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(Hmm, well, I'm not sure if ♡kitty♡ actually calls herself a feminist, with her I was just thinking of the article she wrote about the double standards around the Danny Brown sexual assault thing at once of his concerts a little while back. I definitely gained a lot of respect for her after that.)
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April 25, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynist Trolls: “Bring It On, Motherfuckers”
Yeah, on one hand I love that there seem to be more female voices in music these days speaking out against all the crap they face, and proudly identifying as feminist... people like Mayberry, Grimes, Janelle Monáe, ♡kitty♡, Anna Calvi, etc... and even male feminist allies, like the guy from Default Genders. It's so inspiring to hear, and to see people using their spotlight like that. But on the other hand, it's kind of depressing to hear their stories of how they became feminist, or became more outspoken about it, since so much of it seems to come out of all the obstacles they face in the music industry.
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April 25, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynist Trolls: “Bring It On, Motherfuckers”
Yeah, but how great was the episode where you actually find out who Laura's killer was? Definitely one of the last good episodes that show had. Also, totally unrelated to 311*, but tonight I am going to a Twin Peaks-themed alternative gay club night. There's nothing about that that does not sound amazing to me. *(Or... is it??**) **(Yeah, it's really not.)
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April 25, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hmmm. Reading through these comments, it keeps bothering me that we're pretty much just discussing this through the lens of People on the Internet. I know that there are those instances of kids saying dumb shit because of anonymity etc etc etc, and that you all are aware of, and not dismissing, horrible things that happen off of the internet... but I don't know, I keep thinking back about the things that Kathleen Hannah has said about the Bikini Kill days... how at *every* concert there were guys yelling at them to take off their shirts, how often people threw things at them, made threats to them, the times where they just flat out were not safe going back to their van after a gig, shit like that. Yeah, maybe it's not as absurdly hyperbolic as what that person said to Mayberry on Twitter, but it's still awful. And to me, it all seems connected. I'm wondering if all this focus on the internet trolling aspect is glossing over the very real hatred and misogyny that it sounds like does get directed in Mayberry's way. I know you all have been having a very respectful and well thought out conversation, so maybe you don't think it's been glossed over? But I just had to say my piece (and I guess, really, this ties into LeMonjello's question about whether comments like the one above are really symptomatic of the misogyny within our society)... especially since stories like the ones above remind me that as a dude who tries to be in touch with feminist issues and the crap women face, I may think I have a small idea of what it's like, but there's still a lot of shit that goes on that I just have no idea about. Also! There's still the thing Caitlin pointed out in her post about how empowering Mayberry speaking out on these things is. So even if the people who spew these online comments never learn (which Mayberry does acknowledge to some extent), there's still a lot of value in that. So seriously, fucking hats off to her.
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April 23, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynist Trolls: “Bring It On, Motherfuckers”
Thanks for putting the "Chile out" part in there for those of us too thick headed to not get it before then. (Um, that might come across as sarcastic, but no, really.)
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April 6, 2015 on St. Vincent – “Teenage Talk” (Full Version)
Fortunately some wonderful human being has posted the Rebekah Del Rio performance to YouTube, so here you go: https://youtu.be/2CMh6JWBimM Jesus fucking Christ, you guys.
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April 2, 2015 on Karen O, Sky Ferreira, Duran Duran, And A Dozen More Artists Paid Tribute To David Lynch (And Die Antwoord Heckled The Whole Time)
Huh. Guess I chose a rather large photo, didn't I? Oh well. TIDAL FOR ALL.
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March 30, 2015 on Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event
I'm not sure what all the hullabaloo is about. I am ALL ABOUT Tidal for all. http://www.audioenz.co.nz/wp/wp-content/uploads/attachments/167932=8551-fiona-apple-tidal.jpg
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March 30, 2015 on Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event
Wait, it was still in doubt that she's an amazing dancer...? http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2014-08/8/17/enhanced/webdr06/anigif_enhanced-28417-1407532852-14.gif Also, I don't know what we've done to deserve a fka twigs EP so soon, but I'll take it.
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March 23, 2015 on FKA twigs – “Glass & Patron” Video
Anyone else confused about why this is being posted again with what seems like all the same info and verbiage as when it was posted a week or two ago?
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March 20, 2015 on Natalie Imbruglia – “Instant Crush” (Daft Punk & Julian Casablancas Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Please tell me the independent one is Vinyl Fever. The one in Tampa went under a few years back :( :( :(, but I'm not sure I've been to Tallahassee since then.
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March 19, 2015 on Insound Is Shutting Down
Except for "Human Nature." God, for a mainstream pop album, that is such a refreshingly weird song, with all its seedy bass, g funk synth squiggles, and those confrontational, kinda creepy whispers.
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March 18, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
That's a really good point, and a nice approach. I still find her type of response grumble-inducing, but yeah, better to make something good out of it than merely grumble.
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March 18, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
Someone convinced me to give American Life a chance, and I wound up finding that I like a good chunk of it (the fact that I love "Hollywood" and "I'm So Stupid" as much as I do, despite my burning hatred for auto tune, is one good testament there), but can we all at least agree that Madonna's rapping in (the song) "American Life" is an atrocity? Oooof, seriously, one of the most cringe-inducing rap verses I've heard in my life...
