Comments from Ryan Leas

I actually haven't had a chance to see them live yet, but I am tonight, on release day. Pretty psyched.
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June 8, 2018 on Stream Flasher’s Infectious Debut Album Constant Image
Personally, this week is Flasher Week for me and nothing else but...I did say "one of" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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June 8, 2018 on Stream Flasher’s Infectious Debut Album Constant Image
https://twitter.com/pattymo/status/992521717795958785
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May 4, 2018 on Smash Mouth Mouth Smash
I think it's the main one that could rival it, personally. I swear I remember Scott referring to TMOF as their "second best album" at one of those shows and I was wondering which he'd consider #1 if that was the case ... feel like it could be Pedestrian Verse
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April 13, 2018 on The Midnight Organ Fight Turns 10
I've always loved "Raindrops + Sunshowers" and thought I was completely alone in this. My favorite of the MACHINA era, potentially. As for others you shouted out...those Mellon Collie cuts like "Fuck You," "Porcelina," "XYU," "Bodies"...they're indeed all songs people don't seem to shout out as much. When I first got this album at about 15 or 16, those were some of the highlights for me actually. "Porcelina" is still one of my favorites. Nice to see you and a few others mention "Sweet Sweet" as well. It's such a perfect, weird, beautiful little song.
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February 15, 2018 on The 10 Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs
I was *this close* to knocking off "Drown" for "Real Love" but that would've been a more idiosyncratic, totally personal 10 best.
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February 15, 2018 on The 10 Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs
Been meaning to — I actually heard mixed things about that one but I definitely want to check it out.
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February 8, 2018 on Is Microsoft’s Paul Allen The New Jimi Hendrix? An Investigation
I'm not totally sure where this came from but you're completely right on JJS. That book's incredible.
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February 8, 2018 on Is Microsoft’s Paul Allen The New Jimi Hendrix? An Investigation
You don't know how tempted I was to put that on the list. I saw them do that with the "All My Friends" tag in 2015, before they were doing it frequently, and hearing them unexpectedly play a mash-up of my two favorite songs just about knocked me out.
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February 5, 2018 on The 10 Best Hot Chip Songs
Yeah me either, but maybe you're right — it just sounds kinda bleak, thanks to the production and some of the songwriting, compared to a lot of their other records. But man, you're talking about an album that's got something as weird and beautiful as "Of The Girl" next to "Insignificance," or the pairing of "Light Years" and "Nothing As It Seems." It's always been more than a stretch to consider it their weakest, IMO.
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
Thanks man! Had been waiting a long time to write about this one
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
I like that they do the slowburn opener into a rocker, it's a great way to build dramatic tension ahead of a long show that's going to go in a lot of different directions. I think they used to do "Long Road" into "Hail Hail" a bit? Maybe that's just a dream setlist I'm doing in my head. Regardless, I'm in the camp that thinks "Low Light" is kind of an odd one with which to do so. It's just a pretty ballad, not a scene-setting, world-opening track like "Release" or "Long Road."
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
I put "Light Years" on my (admittedly pretty idiosyncratic) 10 Best PJ songs list back in 2013 and half the comments were people losing their shit over a Binaural song being on there. There are certainly some overlooked gems on that one. That being said, I might ride for Riot Act as the most underrated/wrongfully-maligned album of theirs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
You're not wrong, there were just some different things I wanted to focus on this time around — kinda said my piece about Irons in our No Code anniversary: https://www.stereogum.com/1896007/no-code-turns-20/franchises/the-anniversary/
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February 5, 2018 on Yield Turns 20
Trust me, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to write about them. Those first two albums are revelations.
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February 3, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
I'm really happy to see someone else riding for a Sparkle In The Rain track.
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February 2, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
I've actually never been a big fan of "Celebrate" personally! But I know people rank it highly. "This Fear Of Gods" is awesome and almost snuck on here, but I wanted to highlight Sons And Fascination a bit more so, honorable mention. There are like 15 other songs I was considering for this list at some point. A lot to choose from.
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February 2, 2018 on The 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
This is what I was getting at in the intro: I don't consider it Pablo Honey status at all. I love a lot of those songs, and it's a very good album. But you're talking about an artist who leapt up from making a very good album to making (imo) three masterpieces in a row after that, and his songwriting, arrangement, and ear for production were all just on a different level then. Not trying to snub Wagonwheel, and you're right that the key WOD elements were evident, but I feel like those were fleshed out and strengthened on songs from the subsequent three releases.
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January 30, 2018 on The 10 Best War On Drugs Songs
Bruce is my favorite and I wanted to include this but I didn't think it fit into the overall theme/aesthetic enough. Having second thoughts now!
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January 23, 2018 on 38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety
Some honorable mentions: LCD Soundsystem - "How Do You Sleep?" Liima - "Two-Hearted" Japanese Breakfast - "Diving Woman," "Machinist," "Boyish" Mammut - "Kinder Versions" The Horrors - "Something To Remember Me By" The War On Drugs - "In Chains" Strand Of Oaks - "Radio Kids," "On The Hill," "Passing Out" Dream Syndicate - "Filter Me Through You" Perfume Genius - "Wreath" St. Vincent - "Masseduction," "Sugarboy" Bleachers - "I Miss Those Days" Paddy Hanna - "Bad Boys" Fleet Foxes - "Third Of May," "I Should See Memphis," "On Another Ocean" Fever Ray - "To The Moon And Back" Nation Of Language - "Indignities" Destroyer - "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood" Pretty much the entirety of Kelly Lee Owens' LP Father John Misty - "Pure Comedy"
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December 11, 2017 on Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs Of 2017
An enterprising fan made the Spencer-punching video Mike had dreamed of. It's great: https://twitter.com/ndy_w_/status/938924578088407041
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December 8, 2017 on Perfume Genius Reviews 2017: On The Emoji Movie, The Chainsmokers, Kendall Jenner, Punching Nazis, & More
Oof, not what I meant to write there. Thanks for the heads up
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October 16, 2017 on Go Your Own Way: 25 Notable Divorce Albums
I almost put "Yesterday To Tomorrow" on here but thought I'd already gone a bit overboard with Audioslave material. Aside from Cornell on that track...man, Morello's guitar solo is cool on that one.
