conradtao
Conrad Tao
Emeritus

Reviews 60
Approval 98%

Soundoffs 39
News Articles 6
Band Edits + Tags 5
Album Edits 77

Album Ratings 514
Objectivity 66%

Last Active 09-22-12 1:03 am
Joined 11-24-09

Forum Posts 75
Review Comments 2,088

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  • OST Hey Conrad,so sorry to bother you I just noticed you liked my last album (Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts by OST) so I wanted to send this your way - http://igg.me/at/OST2/x/6498610Best, Shane.
    March 11 02:54 AM
  • aok but dude i seriously do wanna see you perform / meet you sometime soon
    January 27 06:11 PM
  • SadAndHolyGlow youarerite
    October 5 02:38 PM
  • SowingSeason I never dib'd it nor was I planning to, definitely go for it.
    November 17 03:54 PM
  • AtavanHalen d00d how good are new biebs and fifi apple
    June 26 09:17 AM
  • Tyrael Please tell me you're gonna review the new JB album :]
    June 21 04:30 PM
  • joshuatree major props for the ruin 5 cover/remix thing dude
    May 15 01:28 AM
  • Kellerdeck Meaning? Because I can think of a wiki page to redirect you to if you're just being a jerk.
    April 20 11:36 PM
  • Kellerdeck Your profile indicates that you'll listen to anything but rap and country. I can respect that. Are you open to lo-fi grindcore/powerviolence?
    April 20 11:33 PM
  • OST Hey man, tried to find a way to private message you but couldn't. Just wanted to say thank you very much for reviewing the OST album. It was a genuine pleasure to read. I am glad you enjoyed it and I areally appreciate the kind words. Thank you man, Best, Shane
    April 17 01:14 PM
  • FelixCulpa I had a feeling it would be positive. And just cause I'd love to see a review of this I'm gonna recommend you Susanne Sundfor latest album The Silicon Veil. She's a Norwegian singer songwriter with a leaning towards eletronica and indie pop with, in my opinion, a fantastic voice. Single: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCIaj-oLi28
    March 31 12:50 PM
  • AggravatedYeti Sad to see that 3 for Roman Reloaded. Was hoping she'd find her stride again.
    March 30 09:53 PM
  • FelixCulpa Ok that was a put a little bluntly, sounds like it was either me who pirated it or that I'm passive aggressive about it. I check that site sometimes and thought it was interesting to see your album up there.
    March 24 12:49 PM
  • FelixCulpa Hey how does it feel to be "pirated" http://plixid.com/2012/03/24/tau-tau-eyelids-2012-mp3/
    March 24 12:47 PM
  • aok 'pop deconstructionism' http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/100367
    February 26 03:18 PM
  • robertsona conrad tao have you heard any laurie anderson that isnt "homeland"? specifically, "big science"? i feel like that album is So You
    February 24 07:50 PM
  • AggravatedYeti I was introduced to someone with your name last night. My back was turned when our interaction began so for a solid 5-10 seconds between: "Hey Dylan, this is my friend Conrad" and me turning around to oblige I figured I'd be shaking your hand. Awkwardly of course.
    January 26 12:06 PM
  • Electric City i like your tmt review for cloud nothings. and the rating ;)
    January 24 01:22 PM
  • klap is that of montreal album actually good because I HAVE MY DOUBTS
    January 15 05:48 PM
  • DaveyBoy And it takes a few minutes to come up after you publish. Hey presto, there it is.
    January 7 06:42 AM
  • DaveyBoy And u r asking me. U must be desperate. Umm, presuming u r logged into the wordpress page on the Staff blog faq thread and you have then written your blog. In the top right hand corner, there is preview and publish, which are self-explanatory.
    January 7 06:41 AM
  • Deviant. 4.5 for new Grimes? Excited
    January 2 05:56 AM
  • hamid95 I love that one in the staff here at Sputnik has a thing for Björk!
