That A$AP Rocky album is just bad and I get so depressed every time it ends up on a white dude’s best of list as the token rap album.
I mean, it’s still good and all, it just seems like this is what every indie video has been like for the last 4 years.
Arcade Fire music makes anything seem dramatic and important. This video looks like too many other videos.
It’s annoying to me when an artist so BLATANTLY rips off another artist’s video. Kanye should be ashamed of himself.
Maybe in 1998, but radio, especially alternative radio, is hardly the powerhouse it once was. Fitz and The Tantrums, AWOLNATION, and Bastille all had big Alt rock radio hits this year, would you say they’re more mainstream than AF? Surely having a one hour special on network TV puts your music in front of a wider audience than KROQ can these days.
And at this point, can we really say that Arcade Fire is “punching above their weight”? They have a grammy, they’re on the season premier of SNL, and they’re album is being reviewed in every major publication in existence. If they aren’t of the biggest bands in the world, than who is?
Just to put it in perspective: after that huge promotional push, Reflektor still sold less in its first week than the new Fall Out Boy album.
yeah, he really left his roots as a meager international TRL phenomenon.
I thought he actually looked pretty great. Love the jacket during bersark, and his sneakers were on point.
Totally agreed. This is akin to absolutepunk.net writing an article criticizing the youtube awards for not including Yellowcard in any categories. And really, those “pop stars” have some of the highest viewed videos on youtube, why wouldn’t they include them?
So wait, is pacsun cool or Kanye uncool?
So the way to “fix” the youtube awards is to fill it with things stereogum and it’s readers like? I think this might be a case of confusing “popular on the internet” with “what I like on the internet.”
Actually, it’s a shrewd move on youtube’s part to co-opt the VMA crowd and combine it with the internet. Some of youtube’s most watched videos are Beiber, Gomez, Lady Gaga, etc- their awards show should reflect that, and at this point, they can claim ownership of Beiber videos far more than MTV can. I wouldn’t be surprised if the goal of the youtube awards is to someday supplant the vma’s as the ultimate youth culture award show.
Also, lol at people being mad that all the nominees aren’t Of Montreal or whatever.
Yeah, but one above average mixtape song (and i’d argue that it isn’t even a full on song, just a few sketches over a pre-existing beat) and suddenly she was on the cover of Vibe, Spin, Paper, Dazed and Confused, etc? They were so excited about how hot, fashionable, and brandable she was that they forgot that she’d barely even done anything.
I’ll always point to the summer of 2012, when Azealia was on about 20 magazine covers and being feverishly covered by sterogum/pitchfork/fader and hadn’t even released a song yet, as the moment when I became extremely jaded about music journalism.
i don’t think klasfeld directed that 2 chainz vid.
Hey guys, remember The Ting Tings?
The shelf life of your average “indie” band is a year and a half max. Ironically, indie bands will always be outlived by the press machines that use them for hits and then spit them out- stereopitchforkfadergum
To be fair, he references Lewinsky because he talks about how long he’s been rapping.
who are you talking to? also, about what? also, why?
Wait a second, those artists are “objectively” terrible? One thing I WON’T miss is people like you dogmatically acting like the only good records are the ones that middle-aged, white, male rock critics like.
You could write this article about any week in popular music since the beginning of recorded music.
Here, I re-wrote this article for 1995:
“(No Doubt)’s debut (Tragic Kingdom), out this week, makes the case that the monogenre doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Their music ties together so many different sounds and styles — (third wave punk and ska); (new wave pop)” (Tejano flavored guitars); (post-grunge distortion); but you can’t see the seams. The band also pulls off the time-honored trick of coming off like a neat and tidy pop group on record while wilding out rock ‘n’ roll style in concert. (Tragic Kingdom) is distinctly retro yet undeniably modern. Like the best pop musicians, (No Doubt) is easy to enjoy but impossible to pin down.”
Nothing new is happening here. Genres converge all the time.
- Rock music happened because rhythm and blues mixed with gospel and elements of country/folk music.
- Hip Hop happened when folk poets and jamaican style toasting melded with funk and disco breaks.
- House music melded hip-hop, italian disco, Kraftwerk, etc.
Were those all instances of “kids today don’t have genre filters” or just a continuation of musical history that’s been happening since the beginning of human culture?
Sad how quickly the internet goes through bands.
Of course Stereogum covers bands that get them hits/money. It’s not a charity website, it’s owned by SpinMedia.
More like, “Listening Audience Scraps Plans To Listen To Azealia Banks’ Non-Existent Album.”