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Jun 29, 2020
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Despite some genuinely creative production, as on the opener Los Angeles, I can't get over the over the fact that HAIM sound like the perfect archetype of "alternative" coffee shop music—which is to say, not truly revolutionary music, but music for a sanctioned bourgeois consumerist culture. Overused lyrical cliches only makes matters worse, I'm afraid.
Jun 29, 2020
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96
Brilliant. Brian Wilson wasn't afraid to compromise his vision, and the results are lush, nostalgic, and stunning. Some of the most meticulous songwriting, production, and arrangements I've heard, especially from an album of the 1960s. The remaster sounds particularly glorious on headphones.
Jun 28, 2020
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87
Even as the most inconsistent Songs: Ohia LP, the highlights (especially "Goodnight Lover", which I consider perhaps Jason's consummate track) are undeniably affecting, some of Jason's best work.

Favorites: How To Be Perfect Men, Goodnight Lover, Champion, Redhead, Loves Leaves Its Abusers
Least favorites: Hot Black Silk, Captain Badass
Jun 28, 2020*
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96
2nd LP of demos is honestly as good, if not better, than the album proper. One of my favorite records to have on vinyl.
Jun 28, 2020*
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92
Jason Molina knows that love is but a possibility founded in and through the unknowable. Here, that uncertainty, and the deep commitment of being it requires, are on full display—a powerful and uniquely human document conjuring incredible depth of feeling in its dynamics, despite the simple instrumentation and honest, now just slightly oblique, lyricism. Hearing Jason this deeply in love—and this starkly alone—lights a spark in my soul that smolders still, and always.
Apr 21, 2020
Note on scoring—

I want to make clear that I think numerical scores are, in part, a tool of capitalism in that their prerogative is to produce measurability and ignore the enigmatic terrain that defines the world of art. It is counter-revolutionary to 'score' art for the sake of statistical comparison: that is to say, to suggest that all the records to which I give a 100 somehow reproduce (or imitate) some kind of universal Platonic Form that defines "The Perfect Album". When I assign a rating, then, it is only and exclusively to suggest, from my seat of subjectivity, the degree to which I feel the record in question was fully realised *on its own terms*. My ratings cannot, under any circumstances, be approached as means of comparison or as enacting hierarchy as part of the "representative regime of art", as Rancière puts it.

I admit that I am considering dropping ratings entirely, but still need some time to think on that.
About
Good music is an aesthetic redistribution of the sensible that is always already revolutionary. It's about cultivating a political practice, about channeling our anger against capitalism into a focused and thoughtful outlet: an insurgency on the streets as that praxis which constructs solidarity and comradeship, that replaces the logic of the colonized subject with that of the irreplaceable and non-isolable singularity.
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I study poststructuralist philosophy and poetry @ Whitman College.
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60-69
 
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