    November 24 01:29 PM
  • Gyromania I just realized that I hadn't yet popped in to congratulate you on your promotion. So, uh, yeah.. Congratulations, bud! =] Also, I miss our long chats on AIM, you should, y'know, use it every once in a while :P
    November 12 07:32 AM
  • robin word! ramble at me on fb chat when youre in the mood in the future x
    October 29 12:55 PM
  • MO Bit congrats on the promotion, you are one of the best reviewers on the site dood.
    October 28 03:06 PM
  • omnipanzer Gratz Conrad.
    October 28 01:04 PM
  • robin congratulations my absolute favourite tmt writer :) long time no speak
    October 28 12:12 PM
  • AggravatedYeti : ) : ) congratulations. Finally.
    October 28 10:41 AM
  • Sanders Congrats pal :)
    October 28 09:31 AM
  • Xenophanes Congratulations to one of the best ; )
    October 27 11:09 PM
  • SowingSeason sup staff
    October 27 10:57 PM
  • Xenophanes HI CONRAD =^)
    September 17 12:39 AM
  • Irving Understood. Well, for what it's worth, I'll let you know that there's at least one person on this site who misses your pennings a great deal (and who has been influenced by them A LOT), and really hopes for your eventual return. Also - I noticed that you've started at Columbia University recently; I've heard lots of great things about the school, and would like to take this opportunity to wish you a fantastic undergraduate career. I loved mine immensely - wish you'll feel the same =)
    September 16 12:36 PM
  • Irving I see. Yeah, life can catch you up and take you away with it at times eh? Which is a good thing, by all means =) But about that community bit...have we been jerks to you or something? =/? PS - I noticed you writing for TMT recently. Good to see your skills are as sharp and you're as eloquent as ever.
    September 16 12:11 PM
  • Irving Dear TonradCao, why do I rarely see you on here any more? =(
    September 16 08:52 AM
  • wabbit finally got tune-yards...so good, cheers
    July 23 09:09 PM
  • aok dayum son, you travel almost as much as i do .. i missed it too though cause my boss decided to make me work til 9pm *sigh*
    July 18 05:22 PM
  • aok you see tune yards the other night or were you not around the city?
    July 18 02:43 AM
  • AtavanHalen This isn't the first time he's done the dodgy. Let's not forget writing essentially the same song in Halo by B and Already Gone by Clarkson.
    July 13 09:57 PM
  • AtavanHalen Listen to the first 15 seconds of Hand Covers Bruise from the Social Network soundtrack. Then listen to the intro of I Was Here on 4. ****.
    July 11 08:37 AM
  • Parallels yeah that was a joke too lol
    July 9 08:39 PM
  • Parallels lol exactly.
    July 9 08:38 PM
  • Parallels you know using god's name in vein is a sin right?
    July 9 02:31 AM
  • Deviant. Save me conrad......
    July 9 02:30 AM
  • Parallels No, man it's cool, I know. I spent a lot of hard work on that review, and I guess I truly didn't know enough about the genre to make a review on it. I was just trying to break out of my rock reviews. I find it odd that after all my inspiration from staff reviews on that one, it was negged the hell out of.
    July 9 02:28 AM
  • Parallels Thanks man.
    July 9 02:22 AM
  • Deviant. Every time I refresh the page there's a new comment from him
    July 9 02:21 AM
  • Deviant. If you can't handle criticism.....
    July 9 02:15 AM
  • Parallels I'm sure you no doubt negged me too :/ I read your review on the same album, I even read up on the entire genre and then I got s*** about a Maroon 5 reference because of a similar cover.
    July 9 02:09 AM
  • robin great beyonce review buddy.
    June 29 07:42 PM
  • patrickfannon Hey man, glad to see you're digging Bill Callahan's 'Apocalypse.' I love it, and think he's pretty underrated and underexposed. Also, I just got through listening to WU LYF for the first time, and I am stunned. What else are you digging besides the bands in your list above?
