‘Sisters’ by A Tribe Called RedATCR’s Pop Mtl off-festival outdoors gig last night was a massive party. Nice mix of tie-dye anarcho-hippie types, hip hop kids, regular EDM party kids; just a really smart show in general.

‘Sisters’ by A Tribe Called Red
ATCR’s Pop Mtl off-festival outdoors gig last night was a massive party. Nice mix of tie-dye anarcho-hippie types, hip hop kids, regular EDM party kids; just a really smart show in general.

imathers said: I always figured it was just a line break, because "I love you; you pay my rent" and "I love you: you pay my rent" both seem to not quite capture everything that's going on in Tennant's voice.

I was confident (not having an actual memory thereof, merely very sure that I had read this somewhere) that someone from a PSB fan site had actually asked Neil Tennant in like ‘98 and he said it was a semicolon? But Absolutely Pet Shop Boys shows it as a comma so who knows eh. For the record we were listening to Liza Minelli’s cover but I don’t think she delivers that line very differently.

flowright:

tonightinatlanticcity:

yoncehaunted:

*SHOUTING TO THE HEAVENS*

OKAY THAT WAS KIND OF A FUCKING TWIST.

I thought it was going to be a feminist post XD

First 10 songs on shuffle meme

minimoonstar:

Tagged by king-in-yellow:

Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down
The Knife - You Make Me Like Charity
My Bloody Valentine - New You
Capablanca & T. Keeler - La Konk Fiesta
Solange - Bad Girls (Verdine Version)
Lana Del Rey - Shades Of Cool
CHVRCHES - Under The Tide
Luxury Elite - Jewelry
Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing
Vladislav Delay - Funseeker (Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rainbro Remix)

Some Singles Jukebox downloads and some electronica, I guess?

I did this a bit hurriedly w/o commentary as I was hosting maddieloveskpop and pinkmoose4eva at the time! What was amazing was that I went and got all the Canadian Lays specials and Maddie independently brought sriracha-flavoured kettle chips (non Lays) so we, like, taste-tested seven kinds of potato chip.

Various other points of conversation:

  • How indie R&B (like most “indie” variants on existing genres) stopped being a thing because people became competent
  • How Scottish indiepoppers always let the dude in the band sing a couple of album tracks (invariably duff)
  • Madonna’s career and the exact moment she/Bowie became elder statespersons respectively
  • Current musician enthusiasm for Buffy Saint-Marie’s electro-acoustic work not matched by critical enthusiasm or indeed critical knowledge
  • Our very poor understanding of what constitutes “trap” (everything I said in this part of the conversation turned out to be wrong, which only goes to show)
  • Punctuation in the PSB lyric “I love you; you pay my rent” (semicolon??)
  • Progressive sexualization of male country pop stars for female consumption
  • Lycanthropy as metaphor: puberty (female), homosexuality (male), AIDs (related), serial killing (historical)

LET’S DO IT AGAIN SOME TIME.

First 10 songs on shuffle meme

Tagged by @king-in-yellow:

Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down
The Knife - You Make Me Like Charity
My Bloody Valentine - New You
Capablanca & T. Keeler - La Konk Fiesta
Solange - Bad Girls (Verdine Version)
Lana Del Rey - Shades Of Cool
CHVRCHES - Under The Tide
Luxury Elite - Jewelry
Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing
Vladislav Delay - Funseeker (Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rainbro Remix)

Some Singles Jukebox downloads and some electronica, I guess?

electripipedream:

Andy WarholThe Silver Factory1973

electripipedream:

Andy Warhol
The Silver Factory
1973

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"Most writers were the kids who easily, almost automatically, got A’s in English class. (There are exceptions, but they often also seem to be exceptions to the general writerly habit of putting off writing as long as possible.) At an early age, when grammar school teachers were struggling to inculcate the lesson that effort was the main key to success in school, these future scribblers gave the obvious lie to this assertion. Where others read haltingly, they were plowing two grades ahead in the reading workbooks. These are the kids who turned in a completed YA novel for their fifth-grade project. It isn’t that they never failed, but at a very early age, they didn’t have to fail much; their natural talents kept them at the head of the class.

This teaches a very bad, very false lesson: that success in work mostly depends on natural talent. Unfortunately, when you are a professional writer, you are competing with all the other kids who were at the top of their English classes. Your stuff may not—indeed, probably won’t—be the best anymore.

If you’ve spent most of your life cruising ahead on natural ability, doing what came easily and quickly, every word you write becomes a test of just how much ability you have, every article a referendum on how good a writer you are. As long as you have not written that article, that speech, that novel, it could still be good. Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up into one delicious package. By the time you’re finished, you’re more like one of those 1940’s pulp hacks who strung hundred-page paragraphs together with semicolons because it was too much effort to figure out where the sentence should end."

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle - The Atlantic

The Why Writing Is So Hard field of psychology is very interesting to me.

