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 0Posted on Jul 20th | re: Premature Evaluation: Swans To Be Kind (45 comments)

So I know I’m 2 months late to this party but I just had to come here and say that this shit is motherfucking incredible! fuck AotW. AotY!

 0Posted on Jul 19th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

I heard the same rumors at my middle school in southwest Michigan. He removed his ribs so he could suck his own dick, supposedly one of the tracks was a recording of one of his bandmates fucking him in the ass, he was “quadrisexual” (men, women, animals and vegetables!), how did we all hear the same things?

@cheap_suit, to be fair, I think you’re mischaracterizing bloc’s argument a bit. I think he was implying that most pop artists and their production teams are trying to “pin the tail on the donkey” by manufacturing something that appeals to the broadest possible audience rather than creating something that is an expression of their humanity. I agree that most music in every genre sucks, but those black metal musicians you speak of are different from the pop music industrial complex in that at least they’re TRYING to create art, even if they end up with something that’s derivative and lame.

My point is this: the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can try to create an intensely personal expression of art and end up failing miserably, and you can also try to create manufactured pop but end up with something that’s also brilliant and artistic. It’s possible for something to be both “pop music” and “artistic” just like it’s possible for something to be “artistic” and “shitty”.

Surely there’s a difference between something like Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and Jason Derulo/Snoop Dogg “Wiggle”, though, right? Both were certainly “tweaked by corporate lackeys.” Both are a product of the pop music industrial complex, but that Beyonce song is undeniably fucking brilliant and “Wiggle” is undeniably shitty. Maybe “Drunk in Love” is cotton candy, but it’s cotton candy that’s been deconstructed by a 5 star molecular gastronomy chef and turned into something that hardly resembles cotton candy in the end. Most pop you hear on the radio isn’t my favorite music by a long stretch (although “Latch” made my year end mix 2 years ago) but to pretend that it’s all created equal (equally shitty) is dismissive and myopic.

This is brilliant.

It makes perfect sense. People call things “plain vanilla” all the time but vanilla is actually a much more complex flavor than chocolate. Deceptively simple, much like Macca’s best tunes.

 +1Posted on Jul 9th | re: Watch Sharon Van Etten Play Shade Or No Shade On Funny Or Die (1 comments)

I saw her the other night and was surprised at how funny she is given how emotionally devastating some of her songs are. Also, this was my second time seeing her and it was shocking how much she’s evolved as a performer in the last several years. She just had so much presence and really poured herself into every song, as did her band. Highly recommend seeing her.

 +1Posted on Jul 9th | re: Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best (30 comments)

I stole that line above from a Patton Oswalt bit about metal music videos. I feel like you’d get a kick out of it.

 +1Posted on Jul 9th | re: Band To Watch: Adult Jazz (6 comments)

You had me at Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, and Joanna Newsom.

 -3Posted on Jul 9th | re: Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best (30 comments)

That cover photo is gayer than 8 guys blowing 9 guys. Seconds after it was taken a full on leather daddy orgy broke out.