    June 24 06:24 PM
  • theacademy towards the north end of the field next to Lerner, there's a bulletin board (it's right next to a bench the sign that says no cleats on the field, in between the two flagpoles)... when you get a chance, check it i left you some wisdom :D
    June 14 03:53 PM
  • Deviant. Have you ever checked out Claro Intelecto? If not, get the album Metanarrative (I can link you if needed)
    June 14 07:15 AM
  • theacademy im always kidding, but i didnt kno u were 17. 17 in college is impressive enough, let alone those schools. i don't like to mix private life and sputnik (like at all) but ill prob end up passing you on the street in morningside heights lol
    June 14 12:31 AM
  • AggravatedYeti oooo #2 neighbor. I feel accomplished n s***.
    June 9 04:40 PM
  • muzikdizcovery Conrad has awesome music taste and writes good reviews. I like Conrad.
    June 8 07:37 PM
  • Blindsided If you would've of wrote that review for SebastiAn I never would've heard it and I did and it's phenomenal. Thank you sir.
    May 31 10:44 PM
  • klap hey can you hit me with a link for that cults album
    May 24 08:23 PM
  • Deviant. http://www.filestube.com/07b18bd64a05132303eb/go.html - I would like to know your thoughts good sir
    May 24 10:17 AM
  • Romulus can i give you a huge hug for your death cab soundoff
    May 23 08:46 AM
  • chambered89 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QP0gU_P7tQ
    May 22 08:42 PM
  • Deviant. Probably not. I hadn't even thought about it and Chan pretty much just said everything I would've said about it
    May 18 10:02 PM
  • Deviant. Let me know if for whatever reason you decide to pass on it, and I'll do a write-up. But for now, I'll count your comment as an executive contributor directive and say that you've called dibs on it ;)
    May 16 11:07 AM
  • taxidermist Yeah, man. 99% approval rating \m/
    May 15 07:57 AM
  • Deviant. "****, yes. Total is every bit the loud and narcotic burst of absolute awesome I was hoping it'd be, filled with blown-out house track after blown-out house track. If you're after nuance, look elsewhere. Everybody else - join the party." - Conrad likes to party party
    May 15 05:40 AM
  • taxidermist Gonna pos you into oblivion. Love your reviews man.
    May 15 01:30 AM
  • robin whenever i see your favourite bands section i giggle
    May 11 11:40 AM
  • Athom i love the moodier pieces. plus that bjork sample chopped into that hyphy beat is so cool
    May 9 04:22 PM
  • ECRbubs It seems we have similar musical tastes! I enjoy your reviews. May I recommend Paavoharju, Nina Nastasia, Ellen Allien, Jacaszek and Menomena?
    May 7 01:42 AM
  • liledman ah k, yeah i guess its one of the few areas of the music industry thats still fairly controlled by the big guns like sony or deutsche grammaphon. well good luck with that man, and if you ever come to australia let me know haha.
    May 6 02:01 AM
  • liledman awesome, thats good to hear. have you done any recordings, or looking to do any soon? ive been thinking about going to the states to study after i finish my course but its so god damn expensive, berklee is like $22k or something for an international student.
    May 6 01:48 AM
  • liledman holy s*** dude, youre a great player. so you studying at juilliard? hows that?
    May 6 01:42 AM
  • liledman is this you?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOQ0Nhlh52w
    May 6 01:37 AM
  • sonictheplumber worthy opponent
    May 2 11:16 AM
  • pedroia55 I couldn't find one either, I had my friend burn it for me. I'll make you a link.
    April 25 12:42 AM
  • SeaAnemone sup conrad we're creating a contrib group on lastfm because willie says on the weekly news thing we'll have the contribs' top plays of the week with the staff's instead of the users (because it's always the same) so here's the link to the group if you wanna join:http://www.last.fm/group/Sputnikmusic.com Contributors
    April 17 10:08 PM
  • robin no way, nine types of light is the album i couldn't imagine tvotr being without.
    April 1 10:30 AM
  • plane I don't understand why it is so good. I don't even remember half the album when I walk away from it. All I know is that good things happen to me when I put it on.
