I usually read the words "Brooklyn art punk trio" as "RUN SCREAMING THE OTHER WAY!" but I stuck this one out and I'm glad I did. By the end of it you're gonna be like, "I get it!" You will still want to run screaming the other way when you see anything described as "Brooklyn art punk," but that is only natural and right.
I'm not going to Coachella this year. Since 1999, the music festival has been raging each year in the dusty Empire Polo Club of Indio, California. Each year I mildly look forward to the announcement of the line-up. What bands that I don't really care about will be named the "headliners"? What bands that I mildly like will be in much smaller type, in a strange order, that makes no sense based on either record sales or fan base or any other metric. Ooh, I'll think, finally, a festival where I can see both Mogwai and Girl Talk and Laura Mvula and maybe a flashback performance of the Jon Spencer [...]
Here's a well-deserved acknowledgment of the vastly under-appreciated Michael Head. In addition to the songs included in the piece this and this are personal favorites. I don't love "Jean's Not Happening," but the video is certainly a timepiece.
In a taxi after the High on Fire show a few weeks ago, I accidentally listened to “Sound Opinions,” the radio skit show where Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis say platitudes about rock and roll to each other. It’s a pretty amusing parody of music criticism. In the skit I heard, they pretended that there were still fans of popular music who needed to be persuaded of the importance of the Velvet Underground, so DeRogatis offered a Lou Reed primer (which, in a sly touch, he mispronounced to rhyme with “timer”). The whole thing reminded me why, as much as I love rock and roll, sometimes I hate rock and [...]
"Gap aims to capture 'optimism, democracy and individualism,' said Tricia Nichols, senior director of global consumer engagement and partnerships. Its playlists include Rihanna and U.S. indie band Fun."
50. Twisted Sister (H)
49. Tamar Braxton (H)Lyric Legend: M - “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” used H – “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough” used M/W - Both used
48. John Denver & The Muppets (H)
47. Christina Aguilera (H/M)
46. Jessica Simpson (H)
45. Michael Bolton (H)
44. Neil Diamond (H)
43. Joe (H)
42. Clay Aiken (H)
41. Kelly Clarkson (H)
40. John Travolta & Olivia Newton John (H)
39. Captain & Tennille (H)
38. Scott Weiland (M)
37. Sufjan Stevens (H)
"People who only like 'Midnight City' are going to be disappointed. Mellow and romantic, this soundtrack pays tribute to French soundtracks from the 70's and is much more intimate than Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and the Oblivion Soundtrack. This score is really for lovers and ghosts," says the M83 guy, but whatever, this is very pretty and if it disappoints you I am not sure what your problem is. I mean, "Midnight City" is kind of ONE NOTE. Move on, everyone, there's a whole world of other sounds out there for you.
Are we still mad at Lily Allen for that video? I mean, surely someone else to be mad at has come along by this point, right? The Lily Allen thing was, when, last year? Quit living in the past. Anyway, back here in the present, there's this. I could see liking it? But I may have to listen a few more times to be sure. You will have other opinions, perhaps.
People who are in the know, people who are younger than me, people who can still find it within themselves to get excited about things and seek out the new and adventurous, people who haven't decided that they're at the end of their run and now it's time to rest up for death, people generally fitting that sort of description have been mentioning Thee Oh Sees to me as a band I might enjoy, possibly because they sound like many of the other things I have expressed admiration for in the past, I don't know, I don't really ask questions anymore, it is actually fairly remarkable that I can [...]
I can't remember who said of Annie Clark's voice that there was something so comforting about it that you accepted even the weirdest surrounding sounds, but boy was he or she ever correct. I am very excited for the new album.
Pretty much every government uses culture as propaganda, so it should not be surprising that the United States did so throughout the Cold War. As a superpower involved in a multi-pronged proxy war for the hearts and minds of each and every inhabitant of Earth, how could it not? And the CIA was behind most of it.
While Hoover and his FBI men were busy red-baiting, tapping phones, and compiling dossiers on just about any American with even the most minuscule of leftist leanings, the CIA was simultaneously funding and promoting art by many of the same people the FBI was watching. Meanwhile, Joe McCarthy was attacking anything [...]
At this point I have set the bar for myself so close to the ground that I consider it a victory that I am able to recognize the photos of three out of the four acts here. Anyway, what were your favorite albums of 2013? Seriously, let me know, they will probably all be new to me.
The first reports early last week told the story of a disgruntled young man who had been kicked out of a band called the Yellow Dogs, a band of Iranian expatriates. The man, traumatized by his exile and enraged at his friends, the story went, killed his former bandmates before killing himself.
"Iranian 'murdered bandmates' after group ousted him," read the New York Post headline. "Rafie betrayed his bandmates, stealing money and equipment last year," that story went. "Rafie was kicked out of the group, but on Monday returned with a vengeance." A source told the Post that Rafie shouted, "something like, 'Why did you bring me over here [...]
Funeral Selfies What a fine time to be alive! Quick rundown on ME: I’m a fun loving radical anarchist who stops for garage sales, goes all in for allspice, and enjoys a low-cal beer bong. I’ve got feet for hands and my hobbies include Godzilla, being ~cheeky~, and totally breaking down barriers, whether they be social, cultural, political, or literal barriers at concerts, sporting events, Thanksgiving Day parades et. al, because CAN'T TELL ME NOTHIN and also HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER. Whip the lambo when drunk but still got love for PETA. You see, we out here, and we are the change we want to see in the [...]
Parquet Courts are one of those bands that everyone was all like HOT NEW THING about last year, but I did not go out of my way to track them down because my old is now the kind of old that doesn't really give a shit about what is hot or new anymore, since, you know, if it lasts it will come to me and if it doesn't I probably don't have the brain cells to waste on it anyway. But here they are live, I guess from the Jimmy Fallon show last night. They sound pretty much like what people said they sounded like. Fine by [...]
What the hell, it apparently is Nostalgia Day here today. Anyway, Lampchop's Nixon gets the reissue treatment at the end of the month, and here's the happiest song on the album.
It is fascinating to consider the gigantic omissions mainstream media makes in recapping the past year with delicious “Best of [insert year].” These are omissions of substance, but they are not often included in the discourse of popular culture. They are experiences about losing. Losing jobs, lovers, apartments. The losers’ agency—or lack thereof—is manifested in perhaps deciding a preference to “lose,” guesstimating the long-term result will be worth the sacrifice. Of course, other times exogenous factors create a shared reality where you—and this certainly includes me—have limited power in changing one’s conditions. These are the stories about getting broken up with, getting evicted from a home and—by far the worst [...]
If you fit a certain demographic profile that matches up fairly closely to my own—with the significant difference being that you are not so locked in your ways at this point that you cannot muster up the energy to allow new music into your life—this seems like a pretty good Best of 2013 list to make some choices from.
The reviews are in for "Britney Jean"!
• "It’s her most disappointing release yet, a snoozefest of shallow mid-tempos and limp club tracks that chase trends rather than invent them."
• "It’s just straightforward pop music, and that’s just fine."
• "Like Wile E. Coyote realizing too late that he's walked off a cliff and is standing on thin air, "Britney Jean," the new studio album from Britney Spears, is marked with so many sleights of hand, dubious lyrics and bombastic but boringly simple melodies that the too-rare levitation of its better moments seems an animation trick."
If you're not all that busy this afternoon why not listen to a bunch of versions of Al Green's "Take Me To The River"?