more existential angst
Greg and I were talking the other day about how he has a strong hatred of well-executed adequacy One of the Big Problems with music right now, from a listener’s standpoint, is that the sheer numbers guarantee most of it will be adequate (or bad) and the ability to tell genius or even actual charisma from next week’s genre shirt band is probably on the wane, just as the ability to...
"Mad Men" S2
I’m finding this season less emotionally taxing to watch, despite it being arguably heavier than its predecessor. Don going to California and straight up chilling is pure comedy. Also, the bit where Bertram Cooper stumbles in on the baby shower is the biggest actual LOL in the whole show so far. It’s pretty fantastic television, and more than that, just flat-out fantastic everything:...
I think we’ve made it to where you can actually do it on a budget. The...– Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett, on a ridiculous Coachella phenomenon I observed myself throughout the weekend. A-fucking-men.
Arcade Fire vs. Wavves vs. SoundScan
Here’s what the Arcade Fire’s chart-topping 156,000 in first-week sales tells us: I think it’s logical to make a correlation between obscurity of taste and volume of music piracy; in 2003 or so, I would’ve made a link to intelligence/nerdiness as well, but those days are over. Which is not to say that indie kids don’t buy albums, but here’s the thing: record...
Too busy to Tumblllllll
Imagine that. Sorry, guys. I’m now working full-time as blog editor for the L.A. Times’ Brand X, which so far comes with both great power and great responsibility (and no time for Tumblr). Also, I don’t really have any interest in talking about the Arcade Fire album more than I already have, so, yeah. What’s up with you guys?