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If you think that Monomania is a better song than Spring Hall Convert, than your ears aren’t working correctly. Also, I’m not quite sure why no one wants to talk about the fact that Lockett Pundt is a much better songwriter than Bradford Cox is.
Not sure how many r and b records you’ve heard in your life, but the opening of this song sounds like Jodeci Diary of A Mad Band era, and the verse kind of sounds like H-town or Silk. And the chorus sounds almost identical to the pre Chorus to Forever My Lady. Basically this song is the shit, and The Weekend has nothing on The Dream.
No one in Williamsburg really reads this site anymore bro. Nor does this sight really cover that many bands from there anyway. And most Brooklyn bands live in Bushwick not Wiliamsburg these days.
Well he did say this was currently the album of the year. That was pretty stupid.
Agreed. That Marnie Stern album is fantastic. Phosphorescents new album is much better than this as well. Also, as far R and B goes. Shy Girls’- Under Attack is better than anything on this record. With that said, the end of Strawberrry Bubblegum is fantastic.
A while back this girl I work with who is the worst walks up to me and ask me if I like Frank Ocean, because she loves him. I say not really (to be nice, I actually hate him.), and then I say, ” I like How To Dress Well though.” She’s never heard of “them” but will check them out. Another girl that I work with who is awesome looks at me and says, “I bet she hates How To Dress Well.”
A few days, later she comes back and says she didn’t really like them, but she loves Bon Iver. And I have thousands of stories like that. In fact I would say 90% of the time if a person has shitty taste in music they suck. And I’d say if they have great taste in music, there is about a 90% chance they are awesome.
As to what is wrong with being straight edge. You should never ever trust someone who can’t sit down and have a cocktail like a gentleman.
Have you ever thought that people who like this kind of music are actually cool? i generally have very similar music taste to my friends or the people I become friends with. And I almost always have the exact opposite musical taste as the people I meet who I think suck.
Michael_ may be a lot of things, but I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Michael_ is not cool. He’s a straight edge whiny pussy who throws hysterical hissy fits on the internet. And thats fine I guess, but it is certainly not cool. Its awful, and I would say, that if you agree with him on a lot, it probably means that your kind of awful as well.
So If you don’t like synth bands, or don’t like Wampire that’s fine. But just know that it most likely just means that you’re not very cool, and probably tattled on people who cheated on test in high school.
Michael you have such shitty taste in music. This is one of the best bands Stereogum has posted about in months. Way better than nonsense like Waxahatchee. I usually try to ignore you, but your taste is just so awful it kills me.
Thank you Stereogum. You guys are doing much better lately. A little post on Heather Woods Broderick and we will be good.
(She’s really good too Michael, though I’m sure you’ve never heard of her.)
Well, I meant specifically just the track Rosie Oh sounded like Congratulations. But I get what you mean. Panda Bear and MGMT certainly don’t sound the same normally. But I will say that they both are kind of “psychy” and have some wildly great vocal melodies. And yes. The DOM Ep was okay, but this is hot garbage.
I couldn’t disagree more. Most people I know hated MGMT’s first record and loved Congratulations. As did I. This shit sounds like Passion Pit, and they suck. MGMT’s last record sounded more like what Panda Bear did on Rosie Oh. I guess it just depends on who you like more. Panda Bear or Passion Pit.
That’s kind of misleading.
Taylor Swifts first two singles were co written with Max Martin.
Katy Perrys first two singles from her last album were co-written with Max Martin.
Christina Aguilera’s first single from her last album was co-written with Max Martin.
Kesha’s firs two singles from her last album Warrior were co-written with Max Martin.
Avril Lavignes first two singles from her last album were co- written with Max Martin
Britney Spears first two singles from her last album were written by Max Martin.
I like Taylor Swift just fine, but Im not really sure how you can say that she is so much different than the rest of the pop star girls??
Melody is generally all I’m concerned with. Its why I like say Ariel Pink, but don’t like Frank Ocean. So yes. I’m saying they don’t have one good melody that I’ve heard at least.
Baby no, But I would listen to Biebers As Long As You Love Me over both of those songs. The only Kings of Leon song I’ve ever heard that was any good is Fans, but its still not as good as Biebers- As Long as You Love me, Beyonce’s- Love On Top, Katy Perry’s- California Girls, or Taylor Swifts Our Song.
Also, this article shouldn’t be that surprising to anyone. Tom simply has bad taste in music. He wrote a 3 page article about how terrible Animal Collective was years ago. I bet this is genuine and not just for controversy. He really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I’ll tell you why their is so much massive hate towards this band and the Kings Of Leon. Because their songs suck. I personally don’t care if they write their own songs, I don’t care if they play “real instruments”, or don’t use autotune. I only care about what the songs sound like. And to my ears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Justin Bieber all have much better songs than both bands. Mumford and Sons are Creed and Nickelback status as far as I’m concerned.
I’m with stereogum on Beyonce, Crazy in Love is brilliant, and Love On Top is fantastic as well, Taylor Swift is ok but she’s not nearly as good as some people have tried to make her out to be. But Mumford and Sons is where I get off the train. I’ve never heard even one good melody come from these guys, let alone a good song.
