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Those were some long seconds.
Lana Del Rey looks like she never has to sleep.
Music history is something that people feel like we should immortalize in museums, even though the medium doesn’t really lend itself to that. So we end up with, at best, musical instruments, tour posters, and stage decorations. At worst, we get periphery things like Sid Barrett’s bicycle and a Japanese cabinet that John Lennon owned (two items recently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…the exhibit also included Keith Moon’s diary…which is actually kind of awesome). And a couch that Kurt Cobain slept on once. For someone, seeing that couch might actually be a life-changing experience. I just kinda hope I never have to talk to that person.
In honor of the event, it’s raining in my part of western Washington. The weather in Aberdeen is generally 3x shittier than what it is here, so I expect they’re having a wonderfully depressing day.
I don’t fault him for bringing the suit. I agree, false claims do happen, and it’s certainly not rare as one would hope. I’m simply pointing out that this suit, whether it’s called for or not, could potentially be detrimental. Rape is a very serious matter, and my fear is that this case will not be treated in the media with the tone it deserves. A situation like this does little to further the cause of victim advocacy (unless, of course, the girl is able to prove that he is, in fact, guilty). So again, it’s just an overall unfortunate situation.
If he wins this case, the real losers are the victims of rape (whether this girl belongs to that group or not). It will only fuel the rape apologists out there (“See! Girls make it up for attention!”), and possibly provide rapists another option: defamation of character lawsuits. It helps that he’s donating the money to charities for victims of violence against women, but it’s a still a very unfortunate situation. At most, all he’s going to be able to prove is that she can’t prove he did it (which, again, is damaging to the public’s perception of the severity of rape).
Everybody keeps blaming Macklemore’s sweep of the rap categories on out of touch voters, but I fear that it’s the opposite. Maybe it’s just because I’m in Washington and he’s inescapable, but it feels to me like actual people, the ones listening to the radio and buying music, love him. My Facebook wall is covered with people (and not all of them are Washingtonians) calling him “unique” and “talented” and “a gamechanger.”
Should we be calling this the gentrification of rap? This happened at the VMAs too. The show was “hip-hop inspired,” but no black rappers actually won any awards. When you start giving out all the awards in musical categories that are historically black to white guys, but still get black artists to perform, the whole thing starts feeling a little minstrely and appropriated.
Not to mention the kids growing up now that don’t understand the history and cultural importance of rap music. I work with young adults, and to hear them go on and on about how Macklemore is using rap music to fight social injustice. Sure, “Same Love” might fall in that category, but preaching about how expensive clothes are and how he went from being an unsuccessful white male to a successful white male (in Seattle, no less) doesn’t exactly put him in the same category as Public Enemy or Grandmaster Flash. They also love “trap music,” by which they mean the EDM trap-rave, and have no earthly idea what the term “trap” even refers to.
I realize there is some irony in me, a white male that loves rap music, getting up in arms about this. That said, I think we need to stop hiding in the SG comment section whining about how “out-of-touch” the Grammy’s are, and realize that WE DON’T REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF MUSIC LISTENERS. For my part, whenever someone tells me that their favorite rapper is Macklemore or Wiz Khalifa or someone, I try to introduce them to what’s going on with Black Hippy or Chance the Rapper or any of the other hundreds of extremely talented but mostly unknown artists out there with something to say.
Seriously. It can be a sunny day all over the western part of the state, but as soon as you drive into the vicinity of Gray’s Harbor it just gets dreary. The place is aptly named.
You’re right, Chris. It is superior. But I’m gonna admit it, I just threw it into the rotation with the other two and let them bang all night. Possibly the greatest party mix I’ve ever created.
I’ve got both on repeat. I honestly didn’t realize it was BOB for a while….he’s not being quite as obnoxious for a while.
So I just discovered “Paranoid” by Ty Dolla $ign.
Consequently, my Friday afternoon just got a lot better.
Totally meant to throw a superlative “um” in there somewhere.
Somehow I ended up in the corner with the cranky kids.
Because why not?
You’re so right! I hate it when UNREAL publications use the word “um” in their headlines! Good thing it never flies in REAL publications.
Nope. No lax shit there.
I agree! That song bugged the shit out of me, even before all the controversy. Even a silly TI verse and a Decatur reference couldn’t save it for me (and normally those two things would mean instant classic in my book).
“Bore” is exactly the word I’d use to describe Heaven Is Whenever as well.
As a long time Hold Steady fan, I have mixed feelings on the production here (though I wouldn’t call it “beer commercial”…what does that even mean? I’m trying to remember beer commercials and all I can think of is a sweet Budweiser one where they put a Los Campesinos track over footage of a baseball stadium getting ready for game day), but overall I like it. The chorus annoys me a bit, but that bridge is killer. And a whole song about the Skins? I know that some people are annoyed by the self-referential nature of THS songs, but I love it. Their whole discography feels like a mythology, and anytime that gets more fleshed out is a good day for me.
Well, that’s a lot better than what I was expecting (noises from inside the ISS or something?). Extremely cool, actually. Really speaks to my inner space and music nerds.
I really enjoyed the song (bummed, though, that this isn’t from a new impending full-length) , but I’m a little confused…space is a vacuum, and sound cannot travel in a vacuum. What space sounds are we talking about?
And then the week after that we get Real Estate, the Drive-By Truckers, and The Men.
Needs a catchier name though. Simbacore?
When I was visiting family in NC over Christmas, “Pompeii” was inescapable. The first time we heard it, my wife and I had a long conversation about what we’re calling “LionKingcore,’ songs that feature weird backing chants that sound like they come from the Lion King (we can thank Fun. for starting this trend, I think).
That song is ridiculous. I can’t decide if I hate it or respect it, for what it is (a cross-section of popular music from the past couple years). The Mumford twang-and-stomp, a Lumineers/Katy Perry “hey!,” Alt-J, the disco revival, a little bit of ratchet, a gospel bridge a-la “Sacrilege” and a chorus drop. Plus the “Day Man” “ah-ahhhh” just for good measure.
Or maybe I just think too much and hear things that aren’t there.
You know what’s weird? Scrolling through this list, enjoying everyone’s funny comments, and then suddenly seeing a one-off comment (the context of which I don’t even remember) you had made had gotten 60 votes and is #10. Shit.