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Yeah, I definitely checked out. I followed along for a while, but after the 5th "I know what I've said and it's coming, you just have to trust me because so much has been going on" IG selfie, I just figured there's no sense in me tailing this closely and I'll know when it comes out.
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March 21, 2019 on Sky Ferreira’s New Single “Downhill Lullaby” Out Next Week
I'm not feelin' it. There was this chill, punch bowl bar in Cincinnati that would get vibes-y jazz bands to play their lower level on Saturday nights, and a few of them did covers where after a minute or two of it just kind of noodling around in the background, you'd be like "Wait, this is that song?" and that felt like the case here.
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March 21, 2019 on Vampire Weekend Cover Post Malone
Hoooo boy, this is gonna be an album cycle, aint it?
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March 20, 2019 on Grimes Talks New Album, Elon Musk, & Killing Off “Grimes” In New Interview
Shaq is really out here grabbing a poster spot before (Sandy) Alex G., sometimes 2019 is magic. This also really ain't a bad line-up. It looks like it understands that a mega-fest like Lolla is, at this point, less about genre restrictions and more about people going for the Music Festival Experience and putting together a ticket with broad appeal.
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March 20, 2019 on Lollapalooza 2019 Lineup
R.I.P. my awful high school band's covers of "Where Is My Mind?" "Island in the Sun," "Hate to Say I Told You So," and the one of "My Own Worst Enemy" that ends with me howling "Woo!" because we didn't fuck it up.
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March 18, 2019 on Myspace Confirms Loss Of 50 Million Songs Uploaded Between 2003 And 2015
You’re right on the Koz comparison. I’m not super familiar with his stuff, but the reviews and everything I’ve read about his most recent material boils down to, “It’s shapeless and rambling and either you follow him where he’s going or you do not, which is the impression I got from this’un. The arrangements are frustrating because they’re occasionally great, but they don’t develop. Something like “Drowning in the Sound” is cool but never really becomes whole and loses momentum where like, “Trout Heart Replica” kept it together. Totally agree on the lyrics. This would be a good album to read.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
I put it on and thought it was really good at first, but I didn't get through it in one sitting. I liked the arranging when it kicks in, but what I listened to felt meandering, and more than a bit like Pure Comedy's sibling who's really into performance art. I kind of want to go back to it (PopMatters did a rave review), but also kind of don't because the structure and pacing felt off-putting. All that said, I popped on Theatre Is Evil last night and that shit still gooooooes.
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March 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: CHAI PUNK
Man, nothing screams early '00s like that screen with the wavering flag on loop.
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March 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Michael Jackson’s “Ben”
I was also in elementary/middle school in the early '00s, and even at the time it felt like something that probably happened. I think one of the big differences between then and now is that at the time--and this could totally be my memory failing me since it was more fixated on the new Legend of Zelda--the allegations just slipped into the Wacko Jacko white noise. "Haha, look at Michael Jackson. He has funny plastic surgeries and a fucked nose. He gave little boys something he called Jesus Juice. He dangled a baby over a balcony. He kind of looks like a woman." He spent the decade in pop culture as this lurching, bizarro freak reduced to Men in Black II cameos and a recurring punchline in Scary Movie 3. So when he died, I think pop culture rewrote itself to act like it hadn't just hadn't spent a decade clowning him, and part of that was chalking the allegations up to a thing that probably happened but he's dead so the public wasn't interested in relitigating it. I'd also add that this was the '00s, where everything celebrities did was a goddamn joke. Chappelle had a whole skit on R.Kelly peeing on a girl. MJ was the go-to for every hack comedy bit in the nation. Britney's full-on public breakdown was used for headshaving jokes and not a cry for help. Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's titty on live television, and she's the one who got laughed at. Celebrities weren't really seen as people, and their antics, good, bad, and sad, weren't allowed to feel real.
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March 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Michael Jackson’s “Ben”
Yeah, essentially this. TPAB is a technically dazzling record with a truly "yikes" number of bad takes that I think have been part of the conversation kind of out of the side of people's mouths since its release (I remember a whole lot of "Wait, what?" at the last line of "The Blacker the Berry" even in pre-release). Raquel Willis' "To Pimp the Black Woman" essay feels relevant here, and even at the time, the MJ line has never been a great look. The album, in my read, looks at the mental anguish of black men in a post-Ferguson world and believes that everything could be solved if we all just loved each other, which is a conclusion I understand how Kendrick got to, but I'm not necessarily sure I agree with. I think the dirty secret with Kendrick, and I'm saying this as a fan, is that he's waaaaaay closer to being a Hotep than anyone wants to admit. This jives with his music's generally dismissive attitude towards black women (which, hoooo boy, is not great) and out of music stuff like his support of X. There's enough of this that I think it's a feature, not a bug, and definitely something to consider in his output, which is why I don't feel the need to take him to task on a line that's always made me feel queasy.
