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I always really really liked “Get Innocuous,” dunno if it beats anything on this list for me, maybe “You Wanted a Hit.”
Also I can’t adequately express how fucking happy I am this isn’t a slide show.
The worst part of Evil Urges is not Highly Suspicious, it’s the terrible soft rock detour in the middle of the record, as the writer of this article states. You are setting up a straw man argument.
this video is perfect
I’m a big fan of Youth Lagoon’s music, but the site of him is infuriating for some reason. Now i feel bad.
yeah that was rough. That was probably the last song from this album they should have picked to play on national television. He can’t really sing it in the octave he wrote it in, except for maybe after several takes and lots of straining in the studio. This song has fallen flat every time I’ve seen them play it live.
Why is Tom trying so extra hard to be nice about this performance? We all love Japandroids regardless.
I think you’re right, but even if he was talking about distribution, I’m not sure how pop stars were “way ahead of the so-called “serious” artists that are supposed to lead the way in creativity.”
If anything, my initial point is exactly the same when you talk about distribution, the pop stars and their corporations finally figured out how to use the internet just like the indie bands have for 10+ years.
Exactly. People talk about Grizzly Bear like they were the first band to not have a lot of money and get tired of their van. Boo-fucking hoo.
… uh except copy_paster_cat listed a half-dozen pop singles … not just a “random pop star.”
“Meanwhile, popular music, at least in terms of distribution on the social web, is way ahead of the so-called “serious” artists that are supposed to lead the way in creativity.”
Give me a break. Show me one major label pop hit from the last year that wasn’t a warmed-over, simplified version of something more interesting from than a year or more ago or more.
u r dumb lol
Everyone on the internet feels like they have to have a strong opinion about everything, because everything is available. But most things in life are not love-it or hate-it, despite what people try to forcibly claim, constantly. How about this: I don’t really like Mumford and Sons, but they’re not the worst thing ever. In fact, you could do a lot worse on mainstream radio. Still, I love Frere-Jones casual description of them as “vest-fetishists.” Makes me lol evrytime.
phwew, happy to see The Thermals return to form
I used to just think Frank Ocean was a bad singer, now I know he’s a bad whistler, too.
I think everyone is mistaking the words “not good” for “inaccessible.”
There’s nothing inaccessible about this. The beat sounds like re-heated synth modulations from “Time for The Percolator” or any other house jam from forever ago. The vocals are terrible, and the lyrics make me cringe. There is going to be a lot of rationalization and self-deception among previous Knife fans when this LP drops, if this song is any indication.
I’m impressed he found a way to play guitar with his fist in his girlfriend’s mouth.
I love “Louisiana,” but I find a lot of the rest of the album really grating, as if I can suddenly hear everything people don’t like about his voice.
both. everything he’s done lately is gold.
Albini is the man.
“Take a Walk” was embarrassingly on-the-nose. Topical!
yeah the requirements are sort of nebulous … and we got a list that is almost half old. Good job Stereogum voters!
Nothing against Divine Fits, but what kind of person goes “ah yes, I’m putting in my vote for the old guys in the supergroup.”
i love Japandroids and “Celebration Rock,” but I can’t be the only one a little concerned that it only really had six new songs on it, right? As we know “Younger Us” was from 2010 and “For the Love of Ivy” is a cover.
I like brevity, especially in music similar to Japandroids, but is Brian running out of songs and/or ideas? In three years he was essentially only capable of seven album-worthy songs. Will this band even put out another record at this pace?
RS hasn’t had musical relevance in 20 years.
super happy to see Parquet Courts on here, prolly the best of the year IMO; and Nude Beach, top ten for me
.. but get the fuck out of here Taylor Swift
I’m part of the unpopular group re: Frank and Fiona, too.
Stereogum’s comment board is such a fanboy’s club, it’s sort of embarrassing.