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Huh, Tom knows things about comic books! Who knew?
Also, it’s not *like* that was taken from Wikipedia… seriously, check out the entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_(band)
Re: her fans and the music she makes now, in both _’s and charliepanayi’s comments: I think that’s a bit harsh. I mean, her music definitely doesn’t have the same spark (sorry) that it used to, but I chalk that up to the fact that she seems pretty happy now, and not to mention that’s it pretty difficult to keep your music fresh and interesting over such an extended (and prolific) period of time. I hate to sound like an artist needs to suffer in order to make interesting music, but that inner turmoil is what charged her music throughout the 90s, even for the songs where she wasn’t trying to expand her sonic palette (which is something she did push more and more as the millennium approached). I think that after she spent the better part of 10 years working out her demons in the recording studio and on stage, and settled down with a family, she felt the need to go more conceptual, to try and keep her work interesting. Granted, I don’t think it entirely worked… maybe it would have been more interesting had she not settled on a more pop-focused sound after Scarlet’s Walk… but I don’t think I can say she hasn’t tried.
(And also, yes, I used to be a huge Tori fan. Not quite a die hard who found her infallible, but she was one of my two favorite artists up until the middle of her concept album phase, where my interest dropped precipitously.)
To add to the schizophrenic nature of these comments:
Does Music Critic Twitter refer to all of Twitter as one music critiquing entity, or the areas of the Twitterverse inhabited by music critics?
Also, man, the Rick Moody and Dean Wareham piece was ridiculously engrossing, but has Rick Moody ever considered that maybe not everyone is interested in making music with a “human” feel, or “soul,” or, rather, that just because it’s something that he personally doesn’t like doesn’t actually make it invalid as art? At some point he seems to grasp this (and not that his other points aren’t interesting), but goddamn, it’s just a different artistic expression dude.
Regarding the Lorde thing, I am legit curious how much someone from New Zealand understands American race relations, and how much we expect them to understand. Not that the point about the race/class issues of this are wrong by any means, but I’m not under the impression that many Americans know much about the concept of white (or male, straight, cisgendered, etc) privilege, so I’m curious how reasonable it is to expect someone from another country to understand it… much less a teenager. Hell, I live in the US, I’m almost twice her age, and try to be pretty mindful of that sort of thing, and those points totally flew by me until I ran across an article about it. For me, it was initially more of a statement about the capitalist desire and images that our entertainment industry projects. But who knows! Maybe people in New Zealand understand our history and race relations better than I would expect.
…maybe the tl;dr summary of this is: Has she talked about this in interviews by now, and does anyone know what she has to say?
FYI, the video on the page you linked to no longer works, and it looks like “Call On Me” is now going by the title “Jerk Ribs” anyways.
FKA Twigs ftw!
(And Caroline Polachek was amazing too.)
I’m not watching with you all, since they’re only streaming back stage stuff online, but I definitely need to drink, since I just attempted to watch the Grammys for the first time in 10+ years…
(Or at least acceptable behavior? Maybe “reasonable behavior” is not the best phrase here.)
So it’s not like I feel sorry for the guy spewing racist and sexist shit, but uh, anyone else a little concerned about how we seem to be treating Kanye attacking someone as reasonable behavior?
I’ve heard the Moby cover (or remix?), but I should probably give that another spin. And now there’s even an all new track…!