This might be the funniest and most depressing...
davidcameronpretendingtobecommon: David Cameron enjoys some shop-based banter. It’s cashier humour. You probably aren’t common enough to understand. Delicious! If only we’d had tumblr during the Bush years, eh?
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pitchfork: Pitchfork’s review of Radiohead’s The King of Limbs runs tomorrow. Predictions? This post confuses me. For many many reasons.
The Correct Realm: The Big Necessity/DC →
robinallender: It’s funny - I used to work for a UK bank (rock and roll!) and sometimes I’ll walk into a venue in the States and it’s almost like I’ve stumbled into one of the bank’s corporate functions. Albeit one where everyone has tattoos. And the toilets don’t flush. Thoughts on touring, US vs. UK, from my dear friend and adopted brother (I adopted him) Robin Allender. He’s...
It’s too early to say that this could be Radiohead’s best album to date, but I’m...– Ben Graham at The Quietus Too early? Nah—it’s been available for at least six hours. This is why I’m gonna have to avoid the Internet the rest of the day.
Odd Future Get Freaky on "Fallon" →
towerofsleep:lukesimcoe:barthel: I like Odd Future / Tyler etc. as rappers and enjoy listening to their songs! But I think the “they are so subversive!” thing a lot of their fans claim is kinda dubious. I wrote this trying to explain their appeal without falling prey to the breathlessness that usually accompanies writing about Odd Future, when writers take the group’s claims at face value. ...
The real issue is that there are at least a dozen things I worry about in my...– Too Many Books In The Kitchen: A word about those VIDA pie charts This sounds right to me. And I don’t know enough about book publishing to say for sure, but I suspect bias begins at the publishing stage (if not earlier), particularly in the marketing department. I can’t even count the...
EddieArgos: 2010 list →
eddieargos: I think we are now far enough into 2011 to properly evaluate 2010. Anybody who has evaluated 2010 as a list before now is an idiot and their list should be ignored. Everybody knows it takes at least 46 days from an event ending for it to be properly evaluated… I like that the list includes sweets, even if I’ve never heard of them.
Blah blah Grammys
desnoise:rawkblog:perpetua: The funny thing about all these confused tweets is the way that they are basically the reverse of classic “indie” snobbishness. It’s just a bunch of people embracing their extremely limited range of cultural knowledge and expecting to be congratulated for it. The thing is, while Arcade Fire may not be as mainstream as other nominees, they certainly are mainstream....
Way to go Merge Records
If you had told me circa 1991 that this little label… well, you know *sniff*. But hey, let’s go easy on the Arcade Fire essays! Indie rock went mainstream long before tonight. Besides, you really need to save your emotional energy for that new Panda Bear record.
Why some jokes are just offensive →
barthel: I am not well-informed enough about these things to know the real history, but it seems to me that, recently, there has been an uptick in people saying that it’s not OK to make jokes about rape. Here, for instance, is a Bust writer about 30 Rock: “This is, by all the definitions I can consider, rape. And rape isn’t funny… Offensiveness isn’t only about the...
Book challenge update
Kicking butt here! Granted, a few of these books are short, but it’s obvious I have to make this challenge just a leetle more challenging. So I’ve added the original alternates and a few other books I already had around. 1.The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett 1/24 2.Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon 4/2 3.Another Green World, Geeta Dayal 2/2 4.The Stolen Child,...
When I first popped their 2006 debut in my CD player, I assumed were like...– Jody Rosen’s Slate article “Lady Antebellum: Why is the world’s dullest band also one of its most popular?” When I first heard the name Lady Antebellum I imagined a Gaga-style provocateur wearing moth-munched Scarlett O’Hara numbers hiked thigh high singing...
(via) “What is wrong with people?!” Tim Gunn so OTM it’s criminal.
One thing the world really doesn’t need is another straightforward...– Alexis Petridis’ review of James Blake’s self-titled debut. I wish I could be this optimistic about Blake’s career as an avant-gardist. But being a cynic (and knowing a little how these things work), I’m fairly certain Blake’s second record will capitulate plenty to...