I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
September 18th, 2012
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
I figured one day I would have to do it. I mean, every guy has a manly duty to accompany his special lady on a lovely date consisting of something lame like a chick flick, a spinning class, or a play. I’ve dragged the misses to decidedly un-lame concerts like Yeasayer (they drop beats like a hip-hop band) and My Morning Jacket (of course they won’t play for three hours). I figured it was time to payback the favor and attend a musical.
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Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park, Chicago, IL
July 13th, 2012
Pitchfork Media, which once started as an ultra-snarky yet innovative independent music site by founder Ryan Schreiber in the late 90’s, has since bloomed into in many ways, the online flagship of indie music reviews and news coverage. Pitchfork has since toned down its ridiculously critical tone as it has risen into further prominence and the music world, and has turned into a full-fledge hipster sensation, with a site that remains on the front edge of music news, with extensive video coverage, worldwide journalism, and two music festivals to boot (with their Chicago festival now in its eighth year, and a Paris festival now in its second year). This past Friday, I had the chance to go to a day of Pitchfork Musical Festival in Chicago, the publication’s home base and where they started their festival in 2005 as the Intonation Festival. While I was only able to go the first of three days, I have attended the past two years and understand what the entire breadth of the festival is like. Here are three reasons why Pitchfork Music Festival is the best thing the indie media mogul does.
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It is a little over halfway through 2012 and a large breadth of music has been released in this time. This of course means that it is time to list what, in our opinion, are the best albums so far this year. We do this not to proselytize our readers into congratulating us on our superb music tastes, but instead to evaluate the current musical landscape. Today’s list will also provide some loose guidelines for when we do make our end of the year list – although it is merely a predictor and not definitive on how we will feel at the end of the year.
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“Was that the loudest show you’ve ever been to?” I asked. “What?” my friend Aaron responded. I’ll take that as a yes.
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Celebration Rock opens up with a prelude of fireworks. Is it a commemoration of a new future for Japandroids, or a setup to 35 minutes of bombastic energy? Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
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If you know me, I don’t exactly exude the punk rock. I hate complaining, and think most people who rebel do it for no good reason. But I believe there is a time for almost every music genre so sometimes I even my pooh bear self gets angsty from time to time. As of late, there has been a bunch of minimalist, noisy punk bands that I really enjoy, so here is a five song playlist to showcase some of my favorites.
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