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thesinglesjukebox:

TAYLOR SWIFT - SHAKE IT OFF
[5.42]


It’s Teenpop Friday! We kick things off with the post all you anticipators anticipate-pate-pate-pate-pated…

[…]

Sabina Tang: This is what bothers me about Taylor in her twenties: the self-image she communicates hasn’t kept up with her growing privilege and reach. Taylor tended to present as the awkward, uncool, normal-ish kid — not popular or bullied but sidelined — even though she was objectively blonde/thin/gorgeous and a multi-platinum selling songwriting prodigy. At one point it seemed like she would knowingly complexify this stance (eg. the “You Belong With Me” video), but now it’s like… “I dance badly like a normal white girl! Indie boys will never think I’m hip! I am so surprised I won another award!” I know this is projection, by the way. Celebrity h8 is embarrassingly revealing about the h8er and says little about the celebrity. Here’s what I hope this gut reaction says about me: I’m wary of people who position themselves as the underdog, the more so if it’s unconscious. The world is a riot of ladders, and one can be at top and bottom simultaneously — one can stand on the next-to-top rung and still look up. The worst shit in the world happens because people believe they’re still punching up when they’re punching down or sideways. Taylor Swift is not the worst, but in retrospect it’s easy to be wise and big-picture and only a little bit acid when you’re 16 and life hasn’t really happened. Eventually, things have to go wrong not only because h8rs like me say this or that, or indie boys are objectively terrible, but because you fucked up. If you can shake it off, you can afford to be generous, or at least to model generosity in a pop ditty. No such relaxation yet, though; she still cares too much about not caring that she’s uncool. God, 24 is a ungracious age, isn’t it? I’ll check back again in two years.
[7]

[…]

[Read, comment and vote on The Singles Jukebox ]

OK, here it is properly. I didn’t actually talk about the song itself much qua song, but I figured others would do it, and they did. (If literally anyone is reading this on my Tumblr of all places and is interested in Taylor Swift but not actually a TSJ contributor, click on the link — there are a lot of blurbs for your perusal.) It’s a fairly solid [7] and has been earworming me at intervals all day.

The next person on the list I have two years’ worth of backlogged unspoken opinion on is Stevie Nicks STAY TUNED

brainsister:

The Jukebox is behind on its Tumblr-ing, because we’ve been busy, including contributing 24 blurbs on the subject of “Shake It Off.” The one most worth reading is Sabina’s, which I will quote here:

This is what bothers me about Taylor in her twenties: the self-image she communicates hasn’t kept up with her growing privilege and reach. Taylor tended to present as the awkward, uncool, normal-ish kid — not popular or bullied but sidelined — even though she was objectively blonde/thin/gorgeous and a multi-platinum selling songwriting prodigy… The world is a riot of ladders, and one can be at top and bottom simultaneously — one can stand on the next-to-top rung and still look up. The worst shit in the world happens because people believe they’re still punching up when they’re punching down or sideways.

I’ve been thinking about this song — the video, truthfully — all week, but I limited my blurb to the song itself (mostly). Then when I read Sabina’s I thought she had articulated a point I was having trouble with; but if y’all will bear with me, I’d like to elaborate a little further.

First, I don’t actually think the main problem with “Shake It Off” is racism. Yes, we have White Girl Failing at Twerking, but that’s after we see White Girl Failing at Ballet, White Girl Failing at Breakdance, and White Girl Failing at Rhythmic Gymnastics. Twerking is a form of dance, not an example of black women doing the crazy sexualized things that black women do. As far as backdrops-for-Taylor-Swift go, ballet and twerking are equivalent. Which is a more respectful statement about twerking than, say, Hyuna manages to make.

This piece, which is partially about “Red”, got me thinking about the politics of backup dancers — I’m still hoping we get to hear more about and from the black dancer in “Red” — and so when I watched “Shake It Off” I saw a number of very hard-working craftspeople with potentially interesting stories to tell. Why shouldn’t we learn more about the twerkers? Or the guy who appears to have rubber arms? Or the expressive modern dancers? Because it’s a Taylor Swift video. But what is Taylor Swift doing? What has she done, in the context of “Shake It Off,” to earn our attention? Nothing. We’re supposed to understand, implicitly, that even when Taylor Swift is presenting herself as the least disciplined person in the video, she should still be the focus of attention and sympathy, simply because she’s Taylor Swift.

So my problem with “Shake It Off” isn’t that it’s racist; it’s that it’s antidemocratic. I don’t dislike Taylor Swift, but I do dislike this presentation of Taylor Swift, coasting on hierarchies, condescendingly assuming that to present herself as “one of us” she should be goofy and clumsy and vaguely rebellious, while in the background the “us” have no such luxury. From one clumsy, overprivileged white woman to another: Taylor Swift, get out of the damn way.

Jessica returns the favour by laying out in legible fashion the muddled iPhone typing I was doing in the comment thread re: POOR WRITING of Taylor Swift as YA lit heroine.

#now pondering dubdob’s anarchy tip huh

mbmelodies:

kumamonfan:

this isn’t an onsen CM you guys

Whoa

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