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ajcollins15: The Third Side of the Coin

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The Sputnik Music Morning Show are delighted to have been joined live by renowned music critic ajcollins15, nominee for the 2022 Nobel Laureate of Literature and purveyor of pertinent pop. Listen in for our exclusive interview!

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ajcollins15, hello! It’s a delight to have you on the Morning Show today. Listeners all across the country are tuning in as we speak – would you introduce yourself for them? 

I have listened to a lot of explorative metal music out there.

Awesome, and how’ve you been doing lately?

With Covid-19 being the dominant threat of 2020, millions and millions of people have been affected by it in one way or another.

For real. It’s brought the whole world together! 

The biggest downside is that the cohesiveness in everything is a bit static.

Yuh-huh. 

However, there is a much deeper understanding here that I feel many will miss; life is short and time moves fast.

Too true. Does this have much of an impact on your writing? How do you aim to write?

With a lot of class and a ton of self-reflection that we all kind of need in this transition period out of pandemic season.

Great to hear from someone so cool and collected in these wonky, wonky times. I think many residents of Sputnikmusic and Rateyourmusic have already gained a great deal from that, from you. Would you let us know which artists have inspired such insight? 

Julien Baker has always had some of the most emotionally potent and explosive lyrical content that anyone has ever had. Sometimes her lyrics hit Chelsea Wolfe or even black metal types of obliterating and on her third new album Julien doesn?t hold anything back. She continues to question her religion and relationships with devastatingly powerful lyrics, almost problematic.

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Powerful stuff indeed. Is there anything about this album that doesn’t fare as successfully as its lyricism?

My only complaint is that the lyrics can be a bit dry after a while, but the album is short enough that it really isn?t an issue

Right on! On another note, it’s good that you’ve been so critically brave as to highlight the link between Julien Baker’s lyrics and black metal. Many writers have shied away from this – why do you think this might be?

For almost anyone here I would imagine no one has ever stepped foot into the black metal scene (and for good reason)

Mmm!!! Are there any other lyricists who stand out to you in the same way as Julien Baker? 

On the Montreal singers debut LP, she reflects on what it?s like to live in a toxic relationship. What is odd to me is how similar, lyric-wise, this is to Fionna Apple?s most reason release ?Fetch the Bolt Cutters?.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters! What a great record! How would you describe it?

In many ways this is a life story of how Fiona came to be who she is today, but it’s done with so much wit and humor that it would put to shame some of the best poets to ever write. All these tracks have these off-kilter jazz instrumentals that work so fluently with her vocals that it comes through light butter

Mm, buttered apples. Delicious. How would you describe Fiona Apple as an artist?

Fiona Apple is one of those artists that only produces an album every six to ten years, but when she releases an album it is meet with high praise.

Yes, indeed, she has more acclaim than most. Does Fetch the Bolt Cutters meet her high standards?

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is no different and she does it with more style and flair then every before. 

Which records, if any, should we be setting alongside Fetch The Bolt Cutters?

Welcome to Future Nostalgia?s mother. Jessie Ware is a London based artist who is one of the few artists who can go toe to toe with the likes of Fiona Apple and Kate Bush at the same time. 

Nice, and where do you think its influence is most felt?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Billie Eilish dropped the electropop influences, took the artistic vision of Fiona Apple but more on a Haley Williams type scale while also taking chamber influences from Radiohead and Tindersticks

…so it’s kind-of like a guiding light through its strength as a statement?4 - kacey

On first listen my very first inclination is this is a more ?classical? Fiona Apple, however on deeper listens this is a lot stronger of an artist statement than a Fiona Apple. This is on par with some Julia Holter-type avant-garde pop.

So it’s Julia Holter that we should be listening to for luminary pop? Not Fiona Apple?

Is this going to blow your pants off?no not really, but it is still a lovely little album with some really strong songwriting. It?s dragged down by the strong Fiona Apple and Angel Olsen influences. Also, this album doesn?t have a concrete sonic direction

Right, gotcha – Apple influences bad, Holter influences good.

But her music regardless of the name has always been a wanna-be Kate Bush with a mix of Julia Holter and Fionna Apple. 

…and Kate Bush influences are worse than either. Is it always good to sound like Julia Holter?

This album is a straight-up sonic mess. Most of the tracks on here have no cohesive structure to them and her vocals don?t pair well over any of them either. It?s like she wanted this to feel like a synthesizer version of a Julia Holter record but had never listed to Julia Holter or classic synthpop.

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So your advice for anyone trying to sound like Julia Holter is to listen to Julia Holter?

There are some truly breathtaking tracks that remind me a lot of the most recent Julia Holter album mixed with Radiohead?s OK Computer. However, put together this album is a bit of a mess and sonically this album can be extremely disjointed

Yeah, you’re right – it’s never that easy. Moving on, let’s air some feelings. Maybe you’ve heard that “art mirrors reality” – how do you think music captures what we experience in real life?

There are various levels of sadness (from sad to chronic depression) in the real world and with that, there is the various level of sadness in music (from sad-girl to score).

Does music only reflect negative emotions? 

From what I can tell the influence of the record is from the hectic nature of life and how one minute you could be having a good day and one small thing can send you crashing down 

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I’ll take that as a yes. You’re very existential. 

Like a two-sided coin with a weird third side. 

I don’t have a follow up question for that. Are there any styles you’d like to be surprised by this year?