    March 28 03:18 PM
  • Kiran yeah, gonna try and wrap my head around it long enough to bust a few coherent paragraphs out! its awesome
    March 28 03:15 AM
  • lancebramsay Oh no, don't be sorry - you allowed me to listen to new FF early. Thank you!
    March 27 03:44 PM
  • lancebramsay Woah woah woah. That file has some serious integrity issues. I'm still going to continue listening though.
    March 27 04:51 AM
  • lancebramsay Do you require oral favors as a repayment for your gift of charity?
    March 27 04:43 AM
  • lancebramsay ARE YOU LISTENING TO NEW FLEET FOXES. Give me. NOW!
    March 27 01:30 AM
  • YetAnotherBrick Hey man, would you mind giving me a few electronica/"other"/weird s*** reccs? I'm pretty intrigued at the moment, but I don't really know where to start.
    March 26 03:48 AM
  • Bulldog black metal musicians used to be so badass :(
    March 26 02:59 AM
  • patrickfannon Amazing taste, my friend. I like your style as well. Seriously great stuff, and really well written reviews. You looking forward to Explosions in the Sky's new LP? Frankly, I cannot wait to "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care." Take care, pal.
    March 25 11:11 PM
  • Bulldog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_p2RLfpsk hipster metal...
    March 25 06:07 PM
  • Kiran you killed that weeknd review, nice job dude
    March 25 09:05 AM
  • SeaAnemone I checked out that House of Balloons record on your kind words for it / upcoming review and I'm sooooo glad I did
    March 24 04:46 PM
  • Kiran i considered it but it's not entirely in my comfort zone, i think you might do a better job with it. nice catch with that tuneyards record too ;)
    March 23 07:00 PM
  • cirq :/
    March 23 02:55 PM
  • cirq write a review for that weeknd album!
    March 23 02:45 PM
  • Gyromania Haha, you're against Dev and I was against Knott... Sooooo unfair =[
    March 22 05:33 PM
  • Jash Yes!!!! You heard the Weeknd album, what'd you think
    March 21 05:47 PM
  • robin that i can change cover is unreal.
    March 19 01:10 PM
  • Aids great soundoff for Britney's new album. what a piece of s***, you should lower that 2 for sure.
    March 15 10:34 PM
  • couldwinarabbit you need some talking heads in your life
    March 5 11:23 AM
  • Irving I went through it again, and it seems a bit better. It's still not perfect, but I think it does its job. Sometimes there are those reviews which simply refuse to cooperate with you, eh? No matter how hard you try. I still don't get them negs though =.="
    February 16 01:45 PM
  • couldwinarabbit So I currently going through all the users who have opinions I respect on the site and downloading all of their 5's...I already have everyone of yours.
    February 11 07:58 AM
  • ThirtySixChambers Your Yellow Swans review was fantastic.
    February 3 11:48 PM
  • Enotron thanks a bunch my dude
    February 2 05:11 PM
  • Enotron wanna be tha homie and give a fellow contrib a link to yuck? much appreciated
    February 2 04:59 PM
  • robin i do not actually consider public strain a 3, haha
    February 2 11:56 AM
  • Bitchfork best 80s music ever i know right
    January 31 04:45 PM
  • Bitchfork http://www.mediafire.com/?vnqtwuynqgn#1 Guernica - Shinseiki E No Unga japanese progressive pop with huge classical and cabaret influences and you'd love it.
    January 31 12:49 AM
  • SeaAnemone (Part 2)Knapsack - This Conversation Is... (emo)*The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (pop-punk)90 Day Men - To Everybody (sorta post-hardcore/indie)Descendents - Milo Goes to College (punk)*Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (punk)Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You (post-hardcore)Defeater - Lost Ground (hardcore)Fugazi - The Argument (post-h)sorry I know that's a lot, but just try one every once in a while, don't be put off if you hate one, they're all fairly dissimilar.
