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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    It was my top album of last year, and has found itself among my all time favourites. I've listened to it more times than I'd admit. It's a shame - I feel like it received great acclaim from the...

    It was my top album of last year, and has found itself among my all time favourites. I've listened to it more times than I'd admit.

    It's a shame - I feel like it received great acclaim from the critical publications, but just based on my circles, it fell flat with most people. I remember the first and second time I heard it and I thought almost nothing of it, then for whatever reason on the third time I absolutely understood what Saba was doing, and I haven't fallen out of love with it since. The only song I would exclude is 'LOGOUT' which, according to the streaming data, is the most popular - probably because of the Chance feature, who frankly sounds like he wish he were somewhere else.

  2. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My chart Mostly just getting some mileage out of the recent releases - last week was a good week! Mentioned before, but The National's new record is very easy to put on and just let play. With so...

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    Mostly just getting some mileage out of the recent releases - last week was a good week!

    Mentioned before, but The National's new record is very easy to put on and just let play. With so many different voices it feels like a collaborative effort more than any of their past work, and I think that gives it it's inviting tone.

    IGOR came from left field, but it's solid! I couldn't get behind the hype on Flower Boy, but IGOR has really caught my attention. It's found a sound and it runs with it, and doesn't overstay it's welcome. I've only given it two spins, and I'll be really interested to see how this album settles into its longevity, or lack of.

    Any Jazz fans should definitely check out Ruby Rushton's new album, lots of call backs to the golden era while still sounding modern, highly reccomend.

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  3. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    Don't miss out on Dâm-Funk. He's one of the few musicians keeping the real artistry of synth funk alive beyond just a gimmick. His work a few years back with Steve Arrington was legendary, and he...

    Don't miss out on Dâm-Funk. He's one of the few musicians keeping the real artistry of synth funk alive beyond just a gimmick. His work a few years back with Steve Arrington was legendary, and he was back in the spotlight working with Christine and the Queens on her last album.

    STFU II probably isn't going to 'wow' any of you but it's a really cohesive, confident record, almost falling into a kind of 'ambient funk' sound. Great for working to while getting some groove on.

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  4. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    That's a really nice description. I feel with the National, with each album they've been getting more mature but less interesting (with TWFM sitting right at the crossroads, imo). Maturity isn't...

    That's a really nice description. I feel with the National, with each album they've been getting more mature but less interesting (with TWFM sitting right at the crossroads, imo). Maturity isn't easy to define, but this album feels very sure with itself, it's effortless and inviting. You can tell the National have been doing this for decades. There weren't any stand out moment, or shocking turns, but that's cool, it captures a tone, and holds you there for an hour.

    I agree about the female vocals, it's a wonderful addition I wouldn't have thought of The National taking. Male-female vocals aren't easy to do, and they don't always pull it off (Quiet Light, I think?) but when it works it's The National through and through.

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  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've always been a sucker for 'chopped vocals' (or whatever you call it), but the use of a live choir gives it a totally different resonance. I've been listening to Caroline Shaw's 'Partita for 8...

    I've always been a sucker for 'chopped vocals' (or whatever you call it), but the use of a live choir gives it a totally different resonance. I've been listening to Caroline Shaw's 'Partita for 8 Voices' a lot recently by coincidence, and I think PROTO somehow manages to take that very human (and also very fun) vocal sound and make it entirely synthetic. I guess that's what's clever about the album, it somehow still feel strangely humane at the core, almost like the AI singing back is crying for help or something, and the choir triggers that sense of communal ritual that brings something tribal out in you - like sitting around a fire, except it's batshit.

    edit: also if you like a more stripped down sound but keeping that 'ritual' vibe, I'd definitely recommend Forest Sword's 'Compassion'

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  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Better Oblivion Community Center washed over me unfortunately. I only heard it the once, but I've never been the biggest fan of Conor Oberst's work. I ought to give it another try. To get over the...

    Better Oblivion Community Center washed over me unfortunately. I only heard it the once, but I've never been the biggest fan of Conor Oberst's work. I ought to give it another try.

    To get over the whole 'no piece of work is perfect' I tend to call album's a '10/10' if they have a personal attachment or story to me. I'd include:

    Arthur Russel - Another Thought
    Burial - Untrue
    Galaxie 500 - On Fire
    Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
    Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    Joni Mitchell - Hejira
    Nick Drake - Pink Moon
    D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah
    Nas - Illmatic
    Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
    Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
    Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens
    David Bowie - Low
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
    Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
    Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
    Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle - Perils From the Sea
    Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank

    (also I heard John Martyn's 'Solid Air' for the first time yesterday and I'll just say damn)

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  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Yes! I somehow overlooked it back in 2017, but Bridgers basically soundtracked my summer last year. Really great to revisit. 'If You're Feeling Sinister' is one of my few personal 10/10s, always...

    Yes! I somehow overlooked it back in 2017, but Bridgers basically soundtracked my summer last year. Really great to revisit.

    'If You're Feeling Sinister' is one of my few personal 10/10s, always as good as the first time I heard it.

