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Old 12-22-2014, 12:54 AM   #31
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I have 1 left to listen to.

But I'm def gonna need to go back and refresh my memory with a lot of these before ranking.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:07 AM   #32
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- Yeah, okay, I can get behind the Wagner - Thee Oh Sees segues. Moving from something very structurally tight to something quite loose and messy works pretty well.

- Shannon and the Clams - weird juxtaposition between the vocal parts. The nasally vocals are really fucking irritating...but they're also really endearing and catchy. Good stuff.

- Okay garage rock section, I can get behind this. The Tony Nolan track could have been stretched way longer - I was just getting into it, and it's done. It doesn't need to be a side long, but if it were two minutes it'd still be short and sharp, without leaving me wanting more.

- What the fuck.

- No, this sucks. Prince, you suck.

- Okay, I fucking love Talking Heads and kinda dislike Ariel Pink. Putting them against each other works super well, though, and I can get behind the latter a lot. They actually groove really well, which makes the interaction between the two even more interesting.

- Johannesburg is awfully chirpy for a song about a not chirpy city. Pretty good stuff. Jaunty harmonica playing is just super charming.

- I think I'm into 60s girl pop now. Whoops.

- Okay, I absolutely can't divorce music of a TV series I know well from its context. For that reason, this totally took me out of the flow of the playlist. Sorry.

- One of my least favourite Replacements songs.

- The Blood Orange song makes me want to check more of them out. Very restrained, but I think it works well. Beautiful melodic stuff going on.

- Kayne West still fucking sucks. Fuck off.

- Sinnerman - perfect ending. Emotional, energetic, urgent. Wowzers.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:44 PM   #33
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I'm really digging the sexy slow jamz section of Bonnie's list. So much, in fact, that it may be my favorite stretch of the competition so far. Saint Etienne to The Internet was flawlessly sequenced and I've liked every song a great deal. I was hoping that Remember the Time remix would kick in at some point, but I appreciated its restraint. It just seemed to be building to something big.

Down Down the Deep River as an opener, well...not feeling it. I was feeling it until everything else followed.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:16 PM   #34
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Listening to Bonnie's now - so far LeMel I am in complete disagreement, but we'll see how it changes.

Vlad n U2:

- That Underworld track was a LOT to take in at the beginning of a list. Lots of meandering, but I think it was good? All the parts made sense in relation to each other, the ending was pretty humourous, and it definitely piqued my interest. I'd probably give it another shot, so there's that.

- The first half of the Stereolab track was pretty great: lots of drones, and it stayed on a single groove, but added enough to keep it interesting. The fade out and back in was totally unexpected and jarring - it'd be cool if they found a way to get between the first and second movement coherently. I think this would be something that'd be incredible to see live, and loses a bunch of impact on tape - the visceral impact of the repetition is getting a little lost.

- Putting two 15+ minute songs up front is ballsy as hell. Love it.

- Smyslovyie Gallyutsinatsii - the singer kinda sounds like Bowie? Good song, though.

- Midnight Oil doing boring synth pop. Well, okay then.

- Kent = good guitar sound with big musical peaks. Are these guys the Swedish Coldplay, but good?

- Man, "Easy" is super all over the place. Really not into it. Just a whole bunch of pieces that don't make sense together.

- Myslovitz put the vocals at the forefront, which means that I'm just not going to get a lot of what they're trying to convey. Which is disappointing, because I think the song is swell!

- I've only heard The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go. This is a very different Manic Street Preachers, and one I'm pretty into. Bradfield has less to compete with in order to get his vocals across, and that means he can be more dynamic. Which is sweet.

- Lush are an indistinguishable shoegaze band. Zzzz.

- The last two songs - pretty cool!
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #35
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Lots of sugary sweet EDM on this list, mixed quite seamlessly with cloud rap and new school R&B. I like it. There's a lot of personality here and I haven't been familiar with anything on it for a while now (outside of Miami Horror and Cut Copy, which were both great tracks).

Great: the transition into YMO. That was awesome. Couldn't tell we had switched decades.

Not great: Tkay Maidza. Not feeling anything there, beats or lyrics.

I wish you had used Blood on the Leaves instead of Higher Ground.

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Listening to Bonnie's now - so far LeMel I am in complete disagreement, but we'll see how it changes.
The reaction to it is going to be interesting. It's a list that stands out for sure. Cobbler's list serves a similar function but doesn't cover the same ground.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:13 PM   #36
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Thanks Liam.

