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Role Model has always been a favorite of mine.
People will always disagree with the order of album placement, but I can’t say I disagree much with the inclusions. Plenty of the choices wouldn’t be on my list, however, that doesn’t preclude them from being worthy. The only two albums that really surprised me were the Phoenix/Tegan and Sara records. I don’t think either are bad, just that they both kind of came and went with lukewarm reactions – at least in the indie blogosphere. An argument could probably be made that all the honorable mentions from the staff would’ve made up a more interesting list, but sites like this shouldn’t make lists based on personal favorites from individual writers. There has to be some form of consensus to make these things presentable.
Anyway, I’m glad you guys didn’t back off Yeezus. Kanye lost the public image battle long ago, but he’ll at least be critically remembered for how important he was to mainstream music.
Album: Yeezus – Kanye West
Song: Mercy – TV on the Radio
Video: Wishes – Beach House
New Act: I voted for HAIM, but instantly thought maybe I should’ve gone with Speedy Ortiz
TV Show: Mad Men
And screw you Gum, my indie crush this year is Charli XCX. I mean, just watch the SuperLove video. Good god…
Oh cool, I feel all warm n’ fuzzy inside now knowing I voted for that Beach House video.
The chick on bass makes some crazy ass faces. Great stuff, though.
**Sorry about all the typos in my past two posts. I’m really tired and loopy at the moment.
“Uhhhh eating vegan is not inherently more ethical than not”
Inherently no, but when one is privileged in the sense if having a choice, an argument could be made for one of those lifestyles being more ethical. Again, I eat meat.
” If you’re vegan because you believe killing animals for food is wrong, you probably hold animal and human life as equal, in which case, this is your subjective moral belief. It doesn’t make you more moral or ethical than anyone else. This may come as a surprise to you nobody is in favor of torturing animals.”
Does the idea of equality even matter? Is killing something okay just because its inferior? Your first line is misleading anyway, because I’m not sure even the most fervent of vegans would object to the killing of animals for necessity. I don’t think Caleb and his beat juice smoothie would be angry over someone who had to do it to feed his/her family. If so, then fuck them anyway. What I’m really getting at is that moral ambiguity for the people who have options. There are serious moral/ethical questions to be wrestled with here, and though “nobody is in favor of torturing animals,” (not necessarily true) our meat eating lifestyles pacify the fact that they are tortured and killed just because we like the way it taste.
“Human beings are evolved to consume animal protein. This is not up for debate. Don’t believe me? Vitamin B12 is a dietary essential fat soluble vitamin found ONLY in animal products, and it’s essential for a couple of the biochemical reactions in human metabolism. ”
It’s disingenuous to suggest that eating animals is the only way to get there. Eating an assortment of protein-containing foods can lead to the same results. Most of the Western world doesn’t consist of hunters and gatherers at this point. There are numerous ways to fuel your body properly — hence why vegans aren’t dropping dead every 3 seconds.
“If you farm, animals are going to die. They’re going to be displaced out of their habitats, they’re going to need to be dealt with when they eat crops, they’re going to be run over by farm machines, etc. Would you not eat a salad if you knew three rabbits were accidentally run over to get it to your table? If yes, how do you reconcile that? If no, what’s your solution?
Dude, I’m not advocating for Disney’s version of Pocahontas where are the cute little squirrels and deer play hide and go seek with each other. There’s a difference between a giant industry profiting off of the mass consumption of animals – because we just have to have our roasted duck with orange sauce – and collateral damage.
For the 86th time, I eat meat. I just don’t pretend like I’m immune to criticism for it.
Veganism in its very nature is dogmatic. It’s a very strict diet that people subject themselves to. If she insists on calling herself something she’s not, it’s not a big deal for someone to call her on it. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually here people going around calling themselves non smokers — they just say they don’t smoke. There are no actual rules to adhere to in that example, unlike a vegan who has to follow certain rules. Grimes could just avoid all of this by not worrying about the label to begin with.
