Frankie Rose & The Outs
And what about this?
The lack of The National's High Violet is a major oversight, especially for such a Brooklyn-centric publication.
Agreed about Transference. Totally forgot about it. Put it out of my mind, I guess. What a terrible record. Wrote about it here:
Agreed with all, except for Best Coast. Come summer 2011, it'll sound good again—or we'll have completely forgotten about Bethany. One of the two. In its place, I would have included Transference, which, while decent enough, is nowhere near as good as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Gimme Fiction, or Kill the Moonlight. Then again, not much it is.
You guys might be to young to remember that in the early 80's it was all about the skinny jean. Lee was a popular brand. You might remember a little indie hip hop duo called RUN DMC. What do you think they were wearing? It goes full circle. Here is a photo link from Jamal Shabazz' "Back in the Day" as a reminder.
And some people wore they jeans tighter than that btw
for me Titus Andronicus "No Future Part III: Escape From No Future" is track of the year. Nice list.
I'm making mixtapes off the radio for everyone this year. Your ideas are better.
"a triumph—of studio wizardry, of musical curiosity, of crowd-sourcing and of careful, constant curation?" You gotta be fucking kidding me. 808's was the shit. Up until 808s all of his albums were arguably his best. This one is ok, but it stays out of that argument.
And as for the whole "short-film" thing that yall dickheads see as sooooo inovative and fresh, Snoop Dogg has been dropping actual movies for his albums since Rhythm & Gangsta, (the album that had Beautiful ft. Pharrell.) That's Snoop's way of making his music visual and on top of that, the story always makes sense.
His latest one, Malice 'n' Wonderland, was the most confusing one he ever did (also the shortest), but unlike Kanye, Snoop Dogg appeared on several media venues explaining the plot, the ideas, and the overall story of his mini-movie.
Yall ppl r like idiots. If something doesn't make sense, and the creator doesn't explain it, you chalk it up to be artistic and exquisit. Yall make me sick. This album was ok and doesn't deserve the amount of neck u just gave it.
Btw, Teflon Don is a way better album. The proof to that is that I hated rick ross, but after I heard the album from start to finish, I became a fan. Kanye's album is simple, perverse and poorly written. Imean really, wth was Runaway about anyway? NOBODY KNOWS!!! Also, why is the second track titled "Gorgeous?" Da shit don't make sense and the music lacks genuine soul, feeling, and par-lyrics.
Great review! Perfectly expresses how I feel about the hyperbole surrounding Kanye West in most media. There's a difference between a genius and someone who just tries really (too) hard to be viewed as such.
Jeff - DS
love, love, love them!!! need more passion driven bands!!! so amazing.....aaaand, they rock my face off.
I love this band! I'm so glad to see they're being appreciated by others!! love love love them! can't wait for for another round in DC or Baltimore!
What the hell is this post-punk dribble? most of these bands sound like passion pit, mgmt, or a mix of both. None have anything distinguishing from them, except the first band Ava Luna, which offers us a side of funk with the mundaneness. Nothing ROCKS anymore. That makes me sad.
jesus morons...this is just some list that two "writers" put together...it really has no actual value.
Oh, also, I'm not rooting for this per se, but what are the odds that someone goes back to really itchy trip-hop, like Tricky's "Christiansands"? That one sounds great, still.
Man, I can't stand Fugazi. If we had a crop of "integrity" obsessed Brooklyn bands, bleeeearghing about squatter's rights or whatever the fuck, my eyes would strain from rolling. Which probably means, that yup, it is right around the corner.
It's a sorry state of affairs that these backward-looking "surfer"/"stoner"/"rock"/"punk" bands that are currently all the rage seriously under-appreciate Fugazi et al, at best, and frequently these babies of 1990 don't even know who they are.
Meanwhile: this...right hurr...is my...swag.
Jawbreaker, Karate, and The Promise Ring in one post: so excellent. If any of these bands played a straight week in Central Park (especially the latter two), I would definitely buy tickets for multiple nights.
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