J.K. Rowling was treading water after the fifth book until the finale of the last book, and then totally phoned it in for the epilogue for Potter geeks to nerdgasm over the shallow, nearly incestuous ending where everyone was married to each other. Fucking bullshit.
If you want to be popular on Tumblr, you either have to fish for compliments (the different days on Tumblr like GPOYW are nothing if not organized compliment fisheries) or be entirely provocative in the worst way, i.e. be a troll.
I’ve never been one to fish for anything but catfish, so the trolling thing is going to have to be it.
It’s a bit strange to open your first solo album with a cover, but that’s exactly what Nick Cave did on From Her to Eternity; Avalanche is a Leonard Cohen song. Not that Cohen would ever sing it this intense. I usually prefer cover versions over the original for both Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
Also check out the amazing dynamics on this song; those drums really rise up. You can’t do that with modern overcompressed loudness war production.
LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (London session, 2010)
I haven’t read any of the press or hype for LCD’s “London sessions” but I figured it out as soon as I hit play: it’s James Murphy’s attempt at “the Peel session”. Dude’s a pretty fabulous producer but he knows how a great Peel session can bring out the best in a band. Here’s my top three sessions, while we’re on the subject:
Anyway, if you ask me, this performance pretty handily beats the original recording. He actually seems excited about Daft Punk playing at his house; I never got that feeling from the original. I just thought it was Murphy being funny and name-dropping because that was his thing back then.
“It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.”—Robert Fuoss (via chemicalfreeskinny)