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Just a few things to remember:
-Only one hip hop album has ever won Album of the Year, and that album had “Hey Ya”, a smash hit that very importantly contained no actual rapping on it, thus making it safe for the diverse crowd of old white people who vote for such things.
-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was left out in the cold in 2012 so that Bruno Mars and a mediocre Foo Fighters album could be nominated instead.
-In 2008, by choosing an awful late period Herbie Hancock album, the Grammys were able to screw over Kanye’s Graduation without feeling too racist.
-2006: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb over Late Registration. Need I say more?
What I’m really trying to say is that Taylor Swift should probably start writing her acceptance speech now.
White privilege? What pray tell is this strange concept? Mine virgin ears hath never heard such outrageous sentiment before. Please enlighten my most obviously sheltered mind, for I have walked in the shadow of ignorance far too long.
Pardon the sarcasm, but if you’re asking me if I’ve ever heard of white privilege then you’re talking down to me. I don’t appreciate that. Did I, at any point, by saying that Jews have been subjected to persecution based on the same ideas that Kanye West was invoking through his statements, at all suggest that African Americans have not been the subject of persecution? Was I making light of the plight of African Americans by pointing this out? Are we only allowed to acknowledge one kind of persecution at a time? Sure, American Jews are well off. I’m not arguing that at all. What I am arguing is that just as the ADL pointed out, Kanye’s words are a reflection of an age old stereotype. It doesn’t matter how well off American Jews are now, the words still represent the same thing they represented when six million Jews were killed for the crime of their existence. And if you think I’m being overdramatic, remember you’re the one who invoked Kristallnacht, not me.
I think its a bit of a leap to assume I meant that Kanye is going to go out and start organizing Jewish persecution and calling for their ouster from the American experience, don’t you? I don’t think Kanye has a username on Stormfront. I do think that what he said was insensitive with no regard to history, and that yes, he should be called out for it. What Kanye said was wrong. Acknowledging that its wrong does not invalidate his own experiences with persecution.
Kanye’s comment by itself is probably about as harmful as what Stein wrote in a vacuum sure, but you’re conveniently ignoring context. Stein is a Jew praising Jewish accomplishments. Kanye is a Gentile echoing a statement that’s been used for centuries as an excuse to persecute the Jewish people. Its not the same. But keep on playing that false equivalency game, evidently at least one person on here approves.
You don’t get elected President twice in this country, by a comfortable margin no less, without connections and power. And you don’t run two successful national elections without a lot of money. Obama isn’t middle class, he’s a magna cum laude from Harvard Law and a former U.S. Senator. He didn’t just spring out of the ground in 2008 with a major bid for President, upending an established favorite. He has his wealthy donors, powerbrokers, and important supporters just like any other successful American politician.
Also, really Kanye? “Jews control/have ______”? That paints you in a bad light no matter how you meant it.
Ohhh dear, I really hope he keeps exploring this “quasi-Middle Eastern” bend. That secondary percussion with those tribal sounding drums, absolutely nasty.
My “not included? list therefore invalid” candidates are Darkside’s “Psychic”, Classixx’s “Hanging Gardens”, Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity”, William Tyler’s “Impossible Truth”, and Burial’s “Truant/Rough Sleeper”.
A few thoughts on 2013 in music
- watch out for Footwork as a “next big thing”, DJ Rashad and The Range both put out great albums
- “Yeezus” = “The Wall”, which means we should all fear for the health and safety of Kanye’s next album
- In a year when guitars are apparently on their way out, three of the top five albums are guitar heavy
- “Sunbather” is going to spawn a whole genre of post black metal rock crossover bands
- A Deafheaven/Liturgy tour would make metal purist heads explode, and therefore must happen
- Its a packed year when you can leave a good new Boards of Canada album off the list and no one notices
- “Chain Smoker” should be played at high school graduations
- Seriously. “Hanging Gardens”. Best use of a Fleetwood Mac riff EVER, and that includes Real Estate cribbing the bassline from “Dreams” for “Out of Tune” last year
This was a wonderfully diverse year. Really something for everyone. I still can’t believe my album of the year is by a 20 year old nasal voiced rapper. And I got to see Neutral Milk Hotel! Honestly I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything more (besides Emeralds getting back together ;_;).
