Come on. Admit it. Who isn’t into blood spatter, head-shaving and eyeball vaginas? I can dig Marilyn. Song sounds fine, but I’d leave the Shakespeare out of it.
Exactly what I was thinking. Now that is hilarious. ;)
I agree ddogunit. I don’t wish to be mean, but you know you’re heading downhill fast when the first sentence mentions the word “interview” twice. Sloppy writing. The slide continues with a sentence that makes no sense. “We were supposed (TO) be talking …” There’s nothing so irritating as a writer saying ‘please read this article’, when they clearly haven’t it yet either. Oh wait, yes there is: A writer sadly making themselves the story. As if we care. Sorry. Just being truthful.
That’s a fair assessment. Of course you’re more-or-less arguing about “taste”. I think you’re right to say there’s some joking around going on here. I think that’s why he opens the album with the most Illinois-styled track. It’s a gag, with Stevens saying, “Okay, hooked ‘em. Now let’s drop the real shit I’ve been working on.” And then we get all that space-aged, Disney-fied, St. Vincent-like effusiveness. It’s just natural progression that Stevens would want to move away from his first record. Despite all the clanks, feedback, volcanic gurgles, synths, auto-tune, and Age of Aquarius craziness, his newest record is still incredibly melodic and moving. I kinda think this album is trying to do something similar to Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” — balancing melody and noise.
Of course, Pitchfork being the only people worthy of comprehending Sufjan Stevens, said Fallon looked “baffled”. Um, not sure where that came from. Dude pushed the album up into the camera lens. Uh, I think he likes the music.
Absolutely sick. I’m not even a Kanye fan. Can’t sing, raps are kinda weak … But that video is inspired. Dig the “Eyes Wide Shut” off-key piano chords falling into “toast for the douchebags” … That video is a slice of wickedness.
I loved “Illinois”, but wouldn’t consider myself a big Sufjan fan. But this album is pretty fantastic, in ways so different than “Illinois”. I think, from now on, I’ll be anticipating his next records.
Easily one of the best albums of the year. I dig this newer, fuller sound. It still keeps everything that made Etten’s first release good — namely her vocals and the moods her melodies inspired. But “Epic” adds drums, and other noisy atmospheric elements, textured and elegant. Very cool album.
Whatever you do, don’t underplay the album art.
This is the first time I’ve ever heard Robyn sing. I’ve seen her name around music sites and such, but never actually listened to a song of hers. My first impression is that this cover is pretty standard. Really light and poppy — considering she’s got an entire massive orchestra in support. Overall, not a fan of this. Hey, it’s great to love Bjork. But I always believe if you cover someone else’s song you need to do one of two things: Either do it standard and knock the hell out of it. (Which means your vocals or arrangement must outstanding.) Or dismantle it completely and make it your own. This cover is middling. Makes you want to say, “Meh.”
Thought this was pretty badass.
Yeah. No offense, but I don’t agree with one word of this.
@300 baud: I hated them too when they first came out. But for me it was songs like “Creep” that just pissed me off. I’d hear someone playing it and literally cringe, like fingers down a chalkboard. (I still hate that song.) So, when “Kid A” came out, it took a day for a friend of mine to actually convince me to listen to them again. Anyway — the rest is history for me. I thought “Kid A” was one of the greatest things I’d ever heard. (BTW — Tom Yorke is looking a bit like Michael McKean in “This Is Spinal Tap.” Sweet.)
@amrit: “a solipsistic blown-out beat booty call waiting in your inbox at 4AM.” Nice!
So, what’s better: Twin Shadow’s song, the mustache, the Bowie-like vocals, the hairdo, or the clever porno casting-couch parody? It’s all sweet. @ Jerry: I wrote this back in Feb. after hearing his demos, “Hints of David Bowie. Maybe it’s the doubled-up harmonic vocal tracks. Or maybe it’s the strange lyrical sense of a phrase like, “Follow the boy with the yellow balloon.” That’s something Bowie would write.
@Jerry: Nice call. Yep. Bowie. Especially right at the 2:28 mark. That’s f-ing awesome. Love the video concept.
Well, I’d go in on that case of beer — but since you grabbed the favorite — I think it’s gonna have to be Pabst Blue Ribbon. Seriously — you’re right. I think the xx will wrap this one up. However I do like the Laura Marling, Foals, Wild Beasts and I Am Kloot records.
I swear M.I.A.’s “Born Free” uses a riff from Steven Jesse Bernstein. It’s like she borrowed the groove from “No, No Man” — and made it faster. Whatever the case, I dig it.
Can’t say I’ve ever listened to a lot of Sun Kil Moon. But I love what I’ve heard of this upcoming release. It has a pretty simplicity. Shades of Neil Young/Nick Drake. “Australian Winter” has a dark, subtle guitar line and rich, ominous verses: “From your honest eyes I stole / And I’ve forsaken you / And I amount to nothing / Still up these rivers we’ll roll / Far away along, fishing for forever.” (Or something like that.) Nice.
Is it just me, or does the original version sound like Smashing Pumpkins? (Nothing wrong with that. Just saying.)
I dig NIN, some Weezer, and Prince. But truth be told … I haven’t bought a Prince album since “Rainbow Children” — never bought a Weezer album — but I have bought a couple of NIN albums and really like How to Destroy and Angel. I do agree with Jonah though — Prince may play some bunk music — like this lame “Hot Summer” track — but he has earned a position as a pop marvel. Prince has three masterpiece albums: “Sign o’ the Times”, “1999″ and “Purple Rain” — and a boatload of great singles. Plus, I saw a Prince show where he dry-humped on top of a 10-foot speaker. What’s better than that?
I like much of Toro y Moi, but somewhere out there, even Annette Funicello is saying, “Um, this track is lame. Now let’s play Beach Blanket Bingo.”
@Billy. Amen. I like Stereogum — but even they sometimes take a bit long to find these fantastic bands. I felt like you when I saw this post … “It’s ’bout time.”