Haven’t listened/seen it yet and it will likely be a long time (if ever) before I do so with the entire release. Regardless, I’ll give her credit for following the muse. Those aren’t cheap videos/directors, first of all. Second, no matter how you feel about her as an artist, or about her art, she is one of the biggest music “stars” of the last, what? Fifteen years? There would normally be six months to a year of industry build and push for an release like this (and singles serviced to multiple radio formats). For an artist of that magnitude (in industry standards) to drop an album that NOBODY knew about LITERALLY over night is very refreshing. The lack of hype certainly made me more interested in checking it out. It seems as though most people think it’s good, too, which is a nice bonus.
Yeah, the scratched vinyl popping sound are there, as are the spooky vocal samples, but he/she/they definitely moved into some completely different territory structurally and tonally. Parts of “Come Down To Us” are actually uplifting and joyous sounding.
The EPs feel like a completely different exercise than the full-length to me.
Holy shit, “Come Down To Us” just wrecked me.
If Richard D. James/Aphex Twin can release music that may or may not be him, or release music everyone assumes is him, but he won’t confirm or deny, then anyone can.
Yeah, co-sign here, too. I actually forgot about that one until I read your comment.
I could easily find room on this list for ‘Esben And The Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only The Face’. And there’s some good electronic stuff on there, but I think there could be more. In general, though, it’s a good broad swipe at at top 50 for 2013. Can’t really hate on it.
I’d like Lily Allen to twerk on my face. Jus’ sayin’.
So do I, unless I’m reading an article about Outkast. Jus’ sayin’.
Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and many others disagree with you, and so do I. Putting a limit on what art can be, ANY art, is ridiculous in the least, mind-numbingly boring and shortsighted if you’d like to throw some hyperbole at it. Outkast made created their own legend by doing things people didn’t expect and making it work. Look at how their videos changed over the years as a perfect example of this idea. Dancers in g-strings is so far from what I meant when I suggested there might be dancers that I don’t even find it necessary to defend the statement. That’s your shallow mind at work, so that’s your problem.
The laws of physics disagree with this video: her hair is blowing opposite the direction the bike is moving.
If it was in a club or a theater, I’d agree. For 50,000 people at Coachella, or a large arena tour, I’ll expect something more.
You’re right, I did misunderstand. I have no problem admitting that.
And while I agree with your thoughts regarding possible comparisons to the overblown self-indulgence of U2 over the years, I can’t lump Radiohead in that same group of artists. I think they’ve gone out of their way to not go down any of those roads over the years. So much so that with ‘In Limbs’, for me anyway, they effectively put a permanent crack in their own legacy (the last tour was pretty fucking great, though). Regardless, I love the music both of those groups create, have never found them pretentious, and I can’t say either of those things is true about Arcade Fire. Their appeal continues to escape me.
Big Boi’s solo shows are incredibly entertaining, even at festivals where he’s usually performing in the daylight with very little production. Outkast could easily headline by themselves with a fully produced set (dancers, musicians, props, costume changes for Dre, etc).
Interesting, but I can’t agree with you about The Postal Service. Their shows were surprisingly great and fulfilling. Sometimes people just do art because the want to, there doesn’t have to be any greater meaning.
From the Arcade Fire tweet: “Formal attire or costume MANDATORY. (Formal wear = suit, dress or fancy something…)” A big pretentious bad tasting SOMETHING burger. I’m not a fan of these people and this nonsense did nothing to sway me in a different direction.
How about, smd with your pretentious bs, Arcade Fire. What? Ticket prices, gas, parking and merchandise don’t cost enough already? Now you want people to try to FORCE people to dress up, too? Ridiculous.
And for the record, if they had just made it known that they were SUGGESTING a dress code, rather than say it was MANDATORY, I’d have ZERO problem with this idea.
Fuck! Yes! infinity to the infinite power!
Sorry to hear about Andrew’s health, I wish him nothing but the best. As others have said, great article. Man, it’s so fucking rewarding to know that everything I’ve thought about Trent Reznor over the last 24 years is very likely true. Just a great human being.
I was always fine with pits, moshing, crowd-surfing, pogoing, whatever! for many, many years. I’m a big guy (fairly tall and solid), so I was always able to take care myself and as many people around me as I could reach if shit went bad (like everyone falling over). But during Slipknot’s Iowa tour I experienced a pit that was all about ZERO fun. It wasn’t about release, or even a little friendly violence, it was just about hurting people. My back ended up being done in for almost four months, and that was the end of my time on the floor for violent shows. Now I look for good seats for those shows and watch the idiots on the floor hurt themselves.
Ya know, I actually liked this quite a bit, and I was not a fan of a lot of their previous stuff.
As much as I love Pearl Jam, fuck facebook!
I don’t hate the song. I don’t hate his hair. I think it’s clear that he digs Fiona Apple and the “bitch” comment wasn’t meant in hate. I just can’t believe how much this sounds like a Fall Out Boy song.
Actually, no. Spencer Smith, an original founding member, is still in the band. And their new bass player is also a permanent member. Brendon Urie is just the face of the band. And how the fuck would you know if he’s a druggie or an ego freak. You’re weird, man. Seriously weird.
It’s an experiment that would never have happened if not for Chamberlain’s drug problems, which will always put a hazy pall of what could have been over that album for me.