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Day 498: Wide Awaaaaake! by Parquet Courts

AWFUL title. The more traditional punk tracks that make up most of the first half are fun, although the lyrics do nothing for me. The weird experimental pop tracks that make up most of the second half are hit-or-miss. I don't get the hype.

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Old 12-16-2018, 07:55 AM   #762
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Day 499: Crumbling by Mid-Air Thief (Album Choice: Crazyjayde)

Been a while since I listened to one of your recs, hasn't it? Maybe, I'm not really sure. And it looks like 2018 will be the first year in years that I delve heavier into Japan-people music and actually enjoy myself. Just kidding, this is a KOREAN album, and I know almost nothing about Korean music other than how utterly horrific their K-Pop industry is. Good thing I don't like that sugary crap anyways.

This is basically the opposite of what I perceive K-Pop to be moodwise, in that it's incredibly subdued, lo-fi and hazy. There are energetic moments for sure, but they're always under a thick layer of fuzz and static. Basically, this is just psychedelic folk with some extra electronics on top, somewhat reminiscent of an earlier Animal Collective EP (boy I reference those fools a lot, don't I?) but... less bad and less wanky. Here you get frequent juxtapositions between slow acoustics and groovy, sparkly electronics, and despite not understanding a damn word these people are saying I found it to be pretty coherent and flow very well overall.

My only remaining comment is does this really count as "Folktronica" because I don't think this would be considered electronica in any other circumstance, man whatever that's a shitty name for a genre.

Best: Curve and Light
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do 4 minute EPs count?

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My only remaining comment is does this really count as "Folktronica" because I don't think this would be considered electronica in any other circumstance, man whatever that's a shitty name for a genre.
Anything -tronica really just is an umbrella term, a poorly named umbrella term for sure, but way less outrageous than tagging it glitch pop.

But yeah it's been a while I haven't recced something, although I hardly ever do anymore, maybe exclusively when discussing music IRL even, but hey I'm still keeping track of everything you write on here, and actually came around to appreciating your hazy posting, cause fuck college. Just realized you had an RYM account also. I've got a 2018 list on there if you care or I can always throw some picks here and bother noname for some of his too. Share for share I guess we're always looking for something fresh.
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Day 500: Twin Fantasy (New Version) by Car Seat Headrest (Album Choice: noname219)

This band never really did it for me, and I'm not gonna be listening to both versions side by side, at least not yet. Maybe at the beginning of 2019 I'll do a comparison review, but in the meantime I'm too busy cramming this goddamn math bullshit.

Why are these songs so fucking long? High To Death is nearly 8 minutes, a good quarter of it is dead space, and it's only the third longest song here! Other than that, this basically sounds like Weezer to me except with more fu- I mean "indie" flair. It's not atrocious nor is it amazing to me, and it's about half hit half miss working for time, although by SONG it probably has a slightly better hit rate.

What a disappointing 500th review lol I'm not putting in more work, I'll do a better one for 525 to make up for this lack of writing quality.

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Day 501: Booty Wine by DJ Madd (Album Choice: aperson)

I just saw what Booty Wine actually means and that's pretty fucking rape-y. Song is enjoyable enough, though I don't particularly dig the sample.

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Why would you subject yourself to the shitty version of twin fantasy
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Day 502: Die Lit by Playboi Carti

The other day some dude complained on RateYourMusic about how at trap shows they often only play 45-90 seconds of each track instead of the whole thing.

This album is a fantastic argument as to why that's a good thing. Better beat choice than ever but I swear all Carti can muster up the energy to do is exist on a beat. Also fuck Nicki Minaj.

Best Track: Fell In Luv followed by Shoota
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Day 503: Joy As An Act Of Resistance by Idles

It's pretty good.

Best Track: Never Fight A Man With A Perm
Rating: 7/10
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Day 504: Twisted Crystal by Guerilla Toss

I saw that the melon put this on his top 50 for the year after dissing their old style. That makes me mad because their old style was so much better.

