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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.
Well, michael_, I just read through it, and she’s NOT THERE. WHAT GIVES!?
Just kidding. Different strokes, I guess. I actually haven’t listened to any of the artists on your list, so there’s plenty of stuff I can check out. The Whirr EP sounds like a good bet, so I’ll probably start there.
Sweet! I was actually hoping someone would make a best EPs list. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m preparing myself to be mildly annoyed if FKA Twigs doesn’t make it. Here goes . . .
Did you always have that avatar? I just noticed it and guffawed.
I got it! Let me use my literary analysis/Rap Genius skills to break it down:
The “posted opinion” refers to Alex Lees’ first comment, that Sky Ferreira is “garbage.” The “opinions that disagree” refer to the downvotes that Lees later called “intolerance.” In other words, the downvotes are actually just opinions that clash with Lees’ own opinion. Thus Lees, by his own definition of “intolerance,” is no less intolerant for chiding the downvoters. The “apparently” functions as a sly jab at Lees’ phrasing of his third comment, which ends the same way.
I admit I had to think about it a bit, but your comment still had more clarity than some of the stuff I write.
Just out of curiosity, I went to a few lyrics websites to see how each one justifies their posting of lyrics.
Both AZLyrics and LyricsOnDemand use the “educational purposes” claim at the bottom of their respective pages:
“All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only.”
“All lyrics are property and copyright of their respective authors, artists and labels. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. Please support the artists by purchasing related recordings and merchandise.”
Sing365, on their “About Us” page has: “WWW.SING365.COM is a not-for-profit website. All advertising proceeds are used to maintain its servers.”
The most interesting, though was MetroLyrics (from their “About Us” page): “MetroLyrics was the first lyrics site to provide users with licensed song lyrics and to compensate copyright holders for the content through its partnership with Gracenote.” So they apparently do pay artists royalties for posting their lyrics, which I hadn’t realized before. The part that interests me is that they are still a website that allows users to submit said lyrics. In other words, they’re paying artists for lyrics that might not even be correct, but rather someone’s best guess as to what was sung. For me, this just complicates things. If MetroLyrics is an honest way to do it, shouldn’t they at least stick to official lyrics, such as those culled from album booklets or artist websites? It’s good that they pay the artists, but it’s weird that they’re paying them for what might be inaccurate representations of their art.
So if one site pays artists, I guess they all should? Or maybe the “educational purposes” claim is a valid excuse? Or maybe it’s just not that big a deal at all, because they’re just fucking lyrics? Whatever the case may be, I still dislike David Lowery for his condescending “Letter to Emily,” and I always feel inclined to disagree with him because of that. And targeting Rap Genius, the site that has the most legitimate claim to the “educational purposes” argument, seems like an unwise course of action.
Is your notebook a circus? Is it a hot-air balloon festival?
Could it be the case that your notebook is a movie theater? Do people stand in line to see your notebook, sometimes foolishly paying extra for 3D glasses?
Is your notebook a stripclub? A graveyard? Can I buy stock in your notebook? Can your notebook buy stock in me? Am I your notebook? If I was, how would I know?
What brand of notebook is it? Mead? Top Flight? Is it a spiral notebook, or a composition book (I hate those, they always fall apart!)? Do you have any stickers on it?
Just kidding : ). I actually mean nothing by any of this. Just felt like asking some more annoying questions that didn’t need to be asked.
It’s the video that really makes it worthwhile to me. I like how she strikes a lot of the same poses from the original video, but recast in a lonely, sterile environment. It’s not as interesting as dancing robots and biker gangs, but it’s a cool way to do a remix video.
I just listened to it once, and it’s pretty good. The first two tracks are the only two I full-on love, but the rest will probably grow on me. I’ll have to give it some more spins.
As for the getting laid part, no thanks. I do it to Autechre’s Confield, or I don’t do it at all.
Well, try harder, damn it! For the love of God, there must be SOMEthing to say! Stereogum needs its pageviews!
I was curious about that too. My first impression was that they redacted it for comedic value, as if Ian Cohen’s influence was so powerful that they dare not mention his name, kind of like Voldemort. But if they redacted it seriously, then that’s sort of sad.
