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    Re: Tell Us About 2016 Releases

    I, Gemini by Let's Eat Grandma is a weird little record that I absolutely adore. Emma Pollock (formerly of The Delgados) released a solo album that's pretty good, as did Kate Jackson, who used to be...
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    Re: So, we're about halfway through 2016

    Nothing has been as immediate and pervasive for me this year as Courtney Barnett was last year, but there's still been a wealth of great stuff. I've grouped and ranked my top five (read as: the five...
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    I felt the same way about the debut from We Were Promised Jetpacks. There's nothing special about the release (other than it being a great record), but for a while it was going for north of $100 on...
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    Re: The Travel Thread

    For sure do the Ring Road, then. My wife and I did 11 days last summer, and it was amazing. PM me if you've got specific questions about things to see. I've been putting together a series of...
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    Re: Tell Us About 2016 Releases

    Rarely is a band's tenth album the best entry point. Listen to their first three (Tindersticks I and II and Curtains) and see if that helps.
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    On Sunday I looked online to see that my local Barnes & Noble had one copy of Blackstar in stock, so I had them hold it. Woke up Monday to the horrible news of Bowie's death, and when I went to the...
  7. Re: Top albums of 2015 (picked by labels, blogs, magazines, artists, and etc)

    I assume this is a rhetorical question.
  8. Thread: Spotify

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    Re: Spotify

    Land of Talk – "Yuppy Flu"
    Sunset Rubdown – "Silver Moons"
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow – "Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)"
    Fugazi – "Do You Like Me"
    The Mountain Goats – "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in...
  9. Re: The Thread Where You Name an Artist and Someone Else Recommends an Album

    Back to Basics is a handy collection of his early acoustic EPs. His next three albums – Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, Workers Playtime, and Don't Try This at Home – are all pretty...
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    An odd mix of stuff in the used bins today.

    LP:
    The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
    Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn
    Graham Parker & The Rumour – Squeezing Out Sparks...
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    Re: The Pitchfork News/reviews thread

    Between Get Happy!!, Trust, Imperial Bedroom, and Blood & Chocolate there are easily a dozen Elvis Costello songs worthy of inclusion in a Top 200. Even though, as you point out, the 80s – and...
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    Re: Tell Us About 2015 Releases

    Counterpoint: They're scuzzy and scabrously fun and their new album is one of the best of the year.
  13. Thread: Spotify

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    Re: Spotify

    I'm guessing it's related to whatever's preventing you and your boyfriend from friending each other on Facebook.
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    Oh man – Brainiac. So, so good. I was lucky enough to be living near Dayton, OH, when the "Dayton scene" was actually a thing. I got to see a bill with Brainiac and Guided by Voices (six months...
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    Re: Spotify

    I've generally been pretty pleased with these, although I'm finding that my playlists are less about discovering new music than reacquainting me with stuff I haven't listened to in a while or...
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    Re: The Default Thread: Music Edition.

    Slight tangent that's kinda sorta related to the previous conversation: Does anyone have a preferred length for albums? I always feel like 10-12 songs lasting 30-45 minutes is my sweet spot. ...
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    Hit the jackpot at one of our used stores today: a sealed copy of R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi. Apparently they had a copy of Monster,, too, but sold it last week.
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    Some decent digging today:

    LP:
    David Bowie – Young Americans
    David Bowie – Low
    The Jam – Sound Affects
    Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire

    And filling in some gaps via Discogs:
  19. Thread: Spotify

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    For the last two years I've been dumping my favorite song from each album I listen to into a playlist for its corresponding year. I've got playlists for the years 1963-2015, with things getting...
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    Re: Fuck the Republican Party.

    Yup. I forget who I was watching – maybe Jon Stewart, maybe Bill Maher – who reminded us of 2012, where the GOP had a different frontrunner 6 or 8 times. Huckabee, Perry, West, etc., etc. The...
  21. Thread: Hey, Books

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    Re: Hey, Books

    I adore Telegraph Avenue. My (wordy) review from Goodreads, for what it's worth:
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    My Insound order arrived, too:

    Björk – Homogenic
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
    The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
    The Jesus and Mary Chain – Automatic
    Sparklehorse –...
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    Considering Underworld was my first exposure to DeLillo, it's sort of amazing I stuck around long enough to become a fan. I read it probably fifteen years ago and remember virtually nothing about...
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    Re: The Travel Thread