I can’t believe people are agreeing with her flawed logic. Most people who choose the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle not only do it for a healthier diet, but for moral/ethical reasons. If Grimes was really a champion for the ethical treatment of animals, she wouldn’t go around eating Ne-ma and PawPaw’s tasty beef stew — and this is coming from someone who eats meat. It’s like saying you’re an atheist, except for the days you pray to god. I’m sorry, but this is an either/or proposition. Eating meat/dairy products every once in a while doesn’t make her a bad person – far from it – but it doesn’t make her a vegan either. She’s just a conscious eater — nothing more, nothing less. I wish animals were treated ethically as well, but I nullify that every time I chow down on a fatburger.
I also find the people who make fun of vegans and flaunt their meat eating lifestyle to be just as bad as the people who are belligerent about not consuming meat. At the very least, vegans are somewhat justified in their self-righteousness. I eat meat, but I don’t go around pretending like it’s the right way to go about things. I probably shouldn’t eat meat. I don’t have to live off the land. I can go to the store and buy whatever. I also don’t need meat to be healthy. Many of these people are super passionate about stopping the consumption of animals. Sometimes that passion boils over into anger and disrespect. It’s understandable.
I’m glad Lily Allen exists.
For No One
My jaw is on the floor. What an insanely massive bummer.
Paris is Burning
It’s never good when “The Drakeography: The 100 Best Drake Songs” isn’t your worst Drake related piece of the week.
“They are London’s answer to Maroon 5″
Shouldn’t that have been reason enough not to write this piece? I went to YouTube and listened to a song of theirs called “Chocolate,” and it sounded like a repackaging of The Kooks. Then I listened to some other stuff from them, and it sounded like insipid versions of pop songs from bands that do it much better.
I would’ve gone elsewhere for a comparison, considering The 1975 don’t seem worthy, and that the Arctic Monkeys have almost completely shed their image and sound from almost a decade ago.
I don’t ever care about lists like this, but if you’re going to tell me Adele made one of the 20 best albums ever, I’m going to tell you to never speak to me again.
Props to the gum, you guys fixed the FB connect thing fairly quickly. On to the list:
1. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
2. RAM – Daft Punk
3. Hummingbird – Local Natives
4. Monomania – Deerhunter
5. M B V – My Bloody Valentine
6. Once I was an Eagle – Laura Marling
7. Cerulean Salt – Waxahatchee
8. Cold Spring Fault Less You – Mount Kimbie
9. II – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10. Woman – Rhye
11. Fade Yo La Tengo
12. Overgrown – James Blake
13. Desire Lines – Camera Obscura
14. Floating Coffin – Thee Oh Sees
15. Comedown Machine – The Strokes
16. Anything in Return – Toro y Moi
17. General Dome – Buke and Gase
18. Push the Sky Away – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
19. The Flower Lane – Ducktails
20. The Next Day – David Bowie
*Still haven’t listened to QOTSA, Boards of Canada, The Knife, and a few others* — Based on my feelings towards the earlier work of these artists, I’m sure many of what I still have in front of me will factor into my top 10.
I would have made room for “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself,” but whateves, that’s just a personal preference thing.
I like both songs so far, but I don’t think they’re anywhere near as good as the best stuff from Angles.
I also wanted to add that even though I’m indifferent towards this band, I think it’s really cool that a dude with a banjo has carved out a spot in the top 40 amongst vapid garbage like Pitbull. This pop-y folk stuff might all sound the same, but it’s a refreshing change of pace from this club dance music that’s been using the same structures and beats for years now.
Basically, if you’re going to hate someone, hate David fucking Guetta.
Why does everyone feel the need to diss their clothes? They’re one of the most restrained looking mega artists I’ve ever seen. If their popularity and clothing choices are the main sources of your hatred, then you’re doing it all wrong.
Seriously, who the hell is going to voluntarily watch Jake Bugg’s set? Anyway, Blur is worth 10 good bands for my taste, so Sunday works just fine for me.
I dunno, that seemed like a strange vocal choice for JC. I liked everything else about it though.
You must be a blast at parties.