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say what you will about FIOE, but this song is top five strokes for me

 0Posted on Nov 24th | re: Watch Mark Ronson Perform With Bruno Mars & Mystikal On SNL (5 comments)

coincidentally, the artist emulated here, james brown also had a history of assaulting women with one rape accusation that never made it to court.

 0Posted on Nov 11th | re: Mark Ronson - "Feel Right" (Feat. Mystikal) (4 comments)

a huge James Brown copy…but is that really ever a bad thing?

strip away the glitter and googly eyes, and you have pretty much a standard, underwhelming cover with a slightly horrendous bridge. I’ve never been huge into flaming lips, kinda have always felt like i should dig them but i was definitely expecting more for this. The flaming lips (mainly Wayne, i guess) have always been praised for their big imagination on stage and in the studio, but i see none of that here. I would’ve been more pleased if they completely destroyed the song and turned it inside out, but this was pretty tame and by-the-numbers. A lot of frosting with no cake.

 +14Posted on Nov 2nd | re: Watch SNL's Swiftamine Commercial For Taylor Swift Onset Vertigo (13 comments)

I get that people like her because she’s a talented, pretty, young songwriter whose had enormous amount of success. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I get the whole appreciating the “craft” thing with her manufactured pop sound. But there’s something missing here, a real reason to write anything about it.

I like to read articles on Stereogum that are interesting viewpoints about interesting people and intriguing music, but i really don’t see any of that with Swift. 1989 might have have competent pop songs, but it’s also produced/co-written by the same people that have given us all the other pop “craft” over the years. So is there really anything to write about here if her music is crafted by the same people who churned out Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears hits? She has more corporate endorsements than she has albums at this point. It just seems similar to a food blog writing about the merits of Coca-Cola. Yeah sure it’s a quality beverage, but it’s a brand that has a more recognizable logo than flavor. What is there really left to say about it? She isn’t a soulless pop machine like others, but I don’t think there’s much left to say at this point other than “Taylor Swift is still very much popular and profitable.”

In order for something to become this popular in music, it can’t afford a ton of depth without alienating her target market, which is everyone (like Coca-Cola). This is why this narrative seems so pompous and tiring to me, because it simply doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, the constant barrage is forcing smaller artists off the front page and into the back reaches of the news log. Plus I already have ads everywhere in every other site forcing her image into my life. Stereogum is following; not leading.

 -15Posted on Oct 12th | re: David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" (8 comments)

hmm….well alright then

I went into this wanting to hate it, as Pet Sounds is very near and dear to me. But I actually kinda liked it, beautiful visuals and some good performances. Sure I don’t like some of the singers in it (i just don’t like Lorde’s delivery at all, too slinky/sultry),but i think it kinda worked. I also watched the ‘making of’ video and although it was commissioned by a huge media conglomerate, it seemed like a pretty sincere endeavour (produced by Ethan Johns no doubt!).

 +1Posted on Oct 7th | re: Rupert Angeleyes - "Jealousy" (Stereogum Premiere) (1 comments)

I saw these guys live a couple nights ago, clearly something special is happening here…great performance

 +1Posted on Sep 30th | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

yeah but…Island in the Sun?

 0Posted on Sep 18th | re: Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set (1455 comments)

The White Album