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Um, there’s a new movie out called “Dear White People” that is exactly what you’re talking about for blackness (black people exploring/criticizing the whole ‘what does being black even meeeean?’ thing and trying to define themselves while trying to not fit into a stereotype). In fact, I’d argue that most groups do this in regular and pretty obvious ways. So, no, I don’t think it’s “a white people thing.”

 +10Posted on Oct 29th | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (113 comments)

When I heard “Top of the morning, my fist to your face is fucking Folgers” I definitely cackled.

 +1Posted on Oct 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

I like when debates end in reasonable appreciation of differences without vitriol. Good day to you.

 +3Posted on Oct 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

You’re telling me you thought “Red” was a country album? She started as country-pop, with an emphasis on “pop,” and has been moving further away from country with every release. Since her fans have already shown that they’ll follow her to more pop-rock horizons, there was always only a very slim chance of alienating enough people to make any sort of financial impact, and that was only if she went really out there with it. This album is not a “totally different kind of music.” You’re saying this like “1989″ is some sort of adventurous foray into the avant-garde.

Steven Hyden (great writer) made a similar point about this in his most recent Grantland article that speaks to what I’m talking about probably better than I do: http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/taylor-swift-1989-review-pop-music/

 +8Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

I don’t think it’s a “risk” to make a pop-album. That’s a weird assertion to make. I also don’t see her perspective as strong and honest – at least any more so than I would an educated upper-middle class teenager’s diary. What you call a “consistent narrative” I call emotional stagnation and thematic repetition. I’ve been reading SG for years, and things like the KFed updates were generally toungue-in-cheek; now we’re being asked to take it all seriously and are generally looked down upon if we dissent. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, individual writing credits. Again, I’m disagreeing with you on the opinion that her writing should even be considered the work of an individual more talented then a million other teens with an above-average ability to string sentences together. Is she a talented person? Definitely, otherwise she wouldn’t be a successful musician with legions of fans. Does she deserve the praise that is lavished on all of her albums as if they’re bringing mainstream music to a deeper, more substantial level? I don’t think so.

 +1Posted on Oct 27th | re: Download Run The Jewels RTJ2 (53 comments)

Totally agreed, though I feel like we’re in the minority here. I can’t listen to “Love Again,” it makes me feel uncomfortable, especially right before a song like “Crown.”

With that said, the more I’ve listened to it, the more it’s catching up to RTJ1. The album has some tricks that are really growing on me.

 +26Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

That’s a pompous point of view. You’re pretty much saying “if you don’t like this, you’re wrong and close-minded” instead of recognizing that some people have different tastes in music then you. The sentence “Taylor Swift is an extraordinary force of modern pop who just dropped a fifth straight album of A+ songs” is totally subjective, yet you say it like it’s a capital ‘F’ Fact.

I happen to agree with the folks on here who think it’s lame to have a huge write-up on this album featured on what used to be the best alternative music website around – especially when it tells us that we have to “respect the motherfucking craft” and uses words like “subterfuge” and “concept album” to describe what is essentially well-manufactured junk food for your ears. I’ve decried the poptimism thing around here before and I still think it’s ridiculous to expect everyone to respect craft and the ability to appeal to the largest demographic possible with danceable tunes written by a team of producers over artistic integrity, individual talent and the desire to make something meaningful and challenging.

I kinda feel sorry for whoever who doesn’t expect to be challenged by the art they consime, even arbitrarily, but it’s not going to stop me.

 0Posted on Oct 24th | re: Download Run The Jewels RTJ2 (53 comments)

On first listen, I kind-of feel like I liked the leaner production on RTJ1 a bit more. If the first album was a tightly controlled, quick-fisted fighter, this one is a behemoth – big, powerful, bold, but also a bit more sluggish. It still bangs for sure, and I’ll still blast it out of my car for months. At this point I’m just splitting hairs I guess.

 +5Posted on Oct 23rd | re: Taylor Swift - "Welcome To New York" (83 comments)

Songs about New York I love you, but you’re bringing me down.

 +1Posted on Oct 22nd | re: Watch Beach House Play A New Song In Montreal (12 comments)

Wow, beautiful song.

On a rambly note, I’m so glad they don’t seem to be changing their sound. It really annoys me when the blogosphere (whatever) starts to demand that a band makes some drastic changes for changes’ sake. If ever there was a band that should stay the course, it’s Beach House (if ever there was another one, it was The Strokes, but we know how that turned out). If you have a great, unique sound and make great music with it, then by all means do that. Just keep churning out sweet, sweet melodies, Beach House.