Comments from spoonman

Getting a little tired of these strident, slick, rock radio-ready first singles off new Bruce Springsteen albums ("Working on a Dream," "We Take Care of Our Own" and now this). Much love to Bruce's canonical material, but dude has been stuck in Rising-mode for going on twenty years now.
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September 10, 2020 on Bruce Springsteen – “Letter To You”
I dunno guys, pretty tempted by the McNugget pillow...
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September 9, 2020 on Travis Scott Gets Mobbed At McDonald’s, Unveils $90 McNugget Pillow
I finally caught up with One More Time With Feeling recently (ended up in the hospital the night I was supposed to attend a screening back in 2016...) and was pretty blown away. I thought it did a really interesting job bending his persona and what we know of his recent autobiography into new, unfamiliar shapes that deepened my appreciation of what was achieved on Skeleton Tree. Hope this new one is able to do something similar with his recent online Q&A series, and particularly with Ghosteen, which remains one of my favorite Nick Cave albums about a year after release.
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September 3, 2020 on Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer Coming To Theaters, Becoming Live Album
Jackson Maine didn't DIE to be slandered like this :(
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August 25, 2020 on Alana Haim Appearing In New Paul Thomas Anderson Film
Every character has exactly one trait, and it's all pitched in the shrillest tone possible. L.A. is so full of sin that it needs to be cleansed by a literal biblical plague...come on, man.
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August 25, 2020 on Alana Haim Appearing In New Paul Thomas Anderson Film
I don't really like his earlier films - the first two are too Scorsese-parody for me, and Magnolia is actively embarrassing - but I think he's really hit his stride with these last few (The Master, Inherent Vice and Phantom Thread). With Bradley Cooper in his corner for this upcoming one, I don't see how it can miss.
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August 25, 2020 on Alana Haim Appearing In New Paul Thomas Anderson Film
Pharrell's stated intentions seem thoughtful/well-intended, but I'm not sure focusing on inequality through the lens of entrepreneurial struggles is really the most useful way to talk about that issue right now. Kinda scans as the sort of "small businesses are the backbone of our economy" messaging that you hear from disingenuous politicians/is a bit tone-deaf coming from a couple of wealthy entrepreneurs.
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August 20, 2020 on Jay-Z Meets With Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Raps About Him On New Song Out Tonight
Moodymann!! This is a great round-up of folks, and it'll be cool to hear an even dancier version of this already very dancy album. Also a well-deserved victory lap for an album I'm glad came out in spite of all the societal uncertainty we were experiencing circa its release back in March. One of the stronger pop records of the year, and the sort of forward-thinking/club-oriented pop music that Lady Gaga isn't cool enough to pull off any more.
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August 20, 2020 on Dua Lipa Details Future Nostalgia Remix Album With Mr. Fingers, Yaeji, Masters At Work, & More
Same, all about this “short album” wave of the last couple years. New Mach-Hommy record was similarly brief/great.
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August 19, 2020 on Young Dolph Is Very Good At Rapping
This looks like kind of a whiff compared to Coppola's top shelf material (Marie Antoinette, Somewhere etc.) but always happy to get new Phoenix music.
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August 19, 2020 on Phoenix – “Identical”
Good man in a storm indeed!
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August 18, 2020 on Fiona Apple Narrates Anti-ICE Short Film
Damn, his Swedish interns snapped on this one.
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August 18, 2020 on Barack Obama Shares Summer 2020 Playlist
Maybe, given some of the allegations made against Joe Biden, this isn't the best space for a "WAP" joke?
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August 17, 2020 on Watch Cardi B’s Zoom Interview With Joe Biden
[massive fucking dweeb voice] let's all put in work to see Joe Biden in a crown, folks!
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August 14, 2020 on Billie Eilish Is Playing The DNC
Maybe Edgar Wright's most stylish movie, which the (excellent) soundtrack and the way in which it's integrated into the movie play a huge part in. Not sure the gender politics of the movie have aged great, though...
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August 13, 2020 on Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Is A 2010s Indie Rock Time Capsule
Respect the intent/cause, but this is pretty corny.
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August 7, 2020 on Best Coast Rerecord “Boyfriend” With More Inclusive Pronouns For Charity
The main "lesson of The Lion King (2019)" would seem, to me, to be that we can't animate photorealistic animals without giving them dead eyes yet.
