Oh God there is a Gizmodo fashion column about... →
INDIE ROCK IS DEAD or something
gimmetinnitus answered your question: Meet the new Rawkblog home page is lookin good, but i was getting missing images as i clicked back, also what up with the lower right hand corner? tweak it up! Leaving room for our SXSW party announcement :)
Meet the new Rawkblog →
I did the entire redesign myself. Took me all week. Might make a few more tweaks, but it’s close enough. What do you think?
Cat Conversations: Ella Fitzgerald
catconversations: “Ella, sweetie, you don’t want to do this. You’re too young. I know this week hasn’t been easy — the pet food store didn’t have the salmon you like — but that’s no reason to throw it all away. There are so many more sweaters to destroy and little squeaky balls to chase. Just listen to the sound of my voice. I’m right here. Come back to the sink where it’s safe and I’ll give...
Where is the Dan Bejar interview compilation? →
When you sing “I wrote a song for America” on Kaputt, are you referencing a specific song, or is that more of a poetic statement? I don’t really see the song as a true story. Aside from the part at the end. Well there’s the part in the middle where Jessica goes on vacation on the dark side of town forever, and the part at the end where animals crawl towards death’s embrace. That happens. I...
Looking forward to more of Santigold's opinions
“I’m so disappointed in the state of Hollywood now. Sex appeal is valued over actual Shakespearean theater training. It’s like you don’t have to be a Method actor to make $20 million a picture.”
"I'm disappointed with the state of music now--... →
Santigold, talking about the Monkees in 1968 after they outsold Sgt. Pepper Related: Gaga is twice the songwriter and musician that Santi is, get over yrself, gurl! Update: And then she says “Because music is a brand— I’m a brand, among other things.” Ugh, come on.
The core of everything I’ve written about music is: I really like this! I bet other people would if they listened to it! Wait, why don’t they? At this point, I’ve accepted that in many cases, the answer is “They just don’t.” But I’m still curious.
likeapairofbottlerockets: Obviously, I really like twee. I don’t think it’s true that “twee” (or what is considered twee today) has a smaller audience than the kind of music that was on altered zones. See: Cults, She & Him, Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Beach Fossils, etc etc etc. What band in the lo-fi/electronic/DIY genre even comes close to the popularity of those bands? I...
Just booked our last SXSW band
Huge relief. Announcement on Monday, hopefully. Does everybody else just use a wedding planner or whatever for these things?
Mostly I think Grimes made a cool 7.5 album that doesn’t really deserve this sort of attention or discussion but I feel that way about every single indie band that’s relevant enough for Carles to write a thinkpiece about. It’s harder to talk and think about something familiar (i.e. twee records) in ways that feel relevant or worthwhile and much, much easier to actually enjoy...
likeapairofbottlerockets: From Dave’s post on Grimes. I really disagree that a band like Hospitality has more to offer than Grimes. I couldn’t get through most of that album, it felt like the Mumford & Sons of twee (aka a distillation of something I like into something generic). As a Mumford hater, this breaks my little twee heart. I don’t think that’s what Dave...
likeapairofbottlerockets replied to your post: The Grimes album what would a “more interesting band” be? when i hear “instagram pop” i think more of say, cults, who are obviously playing on those aesthetics to make pretty bland pop. Yeah, they’d be the No. 1 pick in the Instagram Pop draft. Off the top of my head — Grouper? Flying Lotus? Like I said, I like the record, but it starts...
A 2006 review for Cokemachineglow that I wrote as... →
I still have no idea how David Bowie talks. Nice record, too.
calummarsh replied to your post: The Grimes album I hope you trust me enough to know that I wouldn’t just like this for any reason that has to do with posturing. I love big, obvious pop songs, but for me the Grimes album is a distillation of and commentary on the appeal of pop music—semiotic pop. No, and I expect many people like music like this because they like it. I don’t mean to...