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Don Letts’ “Punk: Attitude” is one of the best music docs I’ve seen and I’d say its subject (the birth and early evolution of punk in the US and UK) is as ‘indie’ as Roky Erikson or Scott Walker (or Radiohead). His interviews, storytelling (via structure and editing), and live footage really set the standard for me when it comes to rock docs. Only criticism of the film is the way it breezes through just about everything between early hardcore and Nirvana, but I can’t imagine a better survey of the first stages of punk and alternative music.
Grind Yrself Beans
needle in the hayyyyyy
WHERE ARE YOUR BLENDS TONIIIIIIIGHHTTTTT
false: “Bad Penny”
they dun goofed
“Keep fucking singing, it’s not that hard.” Sounds like someone is taking pages out of Lana’s playbook.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Inside the World of the Blues Explosion
does anyone know what the fuck geologist does in animal collective?
I’M TRYING I’M TRYING I’M TRYING I WILL TRY
if you count singles: “Bonnie and Clyde” – Serge Gainsbourg (and Brigitte Bardot)
Fast Peter was one of my favorite songs of the year. The rest of the album reminded me of the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack, which I guess is nice too
I agree that Destroyer probably got some extra love because they’re playing with nostalgia and reworking ’80s sounds, which has been a major source of boner-production at p4k for a while. Still, what has always made Destroyer great is the way Dan Bejar takes familiar sounds but manages to infuse them with his own personality and voice. He’s also the sort of artist that you appreciate more the more you get into his back catalog. On this record in particular, I really liked the contrast between the smooth-but-menacing production and Bejar’s off-kilter vocals. It’s soothing to listen to but maintains an air of sadness and mystery as well. Still, Destroyer kind of plays by its own rules when it comes to songwriting, so if it appeals to you then its especially refreshing, but for some people it just doesn’t connect.
Agreed. Lists are useless if you’re looking for someone to create a new canon of rock music, but they’re great if you’re just looking for suggestions for great albums of the past year. December/January is when I catch up on great music I missed from the past year.
Their first album was great and they just keep improving. Its like they get left out of the discussion because they just write great songs but aren’t super confrontational or engaging in some genre experiment/nostalgia trip.