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Puts P4k's flaws into perspective - Mark Richardson's Holter review is far from dumbed down but it actually flows and makes the record sound appealing.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

drowning in adverbs

lex pretend, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy smokes.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am frankly amazed that any of you managed to actually read the entire thing.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

OMG @ that review.

I'd have thought it was a joke, if it wasn't for that exchange on Twitter.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow

if you feeling frogbs, leap (The Reverend), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

most of their reviews are like that iirc

Number None, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I actually like that record as well.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

It certainly didn't deserve having that review happen to it

Number None, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

gonna go transcend transcendence itself, brb

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's kind of like what I imagine my writing is like in my nightmares.

Like, you know that dream everyone apparently has where they suddenly and belatedly realise they're naked in a public place? My equiv is a computer screen flashing up:

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
9/10

You don’t give yourself over to Ekstasis so much as inexorably lose yourself within its glistening contours and fleeting visions of potentially misremembered moments of interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual enlightenment. Forget about “finding yourself”; everything, it seems, is all around us, yet each grasp at concrete experience inevitably yields a recession into the shadows from whence these feelings came. But then we remember, as if awakening from a dream: this is not ekstasis, this is ecstasy. This is not the shackle of an ontological reality, but euphoric possibility perpetually drawing us on toward its horizon, like a lost memory that lives on as desire. With Julia Holter, with this profound and inexhaustibly gorgeous album, we can transcend our own transcendence and find the greatest bliss in the joyful renunciation of what makes us us. And all we have to do is go outside.
Review by Tim Finney

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least your dream spared you from that Heidegger drop.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just went outside and nothing like all that other stuff happened :(

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Some things are too dangerous even in dreams.

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

C'mon, dude's a philosophy PhD student, he KNOWS his shit and KNOWS that an album review is the place to drop it.

Darren Huckerby (Dwight Yorke), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Might be a bit off topic but I have wondered if members of Tinariwen and Terakaft might be involved in the fighting in Mali.

― badg, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 6:01 AM (6 hours ago)

No re Tinariwen and I have not read any more about other bands. On the Rolling Whirled music thread I posted a link to a piece about 2 members of Tinariwen who are in a refugee camp now and unable to join up with other band members who had already left Mali for a tour.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp lol Tim

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

cokemachineglow is the worst

1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^ cannot be said enough, i'm actually curious to know who their audience actually is. at this point i'm assuming its at least 80% people reading it to roll their eyes

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

cokemachinejagger

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

the audience for that type of writing = 15-year-old theater kids

signed, a former 15-year-old theater kid who wishes he had a time machine so he could go back and shake some sense into his younger self

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

timemachineglow

the outlaw josie mccoy (some dude), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least your dream spared you from that Heidegger drop.

Ah, always waiting for the drop.

mh, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shout outs to Heidegger, always already, presence/absence, based, proper to human existence, swag, etc.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

heiswagger

lex pretend, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

as when a skrillex drops from a fixed point to its consequences, it always sees before it an empty space where it can never set foot, no matter how it wriggles

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

That Holter review might need its own thread? IDK. Basking in its awfulness.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

a poll thread, obv

I just went outside and nothing like all that other stuff happened :(

lol

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

In a recent interview with NME, Breton frontman Roman Rappak claimed that the London four-piece is "not out to make a big political statement." His declaration is hardly provocative until you learn that Breton's HQ-- functioning as studio, home, squat, party venue-- is a disused bank in south London.

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 14:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

hahaha

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

only reason any1 reads cokemachineglow is cuz sum1 at metacritic decided 2 aggregate their reviews as a joke

caulk the wagon and float it, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL they just compared Zooey Deschanel to Daniel Johnston

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

On its self-titled debut, this Vancouver "garage soul" band does a faithful, playful recreation of 1960s girl-group sounds, filtered through proudly grimy production.

this is like the ur-pitchfork band description

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think, perhaps, that this article gives the impression, or maybe confirms the suspicion, that Pitchfork pays, not by the word, but by the, comma

God, Music and Romeo and Juliet (DJP), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

er article sentence

God, Music and Romeo and Juliet (DJP), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

is it just me or is it a a bit weird that pfork runs a long review of the new amadou & mariam album (one that longs for more sounds of their homeland) without the slightest mention of the military coup currently taking place in mali?

This is a good piece addressing the phenomenon of Western media ignoring the political realities of Mali in their reporting on Malian musicians (in this case, Tinariwen):
http://blog.afropop.org/2012/04/tinariwen-mali-and-failure-of-western.html

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

cool will read

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

omfg

thinking maybe this site deserves its own thread, Pitchfork hasn't been on this path since like 2004

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

[The lights slowly come back up on 31, still tapping on his laptop. As the conversation between 26 and Dom fades to murmurs, Christopher’s Mom, aka HNIC (HEAD NAGGER IN CHARGE), walks in.]

some dude, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

:o

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

they've been doing this for years guys

Number None, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

also about a million viciously mean things popped into my head to say about the dude who wrote that that I will keep to myself and replace with:

I did not enjoy that at all.

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rating: Whisper-Quiet-Maytag-Dishwasher%

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbh that was the funniest thing dude wrote

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i really hope the dude who wrote that isn't 31.

or 26 for that matter.

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like how he name-drops other CMG staff writers.

Träumerei, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink


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