Jamieson Cox: The-Dream's 1977, and real vs.... →
On Rawkblog, my guide to August's best music →
Three words: Cymbals Eat Guitars.
Stupid experiences with check fraud
I wrote a check to my landlord over the weekend and put it, along with my latest batch of unemployment forms, in one of the increasingly rare post boxes you see along city streets. At some point between Sunday afternoon and Monday night, someone stole the check, laundered it, and wrote herself a $900 check for “loan for school.” I say “she” because she used the name...
Trendwatch: Harris Tweed footwear collaborations
thesilentist: Charles Tyrwhitt: Tan Rydel Harris Tweed brogues, $325 If these were $100 less, I probably would’ve ordered them already. So silly and awesome.
It goes both ways
“Pumped Up Kicks” is a really appealing song (not going to dub it “great”), but there’s no way it’s on pop radio if the band didn’t look like they walked out of a Gap ad.
This P4k Lana Del Rey interview →
gulpermooney: 2) is true. Last week, I was with some friends (dudes), having drinks and listening to music. None of them had heard or seen Lana Del Rey. I played “Video Games” for them and they all shut up and started watching the video. They hadn’t paid this much attention to the Nina Simone or Chet Baker or any of the other music played that night. Explaining it away to the Super 8 footage or...
The Decline of the Ottoman Empire?
marathonpacks: If Nitsuh’s argument is correct, though, MTV’s current model (which it seems to have grotesquely niched from American Idol’s) is one in which active, unfettered, public audience participation (such as hate-tweeting/”critiquing” Jersey Shore and the VMAs) is required to keep shows/specials/networks/corporations afloat, period. … I found it amazing how completely full my...
"Music itself is no longer a very effective way of... →
Another hyper-spot-on Nitsuh piece, though I’ll add that this is the climax of a trend that probably launched with the dawn of Gaga. As record sales decline and pop gets more fearfully formulaic and homogenized in response (see also: every indie band that sounds like Beach Fossils), artists have to find desperate, extreme ways to get noticed. Turning toward the gossip pages and photo...
The Bon Iver VMA remarks
I would just like to point out that Paste, Vulture and Pitchfork have all neglected to point out that Bon Iver, indie-rock authenticity bearer and tireless defender of the underground, spent a large chunk of last year hanging out with the most famous, MTV-friendly rappers in Hawaii smoking pot. And also that his rant is sort of incomprehensible and I’m not actually sure what he’s mad...
This P4k Lana Del Rey interview →
1) Show of hands: is she totally full of shit or was this just an awkward interview? I can’t tell. (I like “Videogames” a lot but I’m not sure how/when it became universally blog-adored, which generally worries me.) She was also a Guardian new band of the day in May. Late to the party, P4k! 2) I’m not sure how long writers are going to go without mentioning that...
backleftlitz: 1. “We start with a Bandcamp. No... →
backleftlitz: 1. “We start with a Bandcamp. No music, at first: I’m thinking just a name, just a simple, ordinary—and this point is crucial—unGoogleable name. Maybe a picture of a lake, or a forest; nature seems to be in. Read this.
Michael Showalter should have another 100,000... →
Let’s make this happen.
matthewedwards: I wanted to buy everything at J.Crew today. Instead I just got a belt, some socks, and a pair of corduroys. Story of my life. Although the “needs” section of my wardrobe is just about done for now.
Anonymous asked: Do you think it's better for a music blog or music site to have a single genre focus such as "indie-rock," or should it be expansive in its coverage of music?
thenewblack replied to your link: Ask me something What song always gets stuck in your head? What are you doing for memorial day? Last great concert you went to was…? It’s usually something I’ve heard recently. The Long Winters, lately. Generally it’s nothing irritating but I also go out of my way to avoid hearing the radio. Going to FYF Fest on Saturday, might barbeque on...
Ask me something →
For no particular reason.
Only took them 15 years, but there’s a lot of good writing over there now! Meanwhile, Cokemachineglow still deserves about another million hits a week.
Why We Fight #17 →
At some point, maybe right after New York Magazine hired him, Nitsuh went from being a mostly very good music writer to being An Extraordinarily Thoughtful Music Writer. This is a pretty profound essay.
But the fact that the two biggest "news" stories... →
This is true, but I think it goes back to TRL, which was in many ways MTV’s first true reality show, a bizarre world of soap opera storylines in which metalheads, hip-hop fans and bubblegum pop obsessives all sat through each other’s videos and watched their heroes interact in surreal narratives culminating in Eminem rapping about Christina Aguilera “better switch me chairs/so I...
Live: Craft Spells, Seapony and Grave Babies at... →
Perhaps the greatest irony of the modern music industry is the reversal of the performing-recording continuum. The Beatles labored in Hamburg clubs long before they could afford to give up baseball stadiums for studio sessions; when Steely Dan declined to tour at all, it came at the height of ’70s record company excess. 40 years later, bands have little choice but to play their first shows...
Didn’t watch, blissfully, though I hope Tyler winning Best New Artist means dilettante writers will finally abandon him to pop critics and hip-hop scribes and go back to writing about boring ol’ indie rock. (Though, frankly, it speaks volumes about the state of our favorite genre that the most talked-about Internet band of the year is a teenage hip-hop collective that still...
The Santa Monica cat show
Nothing can really prepare you for the overwhelming sensation of a convention center; hundreds of people united in a land that cool forgot, smelling of tuna and cat dander. Dozens of cats were scrunched into transparent plasticky carriers, flanked by overweight middle-aged women and generally trying to sleep through the terror of crowds and smells and unfamiliar terrain. It was impossible not to...
Put This On: Which is more hilarious? →
putthison: I like to look at the street style blog Urban Weeds, which is based in Portland. It’s nice to see some “street style” photos that are of actual people, shot on the actual street. And Portland’s a great town. Right now, though, I’m trying to decide which of the two most recent posts is more… These both read like Hipster Puppies entries, only with actual people
Matthew's top ten favorite Softies songs
matthewedwards: “Winter Pageant” “Just A Day” “You and Only You” “Count To Ten” “The Best Days” “An Awful Mess” “Fragile, Don’t Crush” “If You Stayed” “You Don’t Like Me Anymore” “I Love You More” Honorable mentions: “Hello Rain” and “Sleep Away Your Troubles” Softies pals: What are you favorites? “Pack Your Things and Go” “Holiday in Rhode Island” ...
Really liked Nitsuh's piece on the new Weeknd EP →
Given that I think the new Weeknd EP is trash, consider me doubly impressed that he got me to read the whole thing.
The worst possible MTV show
Struggling with sex, love, career and friendship as a young twenty-something living in Brooklyn, the series follows Jason Strider, played by Peter Vack. Jason puts hanging with his friends, going to bars and hooking up above his entry level job where he’s the lowest rung at a casting agency, and dreams of being in music journalism…but has no idea how to get there. As scored by...
I interviewed Ken Marino for Vulture →
He’s the best.
He’s sick. He probably has cancer, still. He may be dying. You are using one or more of his company’s products right now, and you love it. In the last decade, they have changed your life more than any band ever could have. There’s nothing wrong with turning to humor to deal with grief, but it would be nice to see a moment — just one! — of genuine sympathy on...
We were going to try to rent a beach house in Malibu for a couple of days but given the expense, decided to take the ferry out to Catalina; why not? The photos made the hotel look like a luxurious resort on some Hawaii shit; it is not. It is, in a word, wonderful. Minus the wi-fi, it might as well be the first half of the Clinton administration here. It’s full of diners and ice cream...
I’m moving on Hope you’re coming with...
Beck's lost album →
When Sea Change was coming out, I felt like those songs were sketches for something that were a little bit more evolved in that direction. I mean, there are songs on Sea Change that I wrote when I was 19. So, after finishing that record, I’d written about 35 more songs in that vein, and had solo demos of them all on these tapes in a suitcase. Around that time, I was doing a solo tour...
I interviewed Rashida Jones for Out.com. →
Lost in the editing room: she complimented my shoes. Now with a functioning link.
I tried to summarize my views on arts criticism
Good and bad are objective measurements. Music, like all art, is a subjective medium, but based on history, genre and context, we can make qualitative judgements that approach objectivity. Think of it as a curve approaching 0 or infinity. Long story short: Nickelback is a terrible band. The Beatles are a great band. Any reasonable person would agree with these statements; however, to...
peejayguinto replied to your post: A brief guide to modestly priced menswear Hats? I’m bald and need recommendations on hats! Anything besides baseball caps. I never wear ‘em, but Andre 3000 can probably help.
biblesandeyeballs replied to your post: A brief guide to modestly priced menswear Good guide… but 20 bucks for a plain T is not modest. It’s $20 for the best t-shirt you can buy. Any style blogger will tell you to buy better, not more. This guide is an attempt to reconcile that attitude without breaking the bank. An American Apparel t-shirt could last you five years or more — mine...
A brief guide to modestly priced menswear
I wrote this for my brother and figured I’d repost it. I’ve done a lot of research on this stuff in the past couple years, so I thought I’d pass along my findings. For under $100 an item (and generally much less), here are my favorite clothing manufacturers. All of these recs are dependent on 1) you buying these new and not wanting to bother with thrift stores and 2) fit: these...
Cokemachineglow reviews Lolla →
Also that weekend I saw the Cool Kids, the Mountain Goats, and a sampling of other bands. By “sampling,” I mean I spent most of my time ping-ponging between stages, flipping through the Lolla app on my phone, trying to link sounds I didn’t like with band names I had heard of once or twice, avoiding stuff I was positive I would hate. Did Gorilla vs. Bear tepidly approve of those guys’ first...
jcrewing: J.Crew September 2011 Catalog Yes.
Jamieson Cox: NYC timeline, vol. 2: Tuesday (in... →
jamiesoncox: 7:30 a.m.: I woke up at this ungodly hour because New York is the city that never sleeps! (Right?) My thoughts for the next two hours were dominated by 1) “How did my feet get so blistered?” and 2) “Where can I find multiple bagels for as little money as possible?” 12:30 p.m.: I met Sean… In which Jamieson is reliving/reblogging my Summer 2007 glory days, minus the horrific...
Potential best movie ever alert
Aubrey Plaza plays the lead, the valedictorian. She’s smart on everything except for sex, and her older sister [played by Rachel Bilson], who is kind of a sluttier girl, tells her, “You have to know about sex before college.” So Aubrey makes a list of sexual activities she wants to do before college. From McLovin’s mouth to God’s ears.
In 1963, the Finnish Parlia-ment made the bold... →