“People that stupid should know better…” Hahaha.
Well put! When Impossible Soul winds down with Sufjan whispering “we made such a mess together” it just kills me. I love how the album is bookended by two acoustic passages–the musicianship and writing in Age of Adz just blows me away (don’t get me started on Now That I’m Older). It’s a stunning/beautiful/heartbreaking album, and as an amateur musician and writer it just makes me throw my hands up because I’ll never be able to create something that could even come close.
And as another comment below mentioned, the tour in support of that album was incredible. I’m gushing a bit but I think Sufjan is one of the most talented people alive.
That picture is nuts
I love this
Country Fest…rarely can I so emphatically denounce, well, anything.
For a few years, before they cracked down on it, people wouldn’t even buy tickets for the show, they’d just go park in the lot and drink for the entire two days. I’m not against festivals or having fun but this was extreme. And not surprisingly there were some really tragic car accidents involving young people, which as a local guy I’m sure you remember too, michael_.
Not to mention the arrests: 100k attendees with 268 arrests this year and 617 in 2012. Bonnaroo attendance is like 150k and it had 42 arrests this year.
Not to throw the entire pop country machine under the bus–certainly no genre or festival is without its problems, stereotypes, bad behaviors–but it lends itself to a gross festival. Pop country is music for people who don’t like music but enjoy a catchy tune romanticizing beer and hats. And as such things are pretty ugly when they congregate en masse for days.
That came out sounding pretty judgmental, and let it be known I happen to really like a lot of older country music as well as southern rock and other sister genres. But when it comes to modern country I’m constantly reminded of a Don Draper quote that basically goes: “advertising tells you that whatever you are doing is ok.” Pop country is pure advertising and it attracts a certain person really well.
I’ve listened to this like 10 times already today, so pretty.
Been keeping up those occlumency classes though. RIP Sirius.
I’m really bummed about the Phoenix.
Love the Strokes but I think the video is better than the song.