It’s at least a little bit insane to write a column called The Week In Pop this week and not write it about Taylor Swift. A lot of times we use this space to tackle one of the week’s biggest pop releases, and Swift’s new 1989 is as big as they come in 2014. It’s about to become the year’s first platinum album. It will easily chart as her third straight #1 LP. The Week In Pop belongs to her, and really, so does The Year In Pop. Even after running a humongous review on Monday, even after analyzing “Shake If Off” when it debuted two months ago, not writing about Swift in some capacity this week still seems crazy. You know what else is crazy, though? Until Swift ruthlessly shoves them out of the way next week, Slipknot have the #1 album in America.
After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn’t return until January, but a new goth-themed teaser video arrived today just in time for Halloween. In the clip, Brownstein and Armisen play goths who are super stoked to plan elaborate funerals for themselves. Watch below.
Soft Fangs is John Lutkevich, a Massachusetts native recording tremendous music in Brooklyn. “Dog Park,” from a five-song cassette EP coming soon on Seagreen, is almost certainly the most beautiful song you’ll hear today. It’s got the feel of mid-period Elliott Smith — the gently cooed downcast vocal, the lo-fi production, the effortless interplay between acoustic fingerpicking and scrappy drums — but it blooms into something more like Sparklehorse, clouds of white noise and melody swelling up around Lutkevich and whisking him away. Press play.
Fair enough. I switched the chronology. Thanks for pointing it out.
If I’m reading Ghomeshi’s post correctly, he is referring to multiple women’s allegations, but saying they all stem from a campaign spearheaded by one woman in particular who was responsible for rallying the other women.
Whoops, you’re right. I got my Mels mixed up.
Sorry, guys. There was a quick turnaround for this, but that’s no excuse for typos. I think they’ve all been corrected now.
As noted in the edit above, I neglected to mention that Lindsey Stirling got extremely popular by playing classical violin over top of dubstep beats. IMO Clean Bandit is way better than this bullshit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI
Ugh, thanks. That’s fixed now.
Adjusting that now. Sorry for the misprint; we got faulty information.
You’re right, and that would definitely fit with the climate change motif I’m picking up.
That’s fair. I should have noted that she doesn’t really have much competition. La Roux was OK. Elusive Chanteuse was OK. Ariana Grande’s album was strong — better than Mariah’s IMO, even if Mariah’s had more character. Love “Chandelier” but didn’t really care for Sia’s album. Shakira had at least one great single (“Empires”) but her album was stuffed with so much filler. Sheezus was more interesting to me conceptually than as actual music. If we’re expanding this beyond female pop stars, I probably need to spend some time with 5 Seconds Of Summer’s LP as I wrote on them when they only had an EP out. Sam Smith’s album was not what I hoped it would be. Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” is growing on me, but c’mon, Ed Sheeran did not make the year’s best pop album. Loved the Bleachers album, which I covered in this column, but I wouldn’t classify it as “pop” in the same sense as the rest of these. I continue to ride for Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which I think ranks with their best work, so I guess that puts them in this conversation. Beyoncé wipes the floor with Tove’s album, but yeah, it’s a 2013 release.