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October 21, 2014

Another modern problem rears its ugly head

Forget ISIS and Ebola, this is really, really bad: modern technology has made it much more difficult to be a music snob.

My record collection is no longer a lifestyle, a biography, a status. The identities that I and a generation of fellow aesthetes spent our lives fashioning are suddenly obsolete. They turned out to be mere patterns of consumption, no more resilient than the patterns of production that provoked them. Not content to ruin music for the first three decades of my life, the major labels have collapsed and ruined dating too. I will probably never forgive them, if I ever get around to forgiving myself.

October 17, 2014

"Listen to a Lost Bob Dylan Song from the Basement Tapes Sessions"

Rockabilly. Pretty darn good: "Dress It Up, Better Have It All".

UPDATE: link fixed now. Thanks, Michael.

October 10, 2014

"The Church of U2"


But one scholar pointed in a different direction: “If you’re willing to construe the term ‘hymn’ liberally, then the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades could be ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,’ by U2.”

Most people think of U2 as a wildly popular rock band. Actually, they’re a wildly popular, semi-secretly Christian rock band.

One sample of their work that will almost surely raise your spirits a little: "City Of Blinding Lights". Or try "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)".

September 19, 2014

"I Am"

By Sick Individuals. (That's their name; I had nothing to do with it.)

Big room house forever!

September 18, 2014

"A Man Perfectly Captured What Every Mumford & Sons Song Sounds Like"

"Perfectly" is too strong. But he's pretty good.

September 13, 2014

Nancy Pelosi: "Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate."

My reply via R.E.M.: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

September 12, 2014

Marvin Gaye, "Trouble Man"

"There were soul singers and there were SOUL singers. But was any deeper or more enigmatic than Marvin Gaye?"

September 10, 2014

"The new face of country music is young, female, and feminist"

I think I need to sell bro country short

Country music is supposed to tell a story. The stories that many of the genre's current leading men tell are filled with short denim shorts, bikini tops, and objectification. In these stories, women are submissive, passive, and exist to be pursued. But the rising women of country aren't any of those things. Their songs are still lyric-heavy, full of twang, and powerful, but instead of stories about loves won and lost, they're singing about misogyny and gender stereotyping. They aren't the first women in country to do so, but they're certainly leading a new, more direct feminist country charge.

September 05, 2014

"Beyoncé’s 10 Steps for Becoming a Beyoncé Feminist"

Really nasty. But close to the truth.

Bonus: "A Student Told Her Professor She Won’t Be Attending Class Because It’s Beyoncé’s Birthday".

September 03, 2014

"Why is Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' No. 1?"

Chris Molanphy (in Slate): because she's following Olivia Newton-John's successful example. (And it's "impossibly catchy".)

Me: because those darn kids today have absolutely no taste.

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