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May 19, 2017 on 15 Essential Chris Cornell Songs That Aren’t Soundgarden
I love the Waterboys' '80s records and I've been looking for some reason to write about them for a while. They really don't get their due, imo. And you're right, I think there's interesting stuff to consider re: these two Irish bands and what directions they went in.
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
I've shit on the record in a few pieces but my issue's more with the overall premise, and all the covers + live stuff...and then it still being counted as a sorta-album. But most of the studio material is amazing—"Heartland," "Hawkmoon 269," and then "All I Want Is You" is one of their best songs imo. Also there's that outtake "A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel," which is one of my favorites out of the songs where U2 go full cartoon Americana.
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March 3, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
Yeah I actually agree that it's another underrated/wrongfully maligned one. I think it's also a frustrating one because it's so easy to imagine what could've been if they had pushed further in some of the directions suggested on it. Oddly there are only 2-3 songs I'd point to as being part of the problem, but I remember it as an album with very strong opening and closing thirds and a gaping hole in the middle.
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March 3, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
I have to limit myself to one Wilkes-Barre-referencing piece a year.
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February 2, 2017 on Wasted Days
Yeah, originally I mentioned that in the piece—I used to drive up Giant's Despair every day for my summer job during college. Also, incredibly, Tim and his friend (who did the album art) had a plan to make a Lord Of The Rings style map of Wilkes-Barre as Middle-Earth but didn't do it. The Sterling Hotel was going to be Mordor.
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February 2, 2017 on Wasted Days
You can't go wrong with most of the songs on that album, including "Nylon Strung." "If Rah" and "Ova Nova" almost edged out "I Exhale" for me, but "I Exhale" blew my mind when it first came out and still does.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
Damn, felt like someone was missing. Thanks for calling that out, we added Vega in. I actually saw LCD Soundsystem play "Bye Bye Bayou" in tribute to Vega at Panorama back in July; it was pretty amazing.
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December 2, 2016 on You Want It Darker: 2016’s Musician Deaths & Where We Go From Here
Yeah, this has always been my feeling, and was more so the point I was trying to make in that last paragraph than to suggest the old icons were more inherently talented than the newer ones. I think you're right that it's just impossible to be omnipresent on the same level that some of those '60s artists were.
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December 2, 2016 on You Want It Darker: 2016’s Musician Deaths & Where We Go From Here
Agreed re: Push The Sky Away, but I'm a little biased because that's around the time I really got obsessed with his work. Would say that's essential alongside Tender Prey and Let Love In...those three were my way in, and I think they hold up as classics within his career.
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September 12, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
1. "The Mercy Seat" 2. "More News From Nowhere" 3. "Jubilee Street" 4. "O Children" 5. "Do You Love Me?" If the studio version of "Weeping Song" sounded like how they play it now, that'd be on the list.
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September 12, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
Wow, when you restrict this to bands it is really difficult to come up with any ideas to add to your list. Closest I got was that any of Pulp's '90s classics would technically count, except I think that's sorta cheating, like with Tusk.
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September 9, 2016 on New Adventures In Hi-Fi Turns 20
Chris and I were actually discussing that list earlier. There are several baffling decisions, the ranking of "Daydreaming" definitely amongst them.
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May 11, 2016 on With “Daydreaming,” Radiohead And Paul Thomas Anderson Have Converged At Last
I meant the comparison more in the sense that the song has bits of the mood/pacing of some of those other songs but now that I think about it the new song I was referring to does sound a bit like if "Hot As Day" was on Shriek.
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March 21, 2016 on Q&A: Wye Oak On Moving Apart And Moving Forward
As a defender of Local Business, maybe this is why I still really like those songs. I can hear what you're saying about those sounding related to that album.
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December 10, 2015 on Patrick Stickles Reviews 2015: The Titus Andronicus Frontman On Grimes, Tidal, Trump, Drones, & More
Whaaaat..."Lonely Boy" and "I Lost My Mind" ([email protected]) are squarely in the "Perfect" column for me. Totally agree with yr "Perfect" column otherwise, though. Actually, I'd make "Come On, Siobhan" and "A Pair Of Brown Eyes" trade spots.
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December 10, 2015 on Patrick Stickles Reviews 2015: The Titus Andronicus Frontman On Grimes, Tidal, Trump, Drones, & More
Those guys have since become friends of mine, so I'm a little biased—but it was one of my favorite LPs this year one way or the other. The climax in "Swam Out" is such a gorgeous conclusion to a record. I really hope they start getting some more (deserved) attention in the States.
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December 10, 2015 on Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs Of 2015
"Pattern" was *very* close to making my top 10...that album in general stuck with me through most of the year and I wish they'd gotten more recognition.
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December 9, 2015 on Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs Of 2015