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suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

the airing of grievances is such a dope album hope this is even 1/2 as good

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

their last album had this perfect balance of sloppiness/messiness & classic rock fist-pumping released at the perfect moments, and this album... one ups it by being amplifying all those qualities (lots of long tracks) and expanding their sound to include horns & jamming pianos & stuff

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think i'm going to be the only person who thinks this is a super-flattering comparison, but this album is like if green day grew up in new jersey & then decided to write '21st century breakdown' at the age of 24

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

lamp, it's so good

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

iirc there were two mindblowingly awesome super rocking songs on 'the airing of grievances' but i was mostly bored by the rest. and they were right next to each other on the album.

make tha trap say hay (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

they're fun live, too, bulging neck muscles etc.

make tha trap say hay (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

*tho

make tha trap say hay (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

the middle third is the hardest rocking partic the s/t and "upon viewing..." but i like the whole thing a lot. even the cheesy narration of the camus novel @ the end is p dope

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

prediction: i will spend a lot of friday nights getting drunk by myself and listening to this album

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

shout-singing along to the "your life is over" ending to the s/t song is a joyous 08 party memory of mine that i will treasure always

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

i liked that its underneath a p tuneful and introspective album despite the rocking

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp- yes! my live titus andronicus experience was at a bbq at sxsw and there was one 14 year old kid who was just absurdly into it, arms flailing around and screaming along to every word. it really loosened up the crowd and everyone moshed and sang along at that part.

make tha trap say hay (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

when i saw them at pfork 08 i thought they were one of the worst live bands i had ever seen, but then i saw them in a lil club opening for los campesinos! & they were really cool

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

the middle of this album ("a pot in which to piss" & "four score & seven") is some http://i1.tinypic.com/833rrc8.jpg shit

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

also the climax of the 14 min final track

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

k i'm downloading this

make tha trap say hay (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

between this & the real estate album, new jersey has put out two of my favorite indie records in a while -- i like that they're pretty much total polar opposites soundwise -- i guess in reality they're both about suburban malaise (lol new jersey)

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

this is kind of far and away the best album i've heard this year

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

btr than vmp wknd???

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

it might be a bit of afterglow but i think so! it's possible that vampire weekend will be better over a long run but this album is honestly just O_O

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah idk i love the VW album... this is A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

the recording on this is also way more hi-fi which i think is cool

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

this album is super EPIC

just sayin, Friday, 26 February 2010 12:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i keep jogging to this but i sort of distrust my motivations

thomp, Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

jordan s were you a fan of the bright eyes album lifted, or: the story is in the soil, keep yr ears to the ground

thomp, Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

?

thomp, Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

your motivations for jogging???

no chapo (Lamp), Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

those too, actually

thomp, Saturday, 20 March 2010 14:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

liking this album a lot more than the debut so far, but i gotta say

your life is over >>>>> you will always be a loser

facepalm death (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Diggin this album

karma chamillionaire (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

jordan s were you a fan of the bright eyes album lifted, or: the story is in the soil, keep yr ears to the ground

― thomp, Thursday, March 18, 2010 8:34 AM (6 days ago) Bookmark

i've never heard this, but i dig bright eyes in general

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

whiney! i actually thought you might

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe i'll go out & buy this later today

ksh, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

i've never heard this, but i dig bright eyes in general

:D :D :D

still not really feelin this as much as u dogg but im going 2 see them i think next week or smthn hype

Lamp, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

i don't think this band is my thing but they're playing a super small venue here soon (like less than 50 people), could be fun.

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

j0rdon did you like Desparacidos (bright eyes dude's rock band)?

And guess what? I think Pitchfork is going to give it a BM. (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

saw these dudes a year or so ago, nothin' wrong w/ them but they just played totally straight ahead rock, like bar band shit, so I wasn't expecting all the indie hype

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

that will absolutely be a lot of fun xxp

facepalm death (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Chris Richards in the Washington Post Clicktrack blog says:

They sound like the Pogues filtered through the Boss and then doused in gasoline, sweat and Red Bull.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/clicktrack/2010/03/sxsw_choc_quib_town_yelawolf_c.html

I keep meaning to give them a listen, not sure if that description encourages or discourages me.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

really dig this album but cringe at the bright eyes comparisons, oberst is fucking torture for me

k3vin k., Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

hope it's more WIDE AWAKE Oberst than, say, any other Oberst

ksh, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

altho i do like some Lifted and, uh, some of his other tunes too

ksh, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha... was listening to this the other day and my girlfriend asked if it was new Bright Eyes.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I heard some of this, and it sounded great.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

j0rdon did you like Desparacidos (bright eyes dude's rock band)?

