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    Fuck it, I'm doing U2 if I get bored enough at work tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guedita View Post
    Don't worry, Bryan, my review of Colin's take on Americana is much more favorable than my view on his take of progrockpera.
    I actively try to suppress my memories of listening to that wretch. Worse than the Metallica/Lou Reed album.
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    I actually really love The King is Dead, too. But it's been nearly five years since my overview and my opinion of people who prance around in port urchin and marine whore costume has changed somewhat. Evidently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    I actively try to suppress my memories of listening to that wretch. Worse than the Metallica/Lou Reed album.
    Oh. I first listened to it on my birthday, after a terrible day and terrible birthday dinner date.

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    The "Fuck you Cara, you go to hell" birthday. We all have one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahrain View Post
    I'd have to sit on them for a while given how busy and important I am, but I could do Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Shearwater, Why?.
    Please do. Why? just announced a show here and I'm not terribly familiar with them.
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    Has Pitchfork revealed it's top 200 covers by Arcade Fire yet?

    Bonobo (DJ set) - 10/10 - The Mohawk
    Screaming Females - 10/23 - Red 7
    Caribou & Jessy Lanza - 11/23 - The Mohawk

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    Is that a poorly outlined specific request or a request narrowing down to those three?

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    The latter. I've listened to the other bands you've mentioned but would still like to read your thoughts on them.
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    Has Pitchfork revealed it's top 200 covers by Arcade Fire yet?

    Bonobo (DJ set) - 10/10 - The Mohawk
    Screaming Females - 10/23 - Red 7
    Caribou & Jessy Lanza - 11/23 - The Mohawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Fuck all y'all, the last Decemberists album was quite good. But I'll wait to see what you say Cara. You're on notice though.
    lol, so her writeup is valid only if it's in line with your opinions?
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    I'm also happy to weigh into the Springsteen mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuyCM View Post
    lol, so her writeup is valid only if it's in line with your opinions?
    It's still a valid write-up, it's just incorrect if it isn't in line with my opinion. But that's how they all are. Hail king Mack.
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    I like that each of those words is both a noun and verb provided you consider them in the contexts of their original use, weather, flirtation, and checkers.

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    It makes my reign that much more divine and delightful.
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    I will not publicly commit to anything. Someday, there just might be a write up. Or a finished incomplete project. Or silence. But a profound, reassuring silence pregnant with meaning and poignancy.
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    U2 (a work in progress)

    Part 1: Early albums

    1.

    Boy (1980) - "I started a landslide, in my ego / Look from the outside to the world I left behind." With this opening bombast on the first single from U2's debut album -- lyrics that are function as both a tribute and not-so-subtle claim to the legacy of the recently departed Ian Curtis -- one of rock's great egoists is born. But the singer's not the story on this album: his guitarist is. Armed with an array of delay effects born out of autodidacticism and inexpensive equipment, the Edge brings a fully-formed, signature sound to Boy, one that the band would build upon, subvert, and then rebuild upon for decades to come. Informed by the spirit of post-punk and new wave, but not certainly defined by it, U2 here suggest a flair for the anthemetic that would define their career, and the course of much of the two decades of alternative rock that would follow in their wake. "I Will Follow" and "Out of Control" suggest a wide-eyed combination of hopefulness and angst that only eighteen-year-olds can fully understand. I am perhaps overrating this album relative to where others would put it, but this music has a youthfulness and purity that has aged so well. Here is the biggest band in the world before anyone knew it. Except for Bono, of course. A-

    2.

    October (1981) - The difficult second album in every cliched sense, and then some. Having exhausted the well-rehearsed material of their formative years for the first album, the band had to start from scratch on a truncated time-frame in order to deliver the follow-up. Famously, a briefcase containing Bono's lyrics for the album were lost on tour shortly before the band entered the studio to record the album, forcing him to largely improvise in the studio. At the time, Bono, Edge, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. were all deeply involved in a local Christian sect; the commitment of the three band members to spirituality created something of an internal row with bassist Adam Clayton, who was far less interested in spiritual commitments than his bandmates. Many of the resulting lyrics in the album are overtly Christian in theme. Musically, the album sticks largely to Boy's script (without ever fully approximating its energy and novelty), but manages to find room for some exploration. Mid-album ballads "Tomorrow" and "October" incorporate elements of traditional Irish pipes and piano, respectively. Singles "Gloria" and "Fire" are well-selected album standouts, each showing growth in the band's rhythm section. A difficult album, but one that was ultimately necessary, according to the band's own telling, in convincing them to continue with music as a profession. C+

    3.

