Most pompous thing ive read in some time. Bitter much that a 20 year old has a far greater grasp on music than you? Go watch some TV to escape the feeling rather than jacking yourself off with a thesaurus and a music blog.
Nice job here, Jeff. The Rapture are coming to El Paso this month, and I had to do some preliminary research in order to confirm that it was the same band because, A: The Rapture still exist? and B: El Paso?
this is a fucking terrible review
Hey, I love this guy and I don't watch TV. So there...
Good read, it clarifies a bit about the movement, though I still feel afro-punk as a term is a little off the mark - just cuz so many of the kids in that scene seem more metal or alternative. Paris Suit Yourself would have been nice this year
Conklin nails this on the head in so few words. While I smile at the "rediscovery", such as it is, of vinyl, I get more than a bit irritated with the fetishizing of the medium's imperfections. There's nothing "magic" about heavier vinyl pressings: the Good Stuff comes from (in no order of importance) better-quality vinyl, a higher-quality transfer from the master tapes, and less warping, among a host of other behind-the-curtain tech stuff. Done right, being charged $18 a pop is hardly outrageous if the music matters to you. And, yes, punk deserves the treatment as much as Springsteen.
Agreed. Whether or the technology is worth it is one thing. But there is nothing "unpunk" about wanting to hear the records the way they are supposed to sound. As far as "punk being at an awkward age" I'd say that happened around 1983.
Man, sorry to say this year's list is pretty weak. Yuck
THIS IS THE BEST RECORD I'VE HEARD ALL YEAR. IT'S A SOUNDTRACK TO FUCK AND KILL TO.
@zyxwvut - '(I Am a) Tree' was written by Doug Gillard for his band Gem before he was in GBV. It was actually released and can be found on Youtube with Gillard singing the vocals. It's a great version. Pollard liked it and redid it for GBV.
I gotta agree with the people in the piece who argue that GBV's songs are generally not simple at all. I think lyrically and melodically they are quite sophisticated. Pollard knows how to make a few notes go a long way by choosing them well. I believe (or at least hope) that GBV will go down in rock annals as one of the best bands ever, to the degree that such an objective statement can be made.
@Ezra Feinberg, Citay
"Either “A Salty Salute” OR a kind of random Tobin Sprout song (I think it’s Tobin Sprout, maybe it’s Pollard, I’m not sure) called “I Am A Tree.” A late-90s power pop jam, totally hi-fi and normal pop song length. I’ve moshed alone to that song. "
Definitely not Tobin Sprout. "I Am A Tree" was written by Doug Gillard.
Not by listening, MC, but by over-hyping much mediocrity--and the occasional decent band.
Oh my god are you crazy? The Advantage has a great talent on doing these songs, who cares if you aren't playing on the NES? Their objective is to remember your childhood by listening to their music. In 2010 they were on Japan doing a nactional tour on it, the only bad thing is that they haven't released more albums since 2008, and the Live Albums are hard as hell to find around the internet which makes the band more interesting.
Hillstock 2011 is actually June 3-5th because there is a kickoff party at 385 Kent with the So So Glos, Eskalators, Toothaches and more!
The most exciting part is that legendary hip hop DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore will be headlining the Saturday block party, which is also free!
I've said this before and I'll say it again....Does anyone actually like tyler the creator and OF..whatever the fuck it is, or is this some hip trend where you act like you enjoy something for its assumed artistic value? I mean if everyone cool on the internet is saying it’s cool it’s gotta be good right? This music is jokes and everyone getting caught up in the hype is the punchline.
the writer has to remember that this was Tyler's first release in mainstream music- nobody in mainstream knew about Bastard when he released it. This was really his introduction to the music world, so most people haven't heard his style/material before. It may be old to those of us who have heard OFWGKTA before, but he HAD to focus on the same material in this album since it is his first real introduction. Anyways, it was good! Maybe you should listen to the lyrics again- they are actually pretty good (I am still just catching the meaning of certain lines/verses now, after about my 15th listen to the album- this points to some serious lyrical creativity to me).
I found this album to be really enjoyable. How you can call him uncreative is beyond me. As far as I, and many others, and concerned, Tyler and OFWGKTA are a breath of fresh air in a genre that is currently stale. Artists such as Big Sean, Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa deserve to be called out for their lack of creativity, not someone who just released an album unlike one heard in many years.
@Osma: You're right (about the Domo Genesis rhyme, not the other thing), the misattributed quotation has been corrected. Thanks.
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