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I think The Who have many different possible answers. Who’s Next is clearly the obvious choice being that it has the bulk of their major hit songs. However, for die hard Who fans, Quadrophenia seems to be the favorite. Clearly, it did very well on it’s recent tour and Pete Townsend is most proud of that piece of work. Also, Tommy, considering how young they were and how they were considered at the time, the loudest, heaviest rock band anyone had ever heard, was very artistic and theatrical and was definitely their most groundbreaking piece of work. Also, for people who grew up with the Who (unlike me) I know have soft spots for My Generation and other pieces of work. For me, Quadrophenia rules all but I feel that since every member has so much to offer and such an important role, there are many different ways of looking at it. They did start out as a stripped down rock band but if you look at it on a more analytical way, they have had a much bigger impact than just that. They progressed musically so much as their career progressed even when they lost Keith Moon, the not particularly skilled drummer who managed to turn the drum into more than just a rhythm piece but an actual integral part of the sound. There is just so much talent and I find it really hard to rank the albums but I think people often underestimate how much amazing work these guys have put out. They often think that it’s just those couple releases but really, every release has at least one song that blows you away. Quadrophenia, I just think for Stereogum users, is the album that is the most impressive and sophisticated. So while I do respect your opinion colin, just for a blog like this, I would have expected a slightly different outcome than just picking the obvious.
I preffered The Gaslight Anthem when they used to call themselves “Gin Blossoms”.
Got to see Radiohead 2 nights in a row at Prudential Center! It was absolutely amazing. Lightshow was spectacular. Only 2 Ok Computer classics during the entire 2 night stand though. First night we got “Karma Police” and second night we got “Paranoid Android”. They also played “Go To Sleep” for the first time in 8 years. “Kid A’ was excellent. “Idioteque” was fantastic.
I’m just glad to know that the next time I see them, they will have some new material to play. They had been doing their live show playing the exact same songs for over two years. You knew that they were working on a new album, but you didn’t know when it was going to come out. I agree, this is not the best song they’ve recorded and it doesn’t quite live up but I think we can all agree there’s something to be happy about that they will have some new music soon. You can assume that with the way above average debut they had and the amount of time they’ve spent in the studio that this album will more than likely be respectable and intriguing at the very least. I love Passion Pit and cannot wait to see them at Governor’s Ball.
I’m speaking to everyone who’s saying she made a good choice. Your right, she should go play for the arabs and palestinians that censor western music and abuse human rights and women.
You guys are all such idiots. None of you have any idea what goes on in the middle east because none of you have been there. Currently, Israel is surrounded by countries that want to completely blow it off the map. They are constantly trying to make compromises and giving palestinians territories and yet, people continue to be ignorant and not think America’s support of Israel has importance. They are our ONLY ally in the middle east. They are the ONLY country giving us places to land our planes during the entire war in Iraq. Trust me, if Israel goes, we will have a lot of problems in the middle east if countries like Iraq, Iran, Libya and Afghanistan continue to be run by animals. And just to add on, they are pioneers in technology. You think you’d all own smartphones if Israel didn’t exist? Guess again. Cat Power and anyone else who has canceled shows are just completely uninformed and are afraid to admit they’re anti-semites. It’s called music, not politics. Elton John played in Israel and said he’d be back every year. He had no politcal motives for his music. He just wanted to give Israel some rock ‘n’ roll.
Really? What about songs like “Miss You” and “Helena Beat”. Plenty of vocal harmony.
The not very guitar driven standard rock ‘n’ roll where the lead singer has a nice, pretty, melodic voice. I’m not saying their identical. They can’t be because there from completely different times. I would say that both Maroon 5 and Foster the People were both very influenced by the Beach Boys though especially Pet Sounds.
It’s going to be the same format as when The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan played together last year. They’ll play 3 songs. Foster will play first, Maroon 5 will play 2nd and then they will play with the Beach Boys all together afterwards. They’re all similar enough where it makes sense for them to be together.
I hope The Flaming Lips come on as special guests during the halftime show and play a version of “Borderline” with Madonna.
