Posts tagged "music"

Tom on "...Baby One More Time" at Popular
Sep 29

These are the best things in Rolling Stone's Taylor story

But 1998 was a strange and unstable time for alt-rock superheroes—as hard as it is to picture in 2014, the record industry literally had more money than they knew what to do with, but the big names of years past were finding themselves crowded out by rap-metal, post-Disney pop, and hip-hop. That much hasn’t changed, and on the other side—stop me if you’ve heard this one before—a critic-instigated push for electronic musicians as the new rock stars forced actual rock stars to pay lip service to the obsolescence of guitars (more so than OK Computer did). And that’s how you got, amongst many others, Nine Inch Nails’ baroque, Debussy-quoting double-album The Fragile, Marilyn Manson going glam, Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland making neo-psychedelic solo records, and the closest analog to Adore, R.E.M.’s Up, which is also way too long, missing their original drummer, and has a rightfully loathed first single.

Ian Cohen, “The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore [Review],” Pitchfork, September 26, 2014

This is good history, only, who on earth loathed “Daysleeper”? (Is Cohen thinking “Lotus”?)

The rest of the review is worth reading, too, if only for “Corgan couldn’t handle the egos of James Iha and D’arcy, imagine how we would’ve gotten on with post–No Way Out Puffy.”



Every day, I check my tumblr mail account in the not-so-secret hope that taylorswift has discovered my account and decided we should be best friends.

(Sorry screwrocknroll)

The worst thing about this is that if Taylor decided to become my best friend instead, eventually Erin would just steal her off me, so she wins anyway.

Album covers I love!
This is, according to science, the 1998-est album cover of all time.

Album covers I love!

This is, according to science, the 1998-est album cover of all time.

Kanye West Demands Fan In Wheelchair Stand Up


Dan Humphrey titles all of his short stories with the date of the real life event those stories are based on.

Can’t wait to read the one about Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree.

Most artists take their invitation to DJ for Boiler Room very seriously. Then there is Grimes. The Boiler Room hit Ibiza today for a party at influential electronic artist/DJ Richie Hawtin’s house, and Grimes was present to provide music for an hour. Instead of digging for some deep cuts and giving the people what they want, Grimes took a very different route.

Her set included Taylor Swift, Daddy Yankee, Venga Boys, and, of course, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You.” She played the music off of her iPod.

All those are fucking bangers how is that not taking it seriously

(Source: jamesdeenhateclub)



The Offspring - “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (#813, 1 week,. under discussion here: )

A Popular entry that goes to a few different places, sniffing around the margins of a harmless record that I’ve never quite got on with.

This is a good one!

One of the hundreds of lies people tell about gender is the one about how boys fight and girls scheme. Boys are aggressive to other boys, girls are cruel to other girls. As well as subtly building up the cultural idea that girls are untrustworthy (and boys simple-hearted creatures of physical impulse) this overlooks the immense capacity for cruelty of the teenage boy, the unspoken, ever-shifting hierarchies of authenticity and acceptability that boys so viciously and joyfully police. Boyish cruelty isn’t even ignored – it’s normalised, even praised, enshrined not as bitchiness but “banter”, harmless jockeying for status.

Am I suggesting that “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”, that jolly pop-punk novelty, is some kind of bullies’ anthem? Not a bit of it. I’m just saying that it reminds me of being a boy, and part of being a boy was meanness, inflicted and weathered. And it is a mean song. Funny-mean, not horrible-mean, but mean even so. Who it’s being mean to, in the British context, is another matter.

You should follow Tom’s train of thought further.

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