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Re: “11 Great Songs (Plus Three Terrible Ones) Not Sung by the Band’s Lead Singer

"Blessed State" by Wire is a favorite of mine.

Posted by Jeff K. on 01/06/2012 at 12:24 PM

Re: “10 Most Ridiculous Items Raekwon Claims to Own in New Track "MTV Cribs"

This made my day. It might also make my year, as I just altered my resolution. It was, previously: Drink more water. (Seriously.) It is, now: Acquire all of this bullshit. (Maybe not so seriously. Insufficient 'enndz,' as it were.)

I think the textured walls might've floored me the most. He must have one of those historical preservation residences. Freemasons!

As for the first item, the plasma toilet, no less hilarious than its relative inscrutability (well, perhaps it incinerates fecal deposits at such high temperatures that they not only sublimate, but their miasmal traces are also immediately annihilated, the perfect gadget for someone who wants to be sure that his shit doesn't stink), is that only moments after he names that possession, he says something about 'if I gotta squeeze running outta time.'

Perhaps there's a go-go-Gadget item to take care of that?

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Posted by Paul D'Agostino on 01/04/2012 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Your 2012 Album Preview

Deltron Event II

Posted by Michael on 01/04/2012 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The 10 Most Disappointing Albums

"But it's also lacking the big Radiohead moments we've come to expect."

which "we" expecting exactly what???

Radiohead has actually consistently dazzled with the little moments.

Posted by oedipa maas on 12/27/2011 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The 10 Most Disappointing Albums

Completely agree. Except Panda Bear.

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Posted by Jade Ariella Lien on 12/21/2011 at 12:07 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now


Posted by Absolute Bull Fucking Shit on 12/03/2011 at 10:28 AM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now

Punk/noise/experimental show tonight at Lit Lounge ----

Posted by Absolute Bull Fucking Shit on 12/03/2011 at 10:26 AM

Re: “On the Death of an Indie Show Space in Williamsburg

I am super sad to see BF go. My tip for their next space would be to separate the bar from the music performance space. Their low drink prices always made for a very chatty environment to hear live music. I know that layout isn't a problem at Cakeshop but since BF's was also a jukebox bar people just didn't know when to shut up and listen to the band on stage.

Posted by Melissa on 12/02/2011 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The Eight Best Brooklyn Records You Probably Didn't Hear

or this:

Posted by JVanDyne on 11/11/2011 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Justice

Relief upon reading this. Has anyone ever tried to start a slow clap in the comments section? I'm going to try. Clap...clap...clap...

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Posted by Sydney Brownstone on 11/01/2011 at 3:24 PM

Re: “RIP Monster Island (And Brooklyn DIY?)

Hey Sophie, in the process of getting it fixed now. Hang tight!

Posted by Lauren Beck on 10/12/2011 at 5:07 PM

Re: “RIP Monster Island (And Brooklyn DIY?)

Ummm the text in this article is all fucked up for me - someone fix it?

Posted by Sophie Weiner on 10/12/2011 at 4:38 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now

Hatin' on Maladroit?

Posted by JKurp on 10/12/2011 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Wilco (Their Best Album in Years)

If memorable songs are a judgment of how the new record is, then they failed. The last album isn't as bad as you may think and Sky Blue Sky starts off with 3 spectacular tunes. This one is nicely varied but you cant remember specific tunes. Songwriting is the toughest thing for any musician and I really don't put this above any album in the last 10 years as critics have been saying. Ive listened about 4 times. Maybe I will listen more. Maybe I'm missing something

Posted by Les horowitz on 10/11/2011 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Big Troubles: Romantic Comedy

I really liked your review. Nice stuff.

Posted by Drake Aaron Hazelwood on 10/09/2011 at 9:46 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now

"Please Please George" ... the best song about Game of Thrones I've ever heard.

Posted by soundbitesnyc on 10/05/2011 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Still Fighting, After All These Years

jf22: Yr gonna die before indie does! How old are you to be spewing these fighting words, anyway?

Posted by j. on 09/18/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Still Fighting, After All These Years

Man they are still kicking.

Posted by Demarcus Love on 09/16/2011 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Male Bonding: Stuck Between the 90s and Forever

I think Lauren and many other critics have been swept up in the whole brooklyn indie-sound (aka light-sounding vocals with lots of reverb/delay, guitars with little fuzz/overdrive and lots of reverb, upper-mid eq'd bass, and drums with out any drive or depth), and have neglected to write about actual rock and punk bands because they don't fit into this narrow scope.

That's not to say that a band like Male Bonding is bad, but that what is considered buzz-worthy in the underground rock world is leading to an orthodoxy of musical stylings and an oversaturation of "musicians" (aka people with little talent and training but can play G power chord to C power chord over 1/8 notes while spending $100 on a haircut) which ends up homogenizing the club billings because bookers think that's what's in style and what the kids want to hear.

I think the point is that while there will always be more pop-oriented rock music (aka current indie-sound), I hope that the author and other critics can search out rock bands that have big sounding drums, singers who scream and howl and wear their emotions on their sleeve, and big, dirty sounding guitars that create all sorts of phasing, dissonance, and ass-kicking drive (and maybe some that even have political or societal messages larger than their pursuit of Girl X).

My thoughts are that the whole indie/80's nostalgia/60's surfer/synth rock, which popularized during the Bush years, was akin to a societal opiate binge in which we masked the true nature of our country's (and world's) turn towards an ever more un-egalitarian corporatocracy, and enabled the apathetic political culture we see evident today.

My hope is that a new generation of musicians will begin creating music that is a painful and honest reflection and reaction of the current state of our economy, society, and the world. And instead of sedating ourselves, the music will confront the situation head on and encourage others to drop their trivial pursuits and narcissistic behavior in order to get real and come together.

Posted by jf22 on 09/15/2011 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Still Fighting, After All These Years

I agree with REALMusiclover, I don't think Jenn Pelly has any real understanding of music theory and composition.

Besides that, Wild Flag just sounds like every other indie Brooklyn band, and the reason they are getting buzz is cos they are an all female group (aka sex sells).

I can't wait for the whole indie/80's retro scene to die.

Posted by jf22 on 09/15/2011 at 11:19 AM

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