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March 11, 2019 on Drake Drops Posthumous Michael Jackson Collaboration From Tour Setlist
1. Trouble Will Find Me 2. Sleep Well Beast 3. Boxer 4. Alligator 5. High Violet 6. Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers 7. The National I'm a latecomer to this band, and two crazy memorable shows heavy on Sleep Well Beast material (the bonkers Night 1 set at Homecoming, a Red Rocks vacation show I went to on vacation while woefully underdressed) impacted things in a pretty big way.
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March 5, 2019 on The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”
I thought about popping this on before work this morning, but even one track in, I felt it's better served as a post-workout and chores album later tonight with some wine.
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March 1, 2019 on Stream Solange’s New Album When I Get Home
Honestly, I find ID kinda fascinating because Dan's LGBTQ advocacy is a study in how far good politics will cover bad music since this gets brought up every time someone talks about how ID's music sounds like movie theater chicken strips (I've also seen the counterargument that being a good ally is, at this point, the bare minimum, but to each their own). I think that the work is good but the music just isn't.
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March 1, 2019 on Imagine Dragons Singer Responds To Criticism From Slipknot Singer
I missed the CRJ comment party yesterday, so lemme just put in here that these two new songs are both incredible and I love them.
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February 28, 2019 on Benny Blanco Has Written Hits For Everybody Else. Now He’s Doing It For Himself.
In my experience, anyone who sticks around long enough to not flame out gets called "one of the greats" eventually.
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February 27, 2019 on J. Cole Is Going For It
Here for the undun shoutout. I popped it on a few weeks ago apropos of essentially nothing, and it's so cohesive and evocative; it really holds up.
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February 22, 2019 on Things Fall Apart Turns 20
"Writer dives deep on their favorite album" is hands down my favorite subgenre of music writing. I'm really happy to have read this.
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February 22, 2019 on Clarity Turns 20
Aw man, this was my favorite of the bunch, too. And you could definitely do a solo SZA version (or a SZLO version, if you will) in 90 seconds and still have it be great.
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February 21, 2019 on Kendrick Lamar & SZA Won’t Perform “All The Stars” At The Oscars
I know I said I wouldn't come back, but I want to apologize for the "I used to talk like that a lot" comment. It left a bad taste in my mouth because I didn't realize until afterward how backhanded it came out. I am sorry for belittling you.
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February 19, 2019 on Ryan Adams Guitarist Todd Wisenbaker: “My Life Has Become A Complete Shitstorm Of Someone Else’s Utter Delusion”
"By that argument, entitlement and narcissism are ok as long as they're not mixed up with maleness." I don't mean any disrespect by this, but this feels very much like a bad faith argument. I don't believe that you actually believe that meowface, beans, or I are endorsing female entitlement or narcissism. I'm not super interested in keeping this going as a Debate Team rhetoric match. If you want to chalk this up to a win because you name-checked cognitive bias and raised a slippery slope concern, you may. I used to talk like that a lot, I get it. The original comment here sprang up in the very specific context of a man who was allegedly abusive and at least one man around him pondering his complicity/culpability. We're not wandering about the nature of judging someone from their worst moment or their mistakes, we're looking at a man who has an alleged pattern and practice of abusive behavior of various methods from multiple sources. And, like I said, we live in a culture that insulates men from consequences to their abusive behaviors in a way that it does not insulate women. Context is all. Somewhere up above, Sockner used the word "disproportionate." In the U.S., there are power dynamics that are disproportionately weighted toward the male, the straight, the white, the able-bodied, and (albeit eroding, but) the Christian. No one is saying that, individually, woman, queer, PoC, chronically ill, etc. can't be entitled or narcissistic, but that there isn't a network that keeps them from criticism (for instance, look at how Nicki got smoked last year for wilding out when she thought she was entitled to a number 1 album; she wasn't, and people let her know it. In fact, the criticism Nicki got was fierce enough and also could be inflected with its own form of misogynoir, but that's a whole other conversation). People like Ryan Adams are able to disproportionately able to abuse, and this structure needs to be called out and undone. Good day.
