1) Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
2) Twin Shadow - Confess
3) Jessie Ware - Devotion
4) Gaytheist - Stealth Beats
5) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Hi DSM, sounds like you figured it out, but to answer your original question: No.
I asked more than 20 people, and more than 1 of them was a female.
Oh wait, my mistake, there's a couple, still...
You asked 20 people, and only 1 of them was a female? C'Mon Mercury, you're better than this.
Matt (Doug Fir)
1. Prince Rama - 'Top Ten Hits of the End of the World'
2. Indian Jewelry - 'Peel It'
3. Black Dice - 'Mr. Impossible'
4. Loscil - 'Sketches From New Brighton'
5. White Lung - 'Sorry'
For the El-P Record it's "Cancer 4 Cure" not "Cure for Cancer"
1.) Bob Dylan, 'Tempest'
2.) Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...'
3.) Brian Jonestown Massacre, 'Aufheben'
4.) The Walkmen, 'Heaven' (despite the horrible track, 'Heartbreaker')
5.) Cat Power, 'Sun'
If she has choreographed dancers, then she's GARBAGE!
Whoa there, Mediocre!
I think there's something to be said for the artist actually creating the pop music/product/show/brand etc., rather than just being a front for it. I think that's why it's notable. I'm not trying to speak for the journalist, but that's what I got out of it. Also I've heard she produces her own songs and choreographs the dancers, too. Is that true?
Thank you for the comment, mediocre, but I'm wondering why you decided to introduce these terms to the conversation: "empty"; "formulaic, inane"; "intellectually void." Wylen's music is certainly none of those things. However, I am more interested in these SnobberyCred and PortlandCred products you mentioned! They sound cool! Where can I get them?
Again, thanks for reading!
This is my least favorite tendancy of music journalists and in a more general sense blowhard music snobs in general. Pointlessly intellectualizing their affection for empty, sugary commercial pop. It's perfectly okay to like formulaic, inane pop music that is scientifically designed for radio and mass consumption. Hell, sometimes I think people that insist they can't stand it are lying just to try to get SnobberyCred since by its nature this type of pop is patently non offensive and has literally been designed with decades of listener psychology in mind to make it hyperpalatable.
Just repeat to yourself, Ned, it's okay to like intellectually void pop music. It doesn't make you a bad person, in fact the sort of desperate rationalization as seen in Ms. Wylens feature article this week makes the writer come off like an assdouche attempting to reconcile his PortlandCred with the musically void pablum he is listening to.
Unless the entirety of the feature piece was itself being facetious or ironic, that is. And honestly, with quotes from her like "I have really poppy songs on there, but I also have songs that are deeper. Especially at the show, it will be really evident when you see the political videos and then you see hot girls in black sequins dancing right afterward." it's hard to tell if it is a joke or not.
If you have to oversell it, it is probably not worth buying.
This band is legit. If you can't appreciate that then you're just being an asshole.
Cut it with the grandkids comments, dude. If there is justice in the universe, yours will be ignoring your cries as they bum rush you and throw you in assisted living.
Most of y'all's grandkids are going to be idiot trend-followers who like heretofore unknown sounds that are so horrible that they'll have us all crying out, "Limp Bizkit, where are you now that we need you?"
And DamosA: a beard typically looks a lot less stupid than whatever faux-punk/goth/fetish nonsense you're trying to pull off in all extant photos of you. How about you disappear completely?
^^^^you forgot cracker ass honkey
bloater is a real piece of dog-ass gobshite.
I saw a live performance of the new "Shins". It just didn't seem like the Shins. Reminds me of Roger Waters without Pink Floyd... Still good (Waters is a master), but not Pink Floyd. And Pink Floyd without Roger Waters...still pretty dang good, but not the absolute shit that PINK FLOYD was. Just goes to show that a band is made up of all of its members, and each one is important to the character of said band, Even if some of them are mediocre.
I read a book once about creativity, called "The Power of Limits". It speaks of how limits can be liberating in the creative process because then you're not lost in an infinity of possibilities about what you can do. You work with what you have and put all of your passion into it. Sometimes the best work comes from this. The Shins in my opinion included Jesse... and their sound was dependent on what he could and couldn't do, mixed with the abilities and limits of each of the other members. Somehow, a certain magic arose from this group of "old buddies" that was the distinctive sound of the Shins, certainly spearheaded by James Mercer, but not his alone to claim ownership of. Such magic cannot be manufactured. It is probably just dead now. I highly doubt that the new version of The Shins, or any other new band that any of these people get involved in will have such a hauntingly nostalgic, psychadellic-pop, emotional-chord-striking quality...such a trademark uniqueness that stands out. I am sad to see the breakup of this great band.
When we are kids, we tolerate the failings of our friends, on a deeply loyal level, as adults, we become achievers, so sure of our direction, and don't let anything get in our way, not even friends. But then we no longer have any real friends and somewhere in the back of our hearts we feel pain about having lost touch with some magic somewhere.
I think Mercer's new band should be called something else, and I do look forward to hearing more of how it sounds. He is a great singer, musician, and songwriter.
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