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.
Nice try. “Not many people are going to pony up 14 dollars for something they have no idea how good it would be”. This sentiment kills the music industry as much as Napster. When patron of music becomes consumers and not fans, they’ll seek ways to never pay. People buy tickets to baseball games when they don’t know the winning score. They don’t mind. It’s the price of investing in a team.
Her brand is big because she has fans that care. The modern guitar rock band has listeners committed just enough to make a best-of-list. That’s not a climate where artists can stay financially sustainable.
The hive mind is cyclical and I respect Breihan for sticking to his guns on Swift. While we all pledged allegiance to Fearless or Red, it’s time to move on. Swift’s talent is evident in her music. Of course. But musically, we can’t live in a world where all people need to experience “craft” is watch a Target commercial during Dancing with the Stars. When we advocate and cosign Teenage Dream or Taylor Swift or whomever the indiesphere latches onto as popbliss, we make it easy for people who give few f!cks to feel comfortable living with little artistic intention or curiosity. What music can be demands more than that.
What happened after Weird Fishes ends. So good.
The Mother Lode tho.
Very good. Worden makes more highbrow music than St. Vincent but showcases much more humanity in her records. More humor. More sex. More fight. She’s awesome. Makes “artpop” compelling.
Great writeup. Great weekend.
I give organizers a bit of post-racial credit. J Cole easily could have performed before Kanye on the main stage. Watching the National with the rabid Kanye fans was super fun. I tried preaching the gospel of the National to those around me who were skeptical but the band delivered.
For more committed EDM fans, Tiesto is entry-level music. But given the rain and closure, getting a chance to come back and rage with his shutupandplaythehits style really worked. Twitter reported fans crowdsurfing an uprooted tree. I love that.
And it was the first weekend I’ve not had a drink in awhile. Thanks Budweiser.
Sorry. Andre has to dig deep here. I just saw the Clientele play at the Black Cat in DC. Super small room. No cooling fans on. The singer couldn’t help but complain about how we were all in this suffering together. At the shouters from the crowd, in his sly UK way “Ah, yes, the charm of small venues.” I doubt his mates imagined playing their debut for nostalgic fans at Coachella, in front of thousands, for Paul McCartney. Not losers like me on a random Tuesday. But it was a special show. It was a great night of music. Sure, Outkast is a legacy act performing for people who heard Hey Ya once on Z100 and want to Instagram filter their shit. Who cares? Take the chance to redefine the narrative of what your band represents. Otherwise, pull a Chappelle and show your integrity by delivering a product for people you can’t be proud to share it with.
Considering the song’s various instrumentation, use of a female vocalist and overall energy at the backend of their set, Lover’s Day by TV on the Radio would be incredible. They could bring a lot to it.
This line stood out to me: “We’ve all wished we could go back to a certain time and place; the main difference was that in a certain sense many of the times and places Robinson was longing for never existed.” I agree. I have little exposure to Robinson’s video game or fantasy influences but have connected with him since the first time I heard language. Which makes sense now.There’s a spiritual quality to his songs that I can relate with heavily (Sea of Voices should be played on repeat in some New Agey congregations.) I’m a comfortably secular person now but it truly taps into an aesthetic I was raised and gravitated toward in church or camps or whatever. Like you said, truly, “all worlds that never existed”. Which weirdly is a depressing thought. Except that, as Worlds shows, music is a much more positive outlet at expressing our clamoring for realities outside of this one on Earth than religion ever does. What Robinson has done is special. Great write-up.