― And guess what? I think Pitchfork is going to give it a BM. (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:40 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

never heard anything by them, if it sounds like this album i will check it out tho

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

not sure if it's exactly like them, but it has a certain ants in your pants anthemic type vibe

http://www.myspace.com/desaparecidos

(BTW go down to the comments and stop some weird embedded video that autoplays)

And guess what? I think Pitchfork is going to give it a BM. (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

hope it's more WIDE AWAKE Oberst than, say, any other Oberst

― ksh, Wednesday, March 24, 2010 2:37 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

ehhhh kindof. more like oberst when he's at his most explosive.

borntohula, Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

honestly, I think the main thing reminding anyone of Oberst is actually about something Oberst does well -- the singer's voice here has that same kinda nervy, manic quaver at the ends of phrases, that shaky on-the-edge sound from the earliest Bright Eyes stuff. if not for that in particular, this record would "sound like Bright Eyes" only to the same vague extent it sounds like dozens of other things that sound like that. umm.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

i sort of felt like it was something the guy could have learnt off of the oberst records. i think that's one of the reasons i don't trust it

thomp, Thursday, 25 March 2010 01:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol

titus are def kind of cheesy and painfully honest/earnest but also have such a sense of humor about themselves that they should get a pass, imo. this record is exhausting in a way the monitor wasn't even, despite its length, but the highs are really high. (things like the 5-minute silent intermission are...not among the highs although i get the intent)

slothroprhymes, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:17 (three years ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/TitusAndronicus/status/623842678913007616

Cory Sklar, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

btw i listened to "the monitor" again (for like the 20th time) on a road trip recently and man, this album is just so, so so good. perfect driving album too, it must be said

usic ally (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:34 (three years ago) Permalink

they are p good at being an anthemic rock band and really bad at being anything else

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

this is fucking great

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:08 (three years ago) Permalink

"look alive" just came on and i'm

so

in

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

wait that was "lost my mind" ok but u get me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:12 (three years ago) Permalink

ilx is the only place in my life where this band is revered and not endlessly mocked.

Cory Sklar, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

i don't even know what it was i don't even care

this is so good

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:14 (three years ago) Permalink

hoos i meant to text you a titus lyric tonight but i forgot

― J0rdan S., Sunday, July 17, 2011 8:36 AM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

was just thinking this revive needs a sarge

:/

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

I'll give this a listen, but I've never heard the first record and I listened to Local Business once. I sort of feel that The Monitor was a perfect album for me at the time and it remains a beloved favorite of recent years, and I'm okay with this band being just that for me.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Thursday, 23 July 2015 02:28 (three years ago) Permalink

That's very much how I oriented myself after I heard (maybe twice?) Local Business--'they were there when it counted'--but the strong tracks on this new thing are really doing it for me.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:05 (three years ago) Permalink

w/e part-timers, local business is awesome

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:01 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah i have friends who swear by it but idk

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:14 (three years ago) Permalink

well i'm fucking in

this is gonna do me just fine

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 27 July 2015 08:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Anyone daunted by the album's length would be advised to skip ahead to "Fired Up" which, well, I don't wanna throw around superlatives, but I really love it

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Monday, 27 July 2015 10:33 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm getting goosebumps listening to this. 30 minutes in and loving it—but I guess I have another hour to go!

Benjamin-, Monday, 27 July 2015 15:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I Lost My Mind ---> Lookalike is fucking perfect

also Lookalike alone makes the album for me, i almost don't need the rest

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 27 July 2015 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

haha wait

i keep fucking this up

I Lost My Mind (t@) ---> I Lost My Mind (DJ) i guess is what i mean?? the tracklisting keeps confusing me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 27 July 2015 20:14 (three years ago) Permalink

oh its a daniel johnston cover wow

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 27 July 2015 20:15 (three years ago) Permalink

man that little signal riff that goes between lookalike and the johnston cover gets me

this should have its own thread? idk

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 27 July 2015 20:41 (three years ago) Permalink

guy sucks

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:44 (three years ago) Permalink

seems like maybe he is attempting a parody version of controversial response tweets? at least i hope so?

lil urbane (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:52 (three years ago) Permalink

seems p obv

gawker's psychotic monkeys (imago), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

complete album stream was a bit much to take in all at once, but I went back for "Dimed Out" & it felt like watching a dozen skateboarding videos at once

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Monday, 27 July 2015 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

THE MOST LEGIT MUSIC SITE IS @STEREOGUM SHOUTS OUT THE GOD @TOMBREIHAN #BadReligions THEY ACTUALLY LISTEN TO ROCK AND ROLL SOMETIMES +@

— Titus Andronicus (@TitusAndronicus) July 27, 2015

usic ally (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:03 (three years ago) Permalink

if you asked me if i wanted to hear some sped-up bruce with a guy yelling over it, i'd probably say okay. but i'm not really getting this atm

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:26 (three years ago) Permalink

"fired up" was the first of the emo street band cuts to really click with me i think

