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Oh come on, it’s being used for humorous purposes. It’s basically just a signifier of “goth muzak” to sell the joke, which is way different than an ad that tries to connect a popular indie song to a product for cool points. Big fat WHATEVS.

I think 5 seconds of summer is pretty catchy. Sure, they’re vapid, but so is most of the music on stereogum.

Really feeling Girl Talk’s Jordans. So best video of the week.

Is it bad that it actually put a smile on my face? I know we’re all supposed to hate it cause like, pop icons are sacred, but whatever it’s fun and well-executed.

 +7Posted on Mar 20th | re: The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People (85 comments)

Sorry to get all music biz, but what exactly is FTP’s demographic? They only had one hit but fill stadiums and headline festivals, so they’re obviously appealing to someone, but who? Teens, college radio, pitchfork readers with poptimist bent?

 +6Posted on Feb 21st | re: Lily Allen Titles New Album Sheezus (23 comments)

No, just saying that if this album title weren’t for a critically-adored pop singer, people would be pissed.

Imagine Avril Lavigne presents, Sheezus!

 -3Posted on Feb 21st | re: Lily Allen Titles New Album Sheezus (23 comments)

Lily Allen is lucky that everyone likes her, or this would probably be construed as a white pop singer clumsily critiquing hip-hop.

 -3Posted on Feb 12th | re: Nicki Minaj - "Lookin Ass Nigga" Video (18 comments)

Is Tom being blackmailed by Nabil or something? Every video that guy does is fine but Tom writes about it like it’s IMAX footage of Jesus’ second coming.

 0Posted on Feb 11th | re: Metronomy - "Love Letters" Video (Dir. Michel Gondry) (2 comments)

It always struck me as ironic that Gondry became known for his “diy” aesthetic, since his most famous videos would never have been possible without the giant major label music video budgets of the 90s. People always assumed he was making his videos out of cardboard, when in reality, they were far more expensive than even the biggest pop videos of today. I think this video is an interesting “small scale” Gondry experiment, kind of like watching Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain. It still has all of Gondry’s charm, but feels much less epic than his most famous videos.

 0Posted on Feb 7th | re: Franz Ferdinand Turns 10 (63 comments)

I remember reading about their first shows at the bowery ballroom on stereogum and ultragrrrl in 2004. So crazy that was 10 years ago.