*”A small circle with no new niggas”
I actually think this song is influenced by Lil Reese and Chief Keef. Its super repetitive like all their songs, and the “no new niggas” line is definitely taken from Lil Reeses Us, when he says “A small circle with no niggas.” That was actually my favorite line of any rap song that came out last year. Drake also was on the remix for the song as well.
Also I really like this song and I detest Kendrick Lamar, so I’m gonna go out on limb and say he this is probably his attempt to make his own version of a Chicago Drill song, than it is a Kendrick Lamar song.
You should have picked up on this Breihan. Your slippin.
Yeah man. I was there that day. Wasted. And it was great! And everyone was freaking out, as was I. But it was mostly because she’s like 5 feet tall and adorable. Had she been fat and black. Nobody would have really given a shit. I’m just sayin.
I actually kind of hated this. Dave’s voice was distractingly off key. And they didn’t really do anything different with the song. The song is great, so I guess any faithful version will be ok. But even Ambers voice. I mean its fine and all, but If you get excited over every cute white girl with a good voice, then you should be shitting your pants over American Idol every week. Overall. pretty terrible version of an otherwise great song.
In other news, that White Noise song by Disclosure is insane!
What the hell are you talking about? Milo goes to College is 22 minutes long. And its awesome! With that said. This album sucks, and it shouldn’t be a big surprise. This guy has always been a weak songwriter. The shoegaze part on hellhole rat race and the beach boys background vocals on Laura were able to distract from it. But for the most part he has a terrible sense of melody. And making his vocal melodies the center of songs the way they did on this one was a terrible decision. I mean I thought that Holy Ghost record sucked too, but this is just beyond even that. Hopefully now that people are calling him out for what he is, which is a lazy songwriter, with an obviously very limited record collection, he’ll go back and work on his craft a little bit.
You’re taste hew closer to MOR stuff, because your taste just isn’t very developed yet. If you ever talk to some one who has weird obscure taste in music, they more often than not have an extensive knowledge of music in lot of other genre’s as well. And almost always, people with MOR indie taste in music have a really limited knowledge of music.
You’ll never meet some dude who is like “I really haven’t cared for Graham Lambkins post Shadow Ring stuff, I’m actually much more excited about that new Christopher Owens solo record.”
Dudes who are excited about Christopher Owens or a new Bon iver album. Simply don’t know much else.
Wrong. 3hunna is the best rap song of the year by a long shot. Chief Keef is really goodI figured Tom was going to give this album of the week, and Im glad he did, because I was getting a little annoyed that it wasn;t being talked about on this site. His album is better than Kendrik Lamars, by a pretty large amount. This shit is like Mobb Deep 2012. Really scary stuff.
Tiny Mix Tapes is kind of the best. That Farrah Abraham album is actually really great. You should listen to it before you write it off as a cash grab. And that Vaporwave album by Mediafired was my choice for the #1 album of the year. Its fucking fantastic, and the song Pixes off of it, was my #2 song of the year.
They have way better taste than Stereogum to be honest.
If you listened to as much music as those guys, and knew as much about it as they did, I bet you would have similar taste. You just don’t listen to as many records as they do.
So your taste leans towards the MOR indie that stereogum likes.
Tiny Mix Tapes is kind of the best. That Farrah Abraham album is actually really great. you should listen to before you write it off as a cash grab. And that Vaporwave album Mediafired was my choice for the #1 album the year. Its fucking fantastic, and the song Pixes off of it, was my #2 song of the year.
They have way better taste than Stereogum to be honest.
If you listened to as much music as those guys, and knew as much as much about is they did, I bet you would have similar taste. You just don’t listen to as many records as they do.
So your taste leans towards the MOR indie that stereogum likes.
Well I will tell you what sets Frank Ocean apart from mainstream R&B. Its subject matter and melodies. Frank Ocean sounds much more like the early 2000′s late 90′s Love Jones Soundtrack, HBCU R&B, that my sister and her friends loved so much in college. Its basically Neo Soul with a little different subject matter. I personally always hated Neo Soul, and I feel the same way about Frank Ocean. All the Neo Soul singers, John Legend, Lauren Hill, Frank Ocean, seem to be much more influenced by Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Who are personally my least favorite soul singers. And the newer soul singers, like The Dream, are much more influenced by people like Prince and R Kelly, who are much better than Wonder or Hathaway.
I personally think that Ocean is much worse than the R and B you hear on the radio. Justin Beibers new song is much better than anything on Channel Orange. And The Dream’s worst songs are much better than even Oceans best.
I think when it comes down to it. Frank Ocean is earnest, where people like The Dream and R kelly really aren’t. And I think that appeals to people who generally listen to MOR Indie. That would explain all the indie love for him and Kendrick Lamar, who I really dislike as well.
Give me Chief Keef or the Dream over that Love Jones bullshit any day. So yes you are correct. Channel Orange is terrible, but it does sound quite different than most of what is on the radio these days. It sounds like what was on the radio in 2001.
And also why didn’t Breihan make this list?? Does Status Ain’t Hood mean nothing these days?
Bizarre Ride 2 is better as well. And maybe even Low End Theory.