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It begins.


Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:40 pm
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I can't really say I've been waiting for this, because about 2008 I accepted that there probably wasn't going to be another Sleater-Kinney record, and generally that was ok, because how they were going to make a better record than The Woods was a question that seemed to lead to 'they probably aren't' - And they haven't, and that's okay. Generally record to record is a major change, with perhaps the exception of what they were doing from Dig me Out to Call the Doctor - they keep things between record, the raw, brutish sound of the guitars on here is the clear carry over, and Carrie Brownstein pushing her voice to its absolute limits, it's absolutely enjoyable, and the best thing about it may be the fact that it doesn't feel like a 'reunion style record, but just a continuation of what they were doing in the mid-2000s. It's got a bit of the Woods in its blood (in terms of playing energy and style) and a bit of All Hands on the Bad ones (in terms of song structure, favoring short pop-tinged melodies over long-form acid jams re:The Woods), it's very good, and no one plays this kind of music like Sleater-Kinney still, so that they're here to fill the absence they left behind is only a good thing. I just don't see anyone boarding a 'S-K's best record ever after 10 years apart' hype train with this, it's them playing the kind of consistently great punk music they were before, the only difference here is the wait was really goddamn long for this.


Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:26 am
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Yeah. It's solid. I miss the "long-form acid jams" from The Woods, but it's still awesome to hear new SK music.


Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:06 am
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I can't really say I've been waiting for this, because about 2008 I accepted that there probably wasn't going to be another Sleater-Kinney record, and generally that was ok, because how they were going to make a better record than The Woods was a question that seemed to lead to 'they probably aren't' - And they haven't, and that's okay. Generally record to record is a major change, with perhaps the exception of what they were doing from Dig me Out to Call the Doctor - they keep things between record, the raw, brutish sound of the guitars on here is the clear carry over, and Carrie Brownstein pushing her voice to its absolute limits, it's absolutely enjoyable, and the best thing about it may be the fact that it doesn't feel like a 'reunion style record, but just a continuation of what they were doing in the mid-2000s. It's got a bit of the Woods in its blood (in terms of playing energy and style) and a bit of All Hands on the Bad ones (in terms of song structure, favoring short pop-tinged melodies over long-form acid jams re:The Woods), it's very good, and no one plays this kind of music like Sleater-Kinney still, so that they're here to fill the absence they left behind is only a good thing. I just don't see anyone boarding a 'S-K's best record ever after 10 years apart' hype train with this, it's them playing the kind of consistently great punk music they were before, the only difference here is the wait was really goddamn long for this.

Let's comb over this a bit more, one of the things about basically every S-K record is that you get a lot more out of things after the record sits in rotation for a chunk of time, so this one's no different - the thing that stands out more and more is the quality of the playing here, you could reasonably argue that each of the members is among the best musicians working in their particular skillset, but when you consider the length between their last release and this release, the way they're clicking as a band is absurdly impressive, there's no hint of disorder or miscommunication, but no particular track on the record sounds combed over over or reworked to fit somebody's performance in, this is a band's record, from the interplay of vocal melodies and harmonies to the unity of the instrumentation, it's really leaving an impression - the concise, short run time is such a nice thing as well, just good, quick punk records, no over-extension of songs. The particular narrative of No Cities to Love, to me is Sleater-Kinney asserting their mastery over punk music, I don't think it's the most adventurous of their records, but it's rare to get a record that plays to its genre's strengths this well. I think this is going to be one to dethrone for record of the year, as what it does well, reaffirms why Sleater Kinney was/is one of my favorite modern bands.


Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:33 pm
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THIS. ALL OF THIS.

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:24 am
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First 2015 release I've heard, very solid dubz.


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Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:41 am
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First Sleater-Kinney, now Bjork? I'm enjoying 2015.


Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:02 am
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THIS. ALL OF THIS.

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Is this real life?

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:25 am
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holy fuck let me get my Def Jux pins and badges back on my bag like it's 2005 again if that's real.


Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:31 am
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Is this real life?

Apparently so!

