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He said that it CAN, not that it WANTED to. Maybe this post just isn’t into you.
Unless the headline is the following: “Can any headline that ends in a question mark be answered by the word ‘no’?”
If the adage is correct, then the answer to that headline would have to be “no,” since it is a headline that ends in a question mark. Thus the adage proves itself incorrect. Or, if the adage is correct, then the answer to that headline would have to be “yes,” since that headline is simply a rephrasing of the adage in the form of a question. Thus the adage proves itself incorrect. So by turning the adage itself into a headline that ends in a question mark, the adage becomes the sole exception to its own rule.
I can’t look at your profile pic without being reminded of this:
Whoa. Sloths should not get wet. I love sloths, but that one’s going to haunt my dreams.
By the way, I bought that Night Time, My Time B-sides CD recently, and “I Can’t Say No to Myself” is a definite standout on that. I’m not sure why it wasn’t on the actual album–it would have fit right in, and I might have even preferred it as an opener instead of “Boys.” The other two b-sides aren’t anything special, but if you haven’t heard “I Can’t Say No to Myself” yet, you should definitely check it out.
I wholeheartedly second this. My own vote went to “I Blame Myself,” though I would have been happy if “You’re Not The One” or “24 Hours” had made it instead.
On a general note, my main gripe about this list is how extremely short it is. Why is this list only ten songs long, while the Gummy albums list had 50 albums? There’s not nearly enough representation of different artists here, and it doesn’t help that three of the artists each have two entries.
* Mike WiLL Made It. Not sure why I put a random hyphen in his name.
I really hope that someday Mike WiLL Made-It and AraabMuzik will do a song together and both drop their signatures at the same exact time in that song.
Let it go, ratch. Let it go. : )
Time for my obligatory “What? No Charli XCX?” comment:
What? No Charli XCX?
Actually I’m not surprised, since Night Time, My Time probably soaked up some of the votes (including mine) that might have otherwise gone to True Romance.
I’m not going to do an albums list here, because as usual I’m really behind on a lot of the releases from this year. I’ve still only listened to Modern Vampires of the City once all the way through, and for now Contra remains my favorite thing they’ve done. But Modern Vampires will probably grow on me once I go back to it. Also, I have no idea why I still haven’t listened to that new Julia Holter album yet! I loved Ekstasis.
“I Love It” as the 10th worst song of 2013? No way! I’d have put it in my 10 BEST songs of the year, except that it came out in 2012. His main criticism seems to be that the speaker in that song’s lyrics is just too darn intense and unreasonable. I guess some people (him) just value realism a lot more than others (me) do. Oh well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As for Reflektor, all of Disc 2 is pretty great. The “It’s Never Over” – “Porno” – “Afterlife” series is the album’s high point for me.
“Blurred Lines” occupies all 10 spots on my list.
Yeah, when that album came out it was all I listened to for about a week, and I recall being vaguely terrified trying to get to sleep in the dark afterwards. Then, possibly for my own psychological health, I sort of forgot about it over the summer, and only recently re-listened to “The Mirror Reflecting.” I’ll have to give that whole album some more spins now that it’s winter. “Miste” was probably my second favorite.
*bumped off of my list, that is. Not murdered.
1. Sky Ferreira – “I Blame Myself”
2. Burial – “Rival Dealer”
3. SZA – “Ice Moon Revisited”
4. Appaloosa – “Intimate”
5. FKA Twigs – “Water Me”
6. The Haxan Cloak – “The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)”
7. Kelela – “Bank Head”
8. The War on Drugs – “Red Eyes”
9. Charli XCX – “What I Like”
10. Say Lou Lou – “Beloved”
It feels almost inherently wrong to put anything above Burial, but . . . I did it anyway. For me, “I Blame Myself” is just an absolute joy to listen to. A lot of people are choosing “You’re Not the One,” and while that song didn’t initially stand out to me, it’s now possibly my second favorite song from Sky’s album, right up there with “Heavy Metal Heart” and “I Will.” I could’ve found room for Arcade Fire’s “It’s Never Over,” but someone’s list above mine reminded me about The Haxan Cloak, so Arcade Fire got bumped off.
