These lists are uniformly pointless. This is the laziest, cheapest, page-grabbing kind of thing there is.
I saw her open for The National several years ago when she was first coming up, and she was amazing. Just her and her guitar, and that’s where all her dramatics and histrionics stayed. Now all this drama is spun out into a persona, costumes, whatever-the-frog she was doing in the videos for the two new tracks, spilling herself around some plastic Tetris shape. And for me at least, the deeper she goes down this rabbit hole the more boring her music — divorced from the visual act of St. Vincent — becomes.
And when she pulls off the small stage show so well. She’s so badass covering “Beyond Good and Evil” on Fallon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JySQE4axlJY, and what was that, last year or so?
No shit: ” But this one, in particular, has virtually no middle ground to it: Either Oberst is the victim of a terrible and malicious trolling hoax, or he’s a titanic criminal scumbag.”
Or maybe the truth is somewhere in between, you know, like in a world where everything isn’t black and white.
Describing something as “florid” and “unassuming” is confusing.
There’s a never ending shamelessness in stereogum today … these lists are universally shit, which is why there used “Shit List” posts citing other sites for pulling this page-view grabbing nonsense. But these posts always have plenty of comments, so I’m sure Spinmedia ain’t care. The writers here all surely work for peanuts, which based on the quality of the copy put up anymore …
DISAGREE that music / art should be so relentlessly and consistently ranked and ordered.
This shit is hair metal.
The important thing is another arbitrary list rustles up some page views.
Good article! I was hoping for a list of eight things, but this list of seven is also very good writing about music.
People can defend it how they’d like, but the truth is it’s lazy, hack writing. It means nothing. This list and the copy around it is completely arbitrary.
That dense copy is like a club beating down the simple appreciation of a song.
Reflections? It’s been out for an hour. Give it a minute.
I’m sick of these pointless lists.
Very cool defense of artistic compromise. “Yeah, but we tried to make it obvious!”
Very meaningful list.
This article about the new record by The Knife begins with you talking about how clever you are in rooting out Fugazi references, and how you think this Fugazi reference is more unexpected than another recent Fugazi reference you noticed. I don’t care about you.
Why does an article about music start with the author talking about himself and some bar scene he imagined existed at the college where he didn’t bother to learn anything about writing or journalism?
Stereogum: All Pointless Lists, All Pointless
You make it one full sentence before you begin talking about yourself.
Shit list. Have some dignity.
“A week ago, I was frantically writing a Lil Wayne obituary in my head, frantically refreshing TMZ on my phone while attempting to enjoy the amazing and random-as-fuck Usher/Afghan Whigs set at SXSW.”
In the very first sentence, on the fourth word, you immediately start talking about yourself.
What’s the point?