    War (1983) - From the opening martial drum beat of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" that begins the proceedings, War announces itself as the band's first attempt at a capital "I" Important album. Where October found the band treading water musically and lyrically, War delivered on the early promise of the band's early singles and Boy, and then some, and in the process gave the band its first significant chart success in the UK and exposure in the United States. Lyrically Bono moves from the inward realms of adolescent angst and spiritual yearning to the external realms of politics and romance. Political anthems like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (about the Irish troubles, as considered from a defiantly pacifist perspective) and "New Year's Day" (about the Polish Solidarity movement, as considered from the personal heartache of jailed leader Lech Walesa) are so embedded in the popular consciousness of what U2 are as a band that it is nearly impossible to contextualize what they must have sounded like to fresh ears in 1983. It's certainly hard for me to separate these tracks from the DNA of the band as I understand it. "Two Hearts Beat as One" features a pulsing sense of rhythm that the band hadn't previously explored, one that would attract the attention of club DJs for the first time, and that would foreshadow --ever so slightly -- a direction that the band would take more than a decade later. It is perhaps the most consistently underrated song in the U2 back catalogue. The atmospheric "Drowning Man" remains a personal favorite; "Surrender" is the shoulda-been-a-hit. The album closes with "'40,'" a long-time fan favorite wrote in the 11th hour of the recording sessions which is based on Psalm 40. The album that gave U2 a purpose. A-

    4.

    Under a Blood Red Sky (1983) - A live ep, designed to capture the raw energy of the band's early period and to put a capstone on that era, today mostly serves as disappointing reminder of the fact that U2 contemporaneously released a far-superior full concert of the band's celebrated performance at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater on home video formats. Only two tracks from the legendary Red Rocks concert appear among the ep's eight tracks: an excellent performance of 1981 single "Gloria," and a dismal performance of forgettable b-side toss-away "Party Girl." (Oddly, "Party Girl's" very notoriety and former obscurity made it something of a subsequent live staple and fan favorite after the release of this ep, notwithstanding the fact that it remains a terrible song.) The "Live at Red Rocks" concert film is essential U2; "Under a Blood Red Sky" is not. C-
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    Swans studio albums: fucking complete, finally.
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    Fuck. Yes.
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    Only six albums in to my Frank Black/Black Francis write up and it is already about five pages in word. This is going to be a very long one.
    10/12/14 Gerard Way - the Fillmore
    11/07/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/08/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/09/14 Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Regency Ballroom
    11/17/14 Bastille - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    11/23/14 Sky Ferreira - the Independent

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    Are you doing the Catholics stuff, Paley and Francis and/or Grand Duchy, too? I'm relistening to my 10th Black album in 3 days. So good. So much.

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    That said, dueling Frank Black pieces is cool, and I'm enjoying refreshing my memory/researching, but I'd happily switch to a Superchunk project. I've got a page of notes, and wouldn't feel like I wasted my time, by any means. Also, your user name is AlecEiffel, for god's sake. Anybody have any thoughts?

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    Yeah, I'm covering pretty much everything, 25 albums in all. I'm leaving off the greatest hits, any live records and the second Grand Duchy album.
    10/12/14 Gerard Way - the Fillmore
    11/07/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/08/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/09/14 Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Regency Ballroom
    11/17/14 Bastille - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    11/23/14 Sky Ferreira - the Independent

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    Cool. I'm leaning toward the Superchunk project now. Around 20 releases, too. I'll probably still grade the rest of the Frank Black stuff just to see how they compare. Well, that, and because I'm a music nerd.

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    I'd definitely be interested in seeing what you'd have to say, I'd also be interested in hearing more about Superchunk too, as I've only heard the first two albums.
    10/12/14 Gerard Way - the Fillmore
    11/07/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/08/14 The Matches - Slim's
    11/09/14 Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Regency Ballroom
    11/17/14 Bastille - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    11/23/14 Sky Ferreira - the Independent

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    Have fun with your homework. I'm gonna listen to some Superchunk, which is never a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastmusicfan View Post
    Anybody have any thoughts?
    I only have a very cursory familiarity with Superchunk at best, so I for one would love to see your take on their stuff.
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    Seconded with Superchunk. The Stereogum rundown got me interested, but I'd prefer a more cogent set of reviews from you, Tom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulDischarge View Post
    Swans studio albums: fucking complete, finally.
    Great job man, I enjoyed reading them. I still need to get Various Failures and Swans Are Dead.
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    Can this be right? Has no one done Dinosaur Jr. yet? I just went through the list twice and didn't see their name on there. Would anyone mind doing Dinosaur Jr.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage patton View Post
    Would anyone mind doing Dinosaur Jr.?
    9/26 - William Basinski - Pasadena Arts Council
    9/28 - Bob Mould - Roxy (?)
    10/01 - King Crimson - Orpheum
    10/10 - Thurston Moore/Sebadoh - Echoplex (?)
    10/11 - BADBADNOTGOOD - Echoplex (?)


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    I lol'd. Any excuse to break out that picture is a great one.
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    And it's been long established that Chris hates fun.
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