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:51 (three years ago) Permalink

also i know ugh genius and everything but stickles himself has been annotating the lyrics which is sorta fun, sorta feels like reading in the margins of a precocious high school kid's notebook

http://genius.com/albums/Titus-andronicus/The-most-lamentable-tragedy

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:58 (three years ago) Permalink

between the piano, the harmonies, the strings & sax Mr. E Mann really has a great Born to Run feel to it

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the bigger moments really nail that feeling better than they ever have imo

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:11 (three years ago) Permalink

also am i crazy or is "fired up" ganking from glory days

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 19:19 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm officially in love with the whole first half of this, but i can still barely hang on past the intermission

i'm gonna try like i did with the monitor & start listening to it from the end backwards

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Dude was such a doofus in the Replacements doc

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Beginning and chorus of Lonely Boy sounds suspiciously like Havets Blå by Danish band Kliché...

Frederik B, Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Dude was such a doofus in the Replacements doc

― Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, July 30, 2015 2:25 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh i didn't actually see that, should i?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:46 (three years ago) Permalink

craig finn on fb:

I had the pleasure of attending the final of five shows Titus Andronicus played at Shea Stadium to celebrate their fantastic new record The Most Lamentable Tragedy. I had actually stopped by Shea Stadium for a visit about a week earlier and saw a bit of rehearsal, which ended up being like a private concert from one of my favorite bands. At the end I got up and we jammed on some covers and Patrick put forth the idea of possibly coming on stage during one of the shows that week.
I wasn’t able to attend until Tuesday eve, but what a show I saw. It was so so so hot. Possibly one of the top 5 hottest shows I’ve been to. (THS at Buffalo Mohawk still might be the hottest. Or Hi Tone Memphis. Or….) Titus played for 2.5 hours and it was glorious. They are such a great band and are firing on all cylinders. Patrick had texted me that I should be prepared to help sing “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel and “Bastards of Young” by the Replacements. Before the show I reviewed the lyrics.

When I got on stage we did pretty well with “You May Be Right” and a surprising amount of the crowd knew every word! Then Patrick said they were going to do some “Old School Minneapolis shit”, obviously introducing the Replacements song, right? He then hit the opening riff for THS song “Stuck Between Stations”. it was awesome. We did that one and then “Bastards” and then I got off stage and they continued to tear the place down. Ted Leo got up there shortly after me and they did an amazing Pogues cover as well as “Dancing in the Dark” by Springsteen. The whole show ended (of course) with the best, and punkest, version of “Freebird” that I’ve ever heard.

It’s an honor to be friends with Titus Andronicus, and it was amazing to be a part of one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Go see them play live this Fall, you won’t be sorry.

Stay Positive,
cf

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:57 (three years ago) Permalink

the first half is pretty solid & up there with The Monitor for me but I always lose interest with the second side somewhere after Come On Siobhan.

ufo, Thursday, 30 July 2015 22:44 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
one month passes...

Avoided the new one ever since it came out on the grounds that a) the last one sucked, and b) I figured that I didn't have time in my life for 90+ minute album by a band I mentally file as like-not-love. A few months later, I have even less time in my life for a 90+ minute album, but I finally broke down and am playing it now anyway and it's...pretty good! Could definitely use an editor--as much as the formless ten minute track I've listened to tries my patience, the sheer number of minute(ish)-long interludes feel like an even greater waste of time--but "Lonely Boy," the *first* "I Lost My Mind" (there are two songs by that name here) and especially "Fatal Flaw" are great Springsteen-by-way-of-early-Clash punk.

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:30 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So let's get fucked up, and let's pretend we're all okay.
And if you've got something that you can't live with,
Save it for another day, all right?
Save it for another day.

i mean, let's get it imo

― jihad mane (J0rdan S.), Sunday, April 4, 2010 3:37 AM (seven years ago)

dag

k3vin k., Monday, 30 October 2017 10:54 (one year ago) Permalink

haven't got into anything they've done since but this still goes hard

devvvine, Monday, 30 October 2017 11:02 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^

Pulled this out last week. Still great.

Gukbe, Thursday, 2 November 2017 22:50 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I was trying to figure out what the new album (A Productive Cough) was reminding me of and the surprise answer was Dexys' Don't Stand Me Down.

Simon H., Friday, 2 March 2018 14:28 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

oh my god A Productive Cough is so good

just did a quick first listen, but <3 <3 <3 "Crass Tattoo"

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2018 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor - The Poll

devvvine, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I'M REAL HYPE RIGHT NOW

j., Monday, 3 September 2018 00:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I cannot praise this record enough.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:28 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

New Bob Mould-produced album comes out in a couple weeks.

It's quite good! It fits the "return to form," cliche since the balladry of the last one is conspicuous with it's absence. Punk storytelling at its finest regardless. I think it will be well-received when it comes out.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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