It’s OK to have a dress code. It’s not OK to enforce the dress code.
Yeah, there is nudity in the picture, but you’d have to have sort of a weird point of view to think it’s sexual.
it would be more or less like the NME top 20 list, but instead of pulp, oasis, and arctic monkeys – we’d have animal collective, neutral milk hotel, and kanye west.
I agree with you, but different genres of music put different emphasis on “the album” as a delivery medium – and that could account for some (but certainly not all) of the imbalance. K Pop, for example, which is more single centric, might host a pretty poor representation of “great albums.” And a lot of great Afrobeat acts never recorded full LPs. When international music does become available to Western listeners, it’s often in the form of compilations (the kind that Sublime Frequencies puts out).
That this list features mostly Western popular music albums, might simply mean that the album is mainly a Western popular music concept. Although, it’s probably just a little bit of that – mixed with the sheer laziness/bias/ignorance of the NME editors.
State of Love and Trust!
…for some reason it is the “go to” album cover for the cover flow function on my iPod. i tried deleting it; it still shows up.
This is why trying to talk about things on the internet is the worst.
“So my friend pointed out something interesting the other day…”
“OBVIOUSLY, you fucking idiot. You didn’t know that? What an idiot.”
How is this any different from the performance on Fallon, which you guys posted? It’s the exact same fucking thing. Why post this?
If you’re going to argue that the guitar is in decline, I think you need better case studies than Chvrches and Icona Pop.
Way to stay true to your corporate sponsors.
I’m sure it was only LONG after M.I.A. decided to perform at the superbowl half time show, collect a paycheck from the NFL, and unite their brand with hers, that she discovered “felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players…” etc. A bigger hypocrite has never been born.
I get that, but I mean, are they really deserving of sympathy? Or, are these just two incredibly privileged people engaging in incredibly selfish behavior with no outward demonstration of remorse or contrition? I dunno, I like both of these people well enough, but I hate seeing someone waste their talent. Sky Ferreira doesn’t even have an album out, for fuck’s sake.
Wow, I never thought about Sheryl Crow like that before. Next time I’m in the car, I’ll put in her greatest hits CD and ruminate about the divide between mainstream and indie culture. I will realize that, truly, every day is a winding road. And this discovery will lead to further discoveries, such as my blossoming desire to engage in various fun activities, commonly referred to as just “fun”. Perhaps I am not the only one? Perhaps I will make new friends and we will all engage in fun activities together, while listening to Sheryl Crow. I, for one, look forward to this day, and when it finally arrives, when I am engaging in fun activities like getting jerked off in the parking lot of a cheap motel listening to “Picture”, Crow’s seminal duet with Kid Rock, with my new friends who I am simultaneously jerking off in return, and we are all being jerked off together, I will cry out in orgasmic relief and whisper a silent prayer of thanks for both Tom Breihan and Claire Lobenfield, and the day I stumbled across this conversation. God bless you both.
Way to become a cliche.
The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic
I dunno, I think the Arcade Fire has started to become way too topical and zeigeist-y. Neon Bible to a smaller extent, then The Suburbs, and now Reflektor…sometimes I wish they’d just do an album that wasn’t so thematically structured, and didn’t try to encapsulate so ardently whatever Win finds “modern experience” to be. It all gets a little strained after awhile, and feels less like someone is relating their experience to me, which just so happens to be “modern”, but that they are instead desperately straining to condense everything that is “modern” into a polemic. It’s like slogging through a dense essay instead of just reading a good story – the latter of which is what Funeral felt like.
So this is what eminem would sound like if he was a beastie boy. Why not just make an eminem song?
I’m sorry, I thought your original post was criticizing musicians for “using movie plots for inspiration” as opposed to “actual human inspiration” (whatever that means). Now it seems like you are saying that motion picture soundtracks, in general, aren’t really that good – which seems like an entirely different point, with which would I agree.
Sure, why not.
Like “Debaser” and Un Chien Andalou or “Stillness Is the Move” and Wings of Desire? Draw from whatever you want for inspiration, just make it good.
listens! damnit! i screwed myself!
“I mean, I liked it when it came out but it doesn’t hold up very well to repeat lessons” -idiots in this thread gushing over this EP after reading the pitchfork review.
Meh, it just seems wrong. Like the Velvet Underground releasing a new EP.
I can understand why that would be your gut reaction — because obviously someone using the black slave dialect from Uncle Tom’s Cabin out of nowhere to characterize modern-day black speech would be racist. But that’s not what I’m trying to do here. It’s worth noting that the speaker in the above post is a specific human being, from which no general principles or sweeping assertions about race can be extrapolated. Two, the dialect isn’t a non sequitur because Kanye has previously characterized others as “new slaves” in contrast to his anti-authoritarian stance. I was sure to mention that line. The dialect, in context, is meant to be Kanye deliberately AFFECTING an outsized rendition of servility in order to demonstrate the vastness of his hypocrisy. But if I offended anyone, I’m sorry.
“Fuck you and your corporation! Y’all niggas can’t control me. I know that we the new slaves.”
“Here’s three million dollars.”
“Yes, massa. I be good, massa. I don’t make no trouble no more.”