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February 19, 2019 on Ryan Adams Guitarist Todd Wisenbaker: “My Life Has Become A Complete Shitstorm Of Someone Else’s Utter Delusion”
Damn, Ariana, get your chart money. Also, I take consternation at "Sunflower" being labeled a rap song. Yes, it is by a member of a rap duo and a man who calls himself a rapper for values of aesthetic/cachet, but like, Ari has more bars on "7 Rings."
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February 19, 2019 on Ariana Grande Is First Artist Since The Beatles To Occupy Top 3 Spots On The Hot 100
The power dynamic is the problem, but we live in a society that establishes and reaffirms male narcissism and entitlement specifically, often at the expense of women's safety. More specifically, we teach men by showing them that throughout their life, if/when they fuck up, they will have an existing structure that will validate and support them as "only human" for damaging someone else. For Adams, this is a combination of label heads, bandmates, and industry figures who were willing to work around his actions and let Mandy Moore and Bridgers fall by the wayside without saying anything because he was Ryan fucking Adams of Whiskeytown and maker of Love Is Hell. For those asshole Covington Catholic high school boys a month or two ago, it was their school and the members of the Northern Kentucky diocese (also the PR rep the one kid's parents hired) who saw them as delicate angels who were faced down by scary black people and an indigenous man. For that dude who gets handsy at parties, it's his bros who quietly tell their dates/girl friends to avoid Aaron that night, but don't kick him out. So that's why the "male" descriptor needs to be there.
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February 19, 2019 on Ryan Adams Guitarist Todd Wisenbaker: “My Life Has Become A Complete Shitstorm Of Someone Else’s Utter Delusion”
Thanks for doing that work. Someone in another Ryan Adams post asked what redemption looks like here, and yeah, IMO it's not redemption so much as it is rehabilitation.
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February 19, 2019 on Ryan Adams Guitarist Todd Wisenbaker: “My Life Has Become A Complete Shitstorm Of Someone Else’s Utter Delusion”
Aw, I actually liked the Alicia Keys "auntie who leaves a piano in the living room to entertain guests with after her third glass of wine at the gathering" cover set! Especially considering that in years past, that would have been when LL was saying "Hashtag Grammy Moment" for the hundredth time, or James Corden wheeling his way through the audience with a cardboard cutout car making a joke about fitting in all the members of BTS.
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February 11, 2019 on Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best
I'd like to cop to being wrong on "Capacity," it's an out and out jam.
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February 8, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yeah, I don't know how deliberate it is and how much of it's a byproduct of trying to go for a trap/hard image, but like...between the conspicuously dark skin on the cover, the "my hair, just bought it" line, the "skrrt, skrrt" and "issa vibe" ad-libs, and some choice phrasing on the album it's not not there, you know?
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February 8, 2019 on Stream Ariana Grande’s New Album thank u, next
At first blush, the album feels consistently okay (one rly bad "7 Rings" aside) with a few great peaks (title track, "Ghostin," and "bad idea" off the top of my head), but like...is Ariana Grande trying to be black for this album or am I just making shit up?
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February 8, 2019 on Stream Ariana Grande’s New Album thank u, next
I gotta give it a listen on something beyond work-computer speakers, but I love the video and melody. I always get a little nervous when alt-bands do their "pivot to bleep-bloops move," but this has shades of After Laughter on a first listen, so that's encouraging.
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February 6, 2019 on Charly Bliss – “Capacity” Video (Dir. Japanese Breakfast)
I realize I should have come up with this gag yesterday, and I'm sorry, but: [Barry Johnson voice] "I WANT A HAND TATTOO/I WANT IT MISSPELLED REALLY BAD/THAT'S HOW I'LL KNOW/I'LL KNOW IT'S REAL/MISSPELLED TATTOO"
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February 1, 2019 on Ariana Grande – “7 Rings (Remix)” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
On one hand, I can't say that I wouldn't be this messy after a break up, but on the other...yeah, if I had Ariana money I'd hire somebody to verify the translation and then hire someone to verify them.
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January 31, 2019 on Ariana Grande’s “Small Charcoal Grill” Tattoo Now Means “Japanese BBQ Finger”