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 +6Posted on Aug 19th | re: Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off" Video (90 comments)

unfortunately the new Charli XCX is pretty awful and juvenile too, so you’re right – not much difference at all.

 +7Posted on Aug 18th | re: Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off" Video (90 comments)

What is “original” about her talent, exactly?

 -9Posted on Aug 18th | re: Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off" Video (90 comments)

also what is “This Week in Pop” even for if you’re going to be posting individual Taylor Swift updates?

 -8Posted on Aug 18th | re: Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off" Video (90 comments)

this is fucking awful and anyone over the age of 14 who was able to sit through more than half a minute of it should be ashamed (to say nothing of Stereogum)

Because everyone knows domestic violence is wrong – what are people supposed to bicker about there?

 +1Posted on Aug 13th | re: Artist To Watch: Ryn Weaver (11 comments)

The EP is fine, whatever, but for some reason her whole “friends with famous people” shtick is really turning me off her music. I think part of it is that all four of those songs just feel so crazy unremarkable – the sort of thing that people who would hypothetically have discovered her and become fans when she released a real, interesting album would come back to and be excited to find, but that everyone else would pass off as early work. Instead she’s suddenly and inexplicably this super hot thing because she’s networked really well and everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon (I mean come on, more interesting/unique/fun pop music shows up on 22tracks every week)

 0Posted on Aug 7th | re: FKA Twigs @ Webster Hall, NYC 8/6/14 (6 comments)

The restraint in her music (and performance) might be interesting to you, but to me it just seems boring. I got 20 minutes into LP1 yesterday and the only time I even registered that music was playing was during Two Weeks (which is great, and it’s unfortunate that she doesn’t have much else like it).

 -1Posted on Aug 4th | re: Ryn Weaver - "Promises" (6 comments)

This sounds like it was written by a computer program trying to synthesize years of indie pop. Totally unemotive and uninteresting.

 +9Posted on Jul 28th | re: How Does It Feel: DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On (36 comments)

also: “It didn’t help that the truck he was driving was stolen.”

I can brush off the heroin and all – these people aren’t supposed to be role-models – but that seems like a pretty off-handed dismissal of something kind of important to story of the whole arrest.

 +3Posted on Jul 28th | re: How Does It Feel: DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On (36 comments)

Great article. I remember loving Oshin when it came out, but for some reason or another I haven’t really spent any time with it since that first summer it was out. I actually saw DIIV twice, opening for Wild Nothing and Japandroids, but neither slot felt like it fit (too abrasive for the first and too left-field for the second) so I’m interested to hear how the new stuff has evolved.

I do wonder if Smith and Ferreira encourage some less likable aspects of each other’s personalities, but I also try not to give a shit about the people whose music I listen to as long as they aren’t really hateful or unpleasant.