Thanks to our current Draconian state of copyright, I can't send you a quick link to the album that I can be certain you'll be able to hear, but:

Youtube Music does have it.

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The Kills released a B-Sides and rarities collection last year.

It's funny, because I've definitely heard all of these tracks before with the exception of a few that are just alternate takes and demos.

It's wonderful.

I love the kills.

The Rendition of London Hates You here is especially great.

Jewel Thief, Baby's eyes, weed killer.

It's a great collection of tracks.

If you've never listened to The Kills, it'd be a fine (if a little misleading) introduction.

I personally prefer to start folks on Keep on Your Mean side, which is a high contender for Favorite Rock Album of all time.

utopian network ideals is talking with your friends about egg puns

Halcyon Digest 

If you listen to this album and dig it, I highly recommend The Florescent Grey EP which spends some time in the same space, and then Monomania, which does not.

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Halcyon Digest 

Memory Boy is also absolutely fantastic. The whole album really is. Jangly and atmospheric.

Somehow Bradford manages to sound like Rain era Beatles while also sounding unlike anything I've ever heard before.

"I don't want to get old, I don't want to get old"

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Halcyon Digest 

Bradford Cox is from the next town over from where I grew up. He's older than I am, but not by much. We used to hang out in many of the same places, but not ever at the same time. He bought records from me when I was running my first record store, but at that point this album was already #1 on the college charts. Everyone knew who he was, etc.

This is all prior to the My Sharona incident.

I know this album well enough that I don't feel compelled to say much, but I haven't listened to it in a really long time, so I'm listening to it.

My favorite tracks on the album are Don't Cry and Basement Scene.

If you like the opening track you'll love the album. If you don't, try Don't Cry before you give up on it.

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Ash Tree Lane was excellent.

Fantasy, the first new track on this release, is also excellent.

Dark Doo Wop? Banger.

Head is not my home? Excellent.

Salty Sweet? Good, but not remarkable. Has a couple of moments that feel like it's about to do something really special, and then just doesn't.

Think of You is thematically interesting. The lyrics are a little cliche, but a chorus of "I still think of you, and all the shit you put me through, and I know now, I know you were wrong" something I can stand behind.

Twenty Seven, BTSK, and No Trace are all solid alt-pop jams.

This isn't control delves in to some ballad-y territory. It's also very good.

Verdict, the album is excellent, most of the strongest tracks on it are the tracks from Candybar Creepshow, but there isn't really a weak spot, and if it had been released as is, instead of being proceeded by it's EP, I probably wouldn't be as critical of the tracks not from the EP.

As is, Fantasy and This Isn't Control are the standouts from that batch.

All in all, a weird little slice of glitter-goth alt-pop, in the vein of (but different than) the first Florence and the Machine album.

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The EP is called Candybar Creepshow and features 4 tracks: Bones, Dark DooWop, Hurricane, and Ash Tree Lane.

The LP opens with Hurricane, then Bones, then Ash Tree Lane, a new song (Fantasy) and then Dark Doo Wop, before getting on to entirely new material.

So far, every track has been as good as I remember.

But also, so far every track has been from Candybar Creepshow.

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MS MR put out an EP before their LP was released. I think I listened to that a few dozen times. I think I found it on Tumblr.

I remember liking the EP a lot. I remember finding the album to be a little disappointed, partly because it was just an expanded version of the EP and partly because I remember the new tracks being worse than the ones on the EP.

I'm wondering if I will feel the same way listening to this with some distance.

The only tracks I *remember* from the EP are Hurricane and Dark DooWop, and I might be wrong about Hurricane.

MS MR used to do mixtapes they called Track Addict. They shared them through soundcloud and tumblr.

I found a lot of great music from them.

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I'm using the headphone jack on my lemur pro, and a pair of Grado SR 120s.

I love these headphones. I've abused them pretty badly, but I love them.

I'm listening on youtube music at the moment, because I haven't transferred my music library to this box yet.

I wonder if I have my opus library in the cloud anywhere...

I really need to rebuild my music library with some intention. I feel like that's the conversation I have every time I talk about music.

Anyway, I'm listening to Secondhand Rapture by MS MR. The opening track, Hurricane, is very good.

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Up next is the first LP from MS MR. I saw them in concert, opening for another band. They were much better than the headliners, who I no longer remember.

Maybe from there I'll move to Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, and then spend some time with The Kills.

I think The Kills might be my favorite rock band? Definitely top five.

Love This Giant 

It's also worth mentioning that the Brass Tactics EP (a product of the same collaboration) is even better and weirder.

That live rendition of Road To Nowhere is something else, and the I Should Watch TV remix will animate a corpse.

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Love This Giant 

Standout tracks: Dinner For Two and I Should Watch TV.

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Love This Giant 

Love This Giant feels like The Talking Heads in all the best ways.

It's a colab. St. Vincent's influence is there, but Byrne's is stronger, and it's more like Talking Heads than his solo work tends to be.

It's solid, and I'm glad it exists.

One thing that's really fucked me up musically is the demise of Burger Records after it came out that the founder was abusive.

I listened to a Lot of burger bands.

The Beatles 

@ajroach42 However much credit George Martin gets, it isn't enough.

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"There's no need to be an asshole/ You're not in Brooklyn anymore"

I don't listen to this album much anymore because it reminds me of a friend with whom things ended badly, but it's a powerful record on it's own.

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The Beatles 

Last night, my wife and I listened to The Beatles for the first time in a long time.

We listened to The Beatles a lot 10 years ago. We don't anymore.

We listened to Abbey Road and The White Album and I rediscovered some of the things about them that I love.

It's easy to forget the things about them that you love, when you spend a lot of time thinking about the things about them that you hate.

There are plenty of things that I hate, but George Martin managed to do some magic with those lads.

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- Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

I love this album. It feels like a natural extension of what bands like Jefferson Airplane were trying to do circa Volunteers.

It has hints of Velvet Underground. It has hints of Sergei Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. It has hints of motown.

Which, frankly, means that it sounds like The Beatles.

Not that it sounds like anything The Beatles *did* exactly, it just sounds like the kind of thing that The Beatles might have eventually done.

It's a san fran acid psych album that doesn't make any san fran acid psych mistakes.

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