as an addendum to the previous post, here is some sleigh bells fanart
So far, my definitive Best Albums of 2010 list is the following:
1: Kanye West - Good Ass Job
0: Sleigh Bells - Treats
i need this t-shirt immediately
— Tom Breihan, writing about hardcore in 2010. I’m not entirely sure if I buy the hardcore-as-blues analogy, largely because he doesn’t suss it out beyond namechecking a few blues records and then he throws in a Led Zeppelin reference. And ZOMG, lest we forget the tricky cultural terrain — the real problematic crux of his argument — how can you really compare the blues to something that’s the by-product of white, suburban middle-class privilege? It’s an interesting idea, but I really think this piece doesn’t quite do it the justice it deserves. (via theoreticalgirl)
Musicians need to be told what to listen to, because without the advice of knowledgeable critics such as myself they’ll just revert to endless noodling because they heard a Jerry Garcia side project on the radio the other night (this actually happened to me, not the endless noodling part but hearing Jerry Garcia; the song wasn’t bad until the abhorrent simultaneous solos that sounded like the guitarist was trying to tune up while the drummer kept interrupting a la Nina Simone and Animal on the Muppet show).
threeweekoldreviews asked: what is your opinion of the sorta micro-genre of lo-fi R&B such as how to dress well and diamond rings, and teengirl fantasy to a lesser extent?
It’s tough for me to answer that, since I don’t really hear any connection between them.
How To Dress Well: I hadn’t heard this so I went on youtube and skipped around until I found the drop but then I got to the end of the song because there wasn’t one.
Diamond Rings: this is a great album, kinda like 1979 Gary Numan combined with 1978 Gary Numan.
Teengirl Fantasy: if you are going to take twelve different songs and put them into a blender then it better end up danceable as well as generally-cool-sounding and this is both, so good job Teengirl Fantasy.
There’s a smaller amount of dubstep in this style where there’s a melodic lead vocal, but it almost always works really well to anchor the beat to something and make the track stand out from being “just another dubstep track.” Similarly, there’s a remix compilation of Cassie called Skydiver that’s really good for this reason.
If you are maybe sitting at work waiting to go out and get trashed tonight, and thinking about that, and maybe looking for something medium-lengthish to read about Katy Perry and Ke$ha and drunkenness and parties and the past and future of our nation and stuff along those lines, then here is…
The issue I have with Ke$ha and Katy Perry has nothing to do with their lyrics or attitude or anything, it’s that their music just isn’t as well-produced as, say, Britney Spears (especially Blackout and nothing they’ve done is anywhere close to Toxic). I’d be glad to write a rave review of a Perry album but first she has to stop making California Girls.
tumblrbot asked: WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT ON YOUR PLANET?
I’ve heard Berlin is pretty nice because people work for like four days a month and then DJ the rest of the time and that sounds like a pretty good time to me. Also I could start listening to five of their records at the same time, vastly reducing the amount of time I have to devote to music [MINIMAL TECHNO JOKE]
The most fun thing in the world, to me, is listening to music from a genre I know next to nothing about- especially one that I’d previously handwaved as being “not for me”- and having my mind blown. Then I get to go down the incredibly rewarding path of being entry-level in a genre for the millionth time, eagerly snatching anything that’s widely hailed as a classic in the style, past the wrinkled brows of people either wondering what the hell I’m on about or amazed that I hadn’t been listening to that album since birth.
I’m not going to write a long review of On the Corner because the point of this post isn’t that a Miles Davis album is good; and I’m not going to try to say that everyone should have an open mind towards all genres, because it’s all like just music, man. The point is that you need to periodically give yourself the opportunity to be blown away by something different, even if it’s something you previously thought was shit and don’t know why people keep going on about it. If you’re actively listening to different genres on a regular basis (as I like to think I am), you should be giving yourself different reference points. That King Crimson album might sound like wanking for grandfathers when you’re 17, but if you come back to it after a long journey through the discographies of Sonic Youth, Can, Neu, and The United States of America, it might make a lot more sense.
To get pseudo-neurological about it, that’s how the brain works; we have bits of information connected to other bits of information, so it’s a lot easier to listen to music on opposite poles if you listen to all the in-between artists first. Or, to make an analogy more people on the internet will understand, imagine the main map in Super Mario World. Time/music works the same way.
There’s nothing wrong with having genres you loathe, just be prepared to backpedal when you like just that one artist, then just that artist and a couple other two that are in a similar style, and on and on until you’re an admitted fan of the genre. The only way to avoid this is to have zero genres you swear off (and god help you if you try to tell me that post-grunge isn’t irredeemable), or to not be constantly expanding your taste into different styles. And if you’re not doing that, you’re missing out.
Back to the Miles Davis, anyone that’s a fan of weirder funk or extended amelodic grooves should check it out. But that’s pretty obvious, since I’m the last person on earth to hear this album.
Oh, and I got Herbie Hancock - Head Hunter halfway through listening to the Miles album, but it’s way too “lite”/”bordering on pleasant background sounds” for my taste. So there’s your VICIOUS PANNING for the post.