"In my childhood," recalled the philosopher Emil Cioran, "we boys played a game: we would watch the gravedigger at work. Sometimes he would hand us a skull, with which we would play soccer. For us that was a delight which no funereal thought came to darken. For many years now, I have lived in a milieu of priests having to their credit many thousands of extreme unctions; yet I have not known a single one who was intrigued by Death. Later on I was to understand that the only corpse from which we can gain some advantage is the one preparing itself within us." On the other hand, pop [...]
People are angry that Rick Moody has opined that Taylor Swift's music is ten kinds of commercial suck. Their beef is this bit: That it will not matter that we all will realize that she is terrible, "because her parents work in finance, and she has good manners, and she’s going to marry up, and she’s going to get into the movies (not just guest appearances in CSI), and she’s going to launch some clothing lines at Target (no, wait, I think she already did that), and a personal fragrance (I think she did that too), and parlay all her bad press into some self-serious complaints, making good [...]
Because nothing makes popular music more fun than typing alongside friends, it's time to do that "liveblogging" thing in honor of the 2010 American Music Awards, which celebrate the most popular of the most popular music that this country has to offer, complete with the sort of pomp that only the most craven enterprises can possess. Join me after the jump for the Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Katy (sigh) Perry, the results of allowing 13-year-olds to vote (online) (for their favorite male pop stars), and OMG NEW KIDS AND BACKSTREET BOYS TOGETHER!!
“When even despair ceases to serve any creative purpose, then surely we are justified in suicide," averred the critic Cyril Connolly. "For what better grounds for suicide can there be than to go on making the same series of false moves which invariably lead to the same disaster and to repeat a pattern without knowing why it is false or wherein lies the flaw? And yet to perceive that in ourselves revolves a cycle of activity which is certain to end in paralysis of the will, desertion, panic and despair—always to go on loving those who have ceased to love us, [...]
23. You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard.
22. The moon like a spotlight on the lake.
21. Today was a fairytale.
20. I need you like a heartbeat.
19. Spinning like a girl in a brand-new dress.
18. You're just another picture to burn.
17. You call me up again just to break me like a promise.
16. Untouchable, like a distant diamond sky.
Kanye West has made it official: The Twitter-happy MC will return to the Video Music Awards in a semi-official capacity next month, when MTV's pioneering effort in making the world's media pay close attention to things that are completely made up celebrates its 27th anniversary in Los Angeles. West, of course, spawned global outrage (and hundreds of thousands of super-hacky jokes) when he rushed the stage during an acceptance speech by Taylor Swift during last year's broadcast, an incident that I'm still not sure wasn't entirely planned, executed, and disseminated for the purposes of MTV attracting eyeballs to what was shaping up to be a pretty lackluster show. [...]
Like the guy in the comments says, "If it helps T&S record sales and radio air plays I can get with this!!" And like the other person in the comments says, "Seriously, I don't get why people hate Tegan and Sara, or even Taylor." Both of those thoughts are correct: Get with this, and don't hate. Here endeth the lesson.
2011 will be a great year for fans of Taylor Swift and her music, I have the feeling—as every year since, say, 2008 has been. She’ll keep releasing singles off of her album, so that anyone who hasn’t torrented or bought the full "Speak Now" can join the speculation as to whether that’s what Joe Jonas, John Mayer and Taylor Lautner are really like. She’ll tour and perform, and probably Us Weekly will catch Jake Gyllenhaal with her at Starbuckses across the continental U.S. and Canada. Probably she will perform at awards shows.
2011 will be a dire one for fans (fan?) of Lindsay Lohan and her music. [...]