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  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My chart Has anyone else listened to Holly Herndon's new LP? I'd love to hear what people think. First time listening to Binary Star, but I thought it was pretty shitty. Everything else here is...

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    Has anyone else listened to Holly Herndon's new LP? I'd love to hear what people think.

    First time listening to Binary Star, but I thought it was pretty shitty.

    Everything else here is really solid, and would reccomend to anyone to check out.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Brexit party may get more EU election votes than Tories and Labour combined in ~news

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    I think it'll almost certainly happen. Farage ducked out for all the mess and blame and popped back up with this new party in perfect timing to criticize and bring a new hope. Labour and the...

    I think it'll almost certainly happen. Farage ducked out for all the mess and blame and popped back up with this new party in perfect timing to criticize and bring a new hope. Labour and the Tories have pushed away supporters, and the Remain votes is split.

    With these polls, I think it's important to remember that people talk big on the phone. The Brexit Party is a protest vote, let's be real, but people tend to be more level headed when the fresh air hits them on the way the to polling booth.

    Then again - this whole EU election is an odd ball. It could have political implications, but it might not. It could be a second refferendum in disguise, but it might not. Anyone going out to vote will be making a statement, and I think that's really exciting.

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  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I'm not really the guy to talk to about rock, although I've really grown into Car Seat Headrest's stuff just recently. All three of the artists in 'boygenius' are also new favourites of mine, if...

    I'm not really the guy to talk to about rock, although I've really grown into Car Seat Headrest's stuff just recently. All three of the artists in 'boygenius' are also new favourites of mine, if you don't mind slower/sadder stuff. The boygenius EP is super tight, but Bridger's 'Stranger in the Alps' and Dacus's 'No Burden' are great too.

    Modern jazz is mostly Hip Hop stuff, which I love. Takuya Kuroda is a japanese artist I really enjoy. Very easy to just put on - I tend to play his stuff when working with others, and always get enthusiastic comments on it.

    Otherwise, the flagship of jazz at the moment is, for better or for worse, Kamasi Washington. If you're new to him, 'Harmony of Difference' is just half an hour, and very easy to listen to. It's more 'composed' than jazz ought to be (imo), but that makes it very accessible. From that, 'The Epic' is three hours of Kamasi so you can't complain. He's guilty of trying to make everything sound, well, epic, and it's getting a little old now, but if it's all new to you then it's a really exciting listen.

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  11. Comment on ‘Great food, but please do something about the noise’ – the battle for quieter restaurants in ~food

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    I've always wondered why, and that makes sense, although there's no mention of them turning the music up in the article you linked. I've certainly been in loud places when it's not been busy and...

    I've always wondered why, and that makes sense, although there's no mention of them turning the music up in the article you linked.

    I've certainly been in loud places when it's not been busy and you can tell they're taking their sweet time with the bill.

    I used to think about it a lot. Trendier places would always have the music turned way up, I wondered if it was to invoke the sense of being in a club for younger diners? Or maybe there's some pyschology that by leaning in and focusing on what the person is saying we feel closer to them and therefore have a better time?

    It's damn annoying. Especially with a group larger than four when you can't hold a conversation with more than one other person at a time. If you're sat next to 'that guy/girl' then you're screwed.

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  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My chart First time I'd heard Minutemen's 'Double Nickels on the Dime', I was pretty reluctant because of it's punk label, but it was actually a lot of fun. Great lyrics, packed with ideas. I only...

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    First time I'd heard Minutemen's 'Double Nickels on the Dime', I was pretty reluctant because of it's punk label, but it was actually a lot of fun. Great lyrics, packed with ideas. I only wish it was condensed to about half the length.

    Same could be said about Vampire Weekend's new album. 60 minutes of Vampire Weekend and you're covering a lot of the same ground. It might have been a really cute half hour piece. 'Modern Vampires' did twice as much in almost half the time.

    'Hiding Places' is an easy current AotY for me, everyone should go listen to it.

    Big Theif's new album kind of washed over me, but it sounded like something that needed a lot of unpicking. A much more intelligent and ambitious record from a band I already really admire. Looking forward to hearing it again with some more focus.

    Swordfishtrombones and Voodoo are classics.

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  13. Comment on Dominic Fike - Don't Forget About Me, Demos in ~music

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    I would never criticze music for 'not being challenging enough'. Some of the most beautiful music is the most universal. But what is any art if it doesn't have anything to say? I think that's my...

    I would never criticze music for 'not being challenging enough'. Some of the most beautiful music is the most universal. But what is any art if it doesn't have anything to say? I think that's my point. If an artist wants to create something thats fun and easy, then thats a statement, and their passion will shine through.

    If there's nothing fresh, why hear it over anything else? Alternative acoustic R&B is a popular flavour at the moment. Compare Fike against Frank Ocean. Similar sounds and direction, but Ocean had something to say: just the album art of 'Blonde' is a statement - a directionless generation lost in the technology that birthed it. And what an easy listen it is too.

    Who knows, maybe Fike has it in him, I love to see an artist grow. One to follow, like you say.

