Comments from Michael Nelson

Have you heard the album?
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May 18, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I haven't heard the MP3s, but I always assume YouTube embeds sound like 35% shittier than the actual recordings. I'll update my assessment depending on the sound of the album, whenever I get the MP3s.
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May 15, 2019 on Baroness – “Throw Me An Anchor”
I mean, the Darkthrone riff is like a half step different than the DC riff, but they're obviously referencing that song. I was actually wondering if the title was a reference to Bon Scott, except (1) the spelling, and (2) that's a Brian Johnson joint. Still think it MIGHT be. I saw a bunch of people saying it sounds like they're referencing "Revelations" too, but every time I try to listen to both songs back-to-back to compare 'em, I just bail on Darkthrone altogether and listen to Maiden for three hours. Maybe you won't have the same problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3pF-b1tXR0
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
Swedish Invasion, 10/9 in your hood: https://www.sidestagemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mail-25.jpg
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G74aZqv-Z0
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
OK, just in case you thought I was exaggerating, here's layer #2: Along with doing the soundtrack to Thin Red Line (and getting a co-writing credit on Father Of The Bride), Hans Zimmer also wrote ... this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3wfI8qMT2A Which, weird coincidence... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2fFS5oL0DM Seriously tho I gotta cut myself off here. Like coke said, there are 18 songs and that's the FIRST ONE and we haven't even gotten to the "song" part of the song. Also, like, nobody has actually heard the thing yet. ALSO, this isn't even a Vampire Weekend story!
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.
OK look just w/r/t the Thin Red Line sample: I think that one is working on a bunch of different levels, but I don't think Thin Red Line is the primary (or even secondary) reference: I think #1 is this flick, for which the same piece of music is repurposed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3CSSiIyT4 I'm not even gonna get started on layer #2 and DEFINITELY not gonna get into the multiple POVs, but since you brought it up, yeah, no question, THERE IS A LOT GOING ON.
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.
Oh man, you are KILLING me.
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.
I mean ... this didn't NOT happen.
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.
I think it's a big part of why I fell for Slanted in '92: I had a copy of a copy on cassette without a legible tracklist (with Monster Magnet's Spine Of God on the flip), and I just listened to this hazy cloudy music and heard that melody embedded into "Trigger Cut" but I didn't consciously make the connection to "Operator" (which I heard A LOT growing up on my dad's car stereo, along with all of Croce's Greatest Hits), so immediately it hit me as something deeply intimate but intellectually alien, like dream-state deja-vu subconscious reflecting moments of quiet contentment through this harsh static haze. Super beautiful songs, both of 'em.
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April 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
UNOFFICIAL BOOTLEG BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: The California Gen-X “indie rock” band Pavement openly swiped the hook of their 1992 song “Trigger Cut” from that of Croce’s 1972 song “Operator.” FWIW probably my own single-favorite respective trax from both artists. 10! 10! TENS ACROSS THE BOARD! (Again, very unofficially, and totally unaffiliated with Tom’s metrics.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Rl65sH8bA
I've got a heavy coat It's filled with rocks and sand And if I lose it I'll be coming back today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RA4MykPm4s
I only wish my words Could just convince myself That it just wasn't real But that's not the way it feels
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April 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
Comedown Machine is the one I reach for most frequently, by A LOT. "Slow Animals" is one of my favorite Strokes songs and MAYBE Jules' best vocal period. He's doing so much cool shit on every bar and it all just fucking melts me. I really, really love that record. https://youtu.be/V5FH3o6icWY
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April 10, 2019 on Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff
His PR pitched me an interview during the Virtue cycle, and my response was something like, "I wouldn't wanna do it if I couldn't do it right, and I couldn't do it right unless it was like a book project, tbh." They very sweetly and politely declined. But the offer stands!
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April 10, 2019 on Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff
There are some really good college stations in and around NYC. One of the schools in Jersey (Seton Hall maybe?) used to play tons of great like old-school hardcore and thrash and weird post-rock/art-noise if you could deal with the terrible signal and the fact that it would just drop out entirely on certain stretches of road.
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April 10, 2019 on Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff
Purple was also the last Baroness album ... period? Until the one coming out later this year, anyway. "C+W" might be the best song they ever did!
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April 10, 2019 on Baroness – “Seasons” Video
Oh no question. I could look at pix of his clothes all day and probably not pick out the provenance of a single piece. Although I think I bought his old Magna shirt from a secondhand shop in the East Village about a dozen years ago: https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwoiadhEFM1qaxvu0.jpg I almost wore it today actually! He probably traded it in with a pile of clothes for store credit in like 2002. It's not even his STUFF, though, but the way he puts it together. Truly peerless and fearless. Also, if you've ever seen him on the street or on the grounds at a festival or something, you know he's a LARGE DUDE, so you understand he's really 100% all-in when he leaves the house wearing this combo: http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/bg/Nikolai+Fraiture+Strokes+Visit+Kimmel+A1fVLAPTwXxl.jpg
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April 10, 2019 on Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff
Oh no, not even close. Here are three looks I scrolled past in Getty before settling on the one I used above: http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/bg/Nikolai+Fraiture+Strokes+Visit+Kimmel+A1fVLAPTwXxl.jpg http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Julian+Casablancas+Evolve+Media+Exclusive+IxDzdCR5rJml.jpg https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/article_main_image/public/media/_Julian-Casablancas-and-the-Voidz-paris-2015-billboard-1548.jpg
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April 10, 2019 on Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff
This isn't a "defense" of the chorus exactly (I love the song, but if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't matter WHY) but fwiw, he's quoting this song with that "cheating on, cheating on" stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP_40aphBn0 Again, I love the song, and I love the way he fits it all together and uses the same phrasing to convey a different feeling, but I'd love it either way.
