No mention of this? Okay.
Ericksson sings the outro to Adventure Time (which is seldom heard on TV because of them advertising what’s on next or next week), and their new song “No Wonder I” appeared as BMO’s favorite song in the fantastic episode “Shh!” Watch it over here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjlDCouMfyQ
Think of a few songs you’d damn well better love. “Call Me Maybe.” “Complicated.” “Since U Been Gone.” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Max Martin, Dr. Luke, RedOne, Klas Ahlund (member of Teddybears and former member of Caesars, does a lot of production work now including writing and producing many Robyn songs). Songs like these can be done by anyone and can’t be said to necessarily belong to those who perform them. Anyone can sing these radio hits and they’ll be great.
Liz Phair made an album of songs like that. She made the impersonal her personal.
While some stay back in 2003 frowning, I’ll be over here enjoying the hell out of Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé.
Thank you so much for writing this. I don’t know if you saw my comment on Facebook about wanting to read some second looks about this album, but here it is. Me? I always liked this album, and in a year where I think Tegan & Sara put out my favorite album by going hardcore pop, I can’t help but feel at least a little validated.
I love so many songs here, but picking anything other than “Get Lucky” feels dishonest.
Is this the same field Eminem rapped “Love the Way You Lie” from?
Yesterday I woke up sucking on a nipple.
Kacey Musgraves really really needs to be on this list.
Copycat. Japandroids quit girls way before Christopher Owens ever did.
I don’t think he blasted her, but despite his announced intentions to not shame or embarrass her, he does exactly that, particularly when he brings up Chestnutt and Linkous.
I thought he just meant the musicians drink a lot of wine. Is that untrue? I always thought musicians drank lots of wine…
This is filled with ad hominem attacks and generally carries a very unhelpful tone. Not that Lowery’s Chestnutt and Linkous paragraph is much better…
Aaaaaaaaand I forgot the link. Of COURSE I forgot the link: http://www.wesleyverhoeve.com/quixotism/
Here’s a wonderful response article by Wesley Verhoeve that everyone should probably read.
“We are tilting at windmills here people. I used the expensive word ‘quixotism’ in the title of this article, and that is the actual problem here. David represents the impracticality in pursuit of ideals, manifested by lofty and romantic ideas. David, and many of the stake holders that have tweeted in his support, play the part of Don Quixote in this farcical short novel that is the transition phase of the music industry.
Utopia as seen through the eyes of Don Quixote is merely an illusion. We should look at the Utopia seen through the customer’s eyes, and build a system around it. This is not about morals. This is about smarts. It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s not about rebelling. It’s about a giant shift in consumer behavior and how we as an industry deal with that.”
At the time, Post-Nothing didn’t really do much for me. So imagine my surprise when I picked this on my iPod and it blew my shit entirely away. My favorite is the opener about the dreamers who drink and smoke themselves silly wondering if they have anything to live for, but “Younger Us” is sweet and “The House That Heaven Built” knocks me over. My AOTY so far along with the new Loudon Wainwright. Incredible.
“Phair and Del Rey are perfectly welcome to spend their careers in the special little Women’s Music Kindergarten, selling sexy pictures of themselves, making shitty music for the Lilith Fair crowd, and telling critics to pretend they’re good because they’re just girls and music is hard. It’s a free country, and it’s not like either one has any better options.”
Uh, did you read this before you sent it?
I think one of the primary arguments behind this is that people are reacting negatively to women being outwardly sexual in their music, as if it’s some sort of gross con that they’re supposed to lock up. They’re not bringing down women by being sexual in music. They’re being brave and powerful.
After all, isn’t music the art form that best represents sex (aside from, y’know, the art of sex)?
It’s fine that some you don’t like Lana Del Rey’s music. What’s more troubling is when you consider some of what Liz and Lana do in their music as crimes against feminism and popular culture. Because that really couldn’t be farther from the truth.