    January 28 02:41 PM
  • SeaAnemone random assortment of more punky genres (for you to probably dislike at first then revisit somewhere down the line and go "oh hey this is sorta cool")... some are genre essentials and some are just personal fav.s:*Rites of Spring - End on End (early emo)*Fugazi - 13 Songs (early post-harcore)Grown Ups - Songs (emo)American Football - s/t (Midwestern Emo)*Gospel - The Moon Is A Dead World (screamo/progresive)*Off Minor - Some Blood (jazzy screamo)
    January 28 02:36 PM
  • robin i don't have either sadly. i tried AIM but because i'm british i don't know anyone with it so it was rather pointless. :( always up for FB chat if you use that though.
    January 25 02:23 PM
  • robin will prob come around to it, as i said. i know how you feel about being alone.. no one ever agrees with my ratings. as will be seen by my go! team rating, :( we gotta stick together!
    January 25 01:08 PM
  • Enotron unfortunately not much. I've been meaning to check out yuck, of course I love james blake and destroyer. also am about to dl a few new emo releases like the get up kids, joyce manor, and boyfriends. you know of anything new good s***?
    January 25 10:48 AM
  • Electric City youre right about braids. i think i am going to review it too
    January 24 09:03 PM
  • Enotron btw apologies if you construed my comment the wrong way, was only remarking on how your tastes in indie music are more obscure than mine, essentially. wasn't using "fagginess" in a serious context.
    January 24 04:48 PM
  • Kris. i didn't know that you're a ****ing prodigy. i have new respect for you.
    January 23 09:25 PM
  • Kris. i know who you are
    January 23 02:03 PM
  • SeaAnemone dude you have really good taste but you could really stand to check out some harsher stuff (punk emo hardcore post hardcore ska screamo, idk, anything) you should give these genres a try sometime
    January 20 08:09 PM
  • couldwinarabbit lol yotimi beat me too it
    January 18 09:53 AM
  • Yotimi Good to see some love for Lone. I guess now that Pitchfork reviewed it (8.3) maybe more will check it out.
    January 18 08:07 AM
  • Bulldog **** yea congrats man. i had your back on the MBDTF review :3
    January 18 12:00 AM
  • robin you're so great
    January 15 06:58 PM
  • liledman quality over quantity man, nice work getting contrib.
    January 15 11:19 AM
  • SowingSeason congrats man, i only read a few of your reviews but when i did they were always top notch
    January 14 09:43 PM
  • omnipanzer Gratz conrad
    January 14 09:33 AM
  • Kiran woo!
    January 13 11:46 PM
  • Irving Already ambushed you on Facebook, but this is such an amazing achievement that a second congratulations doesn't seem out of place in the least bit =)
    January 13 09:44 PM
  • deathofasalesman Congrats dude! Keep up the great review work.
    January 13 09:37 PM
  • AtavanHalen Thank you, Conrad! I can't say I recall reading any of your work, but you must be doing something right if you've been given contributor status! All the best.
    January 13 09:16 PM
  • SeaAnemone congrats man :) well-deserved, I thought you were the most obvious choice for AT LEAST a contrib position, but it's good to see it happen anyways
    January 13 09:09 PM
  • Fugue You were a shoe-in for the position but congratulations anyway Conrad. You totally deserve it.
    January 13 09:00 PM
  • Enotron congrats!
    January 13 08:24 PM
  • Deviant. Congrats dude, well desreved
    January 13 07:37 PM
  • Xenophanes Congrats buddy, really really well deserved!
    January 13 07:32 PM
  • Irving Is something coming out on that date? Either way, you're probably gonna blow us all out of the water lol.
    January 13 05:21 PM
  • Irving You. Review. Now. =p
    January 13 11:09 AM
  • Gyromania HAM really is ridiculous, but I think it's pretty cool. I wish the lyrical content was stronger though.
    January 11 10:36 AM
  • Irving Indeed! But anyway; so when's your next piece coming out? =)
    January 7 01:03 AM
  • Irving Hey Conrad. Just stopping by to tell you how phenomenal your reviews are, and that if you're not promoted - and Electric City subsequently stages a coup - I'll be the one manning his heavy artillery, bringing down the bastion of injustice that is Sputnik.