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01. Cipher Unknown (Intro)
02. Opposite of Desolate f/ Double A.B.
03. Psalm 82
04. The Power Cosmiq f/ Kenyattah Black
05. Blade: The Art of Ox f/ Artifacts & U-God (of Wu-Tang Clan)
06. Pressure of Survival (Skit)
07. Carnivorous f/ Elzhi & Bill Cosmiq
08. Thunder In July f/ Space, Swave Sevah & Elohem Star
09. Water
10. The Horizon (Interlude)
11. Harlem Knights
12. Sabertooth f/ Irealz & Bill Cosmiq
13. Iron Rose f/ MF Doom
14. Solar System (Cosmos) (Skit)
15. The Fire Rises
16. Gotham (Ox City)
17. Unison (Skit)
18. Vision f/ The Quantum)
19. Salvation

http://www.factmag.com/2015/01/20/canni ... -and-more/

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:45 pm
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So much emotion in this Bjork album. It's almost overwhelming.

It's definitely my favorite thing she's done since Vespertine.


Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:27 am
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So much emotion in this Bjork album. It's almost overwhelming.

It's definitely my favorite thing she's done since Vespertine.


Agreed. It's quite a comeback after her last couple albums. Not one skippable track.


Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:48 pm
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John Carpenter's "Lost Themes" album is pretty great. If anything, it works perfectly as an '80s nostalgia trip.

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Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:05 am
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Ok this is gonna be super obvious but seriously, where did these guys suddenly come from?


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Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:43 am
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Ok this is gonna be super obvious but seriously, where did these guys suddenly come from?


From a desire to sound like Young Thug and/or Migos?

It's a good album though, yeah.

But the rap mixtape I can't get enough of so far this year is Preacher's Son by Tut.

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Even for a band that evolves significantly with each record, this one feels like a big departure. I like it for sure, but I can't help but be a little disappointed in it. The interplay between the cello and the vocals is usually the best part of any Murder by Death song, but on this one the cello just blends in too much with the rest of instrumentation. And while the electronic elements they brought in fit in better than I thought they would, it still just doesn't quite fit this bands vibe.


Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:37 pm
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This Father John Misty record is really good.


Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:55 am
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The new Erstwhile Records batch is exceptionally strong. Eerie haunted house atmosphere from Graham Lambkin/Michael Pisaro (2 of the most exciting minds in modern music right there), a wild and fun field recording/musique concrete set from Eric La Casa/Taku Unami, and a lovely, deep drone record from Jeph Jerman/Tim Barnes.

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Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:33 am
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jade_vine wrote:
Ok this is gonna be super obvious but seriously, where did these guys suddenly come from?


by being pushed by super producer mike will made it i'd guess

and having catchy songs

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Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:43 am
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this new kanye song... so good


Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:54 am
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yesssssss <3

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Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:13 am
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Anyone listen to the Drake "album"? I'm listening to it. It's pretty cool. Got that mixtape feel to it. My friend said that it's essentially a bunch of throw away songs hence the Mixtape feel to it. But since people know that most of the time a lot of Mixtapes are better than a lot of albums.


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this new kanye song... so good

This is growing more and more on me.

It's like 808s era stuff+the concussive percussion habits of his last one, basically it's fucking incredible.


Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:10 am
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Anyone listen to the Drake "album"? I'm listening to it. It's pretty cool. Got that mixtape feel to it. My friend said that it's essentially a bunch of throw away songs hence the Mixtape feel to it. But since people know that most of the time a lot of Mixtapes are better than a lot of albums.

Everyone calls it a bunch of throwaway songs, released it to get out of his contract, blah blah. But to me it's the first Drake album where he isn't singing (barely on key) the entire album. I dig it. Really into the beats and the general atmosphere, and I was always curious to hear him on album where he's mostly just rapping. He goes off on 6 PM...

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This is growing more and more on me.

It's like 808s era stuff+the concussive percussion habits of his last one, basically it's fucking incredible.


I dislike the autotune singing one, but the one with Sia is prettty cool.

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Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:13 am
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First listen to the new Dan Deacon album :_D

http://www.npr.org/2015/02/15/385245921 ... iss-riffer


Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:57 am
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I've started a new blog dedicated to avant-garde music, and have kicked it off with a review of my favorite 2015 album so far, Graham Lambkin & Michael Pisaro's bizarre, eerie Schwarze Riesenfalter:

https://reddybrownobjects.wordpress.com ... lter-2015/

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Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:20 am
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New Muse.


Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:55 am
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Brand new music from Camille, circa 2005. I'm keeping it current, as always.


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nursing/nurturing my sunday blues with this courtney barnett leak


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Holy shit, this fucking Kendrick record.


Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:53 am
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Holy shit, this fucking Kendrick record.

I don't like the term 'instant classic', as to me, no record attains that kind of status without surviving years of scrutiny - but I imagine this is kind of like what discovering one feels like.

Lyrically it's such a surprising record throughout, I like the production touchstones a lot too, hits of classic and g-funk, Outkast-esque weirdness. There's a loooot of record to process here.


Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:16 am
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It's phenomenal. That's about all I can say about it right now, needs more listens.


Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:33 am
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Does sound a little (too?) OutKastee/Aquenimiee. It's good, not great imo. Few more spins to go.

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Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:10 pm
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Yeah I'm listening to the record right now. Good stuff. I like the lighthearted stuff but when he goes dark damm does he go dark. And somehow I can relate to what he's saying. Good stuff. Love that he's grabbing the sound from all different eras from rap.


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It's good, not great imo.

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Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:20 am
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This Tobias Jesso fellow is doing a delightful Randy Newman impersonation

I guess this track is more like a John Lennon sketch for Imagine: http://teamcoco.com/video/tobias-jesso-jr-03-16-15

I honestly don't know whether to appreciate that someone is trying to make this kind of music and getting noticed for it or to dismiss him entirely

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Does anyone know of any songs with someone rapping over DJ Rashad beats?

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It's pointless to hope Warpaint releases anything this year so I'll just go back to playing Exquisite Corpse over and over

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Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:58 am
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Not sure if he's releasing an album this year, but the singles have been great

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Single of the year so far?


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Less Jai Paul-like, still pretty great

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I honestly don't know whether to appreciate that someone is trying to make this kind of music and getting noticed for it or to dismiss him entirely


Appreciate. I think he might actually be a genius...

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Appreciate. I think he might actually be a genius...

I'm leaning toward that after hearing some of his older tracks. True Love is great. Hopefully he nails down a sound and separates himself from Newman, Nilsson and Lennon, though, like The Tallest Man on Earth did when he was constantly compared to Dylan.

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I'm leaning toward that after hearing some of his older tracks. True Love is great. Hopefully he nails down a sound and separates himself from Newman, Nilsson and Lennon, though, like The Tallest Man on Earth did when he was constantly compared to Dylan.


I haven't even listened to the whole album yet! But I dunno, his sense of melody is so complete--not every singer-songwriter can do away with arrangement and come out unscathed. "Hollywood" almost made me cry, which hasn't happened since like, Big Star.

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Honestly, getting kind of bored of Doom (and Doom's fans) relying on his iconography for new stuff (particularly his Madvillain era stuff), I just want the man to make a new album with some innovative stuff on it.

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This has some issues with it's length and some of the skits, but at least on the initial listens through this is really good.


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I just want the man to make a new album with some innovative stuff on it.

Oh man, tell me about it.

There are bits I like on the last solo one, but too much of it seems like rehashed filler. His original verses on the JJ DOOM and NehruvianDOOM records are nice, but then he always sounds like a guest. I'd love to hear another solo work with a strong concept that runs throughout, but beginning to think it'll never happen again at this point.

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Well, Tobias Jesso has worn off for me--maybe too much of a professional's sheen--and other than the singles the album is all the same soon-overbearing emotional pitch. Maybe I'm too much a sucker for the stuff of antiquity.

I'm a bit disappointed in the Mountain Goats album--though I wouldn't call myself a diehard. Some fine tunes but I remain skeptical of the storytelling song tradition; seems to encourage laxness & stasis on the melody front. The jazzy adventures don't work for me either, but I'll work at it just a bit more before I call quits.

The New Pornographers album has settled in as really good, despite my initial aversion to the electronics. & If You're Reading This it's Too Late sounds better everyday, plus I can't say the word wi-fi without laughing anymore.

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