It's great. It's hard to argue otherwise. It is certainly a more interesting, diverse, and heavier record than Virgin, but I don't know if it will have the game changing effect that Jason seems to think it will. He was most definitely right about one thing, this record feels like it's over in no time. The 50 odd minutes goes by with incredible speed. Listening to this record only furthered a statement I believe I made in my Right Away, Great Captain! review: "Andy Hull is a genius".
It's spectacular. Working on my review now. The angle I'm going with is fun music with creativity that doesn't suck. Dan Deacon has proven himself as a leader in electronic music, and is a name not to be forgotten.
1, Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
2. Pomegranates - Everybody, Come Outside!
3. Dan Deacon - Bromst
4. P.O.S. - Never Better
5. Morrissey - Years Of Refusal
6. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
7. Beirut - March Of The Zapotec/Realpeople Holland
8. Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself
9. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
10. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
So after the post, I spent a lot of time trying to think up what I consider essential albums, I'm stoked to get some "PRETENTIOUS ASSFUCKFUCKING ASSHOLE DOUCHE" comments, but hey, whatcha gonna do?
I'm limiting myself to one per band, which is a bitch, but I'm doing it
These are not the most influential or important albums, just ones that I think are good enough that everyone should own.
No real order:
Radiohead - OK Computer Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene Animal Collective - Sung Tongs My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane, Over The Sea Wilco - Summerteeth Girl Talk - Night Ripper The Replacements - Let It Be Daft Punk - Alive 2007 Grizzly Bear - Yellow House Kanye West - The College Dropout Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West Arcade Fire - Funeral
If you'd like to know why I included one over the other in a bands catalog, or something like that, ask! If you want to tell me what a fucking idiot I am because Blink aren't on here, go ahead! If you think that there is a band or album I totally overlooked, let me know. thanks!
Writing this review was painful, I was in love with this album after the first two weeks, then, after not listening for a day or two and picking it up again, the love affair was lost. All that was left was a disappointment.
After two listens, it's pretty good. A loud, catchy. somewhat sarcastic, Hip-Hop release. Very entertaining and definitely interesting. I can see this growing on me. I hate Simple Plan, but the chorus that Pierre sings in is really good. Partially because of the production on his voice, and partially because the song that he sings in is mocking the whiny nature of a lot of songs.
I'd recommened it for people who like big guitars in hip-hop, sarcasm, and big choruses.
First off, this is my 100th blog post. Fuck yeah! I guess it's cool that I made it this long on the site. I remember my first blog post was about how Panic At The Disco hadn't posted a new song when I thought they would, but then they did that day anyway. I hope that I can continue to enjoy this site, and enjoy a decent number of it's users.
Anyway, last night, I realized that my generation is really fucked, not in what the current generation is doing, but what I can only see these kids doing in the future. The things that some of these kids do is ridiculous. More details later.
1 Pomegranates 331
2 Two Tongues 286
3 Deerhunter 222
4 Thursday 76
5 The Lawrence Arms 71
6 Crystal Castles 63
7 Broken Social Scene 60
8 Tokyo Police Club 55
8 Explosions in the Sky 55
10 Rivers Cuomo 53
11 Times New Viking 32
11 Girl Talk 32
11 Against Me! 32
14 Foals 28
15 No Age 24
I listened to a lot of music last week. Three bands over 200.
I don't believe the scene is dead. Well, at least not totally. It's lying on the hospital bed, and the doctor is right there with the electricity, ready to juice up it's heart for the second time. In case you didn't follow that ridiculous metaphor, there are bands that survived, and I believe have the ability to revive the scene, but they've tried once and failed (not at all their fault, and it's still not literal). Thursday and New Found Glory both paid their dues and got put on major record labels, and neither of the bands hit like they should have or needed to.
Now both of them are back on an indie, a rather large one, but an indie nonetheless. Bands from the time when the scene was thriving need to bring it back, because I believe that's the only way it can happen. Bands can do it, but not by themselves. They need promotion, both from the label and word of mouth to get their albums to sell more, and to get their name out there better. These bands have the ability to regain their prominence and importance on a wider scale.
I'd also like to say that it's a tad bit ironic that the label (Epitaph) that has the bands with the ability to save the scene also houses bands that are driving the sword in.
First thing I'd like to say is; Bro Rock finally came through for me. I kept hearing how sweet this band named Buckcherry (fuckcherrylol) was. So I went to best buy, and paid $8 for their absolutely terrible album. Yesterday I sold it on Amazon for $10. Suck on that one.
January 20th is a huge day for albums that I want, I don't want to get too many, but here's what I'm looking at:
Animal Collective - Merriweather Hype Pavilion* Bon Iver - Blood Bank* Franz Ferdinand - Tonight A.C. Newman - Get Guilty Matt & Kim - Grand
* = Getting for sure
The last three, I'll probably pick 2, it depends on the prices, plus my Best Buy probably won't have Bon Iver or Matt & Kim. I guess that would make it easier.
Also, my ankle hurts like a mother fucking bitch. If this surgery didn't solve the problem, I'm going to start taking babies hostage.
Everything in my life is pretty cool right now. Even though I had surgery on Monday and am on crutches, it doesn't hinder the amazing weekend I had. I went to Michigan with the hockey team and it was great. Even though this was one of the first times in my life that I've been consciously around people that are high and offered drugs to me, I was okay. It was from people that know and respect, and understood a denial. I don't care if they were high, except that I had to watch some thing on the history channel because the one kid who was high at the time thought it was fucking hilarious. We spent a lot of time (and a lot of money) going to Buffalo Wild Wings. We ate like pigs and watched pointless sporting events. It was a good time.
NOTE: I don't look down on people who smoke pot, it's just not my thing.
I would hope that we could get to a point on this site where people would stop having to say that. Plenty of people come off as ridiculous douche bags, not because of their opinion, but because of the way they state it. It's ridiculous. I was reading through the "LP's that should have been EP's" thread, and I was getting angry. Irthesteve, a user that I generally respect, was acting like a complete ass, while I respect that he can disagree with other peoples opinions, but the way he was going about it was rude. He stated his opinion like it was the end of the line. Arguments on this site would be reduced greatly if people would realize that they didn't have to be so abrasive with thir opinons. For now, people should learn to tag on IMO to every post that they make.
I've been rotating between Pomegranates album Everything is Alive and Two Tongues self titled masterpiece.
I took a break to listen to Deerhunter discography, and then went back to my rotation. If I had heard Pomegranates last year it would probably be top 5. Holy shit it's good. In 4 days I've listened to it 25 times.
I've only listened to the albums a few times, but it's an awesome record. I don't know if it's as good as I'd hoped or expected, but it's really good. My favorite track is either "Tremor" or "Wowee Zowee". The best tracks are the faster ones, but the slower ones have a really dark and awesome feel. A lot of the songs sound like Say Anything songs with dual vocals, and a lot of the songs sound new. None of them really give off a STD feel.