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March 18, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
Wow. I'm having a hard time even articulating the right words to respond to your story, aside from just saying thank you for sharing that. (Also, I think your story makes for a much better example of how else one could approach writing about music. I found Graves' piece pretty grating, for largely the same reasons that were spelled out so well in Simone Magus' comment above.)
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March 11, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
Yeah, sometimes it's definitely like that, which is... suboptimal... but the music venues usually have a better sound system than I do at home at least. ;) As far as Purity Ring goes though, I feel like they do what they can with their live show. I mean, Corin's always playing some instrumental part or another with his midi set up, but it's not like he can really get all of them at the same time... and he barely did it for this performance, but I remember them playing parts a little differently, or adding things in, so it wasn't the exact same song that you hear on the album. There's also the visual and atmospheric part of it as well. I know that theatrics aren't the main reason to go to a show, but it definitely added something to the experience when I saw them, to see the light show from Corin's drum midi/tree thing, or having Megan striking a large light up drum, or to see the dude from Young Magic emerge from the smoke right as his part from "Grandloves" began.
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March 5, 2015 on Watch A Beautifully Lit Purity Ring Play “Begin Again” On Seth Meyers
Oops, sorry, that last part should read: "...but that sort of mind set just perpetuates a harmful set of ideas that our society tries to enforce about gender."
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March 3, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
Alright, since you asked, Black Sheep Boy, I'm going to take a stab at this. Forgive me if I get too soapboxy. The thing that was so off putting about your question is that gender roles aren't absolute rules, drawn along a rigid line. To a large extent, they're social constructs that large segments of society enforces by making them seem like these hard facts, or like something that makes you deficient or weird if you don't fall in line. And I'm not going to say that gender roles are 100% based on social constructs, I can't really claim to have a solid grasp on the full extent other factors like biology and people's natural aptitude mix into things. I mean, hey, pink is heavily gendered as a "feminine" color, but I'm sure that regardless of what society may tell us, there are plenty of women who would like pink regardless. But probably a lot more men who would admit to, or be open to, liking pink if it was less heavily gendered. Regardless, I'm really damn sure that it's not actually weird for a guy to have traits that *are* gendered as "feminine," or like things that only women are supposed to be into. I think it's actually a lot more natural than many segments of our society would have you believe. So that's what's really off putting, this question of why would a *guy* like this thing that's written for/marketed towards women. I mean, why isn't the question just "What do people even find interesting in this?" Why are we assuming that man brains are really so incredibly different than lady brains? As for why people say questions like this are sexist, well, that whole thing about rigid gender roles? It's been kind of used a lot to keep women out of certain roles or jobs or whatever in society, because a certain thing is "unladylike" or "too masculine" or just flat out something that only men do. As Silas points out, it also hurts men too, when they're put under pressure to deny something they like or want to do, because it's not "masculine," and therefore inherently inferior because it's gendered as feminine. I'm not saying that with your comments that you're out to oppress anyone, but that sort of mind set is just perpetuates a harmful set of ideas that our society tries to enforce about gender.
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March 3, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
Ooof, it took me a little time to notice it, but once I did it started bugging me--it seems super counter-intuitive to me to have your main page *look* like it should have all the regular "newfeed" posts on it, when in fact it only has a small subset. This threw me off earlier this week too, when I was wondering since when Stereogum only puts up a new post once every two hours... until I remembered the explanation from last week's Shut Up, Dude of how this works now. I mean, this shouldn't really need a separate explanation, and maaaaaybe older 'gummers are being thrown off by memories of the Videogum design, or the late 00's Stereogum design? But I'm pretty sure it's the lack of any sort of design elements to indicate that the scrolling posts are only a highlights section. Even if there isn't a larger design overhaul here, I think a banner saying something like "Recent Highlights" would suffice. And that would probably be enough for a user to go "Oh hey, I want to see all the stories since they're apparently not already here, maybe this Newsfeed sections has what I want..."
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March 1, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"When an album is channeling those sorts of energies, how can any other artist expect to step in and do anything even remotely comparable?" Sometime last year I put on some of PJ's older stuff for the first time in forever. And you know that thing where you listen to something for years and years, still loving it but over time getting so used to it that you just lose the full impact, and eventually you start picking more and more different music instead, and then when you return to that music, it just hits you so damn hard? I mean, I just remember listening to these songs and being like, holy shit, PJ Harvey won music in the 90s. Just, clean nailed it. How did everyone not pack it up and go home? How are people still even making music? Is there really even a point making music after PJ Harvey? So yeah, I totally feel you there, Tom. I was listening to a bunch of her older stuff when this hit me--some awesome, random b-sides, a lot of Is This Desire?, but this album in particular. Also, I am super, super jealous of your teenage experiences getting to see TBYML-era PJ Harvey live. Thank you for sharing. Had I been there as well, I would have been hating the shit out of that beach ball too.
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February 28, 2015 on To Bring You My Love Turns 20