One of my favorite songs in the lead-up to Kala was “Hit That.” I remember being disappointed when it wasn’t on the album, but then when I heard “Paper Planes,” I realized that that pulsing bassline (as well as the “all I wanna do is zoom zoom zoom zoom” lyric) had gone to a better song. Still, I really like her vocal delivery on “Hit That.” That song is much more minimal than “Paper Planes,” but even if Kala had included “Hit That” instead, it would still be my favorite album of hers. Also, “Bamboo Banga” is one of the most bad-ass album openers I’ve heard.
Still haven’t listened to Matangi yet, except for “Bad Girls,” which has been my favorite M.I.A. song since I first heard it.
Yeah, could be. Either way, I’m pissed. It shouldn’t be so hard to buy a physical copy of this. I ended up going with the Amazon “pre-order.” That’s right, I had to pre-order a copy of an album that supposedly was released two days ago. And to make matters worse, there’s not even a date set for the physical pre-order. It still just says “A release date has not yet been set for this title.” So I guess I’ll get it when I get it, whenever the FUCK that is.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any four-album run in the 90s that could top what Smashing Pumpkins did from Gish to Adore. So yeah, I think I’m going to have to agree with you on that.
I’m a younger Gen Yer, I guess. I would’ve been merely 10 when MCIS came out though, so I wouldn’t say I really fit into either of the contexts you mentioned, since I didn’t start really getting into Smashing Pumpkins until around 2006. Anyway, I prefer Siamese Dream. Part of it is that double albums always feel a bit daunting to me–I still haven’t heard the new Arcade Fire album in full, and when it comes to others like Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, I usually pick and choose between the best tracks after I’ve listened to the whole once or twice. The perfection of a single album like Siamese Dream is just easier for me to grasp as a whole, but even if MCIS were a single album, I’d probably still prefer the former just because I prefer those songs to even the best of MCIS (save for “1979″). So for me, Siamese Dream is less commitment with more reward. I’d even go so far as to say I prefer Adore to MCIS, although it’s close.
Ha, sorry, I couldn’t resist creating another account just to pay tribute to this thread. My earliest memories of Smashing Pumpkins are hearing “1979″ as a kid (and at the time assuming that that’s when the song was from) and Smashing Pumpkins’ appearance on the “Hullabalooza” episode of The Simpsons (I’d forgotten that Billy Corgan still had hair when that episode aired). I didn’t really get into them until later, right around when Zeitgeist was coming out. I’ve still only heard Gish, Siamese Dream, MCIS, Adore, and Zeitgeist, so I’ll have to check out some of their other stuff still. Siamese Dream is one of my all-time favorites though, while “1979″ remains my favorite song of theirs.
Yeah, I think I listened to that one about 20 times last night alone. Pure bliss.
Yeah, I don’t know why Amazon’s not releasing it til the 5th. I was going to buy it there, but had to track down a leak of it instead. Just listened to it twice in a row and it’s damn good, although perhaps I’m a bit biased, since my expectations were more in line with a “Team Sky” attitude. Still, it’s good in unexpected ways. Nothing on it sounds much like “Everything is Embarrassing.” “You’re Not the One” actually feels like one of the relatively weaker tracks to me; “Boys,” “24 Hours,” “Heavy Metal Heart,” and “Kristine” are all really good, while “I Blame Myself” is already making a strong run for my favorite song of the year. As great as “Everything is Embarrassing” is (especially production-wise), Ferreira herself seems to have progressed quite a bit in terms of songwriting and vocal presence. Definitely going to buy a physical copy when I get a chance.
By the way, Pitchfork gave it an 8.1, so it looks like they at least are not giving her the Lana Del Rey treatment. Not yet, anyway.
Three Kings of Leon albums are better than Bjork’s Homogenic? No. Try again, NME.
They do have Debut at # 46, so it’s not like they’re really ignoring her. But Debut as her best represents a strange view of her catalog. It’s a fun album, but I usually consider Post, Homogenic, and Vespertine to be her big three, and Post isn’t even on this list.