Definitely don’t want to take anything away from Annie Clark. Her work and her show speak for itself. My point about Logic is moreso to say that these festival lineups feel copy-pasted to the point it’s hard to tell one from the other. Which isn’t necessary. There are plenty of artists with (relatively) solid sales to prove they’ve a right to perform. No festival would ever consider booking Wale, let alone a headlining spot? His sales are massive. Lecrae, acknowledging that he isn’t in the demo, probably has outsold all but four acts at Governor’s Ball. Tinashe had just as big of a year as Sharon Van Etten. Mayer Hawthorne gets booked for shows when KRIT is MIA. I’m not trying to emphasize black or “urban” artists but I’ll say there’re plenty of performers critics and the public agree are fine that aren’t reflected in how festivals are curated. I’m a fan of UK music like Friendly Fires, Frightened Rabbit, Bombay Bicycle Club. I’ve really no expectation to see them at a festival this summer. Don’t get it.
Random thoughts on your random thoughts:
- Drake and Kanye both have enough hits in the cultural consciousness, but seeing Kanye Post-Yeezus at Made in America made me appreciate being a fan after his divisive work. Everyone there really gets him and is ready to blow. Drake is a massive success for people who haven’t been challenged yet to consider the artist he is/can be. Which should keep the urgency low.
- Logic probably doubled St. Vincent’s album sales.
- Porter Robinson tweeted he’s bringing his live show to Coachella. That’s the best thing happening. Take my word for it.
- This is the lineup that finally folds Governor’s attempt at being New York’s festival. All Points West failed, but at least it failed after delivering massive bands. JayZ. Coldplay. Radiohead. Artic Monkeys. The National. MGMT when they were the hottest act. This looks like a CMJ lineup plus Drake. And your rap comment was right. Randall’s Island is South of the Bronx and west of Queensbridge. It’s embarrassing.
“Nice try.” – Kanye West to 2014
Stereogum, you’ve a great team. Great write-ups.
My, seemingly heavy UK, top ten favorites:
10. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
9. Swans – A Little God In My Hands
8. Imogen Heap – Entanglement
7. Friendly Fires – Before Your Eyes
6. Thom Yorke – The Mother Lode
5. TV on the Radio – Test Pilot
4. Elbow – My Sad Captains
3. Coldplay – Always in My Head
2. School of Seven Bells – I Get Knocked Down (But I Get Up)
1. Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices
Great song. Good assessment. The “breakup album” label definitely blanketed everything discussed about Ghost Stories. But it made some intriguing musical and production choices that definitely have been applied here. What made Ghost Stories interesting have been superimposed here on a straightforward, for the rafters, song. I love it. Coldplay fans deserved a familiar Coldplay song. Cool to hear how each musical direction influences the next.
We live in a musical reality where HBO gives Dave Grohl a pulpit to describe and define the history of American music, we’re told to “respect the motherfucking craft” as demonstrated by Taylor Swift. But Billy Corgan is marginalized and dismissed because we don’t like his tone. Newsflash: We suck.
Positive: You understood the words of my sentence.
Negative: Forests somethingsomething trees.
I just refuse to believe the Stereogum commentariat is this dense. I refuse.
Stereogum turned me on to a lot of these albums (SVE, Swans, Taylor Swift). Good year in coverage. Alcest’s album is really great. For rap, Logic’s worked. I’ll never get why St. Vincent is Important while My Brightest Diamond is just a undertheradar, consistent delight.
HM: Chris Deville giving Porter Robinson the love he deserved. Worlds, as a record, felt dated by electropop albums circa 2009. On stage, it was transcendent. Robinson contributed a lot to electronic music and pop music as a whole. I appreciated this site giving him a few conversations.
I love this record. It feels less compelled to make an artistic impression and more about making an emotional impact. One that’s easy to embrace. An easy comparison could be Elbow. Both really mature bands with accomplished musicians that still make euphoric music.