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  14. Comment on Dominic Fike - Don't Forget About Me, Demos in ~music

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    I'm not convinced. Not that he won't take over the world, I mean, he might, but by him as an artist. A friend sent me single some weeks ago, and everything I've heard since cements him further as...

    I'm not convinced. Not that he won't take over the world, I mean, he might, but by him as an artist.

    A friend sent me single some weeks ago, and everything I've heard since cements him further as total middle ground. Its clueless, catchy but clueless. His vocal performance is so dull I'd be surprised he didn't spend his whole life sharpening it to a blunt edge, no character and nothing to say.

    He seems to be blowing up around Brockhampton, despite appearing from thin air, and no doubt that scene is a ticking tomb bomb, at the whim of whichever hip executive holds the button.

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  15. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    Listened to Pivot Gang's new release this morning. Saba put out my AOTY in 2018, and the group have been putting out solid singles. The album was worth listening to, but seemed to go for harder,...

    Listened to Pivot Gang's new release this morning. Saba put out my AOTY in 2018, and the group have been putting out solid singles. The album was worth listening to, but seemed to go for harder, more mainstream beats, rather than the looser sound that I love about their other work. Still, a fun listen. They're young guys and they've got a lot of heart. The Chigaco scene has been booming lately, definitely one to watch.

    Kevin Abstract isn't on the list yet, but he's been gradually releasing an album each week - three songs each week. The six songs so far have just been getting better and better. He's definitely the core of the Brockhampton project, he's developing a really interesting fusion of indie and hip hop. It doesn't always work, but it's always worth hearing. I also love the idea of an album coming together in parts, it's like a TV series of something, growing each time. Haven't come across that before.

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  16. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Chart! Recently started paying more attention to The Quietus's reviews, since they often operate in a whole other sphere of music. Been paying off so far! I really reccomend LAFAWNDAH's recent...

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    Recently started paying more attention to The Quietus's reviews, since they often operate in a whole other sphere of music. Been paying off so far! I really reccomend LAFAWNDAH's recent release, really interesting fusion of Trip Hop and World music, the lead single has been on heavy rotation for me.

    Hiding Places easily my aoty so far. Getting a lot of mileage out of it. Gets better with each listen. Haunting and quirky. Love the way it really captures a sense of abandonment, american summer heat, shelter.

    Wasn't feeling Weyes Blood, but will give it another spin since it's getting a lot of attention.

    American Football's new LP mostly just efficient imitation of their debut.

    Kevin Abstract's new EP nothing to write home about.

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    I really suggest everyone checks out the new Quelle Chris. I think he's the most exciting emerging rapper in the game right now, but he's still flying somewhat under the radar. His 2017 release...

    I really suggest everyone checks out the new Quelle Chris. I think he's the most exciting emerging rapper in the game right now, but he's still flying somewhat under the radar. His 2017 release was my aoty, and his collab with Jean Grae last year was some super sharp contemporary political commentary. His stuff is pretty hazy and super backpacky, but I think he balances this amazing line between saying nothing and saying everything at the same time.

    Otherwise, not too many names jump out at me here. I'll probably check out Logic's new record, only because I've been listening to everything he's put out, I guess out of morbid curiosity.

    The 'lost' Marvin Gaye album could just be a marketing ploy, but it'll probably be worth looking into.

    Edit: Okay. Don't listen to Logic's now record.
    Edit2: Missed Billy Woods on this list (under a different name), probably my aoty so far.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My chart Mostly old favourites this week. I'd be lying if I said my Prince binge wasn't because of the recent MJ allegations, although Prince isn't free from his own controversies either. I hope...

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    Mostly old favourites this week.

    I'd be lying if I said my Prince binge wasn't because of the recent MJ allegations, although Prince isn't free from his own controversies either. I hope once the storm settles down in some decades we'll look back on two young, exceptionally talented black men, both with strongly internalized sexuality and spirit, bottled and commercialized. You wonder how it would have been different if we allowed these men to live healthier and more expressive lives, perhaps we wouldn't be in the dark place we are now. For both to have been alive and in their prime at the same time, and how they were still able to put so much life into so much of their music and be pillars of their genres and movements despite everything, is remarkable.

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  19. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    Ys is a real landmark. I'm honestly torn between it and Have One On Me, which is definitely the softer, more drawn out and more mature record. But Ys is minute-for-minute packed with imagination,...

    Ys is a real landmark. I'm honestly torn between it and Have One On Me, which is definitely the softer, more drawn out and more mature record. But Ys is minute-for-minute packed with imagination, you can tell it was an album she was itching to put down on paper. I can't imagine what the songwriting process must have looked like - it's difficult not to hear something new every time.

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  20. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    It's such an easy listen too. Back in high school I remember listening to it every Sunday just to chill me out for the Monday ahead. Not a second of filler, just the smoothest, most orchestrated...

    It's such an easy listen too. Back in high school I remember listening to it every Sunday just to chill me out for the Monday ahead. Not a second of filler, just the smoothest, most orchestrated soul record packed into 35 minutes. Awesome choice.

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