“On the other hand, I sometimes worry that serious music can only be served by serious talk, or worse, that people who like serious music can only have serious reasons for doing so. The truth is that you will probably meet just as many shallow people at a National show as you will at a Miley Cyrus show, the difference being that people at the National show are more likely to think they’re important, while people at a Miley Cyrus show are more likely to think they’re having fun.”—Oh come ON. Ian Cohen put it best: “On behalf of all fans of The National, it’s an honor and privilege to be named Most Valuable Strawman by Music Writer Twitter for 2014.”
Mac's rape joke was clearly a reply to how horrible gg allin would act at gigs, no way would he say that shit seriously, you made wayyy too much of a big deal out of the whole thing
I wrote that piece ages ago and have no idea why it’s being picked up again now. I’m sure the remark was part of some character act, but it still made him the kind of guy who makes jokes about rape. However, I have a lot of time for his music and don’t think that performance is an accurate representation of his character, but an inelegant reaction against the meatheads who were coming to his gigs at the time.
In an announcement that reflects their inability to land a big Rayna James stadium tour, the stars of Nashville (the ones who are not Connie Britton or Hayden Panettiere) are hitting the road for three club dates, where they will perform songs from the show in between melodramatic struggles with the
“Everyone on the internet is sad. Why else would they be on the internet? I mean, I’m not super-sad. That stuff is kind of tongue-in-cheek. Even if it’s not uplifting, I think that for young sad girls on the internet to hear another sad girl their own age being really productive and making songs is a positive influence. Instead of just being depressed, do something with that depression. If anything, I’m hoping that I can inspire people to do that. I hope people hear it and realize that writing music is kind of easy. Or that taking your sadness and turning it into a beautiful song is worthwhile.”—I like this Greta Kline gal (h/t Jenn Pelly)
“This website recently decided they wanted me to review some new, up and coming singles … [one of the bands], I can’t even explain how stupid it was. Not only are you not doing anything constructive with the space you’ve been given to advance any sort of positive agenda, but you’re fully embracing your white privilege, like it’s a blanket that’s gonna keep you warm at night, and you’ve made this batshit nuts video – like, really? This is how you wanna represent yourself and your friends? This is what you want to do with the five minutes you have to exist on the world’s radar? You are wasting this. You do nothing. That to me is like a singularly offensive act, to have space and you do nothing with it. That complacency is the reason that I’m never, ever, ever going to shut up.”—meredith graves from perfect pussy in conversation with laura snapes for nme. yes. this: "YOU ARE WASTING THIS / YOU DO NOTHING" … that thought that crosses my head pretty much every day watching indie rock drones waste away these huge fucking opportunities to do or say meaningful things in front of mass audiences. especially with interviews. man, like, why would any person on this planet agree spend so much of their life doing dozens and dozens of interviews with rando publications around a record or a tour or something, and then SAY NOTHING INTERESTING or important. drives me fvcking crazy yall (via lizpelly)
So perfectly states, also, why so many music writers end up hating music writing (or just music in general).
“I feel so fucking lucky that what led me to be in a place where people cared about the art that I was making with my friends was me being brave enough to talk about abuse. I think that’s crazy.”—Meredith Graves, Perfect Pussy
I find too so much to read and love in the weekly link round-ups by Ann Friedman and Rookie (with that and my RSS, I daren’t look at any other link collections): their recommendations fill my browser tabs and consume my mind for a solid seven days until the next instalment rolls around and I panic about finding time to read them all. My favourite thing about Twitter and Tumblr are the links to articles I would have otherwise missed, so I thought I’d start a weekly Tumblr digest of articles I’ve read and loved. It’s as much a reference library for me as it might be fun for you. Here’s week one.
I reviewed Speedy Ortiz’s super new EP for last week’s magazine.
Amid their debut album’s tales of mutually manipulative relationships, Speedy Ortiz singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis asked the crucial question: “If I’m despondent, who’s at fault?” Sure, blame the shithead exes and cruel kids who teased when she broke her leg, but on the Massachusetts band’s new EP, Dupuis examines her relationship to herself for clues. The results aren’t pretty, but then unpicking ugliness is one of Dupuis’ greatest strengths as a songwriter. On ‘Real Hair’, she’s by turns crazy and paranoid, a sucker for falling for people as damaged as she is before protectively pushing them away, acting cruel as a cover for her inability to connect. Dupuis’ every sneer is undercut by self-deprecation, a recognisable slipperiness that’s mimicked by the lurch of Dupuis and Matt Robidoux’s careening guitar lines. Plundering the absurdity of hair metal and yoking its overheated adventurousness to the poppiest structures Speedy have wrought since debut single ‘Taylor Swift’, ‘Real Hair’ works like a oujia board: dangerous, addictive fun with the potential for unwelcome answers. (8)
“By the way, I just want to thank you for not having your first question be “How do you balance it all?” Why not try to do as much as you can? More, more, more, more, more. That’s how I’m feeling right now—really lucky and blessed, and I just want to enjoy my appetite. To some people, not caring is supposed to be cool, commenting is more interesting than doing, and everything is judged and then disposed of in, like, five minutes. I’m not interested in those kinds of people. I like the person who commits and goes all in and takes big swings and then maybe fails or looks stupid; who jumps and falls down, rather than the person who points at the person who fell, and laughs. But I do sometimes laugh when people fall down.”—<3 Amy Poehler (again)
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