This isn't a BAD album, it's pretty decent, but I usually expect better from this band since I've been a fan for so long by my lifetime standards. Half of these songs are great, especially the ones that harken slightly back to their older shit with fucked up structures and atonal riffs, but a bunch of songs just feel too cutesy and obnoxious, like whose idea was the dumb surf rock guitar line in Come Up With Me? And Jesus Rabbit has to have the most glaringly dumb lyrics I've heard from this band that sang about cigarettes and candy sex in the past. It's not the poppiest songs or the noisiest, most experimental songs that annoy me, but the ones that sit on that lame in-between where something just seems to be screaming "look how quirky we are!"

I want a full album of Smack The Brick-style cuts and I won't be happy until I get it. I'm super glad I got to see these guys live during their noisier era, I wonder if their shows are as good nowadays.

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Rating: 6/10
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u got to get on the album: Louis Cole - Time
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Day 505: Approximately 1​,​000 Beers by Jeff Witscher (Album Choice: Well, nobody really, but my friend decided to try a random album off the TinyMixTapes year end list and said "I need hard drugs to understand this" so I decided to give it a shot)

I need hard drugs to understand this.

If this is intended to be a serious art piece... what the fuck? If this is just bullshitting around, I found some parts chuckle-worthy, and some of the more chopped and screwed tracks have an interesting atmosphere to it.

But in general... man, what is going on at the TinyMixTapes offices?

Best Track: You Gave Me The Keys
Rating: 3.5/10
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Day 506: Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois by Venetian Snares & Daniel Lanois

Lazy album title. Better artwork. The first three tracks are banging and the last track is gorgeous. The rest kinda bore me, although 5 is decent.

Best Track: United P92
Rating: 5.5/10
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Day 507: El mal querer by Rosalía

Clearly, I'm just trying to cram in as many albums as possible as I can before 2019 at this point. Expect a few more obscure cuts after this, and feel free to recommend whatever the fuck you like, the weirder the better.

This... is new territory for me. I've listened to Spanish-language albums for sure, but flamenco pop is NOT what I usually listen to. Do I like it? Well, I can tell it's never gonna be a favorite genre of mine, but this album ain't bad! I'm not sure if or when I'd return to it, but it kept me engaged the whole way through and was full of cool little touches and great melodies. Plus, she's a great singer, can't deny that. Weak closer though.

Definitely not gonna make a top list of mine, but I gotta give credit where credit's due and say this is a good album. I rate based on personal enjoyment, but honestly add 1-1.5 points for a more "objective" rating, or at least what I think an "objective" rating should be.

Best Track: Pienso en tu mirá (Cap.3: Celos)
Rating: 6.5/10
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Day 508: Cranberry by Hovvdy

Reminds me a bit of Sebadoh, I guess, but maybe it's the dude's voice? It's not GREAT, but enough tracks here were interesting that I wanna revisit this, so that's... that's a plus.

Also I don't care what the fuck the year end lists say I'm not gonna waste these precious next 96ish hours listening to new fucking Arctic Monkeys or Low when I could give more relevant or otherwise fresher to me artists a shot instead.

Best Track: Petal
Rating: 7/10
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Day 509: renaissance man by MIKE (Album Choice: nobody but a lot of my friends like this dude)

The name made me think this was Mike Will Made It after a name change. Guess not.

When this album is on, it's on. When it's not on, it's just lame and boring. Has potential and dude clearly has an ear for atmosphere with some big Screw influence, but overall this feels immature. I hope this guy only improves from here.

Best Track: Mother Of God
Rating: 5/10
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Day 510: Loather by goreshit

Hey its Ziggy from The Wire! Except this is from that crappy Larry Clark porno instead.

These first and last tracks are good but not great. Actually I lied, that describes most of this album, but the tracks I mentioned are greater.

Best Track: Loather
Rating: 6.5/10
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Day 511: Loved by KEN mode

Hilariously enough, I saw this band 3 years ago because I was interested in their opener, Pile, yet I've never listened to any of their albums until today.

The most comparable thing to this album I've listened to is the Daughters album, but this is grimier, sloppier and I personally enjoy it a lot more.

Best Track: The Illusion Of Dignity
Rating: 8/10
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