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 +9Posted on Oct 21st | re: Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Tough Love (41 comments)

I wanna marry both of the Miguel tracks on this sexy, sexy album.

Even if you don’t like her music (and nothing wrong with that), I remember no reason to assume Ke$ha is “human garbage”. If the allegations turn out to be false, you’d be right, but so far, there’s nothing about her that leads me to assume she is what you call her.

Miley is only a guest among many in a tribute album. Ke$ha wanted to release a whole original album with Flaming Lips that went into a very different direction than her pop work does, so they didn’t let it get released for fear it would alienate her audience and hurt her pop career. She did have that one track with them, “2012 (You Must Upgraded)”, which was kinda awesome.

Oddly, I think there’s something nice about how Nick is so obviously pandering to his gay fanbase in order to become a popstar again. Sure, it’s marketing, but most pop guys his age feel the need to become “dangerous” (like Bieber’s poser bullshit or Chris Brown’s tough guy act). And here’s this guy making cheesy videos, posing for gay magazines and saying he has a crush on Daniel Craig. It’s obviously the most calculated effort ever, but it’s a nice change of pace to how these guys are usually supposed to behave when they are all grown up and stuff. And I say this as someone who doesn’t even find him hot, he is too much of Ken doll for me.

 +2Posted on Oct 9th | re: Preview Miguel's New Song "Coffee" (1 comments)

Oh, that sounds so much like “Arch N Point”, which is my favorite Miguel song so far. This is exciting. Short, but exciting.

I love We Found Love so fucking much, and yet I can’t fucking stand Calvin Harris in general.

Also, ouch Sam Smith. Ouch.

 +3Posted on Oct 8th | re: Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius (97 comments)

I don’t think you should force yourself to like r&b either. Everyone has their thing. But like how littleredcorvette said, it’s just like any other genre, there’s distinctions to be made between the artists, whether it’s how they work or how good they are within the process they apply to their music. And just like every other genre, some artists will stand the test of time, and some won’t.

 +9Posted on Oct 8th | re: Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius (97 comments)

Exactly. Tinashe spent years recording her mixtapes all by herself, with no support from labels or hot-shot producers, but because she is r&b, she’s young, she’s pretty and she dances, she must not be good or relevant or have any kind of lasting impact because she doesn’t fit the stereotypical mold of indie visionaire that people around here respect. It’s already annoying when people do that here with big pop artists, but with Tinashe really gets on my nerves a bit more, since her career trajectory is much more similar to the hundreds of indie bands that get worshipped around here than someone like Usher or Justin Timberlake, but people just assume there’s no real value in taking her music seriously.

Her sound is also much more forward-thinking within her genre than a lot of bands that people here worship are for indie rock (not too mention a lot of them sound pretty much the same, while Tinashe has been building her own sense of identity). It’s annoying that after music history has proven time and time again that r&b is such a great genre even though it rarely gets the respect it deserves at the time it comes out, to see people falling into the same pattern yet again. Instantly writing off an artist with the trajectory and respect of Tinashe just because the kind of music she does is not your thing is disrespectful to anyone who really gives a damn to artistry on r&b (older or modern). And if people disagree with the praise for her but still appreaciate r&b with the same level of respect than other more indie-friendly genres, bring something to the discussion instead of just reaffirming a bias (whether it is intentional or not on your part to do so, it’s what happens). Tinashe and r&b in general are just as deserving of in depth analysis and commentary than the other music that commenters on this site love.

 +14Posted on Oct 8th | re: Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius (97 comments)

Such a ridiculous statement. What, do people stop listening to r&b is older than 5 years since release? You can’t say that, especially as Tinashe actually has a pretty loyal fanbase and some very respected mixtapes. This is just the genre bias you have doing the talking. R&B albums are just as likely to find a legacy than something Caribou does. It’s all about which audience you find yourself included. But just because YOU aren’t in this case, doesn’t mean others aren’t. Really, it should be pretty simple after all this time for people to get that, but there’s still an indie rock/music snob audience that refuses to. That you think the fanbase and respect for this album and artists is necessarily vapid says more about you than it says about the genre and the work here. And while nothing I say is necessarily unexpected nowadays, it still irks me that people throw around such statements while any questioning of their tastes is treated as sacrilegious. Tinashe is one of the best r&b artists right now, and you don’t have to like it, but try to at least have an ounce of respect for people who take the genre and it’s history and the direction it’s taking seriously rather judgmental non-sense.

 +1Posted on Sep 30th | re: Jaden Smith - "Blue Ocean" (13 comments)

I don’t know what’s so weird about sampling and paraphrasing Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor”. I’m not hating on this or anything, but I see no big deal, except for maybe that change mid-song (which isn’t exactly unexpected in today’s r&b and hip-hop world where two songs become one frequently).