In the spirit of educating people who apparently only started paying attention...– A Brief Rundown Of Pop Music Tropes That Lady Gaga Did Not Invent - The Awl Yay, Maura. I love Gaga (though, she’s starting to wear a little thin — can we say overexposure much?), but ugh, her fans. xoxo, michaela
I liked "witch house" when it was called "IDM." →
A straggler for #pitchforkbumperstickers. xoxo, michaela ps — Um, “drag” is taken, guys.
Six Things Not To Write If You Write About Music
1. There was only one Lester Bangs. You are not him. You will not be him. Find your own voice/and style. Don’t write: “And I was tweeking the buzz and felt that sound come over me like a giant meatball squish squishing through a mud track to nirvana or is it Nirvana?” 2. Don’t compare what you hear to anything common. I know it’s a stretch. It requires some creativity, some direct listening, but...
How to win at the webs.
catbird: That’s one page of the Huffington Post. What’s the takeaway here? That the way to “win” isn’t about thoughtfully designed, clear, simple, intuitive interfaces and experiences. It’s about throwing every single piece of crap you can find onto the screen all at once and then crosslinking the hell out of it until your servers bleed. BTW, the Huffington Post has about 12.5 million...
Both the album’s themes and how it was made suggest a model that may become...– Everything but the Tour: Tracey Thorn turns semi-pro : The New Yorker There’s something very inspirational going on here. As ever, Tracey’s a modest, unassuming trailblazer. Though she’d never cop to it. xoxo, michaela
Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop... →
Oh. This just. Oh … you guys! It completely made my afternoon go all 180 degrees. Of course, there’s little beef-lettes starting in the comments, but I have no complaints. Except maybe the lack of “Apache”? Which, admittedly is a little weird. xoxo, michaela
Grow a pair, Dan and Pat!
From a two-star review of the new Black Keys album, Brothers, on lala.com (man, I’m gonna miss these reviews when that site is gone…) By far the weakest of their albums to date. Sounds like they are trying too hard to cater to the Pitchfork, tight pants and white vinyl belts kids. Grow a pair Dan and Pat! — Jim J. Wait, what? This person is so clearly not up on Pitchfork...
Dear Knivesers, Is it okay to boycott a band because its name is Tame Impala? Because that’s just what I’m going to do. Best, Lucas
The problem is that along with those inevitable traits of great cities,...– Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic. Thoughts? Feelings? Comments? I think he mostly nails it, certainly with this statement. Though a huge city, NYC is a small portion of the national population, around 5%, but it fairly dominates the national cultural discourse, much to the continued chagrin...
"Bono, like Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, has not... →
O…kay. This selection from the amazing (in a revolting sense) tongue bath given to Bono by Nancy Koehn doesn’t sum up the whole piece but it does come close. There actually IS something to be said about everything Koehn addresses in her piece, however indirectly or unintentionally — the nature of the modern celebrity machine to allows ways of ‘access’ on multiple...
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