Hardcore punk really has not had much of a presence in the last 25, 30, or even 35-40 years

…and any that you feel you’ve had enough of for now?

It is not everyday that I find a black metal album that I like, and it is even rarer to find a black metal album that I enjoy

What’s been the latest genre you’ve got into?

Indie rap that is neither here nor there, but I am closer to here than there

2 - LDRI’m not sure where they sit on the here-there scale, but the popularity of Run the Jewels is undeniable. Have they been on your radar?

They are one of the best duos in the rap game right now, and maybe one of the greatest rap groups to exist today. 

Okay… you know we don’t have to hit a word count, right? It’s just an interview. 

I don’t have enough time to go into too much depth with this

Okay, sorry. It’s just that you had enough time for tautology, or saying the same thing twice. Before we move on then, anyone else in the rap scene you’d like to commend?

Although I personally don’t live love this new album from Pusha T, it still showcases that not only does he still have the power to create sense and flawless rap albums.

…but…?

I listen to a lot of records and I have seen a lot of weird things in the music scene, well heard them. This isn’t one of these.

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Why not? 

It’s like the feeling of dropping into hell while you hear this distant rapping talking to you while to descend further and further

Crikey. Next question – what’s the hottest trend that you’re on board with? 

This is the year of post-punk for me, this is the third album released this year that is post-punk that is getting my highest praise

Did you say post-punk? Eww! How do you even get into that stuff?

So, many of the ideas might not sound that fluent, but the best artist in the genre always have a common ground they come back to. 

And what would that be?

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What the landscape is like now in the British post-punk scene with bands like Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road (and even LICE). It?s even more interesting because the last two tracks see the band kind of trying to reach these newer bands with the use of jazz and black metal, but it feels so tacked on. With all that said, I was never a bit fan of this band, to begin with because all their albums feel a bit like this though

So post-punk sucks? 

Although out of all the UK post-punk debuts that have been released this year, and this being the worst, this is by no means a bad album; this is actually a superb album

But this year it doesn’t suck! Tremendous. Well, we’d just like to thank you again for taking the time out of your hectic schedule perusing the net for the latest, greatest releases to spend some time with us. Have you any parting thoughts that you’d like to leave our listeners to chew on?

So, in conclusion, it is really something. This album is bigger than the space it fits in…and that is something to really admire. Otherwise, this is trash.

Wait, which album is this? AJ? … Uh, he’s walked out, folks. And now he’s staring at us through the doorway. Well, I guess that was ajcollins15, now over to sainbeastofmetal and their definitive Megadeth ranking.

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This episode of The Morning Show was brought to you by anat and johnnyoftheWell.





JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
Any volunteers to be interviewed on The Morning Show, please contact anat or myself asap

Sinternet
08.28.22
ill do it nice interview fetch the bolt cutters still rules

Sowing
08.28.22
Cool idea. Reminds me a bit of your Staff Wars series only extended to the userbase. Excited to read this and follow along with any future installments.

Dewinged
08.28.22
So ajcollins is an anat alt? Or did u two make an imaginary interview with ajcollins??

BlushfulHippocrene
08.28.22
This is fucking wild, lol.

Gnocchi
08.28.22
I love this segment already

JesperL
08.28.22
easily the best thing i have read, "post-punk? Eww!" really spoke to me

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
Everything in that interview body that isn't a question is 100% authentic aj plz feel free to cross-reference it against his wider body of work

Mort.
08.28.22
good segment, would let myself read it again

normaloctagon
08.28.22
What a ride, i give this a morning/10 rating and am looking forward to the next

Kompys2000
08.28.22
Johnny/anat can I get ur blessing to use the how I'm feeling in my wilderness pic as a PFP

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
take it and do terrible things with it

Mort.
08.28.22
can i make this interview an nft?

normaloctagon
08.28.22
Always has been

anat
08.28.22
julia holter

someone
08.28.22
glad aj's getting something other than hate here

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
uh

same(...?)

Colton
08.28.22
how do I get on this

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
post a link to every stupid comment you've ever typed on this site, and we'll have a version for you ready in no time at all

Colton
08.28.22
do you do a voice interview for these or just type back and forth, also I don't really have any stupid comments so

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
i suggest you take some time to familiarise yourself with aj's soundoff chronicles, and then reread this, and then weigh up your request lol

Colton
08.28.22
oh so you're stealing mics from the comedy clubs, makes sense now

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
oh yeah the mic

famously the source of all good content

Colton
08.28.22
so can I be on the show (I have two mics)

anat
08.28.22
I’m sure there is a wealth of dumb colton takes to fashion into one of these

JohnnyoftheWell
08.28.22
id rather do havey

Mort.
08.29.22
oh shit i forgot havey exists

JohnnyoftheWell
08.29.22
that's the point duh

Gnocchi
08.29.22
New Staff Wars when?

JohnnyoftheWell
08.29.22
when i get pissed enough at the userbase to pass the mic to granite

should get on that when i have time acc

Mort.
08.29.22
johnny has like 5 concept lists, a job, reviews, a family probably, blog posts

what an incredibly busy individual

Gnocchi
08.29.22
Also deep deep Krallice lore

JohnnyoftheWell
08.29.22
concept

Mort.
08.29.22
conceptual



Mort.
08.29.22
but not acceptabubble

JohnnyoftheWell
09.03.22
remember mort

Mort.
09.03.22
full sentences please

Pikazilla
09.03.22
ajtrollins

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