“Our top story tonight: Morrissey vocally dislikes things! In other news the sky is blue, grass is green, and Yeezus.”
A new Burial EP can mean only one thing: winter is coming.
I saw the Walkmen open for Kings of Leon back in 08. First and only time the opener has ever completely blown the headliner off the stage in all my years of concert-going. I distinctly remember some bro yelling “play some rawk” halfway through their set, and they burst into one of the most furious versions of “The Rat” I’ve ever heard.
Wonderful band, and a hiatus that’s well deserved. No one did bored upper class white guy pathos quite like them, and that’s a compliment.
Honestly I’m pretty sure dead eyed detachment is the only way to look at this without becoming terminally distraught with humanity’s ability to sink to the lowest depths of existential despair and the personal annihilation of the soul that comes with such unspeakable acts.
In other words: keep doin what yer doin rubjohn. You troll for the sake of us all.
Abbey Road or bust
Album: Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Video: That interactive “Like a Rolling Stone” video, but really “Wishes”
Show: Adventure Time
Movie: The one with Cameron Diaz humping a car.
This reflects poorly on my maturity doesn’t it?
Aw crap I forgot about it to. I ended up voting for that interactive “Like a Rolling Stone” video instead.
See this is why we can’t have nice things.
I’ve been patiently waiting for his new stuff for way too long. Steve Hauschildt’s stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Its ok, but not on the same emotionally moving level as Mark.
I miss Emeralds. Does It Look Like I’m Here has been in heavy rotation non-stop since 2010.
This is all a ploy isn’t it? Like instead of Outkast its just going to be Dre and a hologram of a Gillette razor playing Idlewild all the way though.
Too good to be true.
Hold up. It was The Notwist? Seriously? Mannn we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if that counts as “career justifying”. Next Matador will be gushing about how they just signed Tapes N Tapes or British Sea Power or something.
nope. You can’t hurt me anymore with your false promises.
White Stripes, Hall & Oates, Clipse, Air, Fiery Furnaces, Tears for Fears, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, DFA 1979, and of course most importantly Crash Test Dummies. Duos all.
Absolutely should. The metal references, the satire of rockist cliches, the fact that you can’t throw a rock in the metal community without hitting someone who’s voice acted for the show, all of the original music, and just the fact that its a really funny show about metal that actually knows metal.
Totally unrelated but hey. Mike Nelson (can I call you Mike? It lets me imagine you’re the Mike Nelson from MST3K). You’re stereogum’s metal guy, and I didn’t really see very much coverage of this anywhere besides an AV Club review that seemed to kind of miss the point, so I must ask you this. What did you think of The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera? Are you a Metalocalypse guy to begin with? Do you want to go to Burzum’s with me and get a bloodburger? Do youse shops at the foods library?
My friends used to throw a Kentucky Derby party every year in the dead of winter. We’d put a horse racing movie on the TV and mute it (Seabiscuit was a favorite, mostly as an excuse to riff on Tobey Macguire) . Pretty much just an excuse to dress up ridiculous and drink mint juleps.
Honestly I have no problem with what Arcade Fire are doing as long as it isn’t mandatory. I’m getting a “mid-2000s Flaming Lips dress up and get crazy” vibe from all of this, so as long as we don’t spend 2021 being creeped out by Win Butler on Instagram, I’m all for it.
I dunno that last little vocal bit at the end sounded awfully Gibbard-y. Postal Service album no.2?
Just remember bro: haterz make you famous
The damage is done so I guess I be leaving…
a very small gratuity. All I’m trying to do is eat these chicken fingers and you keep staring at me.