Comments from James Rettig

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.
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August 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Nah, but thank you for the input.
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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.
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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.
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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. :)
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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?
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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....
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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!!)
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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 :)
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August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
It's around if u know where to look 👀
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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.
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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...
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August 17, 2017 on Brand New’s Fifth Album Science Fiction Is Out Now
yeah we've heard it ;)
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August 17, 2017 on Alvvays – “Plimsoll Punks”
i'm sorry, bloc. i know that you are a dedicated reader and check every post on the site so i figured you'd get to this one eventually :)
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August 16, 2017 on Who Is She? – “Top 8″
yasssss stereodog come thruuuuuu wow
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August 15, 2017 on So You Think You Can Dance To Perfume Genius?
Just got one ahhh ((For all my realheads: vinyl went back up for sale like 10 minutes ago?!? Woooo)
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August 15, 2017 on Brand New Announce Pre-Order For “Very Limited” Fifth Album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S21SGM8-4lI (original version) :P
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August 15, 2017 on The War On Drugs – “Up All Night”
I honestly love that you ended up getting it through Internet Explorer... feels appropriate.
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August 15, 2017 on Brand New Announce Pre-Order For “Very Limited” Fifth Album
This is very true! Though all of them have been reissued in the past couple years and are pretty widely available at this point. I'd assume that this "very limited" run is just an early-bird special sort of thing and there will be a more general release down the line. If it's one thing Brand New knows how to do, it's make a ton of money off their fans :P
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August 15, 2017 on Brand New Announce Pre-Order For “Very Limited” Fifth Album
to be fair, yung lean doesn't have any new music yet (i also am not down with the peep, just sayin)
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August 15, 2017 on Stream Lil Peep Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
You got one?! Ugh i'm jealous... I tried 100 times and didn't manage to get to the complete order screen. Looks like they're sold out now :(
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August 15, 2017 on Brand New Announce Pre-Order For “Very Limited” Fifth Album
They are, I think!! Early next year tho idk if that's confirmed. One of the best live shows 😭
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August 15, 2017 on Makthaverskan – “In My Dreams”
I was gonna mention the hella cute dog but obviously could not... Anyway... that's a hella cute dog.
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August 11, 2017 on Fiona Apple Shares Video Message For Sinéad O’Connor: “You Are My Hero”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s8qhMbjuM0 👶👶👶
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August 8, 2017 on Joanna Newsom And Andy Samberg Had A Baby
Yeah ugh Beats 1 sucks! Hold on just a sec, there's a video coming soon...
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August 8, 2017 on The National – “Carin At The Liquor Store” Video
Tom is indeed on vacation this week - you guessed right!
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August 7, 2017 on Stereogum Is Doing A Reddit AMA Tomorrow
it's beautiful and gay as hell what is there to argue
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August 7, 2017 on Todd Haynes Directing Velvet Underground Documentary
It's not a placeholder, I've since gotten confirmation from PR that this is the final artwork.
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August 4, 2017 on Here’s The Album Artwork For LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream
Pop stars are only allowed one (1) forgettable alien movie tie-in song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhIT4MpRis
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August 3, 2017 on Your (Completely Speculative) Guide To Taylor Swift’s (Possibly Imminent) New Album
Yeah :( Already dreading that one
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July 24, 2017 on Tegan And Sara Announce The Con Covers Album
Really? Anecdotal evidence, obviously, but out of all the artists I've interviewed in the past couple years, I'd say there's about a 50/50 chance of Tegan And Sara coming up when I ask them about their influences.
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July 24, 2017 on The Con Turns 10
I don't know... Different people have different canons. Don't really care for any of the albums you listed and none were ever very important to me. Feel about as indifferent to them as I'd imagine you do about something like The Con. But, then again, music is never as straight or as male as the "big" and popular artists of any given decade suggest. Take a look at this list that also went up today: http://www.npr.org/2017/07/24/538387823/turning-the-tables-150-greatest-albums-made-by-women
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July 24, 2017 on The Con Turns 10
"Where Does The Good Go" was my first T&S song. Thanks, Grey's Anatomy! 😔
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July 24, 2017 on The Con Turns 10
Not consciously! Ruh roh.
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July 24, 2017 on The Con Turns 10
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