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Tuesday
Nov012011

"Adult Contemporary" Is The New "Hipster"

The situation makes you wonder if aging musicians don’t rather wish they’d gone to medical school or learned a trade; in very few other professions does getting better at your job mean becoming less acclaimed or relevant.

 

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Tuesday
Oct252011

The Times, They Have A-Changed: Why Today's Protests May Not Need a New Anthem 

Put another way, it’s useful to look at the last time a broad cross section of Americans has gotten behind one song in particular: "White Christmas" and "Candle in the Wind". They almost always privilege (by their point of view) white middle-class listeners. And isn’t it the disappearance of the middle class that Occupy Wall Street is so concerned with?

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Is This It? Why The Strokes' Debut Looms Larger Than Ever

It just seems that Is This It? just is an affirmation of the core values — effortless cool channeled through Fender amps for about three minutes — of classic "cool" rock, and a failure to buy into that sort of noble lie is going to be a failure to appreciate The Strokes.

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Tuesday
Oct112011

J. Cole's Got the #1, But Is He Still on the Sidelines?

It turns out, getting to the bottom of Cole’s paradoxically anonymous success uncovers a lot about the man himself, and the state of rap today, a world with a management structure only slightly less tangled up than the dynastic succession in England

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Too Big To Fail

It’s clear to me, though, that Rick Ross’s world is, even as it’s still being realized, completely insane.

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Why Apple Product Announcements Are Insane

The insane thing to me is that Apple’s made an event out of announcing the possibility of buying new things. If you think about it, sure, every Christmas implies a shopping season. But at least you get all the Christmas stuff, too. What Apple’s done is to convince the world that it’s totally awesome and fun and fucking great to hear about new things they’re going to sell us.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Born to Run You Down

One of the problems with looking at Lady Gaga as a music writer or cultural critic is that there’s usually too much stuff going on. This is decidedly a "me" problem and not a "Gaga" problem.

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Tuesday
Sep202011

Pretty Good Looking For A Girl

St. Vincent’s project, as it were, is to document one person’s world, and she does so to amazing success. Her self is projected upon the listener in four dimensions, concretely. It cuts through the bullshit idealization of the feminine that’s so long hounded musicians throughout the ostensibly more progressive world of indie music.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Is "Relax" The Album Of The Decade?

When Das Racist draw on their upper-tier liberal arts education, it seems like they’re writing for educated (read: “historically white”) people, letting in white people. They’re not. If they have a primarily white audience (an assumption I don’t necessarily buy), it’s because of latent racist assumptions that education and cultural literacy are an inherently white thing.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

The Same Boys You've Always Known

It is tempting to simply write off this new song with ICP (billed as “featuring Mozart” in a parodic trumping of The Throne’s featuring Otis and Curtis) as a purposeful curveball; you could say it’s weirdness for its own sake, like White’s black, red, and white wardrobe. Doing so, though, would overlook the fact that White’s musical kingdom is built, essentially, upon the flotsam and detritus of musical history

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Tuesday
Aug302011

They're With You

RHCP's enduring radio and MTV legacy gave them a ubiquity that implied urgency for my formative music years. The offshoot of this almost subconscious education was that while I was not a fan of the funk-destruction era RHCP, I did end up loving (and buying) music by the band's softer, more melodic Californication iteration. 

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Friday
Aug122011

An Excessive Attempt To Watch The Throne

Like, the album is about wealth. But it's also kind of not about wealth, you know? Seeing a pair of really rich dudes rapping about Margiela jackets and Murciélagos is not actually about wealth. It's about the crushing poverty that basically literally everybody else experiences.

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Stay-at-Home Fans

Inverting the normal picture of sociability seems kind of dystopic, but that's just because it's still novel. It's actually kind of utopian to go to take in a show online—at no risk and little cost—and be entertained by the music and millions of jokes and observations, all of which you can participate in.

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Tuesday
Jul192011

In the Bedroom

Clams Casino will find freely available (in a non-legal sense) sounds and samples by searching for things like “blue” and “cold” on file sharing networks. That’s perhaps the best image for how Clams’ productions work: he makes songs that evoke common nouns, humble but ubiquitous. He makes you realize simple words can be translated into pure sound.

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Tuesday
Jul122011

Does Pop Have Longevity?

Pop music, at least pop music now ("now" entailing the consolidation of the channels of distribution and the stranglehold that the Top 40-style singles have on radio airplay, along with the broadening of music distribution offered by the internets—a paradoxical intensification of the very most popular songs' popularity along with a growing, diverse array of popular songs that don't make it on the radio at all), seems to be fairly backward-looking on the macro scale—record labels, like movie studios, don't necessarily want to bet large on left-field artists—while being incredibly rich and interesting on the micro level.

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Words Will Never Hurt B

When B calls himself "based," he's connoting a few concrete concepts: positivity, personal expression, courage. But "based" also connotes some of the more ineluctable aspects of life. Like the word "cool." Or "god." Lil B's aimless, non-judgmental, anti-religion is also a sort-of religion.

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Tuesday
Jun282011

White, Nerdy, And Winning

Simply alluding to the buzzy synth production of T.I. does not make "Whatever You Like" into a "gangsta" rap song, and thinking it does is pretty insulting. 

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Is Kreayshawn the Future of Hip-Hop

But the signing of Kreayshawn is actually a good thing for rap music, even if it would have been unimaginable 10 years ago. That's not to say that she (and her White Girl Mob) don't make a mess, but rap has never been a simple, unproblematic medium. 

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Tuesday
Jun142011

"I Crossed The Line"

As we see Kanye get caught up in the snares of race, class, and violence, it never seems artificial or like a set up. He just dives into his Olympic-size ego and comes up with another contradiction that normal people have learned to ignore or sublimate into one or another pernicious lifestyle choices. In this way, adding a disclaimer to "Monster" seems like a rare misstep.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Not the End of the World As We Know It

Like the gangsta-rap-on-steroids trend, a lot of pop music has taken the essential idea of 90s girl power pop music and augmented it, trading in pedicures for PEDs. Now, pop stars aren't just powerful. They're like Cloverfield monsters destroying the world with their music.

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