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April 5, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Pretty sure you could replace Ezra's vocal line with the melody from "Uncle John's Band" (or vice-versa) and it would sound perfect whatever the permutation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSIajKGHZRk
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
and yet... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72OLupNWNho
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
EXACTLY. On that note, I loved this little bit of lite-exegesis from the FLOOD story linked in the text above:
The chorus goes, “And the stone walls of Harmony Hall bear witness / Anybody with a holy mind can never forgive the sight / Of wicked snakes inside a place you thought was dignified,” a pretty accurate summary of Columbia, in my humble opinion. And yes, OK, Ezra Koenig said on Twitter that he wasn’t aware of the campus connection, but then how do you explain the pre-chorus? "Anger wants a voice / Voices wanna sing" sounds a lot like the famous opening lines of The Iliad, required reading for all Columbia first-years. Maybe not all of these references are direct or intended, but forcing a text to support your thesis is a time-honored college tradition.
Right? I mean, really, we could do this all day!
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
Also, wasn't Pynchon, like, DFW's favorite writer/biggest influence? Certainly his most obvious forebear. Anywho, consider this thing a footnote to/from that other thing! https://twitter.com/matthewjsimmons/status/405770429337333760
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
Well yeah, that goes without saying. Incidentally, I got this amazing AWK shirt that captures his whole nonexistence steez in one simple graphic: https://www.rockabilia.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/300x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/TSHIRT/ANDREW-W-K--T-SHIRT-123588F.JPG He's just the best.
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
You are one tough customer, Curtin. What are you waiting for?
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
I mean, in defense of my prog sensibilities, I wrote as much about "Sunflower" a few weeks ago:
...I’m sure I’m similarly sleeping on several million influences and references rooted in the soil of “Sunflower,” but my naked ear hears hints of heads like Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu, and — obviously, admittedly, accept it — Phish. Key diff: All those dudes would noodle for 20 minutes to get two, total, of ecstatic resplendence. Vampy Weeks, OTOH, spent six years editing to give you only those two minutes.
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
Re: the cover image: I think it's just a shame that they're taking SO MUCH from the Dead ... but NOT the cover-art aesthetic, which is possibly the very best of all time. https://jerrygarcia.com/wp-content/uploads/albums/Aoxomoxoa_Cover.jpg https://images.genius.com/97039ff0fc1fd85580fa2d1e4888bcc6.1000x1000x1.jpg https://jerrygarcia.com/wp-content/uploads/albums/AmericanBeauty_Cover.jpg
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
Yeah normally that would make me sick, but the song itself is just devastatingly beautiful and unironic, and maybe even reaches back to the ORIGINAL reference, Kundera's Unbearable Lightness Of Being.
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
1. Harmony Hall 2. This Life 3. 2021 4. Unbearably White 5. Big Blue 6. Sunflower
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April 4, 2019 on Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”
THANK YOU! Remind me: PayPal preferred? Or Venmo? I will settle up with you ASAP, great job on the #spon, appreciate you! Haha nah seriously, I do appreciate this SO MUCH and will pay you in upvotes!
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March 29, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Brutus Nest
Well they sound absolutely nothing alike. Probably shoulda noted that factoid in my 100% Shellac-free review of this 100% Shellac-unrelated album. Other power trios I did not mention by name: Hüsker Dü/Sugar, Jawbreaker, Babes In Toyland, King's X, Joel R.L. Phelps' Downer Trio, Biffy Clyro, Acetone, Built To Spill (1993-2009), pre-Amott-era Carcass, post-Richie Manic Street Preachers, and Thin Lizzy, all of whom have more in common with Brutus than do Shellac. I'm POSITIVE that covers everyone and everything and I've left out nobody!
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March 27, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Brutus Nest
I guess so. I know the guitarist they brought in to replace Pete Adams came outta Philly. I was curious to hear the dual-guitar interplay between her and JDB, because he and Adams were MAGIC, but based on this tune, I'm extremely optimistic.
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March 14, 2019 on Baroness – “Borderlines” Video
Unbelievable art. Baizley is one of the all-time greats. His portfolio is incredible and he'll go down as the single most important/iconic visual artist in post-millennial metal, and one of the best of all time along with Pushead and Dan Seagrave. I once interviewed him about his cover-art influences, in fact. He's truly an awesome dude. https://www.stereogum.com/1077682/baronesss-john-baizley-on-six-influential-album-covers/photo/
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March 14, 2019 on Baroness – “Borderlines” Video
Great band, great jam.
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March 14, 2019 on Baroness – “Borderlines” Video
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