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!
Lily Allen is lucky that everyone likes her, or this would probably be construed as a white pop singer clumsily critiquing hip-hop.
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.
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.
I remember reading about their first shows at the bowery ballroom on stereogum and ultragrrrl in 2004. So crazy that was 10 years ago.
I don’t know, I have my doubts now…
Was Prince really plugged in during his crazy ass guitar solo????? I need to know!!!!!
The moral of the story: the public will forgive all kinds of shenanigans if the music is good. If Kanye were releasing Azealia-level material, he’d be in the same position.
The problem is that every single after 212 stunk. Is that Universal’s fault?
To be fair, every other video has looked like this for the last 3 years.
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.