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- Kent = good guitar sound with big musical peaks. Are these guys the Swedish Coldplay, but good?
I would say they are much more than simply a Swedish Coldplay. Much more variation in sound.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:37 AM   #37
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The reaction to it is going to be interesting. It's a list that stands out for sure. Cobbler's list serves a similar function but doesn't cover the same ground.
I liked Sad Punk's a great deal. It was distinct from Cobbler's, I think, especially in that "slow jamz" section as you called it and electro-pop like Miami Horror etc. Similar to you, though, I found both the opener and closer out of place thematically with the list as whole - especially Born to Run is epic and desperate in stark contrast to the laid-back nature of the majority of the list.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:43 AM   #38
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It's funny that those tracks were chosen as the bookends because I can hear a lot of Bruce influence in that Okkervil track. It's very anthemic that way.

I really liked the list though. It stayed pretty chill from the spot where I last posted. Nothing really negative to say, besides the bookends. I like how the list came down to earth and began to feel somewhat organic by the end. All told it was a very balanced, focused list that brought some new sounds to the table.

I've heard YLB's list and am halfway through Vlad's. Reviews coming in the morning.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:50 AM   #39
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I've been putting off listening to it because it opens with that okkervil river song. That song is so good, so beyond good that it needs to end the list that I can just go listen to it 4 more times after without killing the flow of the playlist when I go off on my tangent to our life is not a movie 7x afterwards. I like a whole lot more than just those two songs of theirs, but not nearly as much. And they fall into that rare category of songs I not only love, but then have to listen to on repeat for a bit after the first play.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:04 PM   #40
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I've heard YLB's list and am halfway through Vlad's. Reviews coming in the morning.
...let's pretend I wake up at 8 PM.

YLB:

As always with his lists, I really enjoyed the song choices for the most part. He referred to this playlist as something of a compilation of other mixes he had done and it comes across that way as far as song quality goes. Thee Oh Sees, Prince, HAIM, Talking Heads, Ariel Pink, Angelo Badalamenti, Replacements, Ike & Tina, Yeezy, Flamingos, Nina Simone...great shit all around.

My complaints concern how this playlist was constructed. My favorite lists are the ones that have a singular vibe about them (Peef got a lot of compliments about this) and honestly, this list does feel like a compilation of other lists. It's very short and doesn't stick to one sound long enough to develop a vibe that sticks with me. The individual transitions are usually fine, but some fidelity/volume/production differences led to some ugly transitions (quiet Wagner to loud Thee Oh Sees, same issue in reverse with Tony Molina--->Prince, and it's nearly impossible to make anything transition into Ariel Pink without noticing the change in production).

Overall, not my favorite list of his, but it was one of the more fun listens I had this tournament. Some volume adjustments would have cleaned this up a lot.

Vlad:

I really liked this. It jumped from nation to nation and genre to genre without breaking the spell it casts early on with the two 15+ minute tracks, both of which are very good (fuckyeah Stereolab). This felt like one 96 minute album. I had no issues with the flow anywhere.

Other than the Manic Street Preachers track, which I thought was painfully on the nose lyrically, I had few problems with the song choices either. I need to go back and check on which bands did which tracks (I didn't have the track listing handy when I heard this), but I was pleasantly surprised by the Midnight Oil and Kent tracks in particular. And Mansun is always awesome.

I hope this entry does well. Having now heard all the lists, I can confidently say it's one of my favorites of the tournament. Though I'm not sure this is a vibe that will work for me every day, I could see this being a list I listen to in the future.
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:07 PM   #41
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So...how are the rankings coming along, guys? The gap between first and last in group 5 is five points.
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Can probably get the rest of mine to you tomorrow or Tuesday.
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I loved LJT's list, a ton. Which makes it even more bittersweet that it was so short.

Even managed to put a Dinosaur Jr. track on there that I actually enjoyed.

Only complaint I really have is the use of CunninLynguists. I get why it's there, and I thought the way in and out where both really great, but the song itself just didn't fit. That would be what I refer to as poor flow. Transitions were great, song didn't fit.

But I do really love CunninLynguists.

I've never heard Saul Williams before, but that song was pretty dope. Almost like Bloc Party, but straight-up rock instead of synthy.
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LMP's list gets the job done as a playlist. Really didn't start doing it for me until about halfway though, unfortunately, but in general, fun listen. Blood Orange track was really great.
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I've never heard Saul Williams before,
Then I'm going to leave these right here

http://youtu.be/tuQVNA3JstU

http://youtu.be/ycMlqVHub4s

http://youtu.be/CkK3s0A1CRY

And I suppose since this is a U2 forum and all, I could alert you to the existence of

http://youtu.be/fyUlbmTr0AU
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