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Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston

Most Recently: 'I Want You,' In Order of How Badly You Are Really Wanted

I have no idea what I am doing.

On Everything Except Rap and Country

@KarenUhOh He's working with Duran Duran again!

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm 0

On Everything Except Rap and Country

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Zarr

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm 2

On Everything Except Rap and Country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryH7NRH_BeM

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm 0

On Everything Except Rap and Country

Pop music is definitely more dominated by Eurodance influences than R&B ones today. Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" was the outlier of the summer as far as megahits that borrowed influences from other places but even hip-hop kingmaker DJ Mustard samples, like, Snap! and Robin S. R&B's influence has waned to near-zero and what's left is basically "thumping syncopation-free dancing with the occasional rapper grafted on for 'cred.'"

"Good Kisser" by Usher peaked at No. 65. 65! That was probably from the video and streams too.

Also how does the Avicii Mumford-biting play into this? Or all those godawful post-Mumford singer-songwriter hits that aren't quite country but exist in a weird indie-folk space?

I just... like, if you're going to write about pop music, maybe listen to pop radio.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm 0

On Everything Except Rap and Country

But, you know, why let a little bit of actual history get in the way of a marketing plan!

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm 1

On Everything Except Rap and Country

@Brad Nelson It is absolutely not one bit true.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm 0

On This Week in Lines

so, no one told me life was gonna be this way.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm 0

On A Portrait of the Alt-Bro as a Young Dumbass

This Guy Has Already Moved To New York City

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm 3

On 'I Want You,' In Order of How Badly You Are Really Wanted

if the jawbreaker song had its chorus as its title it might count

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm 1

On That Big Study About How the Student Debt Nightmare Is in Your Head? It's Garbage

It's a pretty effective hedge against the time constraints of blogging, though. "We have numbers!"

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 am 0