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You do realize that Halcyon Digest essentially means ‘THIS ALBUM IS ABOUT NOSTALGIA’?
Agree WEC was very interesting though. I’m so excited for them to produce a tougher album, as much as I have listened to HD an inappropriate number of times.
RIGHT. These albums are better than “Shields”. LOL:
15 El-P – Cancer For Cure (Fat Possum)
14 Chromatics – Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
13 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
12 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
11 Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular)
10 Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)
09 Chairlift – Something (Columbia)
08 The Walkmen – Heaven (Fat Possum)
07 Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
06 Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark)
05 Jessie Ware – Devotion (PMR)
04 Swans – The Seer (Young God)
Why the hell is Grizzly Bear being panned everywhere? Way better than Veckatimest and I can’t think of any album besides Fiona’s or Frank’s that I liked more this year.
Grizzly Bear’s “Shields” is such a close second that I wish Stereogum let you vote for more than one :(
Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel
As great as Frank Ocean’s album is, there’s just no competition. Fiona’s album is so deep, infinitely listenable, and virtuosic vocals + lyrics + musical writing and performance.
It’s been a great year, but as someone who tends to wear good albums out, this is the only one I have been able to continue listening to again and again. Every song is perfect, not a single misstep.
Sadly warm crimes are not as bad as war crimes.
Google invested in ContentID because it had to after facing billions in infringement claims on YouTube and other sites. And Google still gets away with murder on other websites, including all the Google AdWords revenue on third party piracy sites.
Google’s job is to do the least it has to do to comply with the law while still profitting from piracy. Google makes money on free content, so why would they lobby to stop that?
The fact is, the U.S. govt could force them to block piracy websites, just like they force Google to block other sensitive sites — searches for classified documents, etc — or just like Google censors its own results (not showing videos of warm crimes on YouTube, for instance).
Google is not some benevolent, or at best, independent operator providing us a great service. They are a company benefitting from piracy and theft of creative works, music included.
I’ve read Stereogum for 8 years and though I rarely comment, I have to say this is the best article I’ve seen posted here yet. Bravo — a great call to action.
The only thing missing, I’d say, is a mention of real legal solutions that could be implemented to stop music piracy. But we don’t have the political will (or perhaps capital) to implement them. It doesn’t help that Google makes billions off piracy and can spend a fraction of that to lobby the U.S. govt.
To be clear, I am not for banning gay marriage… my sentence structure needs some help this “morning”. I just don’t understand the strong hatred of NC when nearly every other state has done it regardless of the geography, political leanings, etc. I think what’s angering is America, not a particular state.
AHHH STOP WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA! They’re the 31st state to ban gay marriage, so in a way, they should be applauded for taking so long. Seriously, even the bluest of states, California, has banned it.
I’m not sure why I’m getting angry.
totally agree RE: trying too hard. her live performances (granted i only saw her at sxsw where she was exhausted… but she would walk off stage apologizing. what??) and interviews make her seem totally unsure what she’s doing. i guess it produces good art now and then. but it’s weird to enjoy her music and then see her talking on youtube like she’s your needy, under-confident friend who checks her iphone a lot. i’ve stopped watching/listening to anything she doesn’t release in a formal fashion
His Coachella set (weeknd 2) was a “I could take it or leave it” situation. Glad to hear the Hollywood Forever set was better. (Also: interesting venue??)
Wait this whole fight is a joke, right? My mind is being blown by the possibility of true irony.
If not, Scott, I hope you are ordering an amazing meta take on “Where’s the Beef” right this second…
For the second time, reading something written by Julianne makes me feel like I’m reading an Ivy-league admissions essay that crams SAT vocabulary words and “advanced” grammar structures into every sentence just to distract from the complete lack of substance.
I’m not against elegant, sophisticated writing — the internet could use much more — but this is not that. I WANT to read what she has to say, and yet my eyes glaze over from the distracting style.
Style > Substance? Apropos given the subject of the article I suppose.
my favorite thing is when hipsters still think they aren’t mainstream in 2011.
p.s. i miss the days when stereogum’s premature evaluation WAS the comment party :( bring them back!! (TKOL fucked this all up, didn’t it?)
serious question — does anyone think the leak is not how the final album will sound? i don’t necessarily mind it, but the mixing makes Chris’ vocals secondary — or perhaps equal — to the instruments. which is interesting, and i’m not necessarily against it, but i’m surprised — his vocals were so front & center on their other output…. so i guess i’m wondering if it’s a mistake in this early leak?
haven’t gotten to bloom yet, but is anyone else digging this more than the studio version??
mixtape vol. 6?
umm do you ever read this website? It’s called premature for a reason.
I dunno, just can’t get into it. Is this just a version of James Blake?
Is this the followup to Kid A/Amnesiac in the way that In Rainbows was OK Computer’s “followup”? I’m having trouble getting into it on first listen, which is a great sign I think…