This is an extremely informative and well-written piece, even if I can’t stand NYC circle-jerking.
Your cutoff date of 2005 has me at the tender age of thirteen, and I also lived hundreds of miles away, so it’s not like I could’ve paid attention. I’m sure it was one of those “you had to be there” things, because the whole “In a more cynical approach, you could look at this era as the time when a few rich kids co-opted alternative cultures of the past ” typical NYC bullshit is so obvious it hurts.
TV on the Radio is still my favorite band ever, though.
So Eli Roth and LDR, two of the universe’s most reliable sources of bullshit, get together and make some more bullshit, and I’m supposed to be disturbed? Actual rape disturbs me. Masturbatory edginess does not.
Man, I’m sorry I got angry. If’ it’s any solace, I don’t like pom pom either. I think Ariel Pink has random strokes of genius, but pom pom was not one of them.
Just because the “entire music world” (and btw, P4K, Stereogum, A.V. Club, CoS, etc. are most certainly not the entire music world), buzzes about something doesn’t mean he should have chosen an album that he obviously did not like as the album of the week.
lolol I just turned 22 like four months ago.
Anyway, my mistake if I insinuated that a married man with kids can’t enjoy radio pop. I mean, radio pop is designed to appeal to the largest possible audience. But you don’t find something even slightly humorous in grown-ass men and women getting all excited about the same things as 12-year-olds? That applies to everything, not just music. I think it’s hilarious that my friends and I still get hype about a new Steven Universe episode or Super Smash Bros despite the fact that we have far exceeded the target demographic for said entertainment.
Slightly off-topic, I realized yesterday afternoon that I really can’t shit-talk anyone who listens to Taylor Swift, because I have been an avid Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan since she debuted three years ago, and if there’s anything that’s guaranteed not to win you any cool points, it’s J-Pop.
In conclusion, fuck you.
(not that I don’t enjoy a fair bit of radio pop, I just giggle a bit when this married dude with kids talks about how dope Taylor Swift is)
Same here! I love reading Tom dismiss things that I enjoy and champion things that teenagers love.
I love how you knew everyone’s going to hate you for this.
Did you just know that by heart, or did you research? If it’s the former, I highly, highly respect you. More than I already had.
Kanye is the only guy who has way out ideas and sees them through?