The Aura of the H-Man
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Note to self: My tastes are apparently much more in line with Harley Brown than with John Everhart (who did the Deerhunter list). I half expected to read this list and see maybe one or two of these songs actually on the list. My order might be different, but otherwise this list matches up with what I’d have on it.
This album is really, really good. Crystalised may have been my favorite song from last year. I love the intro guitar on this song.
This is a really, really good album. Crystalised might have been my favorite song from last year. I love the intro to this song.
I think over time, Villa Rosie has probably become my favorite Blur song. I really love that guitar solo/bridge about 2/3 of the way through.
My ten, not necessarily in order of preference:
Cryptograms, Spring Hall Convert, Hazel Street, Wash Off, Nothing Ever Happened, Saved By Old Times, Circulation, Revival, Desire Lines, Helicopter.
I still need to listen to the new album a bunch more before those songs sort themselves out in relation to the rest of the catalogue.
And Revival. And Cryptograms. And Hazel Street. And probably about five other songs (Helicopter and Spring Hall Convert can stay).
Seriously, I won’t say a list of what are essentially someone’s opinions (or the opinions of a group of people) is necessarily “good” or “bad”. But the author(s) apparently likes Deerhunter for far different reasons than I do.
Damn, I did a search and everything. My bad.
That’s a lot of words to write about this band without at least one of them being “Souixsie”.
I was a little…well, not disappointed at first, but I didn’t love this right away like I expected to after being on a Deerhunter binge for about the last two months. But I shouldn’t really have expected it to, because as I much as love the last few albums, I didn’t love them all at first either. This one is really growing on me quickly, and will almost certainly end up as one of my favorite three or four albums of the year.
As for an entry point, if I was trying to turn someone on to Deerhunter, I’d probably suggest the Rainwater Cassette Exchange and Flourescent Gray EPs. They’re both pretty accessible (by Deerhunter’s standards), without really any filler. I think the ambient stuff on M/WEC and HD can be a little of a turn off for a first time listener, but they get better with some time. And I think Cryptograms makes a lot more sense after you already have a feel for Deerhunter.
Been looking forward to hearing the whole thing. Really like the first track and High School Lover.
Also, am I just missing it, or is there some reason that SoundCloud doesn’t actually allow you to change the volume on their player? It’s always really loud.
Weird that they’d name the documentary after what apparently isn’t one of their ten best songs. :)
Agree with the last few for the most part. My top five, however, would be:
4) Trouble in Dreams
3) This Night
I just absolutely love when Dan Bejar writes more straightforward pop songs. His songs are consistently my favorites on pretty much every New Pornographers records, and Streethawk seems to be as New Pornographery as he gets in his Destroyer mode, while still maintaining some Bejar eccentricities. It’s one of my 15-20 favorite albums of all time.
This has a feel of one of those lists where the list-maker leaves off their most recognizable song just to screw with people. Seriously? No Mistaken for Strangers?
It’s all relative. That would be self indulgent for most people. For a guy who played an hour long cover of My Sharona a year ago, it barely registers.
Kind of prefer the live version after first listens. I like when their production is a touch slicker, but this will definitely grow on me. I’m so pumped for the rest of this album. I’ve basically been listening to almost nothing but Deerhunter for the last month.
I don’t have a problem with list, but mine probably would have had Under Control, Soma, and for some reason I really love Machu Picchu.
Two songs in and I already like this better than the last album. Kind of sounds like Now We Can See with the production of More Parts Per Million.
Yeah, I kind of gave up on these guys with Permalight, but this doesn’t sound too bad. Nothing particularly new, but pleasant to listen to.
Fair enough. Observator probably needs more time to marinate, and I thought PIB, while it had some good songs, but just too over the top with the ’60s thing. RiTG got extra points from me because Ignite is better than anything on the other two albums.
Raveonettes, back of the envelope:
6) Pretty in Black
5) Raven in the Grave
4) Whip it On
3) In and Out of Control
2) Chain Gang of Love
1) Lust Lust Lust
For me it’s a question of peak vs. overall value. I like GF the best start to finish, because I think there are few if any weak moments (I could take or leave “Was it You”). But the best songs on GGGGG are, in my opinion, better than the best songs on GF. Black Like Me is probably my favorite Spoon song, and …Cherry Bomb may be right behind, with Underdog and Finer Feelings pretty high on the list as well. But I’ve never really cared for Eddie’s Raga, or Japanese Cigarette Case, or Rhythm and Soul, and that knocks it down for me as album, probably to #3 behind Kill the Moonlight.
I’ve heard Britt Daniel say that he’s embarrassed about Telephono, but I love that record. I suppose for him it’s not unlike going back and reading papers that I wrote in college and thinking “how did I have the balls to turn in such garbage?” He’s probably just being overly critical of himself. They’ve had a pretty remarkable run of consistency, though. I don’t think there’s a big gap between their best and worst albums.
I play them on Google Music in my office, and they’re listed chronologically, so I’ve just been going through the whole thing start to finish. I just picked up the EPs a couple weeks ago and I’m really digging them. I sort of prefer the Microstle and into Halcyon period, so Rainwater Cassette Exchange is right up my alley. I got into them around Halcyon Digest a few years ago and went back to listen the rest.
Didn’t realize Josh wasn’t in the band anymore. Wonder if they’ll continue to play Nothing Ever Happened, since he reportedly wrote most of it. Wikipedia already lists him as a past member. :(
I think I’ve listened to (most of) the full Deerhunter ouevre start to finish about five times in the last week. Just been on a real Deerhunter kick for some reason, and really starting to enjoy Cryptograms and Weird Era Ctd. a lot more than I have in the past. This news comes at just the right time. Very pumped for this, and hopefully a tour.
Why are Tin Machine albums considered Bowie albums? I always considered Tin Machine its own entity for exactly the reasons described in the write up. Not that I’m hung up on it or anything, just curious.
I just started getting in to Telekinesis a month or two ago when the Chicago show was announced (looking forward to it). I think I knew it was him playing drums on the Portlandia tour, but didn’t think much of it because I wasn’t listening to him back then. The last album is great.