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This art direction is pretty brilliant.
I still enjoy NPR and music journalism to find new music, call me old fashioned. Whenever I get an email from Spotify regarding “Artists You’ll Love” I tend to know them, and like them or don’t. There is no formula for what you may like, that’s why radio’s (npr) spontaneity awesome. I’ll take 90.7 WFUV over spotify and google any day, ‘Murica!
*Peanut Butter Pulitzer Prize
It is a Herculean task to rank MMJ’s albums. While I am biased–probably my favorite contemporary band–this list is particularly difficult because of the varied catalogue, and often one’s musical pallet will create a very subjective list.
I think this a certainly a good journalistic chart of MMJ albums chronicling the shape of their careers. However, if I can be subjective I would chart them as such:
1.) “It Still Moves” (most haunting album that I’ve experienced, their’s some america magic in here, like singing up at the Hoover dam)
1.5) “At Dawn” (the most monstrous and terrifying album, an eery night in Appalachia)
3.) “Z” (the most accessible and perfect MMJ album, nearly too perfect but amazing no less)
4.) “The Tennessee Fire” (young jim james learning to perfect the art, with his most soulful songs)
5.) “Evil Urges” (so ambitious and fun to a fault, but never going to blame a band for that)
6.) “Circuital” (a safe attempt by the band w/o a punch to end the album, better as an album than live (exception for first 2 tracks)
I’m coming to a similar point. It’s certainly not a perfect album, but it amazing. I say no to an A+ because of “Dream Captain” and “Blue Agent” kill the flow of the album. But before those two tracks each half holds its own so well its wonderful
Athens-Countrified-Real Estate sound*
Futurebirds made a alt-country rock classic. Glad this one got a footnote at least.
If anyone likes Mick Taylor-era Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket, or Drive-By Truckers then please grab a copy of “Baba Yaga”. It really is marvelous.
A state of dependence in which the existence or significance of one entity is solely dependent on that of another
The absence of standards of absolute and universal application…if you will
This get’s the nod of course. WOAPD has the unique balance of immediate hook and slow burn that great albums have. It’s damn long too.
That being said DAWES. Dawes gets zero write-up on any music websites! Seriously, what makes them so taboo or unpublishable? They have to be one of the most talented bands, musician for musician. There new album is ambitious and solid. They deserve at least a fuckin blurb at the bottom over a Neon Indian fucking remix ep, come on.
As someone born after The Smiths were big, and one who disregards much of the 80s, I’m so sick of Morrissey. It’s like your dad ranting about politics, shut up dude. Being on the fringes of relativity and constantly being on the soapbox is maddening. Musicians talking about politics in general is a pain in the ass.
Anybody hear a Washington state version of Titus Andronicus here?
Funny that I saw “covering Hendrix” and immidiately assumed Little Wing. A song for the ages.
very “sitting on the dock of a bay” of him. G – B7 – C does that to a man/song
Seems like they have gotten a lot better at there instruments from the earlier days–like very noticeably so.
I gave you a thumbs up on the basis of most of your argument. However, Father John Misty is one that will live on. Rock n Roll is not “adult contemporary crap”, Fear Fun will be one of those albums that lives on beyond its years.
I suppose my issue with Macklemore is the “hey there I’m flying up above you” attitude we put on a lot of artists. And it does come off as corny. The “im irish” song is ridiculous, some white dude treating Ireland like it’s the motherland, who’s not even from the Bronx or Boston (SEATTLE!) and rapping with the belief that he is continuing Ireland’s great literary tradition. It’s completely bonkers, and trite.
Praise Rang for this blessed video, Hosannah.
does anybody know if a kid from NYU can write? I’ve been abroad on an NYU program and have failed to see one capable of prose thus far. But maybe I’ll meet a Donald Glover and ride on his coattails.
Absolutely should be the band all the time. Wish they kept the 50 y/o drummer that was in the kcrw sessions.
Also the guitarists tone is unreal, that’s gotta be a b-bender right?
I wouldn’t pay to see this, even for the irony.