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August 3, 2020 on Beyoncé’s Black Is King Celebrates The Black Diaspora By Reinventing The Lion King
I know Beyoncé's been responsible for some of the most discussed/celebrated musical artifacts of the 2010s, but something about the written synopsis of this project - "This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of 'The Lion King' (2019) for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns" - makes me think I'll be fine taking a mulligan on this round of pop cultural jury duty.
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August 3, 2020 on Beyoncé’s Black Is King Celebrates The Black Diaspora By Reinventing The Lion King
It's gotta be Sgt. Pepper's - according to Rolling Stone, it's the greatest album of all time!
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
https://thumbs.gfycat.com/FrankInfiniteArgusfish-small.gif
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July 31, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Lulu, if only for its status as Lou Reed's final album-length taunt/troll before his passing (and the joke being largely at Metallica's expense to boot). True legend.
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July 30, 2020 on Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound
Consider: a drum sound so shitty that no one would want to download new Metallica songs on Napster. https://imgflip.com/s/meme/Roll-Safe-Think-About-It.jpg
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July 30, 2020 on Lars Ulrich, Bob Rock Defend Metallica’s St. Anger Drum Sound
Dang, this is almost as insane as the online army of Taylor Swift stans who've been harassing the lady who wrote the (positive) folklore review for Pitchfork.
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July 27, 2020 on Emperor Frontman To Taylor Swift: My Culture Is Not Your Costume
Bummed that that Yves Tumor album has, to an extent, fallen into the black hole of the early COVID era, it's still so sharp (Bowie-esque, even).
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
But in seriousness, it's this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3s6D0Exbjo
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
Wow, "Despacito" *again*?? Can't argue with it I guess.
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July 27, 2020 on Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2020
Will always remember the time I downloaded a version of this album that was like half excerpts from Seinfeld and thinking that was the actual version of the record for months.
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July 27, 2020 on Crazy For You Turns 10
I know people like it. It should be ok for me to not like it without being painted as a self-obsessed solipsist.
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
Also, for all the talk about Swift going "indie" on this album, let's be honest with ourselves and acknowledge the fact that the "indie" artists she collaborated with here (much as I like some of their music) could reliably tour stadiums before the pandemic. How "indie" are they exactly?
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
I try to keep an open mind going into new music, but this album sounded like the sort of airy, antiseptic music that used play in the public spaces I can no longer go to, with the rough edges sanded off and seemingly lab-tested to be maximally inoffensive. Why would I choose to beam that into my home? Do people actually like this? Is this what people want from music?
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July 24, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore
V. reminiscent of when she put all her music on Spotify the day before the last Katy Perry album came out.
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July 23, 2020 on Taylor Swift Announces New Album folklore Out Tonight, Largely Produced By Aaron Dessner
New Nico Jaar album has been blowing my mind all day. I'm really hard-pressed to think of a musician with a more thoughtful approach to sound design and auditory architecture than him. Also wild that not only are all three albums he's released this year fantastic, but that they have a perceptible emotional arc, with 2017-2019's fractured/explosive bangers leading into the desolate ballads on Cenizas and the colliding reassemblies of Telas (my favorite of the three right now). Very high level artistry that he consistently pulls off like it's nothing.
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July 17, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
AOTY, it’s insane how his music keeps getting better and better.
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July 17, 2020 on Stream Nicholas Jaar’s New Album Telas
tbd if I know how to use the internet
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July 10, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Got around to checking out the new Neptunian Maximalism album from a couple weeks ago earlier today, which is really excellent stuff and a strong spoonman recommend. It slots nicely into that Swans zone of being a daunting, discordant album that still rips and ends up being a rewarding, if two hour-long, journey. Think there are a lot of people around here who'd like it: Éons by NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM
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July 10, 2020 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Not sure this totally works as an album-length experience, though that's how I feel about pretty much all remix albums tbh. The whole endeavor scans as a really cool flex to me - like, their debut album was so important/influential that here's a remix album that's twice as long featuring all the stars who are lucky to find themselves situated within the 100 gecs universe. And it goes *hard* pretty much across the board.
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July 10, 2020 on 100 Gecs – “hand crushed by a mallet (remix)” (Feat. Fall Out Boy, Craig Owens, & Nicole Dollanganger)
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