    Thanks! We're driving through (or staying in) some of the places you mention, and after hearing some fantastic things about the Westfjords – beautiful and with hardly any tourists, plus Arctic fox...
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    Re: Tell Us About 2015 Releases

    Fans of panoramic, anthemic rock by melancholy Scots (see also: The Delgados, The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks) would do well to check out Tiny Rewards, the new one from...
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    Re: The Travel Thread

    I'll definitely do a write-up when we get back. We'll be there from July 2-13, starting in Reykjavik, then doing the Ring Road with detours north to Husavik and west to Isafjordur to see the...
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    Re: Courtney Barnett Club

    She blew the roof off the place. I'd read an interview where she said she's scrappier in a live setting, but I was totally not prepared for how raw and raucous she and her band would be. If she's...
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    Re: The Travel Thread

    My wife and I head to Iceland for two weeks in a month. Anyone been who has recommendations for things that might not show up on the usual list of tourist sights? We're basically traveling the Ring...
  29. Thread: Confessions

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    Re: Confessions

    Also, ducks! Congrats again!
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Oh yeah, this is worth mentioning, too. 2012 was the last year I was at Coachella, so maybe it's made huge strides in the water stations, but all I remember were abysmally long lines for tepid...
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    Thanks! It's always interesting to see what this little hole-in-the-wall place near me can get its hands on. The Minutemen album comes with a ballot where – if it were 1985 – I could vote for the...
  32. Re: words people use that make you realize they are a douchebag

    Dropping the "the" was one of the hardest transitions to make moving from California to Georgia. That, and learning to be racist.



    As far as I know, the entire Midwest and East Coast.
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    Re: Official CD/LP purchases thread

    LP:

    Minutemen – 3-Way Tie (For Last) (original SST pressing)
    Lou Reed – Berlin
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Having had the benefit of going to Shaky Knees the two previous years (my wife and I only live 30 minutes away), it's really cool to see how it continues to evolve. Clearly influenced by Coachella's...
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    I just refer to my students by number. Of course, the men are all primes.
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    I'll be at Ride on Friday and Spiritualized on Saturday. And then here the rest of the weekend:

    Friday:
    12:30: Surfer Blood
    2:30: John Grant
    3:15: Wavves
    4:15: Mac DeMarco
    5:15: Kaiser...
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Wristbands shipping now. Also an announcement that surprises would be coming in the next couple weeks, with the first one being that Social Distortion's Saturday set will include them playing the...
  38. Re: Commentary on the Dynamic Top Albums of 2015 thread

    Glad you like it! It's definitely not doing anything particularly new, but if we're not going to hold that against the Colleen Green album (which I like a lot), I figure it applies to this one, too....
  39. Thread: Hey, Books

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    Re: Hey, Books

    Jennifer Egan's Look at Me is so goddamn good I don't know whether to be exhilarated or depressed. I'm halfway through, and I can't read it quickly enough.
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    I finally started watching The Americans. I'm enjoying it so far, but I have to admit the biggest question I had after watching the first episode was, "Were people really sticking fingers in asses...
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    Re: Dynamic Top Albums of 2015

    1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    2. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    3. Swervedriver – I Wasn't Born to Lose You
    4. Radical Dads – Universal Coolers
    5....
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    The Masquerade is kind of an interesting place: a converted mill that has three performance areas. Heaven is the larger upstairs one; Hell and Purgatory are downstairs and tiny(ish). It would be...
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    Re: Hey, Books

    Good to know I still have cred after our recent disagreement about The Martian.

    Mystery fans who don't know Ian Rankin should start his Inspector Rebus series immediately. I've worked my way...
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Thrilled (and not a little surprised) that Ride is doing a full show, especially at Terminal West, which is a 600-seat venue.
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    Re: Hey, Books

    Goon Squad, no question.
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Best lineup of the U.S. festival season further solidified.
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    Agreed on all points, but the phrase "after a week and a half" is the most important thing to remember about all of it. The Nightly Show is still in early days, and it's got some very big shoes to...
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Attendance last year was roughly 18,000 each day. My guess is it'll increase this year, but the venue's changing for the third time in three years. It'll be at a good-sized public park this year,...
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    I could be wrong – it's been known to happen – but I don't think either previous year sold out.
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    Re: Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA

    Yeah, I'll be there for sure. This lineup actually does more for me than Coachella or Bonnaroo, for less money and with a better crowd. Also, sleeping in my own bed at night.
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