't that emphatic of a singer, she can't do the whole "repeat the same phrase 10 times and have it sound different every time" trick. So it just goes nowhere. If there were more ideas stuffed into in the hook, I feel like she could pull something out of it, sorta like how she almost pulled off the rap part of "Shake It Off" just because her words were so dense. There's none of that here though... Or, to pull from Jay Z's playbook, something like: "Look what you made me do, look what I made for you/Knew if I paid my dues, how will they pay you? When you first come in the game, they try to play you Then you drop a couple of hits, look how they wave to you." But yeah, the single is a failure on a lot of levels. I'm still holding out a little hope for the album, but this is very worrisome.
+16 |
August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I did indeed listen to "Desert," yes! I don't think it's really controversial though? Very obviously a point-of-view song, which Jesse has done before. Mostly as a yung queer just happy to hear the line "boys kissing boys" in a Brand New song. :)
+2 |
August 22, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Brand New Science Fiction
Hey! Yes... It was originally taken by Thobias Fäldt for Vice and apparently they are both wearing "a specially designed fabric that turns stiff in response to impact." I'm not exactly sure how that works, but I would assume they are both alive?
+6 |
August 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Brand New Science Fiction
Honestly didn't even realize............ And THEY say the eclipse only happens once every few years....
+5 |
August 21, 2017 on Here Is Stereogum’s Solar Eclipse Playlist
I think you're maybe doing this just to get a rise out of people, but I'm actually legitimately curious how you can be excited by a band like TWIABP (judging by your recent comments) when they are basically just doing things that Brand New did a decade ago? With arguably even cornier lyrics... (And this is coming from a fan!!)
+3 |
August 20, 2017 on Stream Brand New Science Fiction
PR says streaming is coming "soon..." so you might not even have to wait that long... We'll do a separate post on it once it's up :)
+7 |
August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
It's around if u know where to look 👀
+9 |
August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
That's what I'm hoping (presuming?) will happen... I don't think BN would want people listening to a leak of the album for two months.
+10 |
August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
I'm not home!! I'm so frustrated lol if I get home and this is in my mailbox I'm gonna scream...
+26 |
August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ...