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I’m with Heath here. Describing the relationship here as homosexual is not factually inaccurate, but it does lead the reader to draw the conclusion that Morrissey is gay (and I would like to point out that another commenter has already made a joke about him being gay), rather than allowing that maybe his sexuality doesn’t fit into a homosexual vs. heterosexual binary. It’s a small semantic difference, sure, but considering that we live in a culture where bisexual/pansexual/queer visibility is an issue in both the mainstream and gay worlds, it’s kind of a more journalistically responsible thing here to use a term that has the correct connotations.
Having the white manager guy on screen was pretty great, but I’m with keegzmcgee, it doesn’t entirely work well as satire–it does that thing where it’s almost subversive, but is still trying to have it both ways. Like having a movie where you’re making fun of product placement, but you’re using logos for real companies that have paid to take part in it… it’s still product placement. Granted, I think that example is a lot more frustrating than what Allen is doing here, since I think Allen’s heart is in the right place (and the “forget your balls and grow a pair of tits” line is particularly brilliant). But yeah, kind of problematic from the satire angle.
Yeah, I actually went through a period where I would listen to Kala and forget that “Paper Planes” was coming up. That album had so many great, unusual songs, that I think “Paper Planes” got a little lost for me since it was so much more conventional (relatively speaking).
Also, YALA, YES!
Bird Flu was some next level shit in 2007, and I don’t know, it might still be.
I could also watch that video all day (not that Claire was wrong about Bad Girls being her best video).
And speaking of next level shit, did anyone else catch the early version of XR2 that she had up on Myspace during the seemingly interminable wait for Kala to come out? it didn’t have all of the bleeps and special effects yet that wound up on the album version, but it had a slightly more muted mix that was a little more distinctive, imho, and that I usually prefer to the final track.
It’s good to see Sgum reporting on Anna Calvi, she’s spectacular, and I’m excited for this album. (And “Sing to Me?” That melody, the theremin, the orchestral explosion? Yeeeeeeeees.)
This is great. I’m liking this way more than anything we’ve heard from Sleigh Bell’s new album, here’s hoping there are some songs that sound more like this.
In all fairness, the fan was not even asking for a refund, just an exchange, and that’s the distinction that makes this come across as bitchy on the artist’s part, imho. The fan was really nice about it and was clearly interested in continuing to support the artist. Yeah, it’s awkward (which he/she acknowledged) and there is the postage issue… and I can see how this could rub Elverum the wrong way if he’s run into something like this before… but posting a public rant about it? A little much.
You know, given his image before Father John Misty, I always thought that he was putting on a character for this project. But now I hope that Josh Tillman does indeed dance, swirl, and strut around everywhere he goes.
Sing! Well, talk-sing, really. Who can resist lines like “Talking like a jerk, except you are an actual jerk, and living proof that sometimes friends are mean?”
Damn, that is a lot of music out today…! And here I was already thinking that we need another day off to listen to all the music and streams that came out today.
Upvote mostly for Pirates of Dark Water reference.
(And that is a *spectacular* cover.)
Oh man, this album. So glad that I got to see them on the anniversary tour this spring, and this write up is just driving that home. I started borrowing my sister’s copy of Last Splash after watching a Kim Deal segment on Vh1′s Greatest Women in Music special in the late 90s (i actually found out about a lot of amazing musicians from that thing), and I was listening to it partly due to that, and partly to tide me over in light of my burgeoning love of the Pixies (especially “Giagantic”). The album definitely won me over, and I’m glad we have the anniversary this year to remind that I need to blast these songs again.
My first thought when the song started was “This reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas.” :( Admittedly, I was only thinking that during the intro, but still…
The song is (not so surprisingly) down now, though this comment section is not filling me with hope. And I was hoping for something better than that M.I.A. preview.
Oh well, back to listening to Anna Calvi’s album trailer on repeat…
Sweeeeet. I had started to wonder when we’d hear from her…
Yeah, based on a few listens, I’ve not been crazy about a lot of the songs that we hadn’t heard yet, and I can see what Pitchfork was saying about the album hitting the same problems Shrines did, in terms of everything sounded a little too similar. Don’t get me wrong though, I love Shrines, and I’m sure those new songs will grow on me.
Also, man, I was just watching the video for “Your Drums, Your Love” again yesterday, and I wish that museum actually existed, because I so want to go there.
It’s actually not the P22 Chorus, but the Capitol City Choir, who did this one. I made the same mistake too at first…
So is referring to R Kelly as Kells an actual thing? I don’t think it should be… I always read it as “Kelis,” and then I get confused as to why we’re suddenly talking about Kelis…
Right! Yeah, one of the things about this discussion that I don’t get is that it’s not like Justin Timberlake is some unknown dude, writing songs on his laptop and then just putting uploading them onto his Bandcamp. I mean, how many people do his songs go through before they’re released to the public? And there wasn’t anyone who was like “Oh hey, there’s also this anti-rape organization called Take Back the Night. Maybe this is in poor taste?” Really?
Obviously I don’t know the whole story behind this song, maybe it was all just an innocent blunder. But to me, it just feels more like no one really cared enough about whether or not this would be in poor taste.
“You Came to Me” is definitely my all time favorite Beach House song. I wasn’t really expecting it to be on this list, since it does seem like this song does get overlooked, but it would’ve been a nice surprise.
The time in my life where I got into Beach House was a very emotional and weird time for me, so the first three albums are laden with a lot of memories… but I will say, Beach House and Devotion were such great songs to listen to on headphones at work on Monday mornings, when you’re not entirely awake yet and just want to bury your head in some wistful haze…
Yeah, the first two albums took a while to grow on me, and if it wasn’t for Teen Dream I probably wouldn’t have bothered listening to their earlier stuff enough for that to have happened (well, unless I came across “You Came to Me.” That song is just magic, and piqued my curiosity sufficiently on first listen). Now there are definitely times where I prefer Devotion to Teen Dream, though I would say that Teen Dream does a better job of being consistent about its excellence.
That being said, the music from the Teen Dream/Bloom and Beach House/Devotion eras do have a different enough feel to them to where I can see really getting one and not the other.
I totally agree with Karel about Bloom, most of the songs never grab my attention, and it just strikes me as generic Beach House. I find it funny that the writer of the list refers to Bloom as an album that demands to be heard as one piece, in one sitting–to me, I enjoy the songs on that album more if I listen to them separately. If I listen to the album as a whole, after a while I just start thinking that all the songs sound too much alike. : /
So this album wasn’t a complete and utter surprise to me when it came out, though I do think that’s because a while before the album came out I had read an interview with her, where she talked about working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team, living in LA where she was seeing her friends become more successful than her, and wanting to go more mainstream (though my recollection of this article may be a little skewed by this point, since this was apparently 10 years ago). And to a lesser extent, Whitechocolatespaceegg was an awkward step in the same direction. But yeah, I was still one of those who felt that this album was a slap in the face.
It’s interesting to point out how differently this album would be approached in 2013… and maybe part of it (at least for me) is that in 2003, those of us who had grown a dislike to Top 40 were still too close to the halcyon days of teen pop (for me, pop became a four letter word after enough exposure to Backstreet Boys, Britney, et al, and I stuck to those guns for a couple of years there). After all, I still heavily associated Avril Lavigne with claiming, on TRL, to be the one holding down punk music… and then to find out that this was who Liz Phair wanted to align herself with? Yikes.
So if a personally analogous situation were to come up today, in 2013… I don’t know. Am I more tolerant of pop music now? Yes, to an extent, though I still want nothing to do with the more manufactured, Carly Rae Jepson/Taylor Swift side of things. And these days I am totally more forgiving of the “selling out” thing, because hey, I understand that being a musician is a terribly difficult lifestyle for most, and I don’t begrudge things like someone selling their music to a commercial to make some extra money. I may not always like what an artist does, but they’ll at least keep my respect if it seems like there is some artistic integrity to what they’re doing. So for me, I don’t feel like I would feel drastically different about this album now than I did at the time. Though, admittedly, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the “indie” blogosphere, in 2013, wouldn’t be all over it.
I noticed on Spotify yesterday that God was credited as one of the artists on “I Am A God,” which a hyperlinked name and all. I was wondering if he was crediting God god, or just himself.
So, I know it takes all types or whatever, and this collection of quotes is probably not a representative sample of the reviews for /\/\/\Y/\… but was it really that hard to believe in 2010 that a large company with tons of user data would be of interest to the government of whatever nation? I was pretty on board with that song initially, though I think I was approaching it as more of a thought exercise (as in, maybe Google is not feeding the government our data right now, but maybe we should ponder how close we are to this scenario). Granted, in light of her claim that the CIA invented Facebook and Google, this song started to seem paranoid to me… I guess I’m just baffled by the number of people who, seemingly off the bat, were like “Google and the government in cahoots? NEVER.” Maybe I’m just assuming that there are more people than there are who are surprised by things like the FISA scandal, but at the same time totally not surprised by shit like this.
Whoa, this is a nice surprise to get to see Austra get an AOTW post!
So far, I’m not sure that I like it more than Feel It Break, though that was one of my favorite albums of 2011, so that’s some stiff competition in my book. (Also, I don’t entirely agree with Tom’s point about it being monochromatic… I can see where he’s coming from, since the mood is fairly consistent throughout and there are some sonic similarities between some of the songs, but I feel like there is a fair amount of variety between songs, with songs like “Shoot the Water,” “Beat and the Pulse,” and “The Beast” coming to mind. Anyways!)
I’m still getting used to the new sound the band is putting forward on Olympia, and it’s growing on me as I type this. “Home” and “Painful Like” may have indicated that this was not going to be a rehash of Feel It Break, but somehow those songs did not prepare me for how much Olympia departs from their previous work. It does seem like they’ve matured a lot as a band, no doubt partially due to the addition of the touring members to the songwriting/recording line up, so I’m excited about that growth… even if all this does make it sound a lot less likely that Maya will be contributing to Trust anytime in the near future…