    January 6 09:55 PM
  • Gyromania Conrad ur so gud at making unimportant s*** sound relevant you should be a college professor or somethin idk
    January 6 06:54 PM
  • Kiran totes agree with your james blake sound off, i think i appreciate its meditative, quiet quality more than anything
    January 4 03:35 AM
  • Electric City next time youre on aim we're talking about james blake
    January 3 10:56 PM
  • Electric City if youre not promoted im staging a coup
    January 1 02:52 PM
  • Xenophanes Haha, no way. They're up their with mine too as well. I mean, as much as I love "Takk...," I have to admit that there is something special about that album. And yeah, Vespertine is incredible as well.
    December 31 01:22 PM
  • Xenophanes Loving the profile pic, man.
    December 31 02:18 AM
  • couldwinarabbit Frank Turner- Love Ire
    December 29 04:54 PM
  • Gyromania Conrad! =D
    December 29 04:34 PM
  • SeaAnemone agreed with klappy. I'd be in full support of you getting contributorship.
    December 27 05:58 PM
  • reaganomics777 Holy s*** you ****ing love Bjork.
    December 13 07:08 AM
  • Kiran that albums great, kind of the same vibe as warpaint
    December 9 12:01 AM
  • Megadeth rush
    November 30 03:07 PM
  • couldwinarabbit agreed but it is by far the most convienent
    November 30 12:23 AM
  • couldwinarabbit nah. I only ever use facebook.
    November 30 12:20 AM
  • Kiran not yet but i'm gonna get around to it!
    November 27 10:39 PM
  • Kiran great kanye review dude, i dont think i ever got around to mentioning that
    November 27 08:52 AM
  • couldwinarabbit ya they really should it is actually a really good site to get really good music from though. I never really rated albums. I might when I get bored one day.
    November 24 07:32 AM
  • nicolauz Agreed Phantogram is a gem.
    November 24 02:28 AM
  • couldwinarabbit Listen to the list Thom put up on radiohead.com It is really quite excellent
    November 23 02:15 AM
  • Gyromania Haha, that was creepy... I literally just did that. Check out my 5s though, I just made huge changes. Why aren't you on AIM?
    November 22 10:08 PM
  • Gyromania Oh that's strange, it appears as though I've jumped back up near the top of your list again =SHaha, yeah, that soundtrack is mad boring. I was actually going to write a review for it, perhaps I'll do that tonight.
    November 18 11:34 PM
  • Gyromania Awe man, I was at the top of the list for a few days =[ But yeah, of course I am! We both listen to great music ;D
    November 18 11:27 PM
  • Gyromania Lol, I don't think I'm going to re-write my soundoff, I just can't be bothered. How's your review coming along?
    November 12 05:41 AM
  • Gyromania Ugh wtf they took down our soundoffs
    November 11 07:53 PM
  • Gyromania Thanks Conrad! =D You do indeed need to see it, and then I'll finally have someone to talk with about it.
    November 11 09:07 AM
  • Jash any idea where i can find a non-clean version of the new kanye? monster without rick ross saying fat mutha****as just isnt the same
    November 10 03:44 PM
  • Yotimi Digging the Metro Area? Nice.
    October 27 08:54 PM
  • Gyromania Eeriatarkaa
    October 15 12:23 AM
  • Jash http://www.mediafire.com/?fa55z6wt4vnawev
    October 10 01:57 AM
  • Gyromania HEY! So, I was just wondering, do you have AIM or MSN?
    October 9 03:28 PM
  • Kiran haha yeah, im torn. kirgasm on aim!
    October 9 02:47 AM
  • Gyromania I too am trying to fashion a review, but having difficulty at the moment. I look forward to reading your take on the album.
    October 1 07:20 PM
  • Gyromania Hey man, I just wanted to say that I thought your Sufjan Stevens review was excellent! Also, what was it about the new Belle And Sebastian album that didn't sit right with you?
    October 1 08:00 AM
  • Kiran ha, i kind of expected that, it's not the deepest album to analyze
    July 27 12:57 PM
  • Kiran love your taste
    July 27 02:07 AM

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