Mountain jam 2012! Should be good. Guy has always been a great songwriter and Ben Folds Five were a tight band. He just went all stupid with “You Don’t Know Me” and A-Capella. Just listen to “Landed” and “Fred Jones Pt. 2″ and you’ll be excited for this.
Finally!!!! Stereogum writes about Mountain Jam. I was there! Best Music Festival in the country, hands down and I’ve been to a few
I feel like people on stereogum criticize lineups just for fun. You say it’s terrible. So basicly, you’re saying seeing groundbreaking cutting edge bands in a beautiful location is terrible. Oh my god, I went to ACL and had the worst weekend of my life. I mean, I felt like I was tortured. I would’ve rather spent the weekend sleeping on rocks in Bosnia. Relax guys, it’s a festival.
“Trapped Under Ice” off of Ride the Lightning
Damnit. For some reason, when I saw the title saying the black keys cover Buddy Holly, I thought it was them covering the Weezer song. Now that you’ve confused me and I was expecting something that, can they please actually cover the song now? haha
Honestly, AnCo together is the only way it works out great. Sure this album is good but there is no need for separation. Merriweather Post Pavilion is just too good to even picture this.
Although I lost my hearing last night, I will say that the greatest April Fool’s joke of my life was Elvis and the Attractions playing a 3 song set before the show even began
Wow, this really sucks. I thought I couldn’t get tickets and made plans to go somewhere else and now this happens!?!?!?!!? Why does the world hate me. At least there is good radiohead news today
Donkey Kong Sucks!
Can’t wait to see them in GA at MSG. Hey scalpers, you may have been able to fuck me over for LCD Soundsystem but you couldn’t for The Strokes!
Now to reply to my own comment now that Ive listened to it. I love it. Even though it hasn’t grown on me yet, I can already tell I’m going to like it more than Hail To Thief. Now in terms of other albums, I think the most overrated album they’ve put out is the bends. Truthfully, how is it so much different from Pablo Honey? The only difference is that they were a little bit older and more talented at their instruments. But Pablo honey has just as many standouts (thinking about you, stop whispering, anyone can play guitar, creep) as the bends does. The only thing that confuses me about their new album is how it will play out live. Generally radiohead starts out their show with new stuff and then plays old stuff later on. On in rainbows, 15 step, all I need and reckoner were good openers. House of cards was a good closer. Nude, weird fishes, jigsaw falling into place and bodysnatchers were good songs to throw into the middle. This album doesn’t have any exciting songs I see them opening with. How I personally think they should do it is get promoting king of limbs over with by playing it start to finish in the beginning and then let the classics do the work the rest of the night (there there, idioteque, everything in it’s right place, paranoid android, lucky, karma police, no surprises). The only chance I somewhat see is for codex to be the next pyramid song because they are similar. Now to be positive, it’s the best drumming I have ever heard Phil do. Other than in live versions of optimistic, I’ve never heard such fast pace sophisticated drumming and this is coming from a drummer.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I haven’t listened to it yet so I can’t say much but I’m reading it and I feel like there’s a piece missing. It’s only 8 tracks and 2 of them that I’ve already heard Thom Yorke Play live at his Atoms for Peace Concerts. This means only 6 songs are completely fresh. It’s been 3+ years since In Rainbows so I feel they’re could be more they’re giving us. Don’t get me wrong, they are my favorite band of all time and I am so excited to listen to the album but even my favorite band all time I’m going to nitpick with. It seems like people on this site like it so far so I’m assuming once I listen I’ll change my mind and I usually trust the Stereogum commenters because often they turn out to be right. I just hope Lotus Flower and Give Up the Ghost sound better in the Radiohead studio.
No, they haven’t played a show since their Haiti benefit in Hollywood. Thom did do a mini-set with Johnny at Glasto but other than those 2 shows, they haven’t played since their In Rainbows tour which closed with the Reading Fest in 2009
Yes! Download offered a day early. I’m gonna wait til I get home from school to listen, perfect way to get through my 4 hour flight!