“Come Down To Us” is just gorgeous all the way through. A lot of the beats on this EP sound fairly straightforward compared to his characteristic shuffling style. Really puts emphasis on the vocals and bass.
And again: “Rival Dealer.” I would’ve thought it would be IMPOSSIBLE for Burial to top the end of his “Paradise Circus” remix, but the last minute of “Rival Dealer” does just that. I can’t even imagine what sort of praise Mary Anne Hobbs would heap upon this if she got a chance to play it.
I can’t even find the right words for this. I just cried my way through the last minute of “Rival Dealers,” and I still have two tracks to listen to. I don’t think there’s another artist out there that I have 100% faith in to release great music every time. He seems like the type of artist who would be more likely to stop making music than to release something shitty (which reminds me of how another one of my favorite bands, Air France, sadly disbanded because they didn’t think they could reach their previous heights). But anyway, I hope Burial keeps making music for years to come.
Alright, time for me to stop rambling and listen to “Hiders.”
I third the love for “Red Eyes.” I wish I hadn’t already filled out the Pitchfork Reader’s Poll, or I’d have put it in my top 5 songs.
Is Yeezus really a poptimist album? I would say that Modern Vampires sounds more radio-friendly than much of Yeezus. Kanye’s definitely more of a popular figure than Vampire Weekend, but the latter are by no means a small indie band by this point, and they’ve had two #1 albums in a row. I don’t disagree with you putting Modern Vampires over Yeezus, though. I like Yeezus, but there are numerous albums from this year that I’d put above it.
Definitely agree on BoC and Charli XCX. I don’t think I’ve seen True Romance on a single major list yet, though I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pitchfork will at least have it on theirs.
Other than that, I’m glad that Stereogum has Sky Ferreira in the top ten, since Night Time, My Time is easily my most listened-to album this year. And to those complaining, I doubt any other list will have her album that high, so just let me have this, damn it. When the Gummies list comes out and she’s back at #45 or something, then you can all rest easy in your shared “good but not great” sentiment.
Congratulations! As a reward for this accomplishment, I will give you five dollars. I’m just going to need your bank account number so that I can make the transfer.
Album: Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
Song: Sky Ferreira – I Blame Myself
Video: Charli XCX – Superlove
New act: FKA Twigs
TV: World News Now
Movie: Spring Breakers
I tried to resist going with the same artist for song and album, but it felt like the most honest choice for me. Plus Sky’s album came out later in the year and felt like more of a cohesive album since all the songs were new to me, and all of that gave it the edge over True Romance, which felt almost more like a “Best Of” by the time it came out. So I gave Charli best video, even though that’s not the most objective way to go about this. Pretty sure I had “Grins” as my favorite song last year. Whatever. I’m sure you were all dying to know my pointless justifications for these choices.
I think it’s just straight up infinite. It’s probably still going on in real life.
Not sure why Renaton got so many downvotes. I think he made a legitimate point. In the original video, the qualities that seemed absurd were the horses, the use of green-screened landscapes in general, and Kim’s hair blowing the wrong way. The relationship between Kim and Kanye, however, seemed sincere in and of itself. Since the Franco/Rogen version is a shot-for-shot remake, all the original absurdities are still there, but the focus shifts to the relationship and makes it seem ridiculous. I can see the humor functioning in two different ways, and the central question becomes: Is this supposed to be funny because it’s two guys, or simply because Franco and Rogen have replaced the original relationship with an obviously insincere one? Or is it both at the same time? Either way, the joke hinges on the relationship, and even if they intended for the humor to come from the insincerity–rather than the guy-on-guy aspect–the end result is that the video could be seen as making fun of both.
Had the video instead been, as Kevin suggested, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, it would still be amusing, but would have been better overall because it wouldn’t have hinged on the same-sex relationship as a potential source of humor. It would have been funny simply because of the insincerity of the relationship alone. Although knowing them, Fred probably would’ve dressed up in drag and taken the Kim role, with Carrie playing Kanye, and then I wouldn’t know WHAT to think.