Every year the Victoria’s Secret fashion show storms into NYC, captivating audiences from around the world with their beautifully impractical bedroom-wear, and every year they feature the season’s hottest artists. This year, the Victoria’s Secret Angels walked alongside Fall Out Boy and special guest Taylor Swift as they performed “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” and “The Phoenix.” It’s hard to stand out among all that glitter and gorgeousness, but Fall Out Boy seem to have made their mark, ending the year just as strong as they started it. Check out the performances below. Continue reading ‘Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift Perform On Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’
So, what happened is, Lorde gave an interview where she criticized Selena Gomez‘ song “Come & Get It” as being bad for women. A cursory listen or glance at the lyrics bear out her point. See, the chorus of the song isn’t just “come and get it,” it’s “When you’re ready come and get it.”
You ain’t gotta worry, it’s an open invitation I’ll be sittin’ right here, real patient All day, all night, I’ll be waitin’ standby Can’t stop because I love it, hate the way I love you All day, all night, maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.
This is the basic message of the song, which is otherwise a vapid series of platitudes about love and how hard it is, over an obvious hook that desperately looks to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and its many spawn (“When you’re re-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ady come and get it”) for the secret to chart success. There’s also so weird, vaguely middle eastern tabla/sitar breaks happening. It’s all very unfortunate.
But I digress. Lorde pointed out that this kind of message (you call the shots, come and get it from me whenever you’re ready) is bad for women. Gomez responded to Lorde’s critique by saying that it’s anti-feminist to not show unwavering support for other women, regardless of what they’re doing.
Now Lorde has responded:
“I think there’s a funny culture in music that’s only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn’t 100-percent good, you’re a ‘hater,’ even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique. People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that’s fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.”
Not sure what that last part was about, but she really calls out this cultural trend of instantly discrediting someone by labeling them a hater, as though the only reason they are being critical is for the sake of hate itself. I suppose there are some sad people who do that, but how about stepping up and defending yourself with logic and reason rather than trying to dismiss what is a valid argument?
Culture will only continue to devolve if we can’t debate it on its merits.
Last week Fuse TVannounced the first six additions to the 2014 Warped Tour lineup, with the promise to release more bands each week. True to their word, Fuse has revealed the next five bands are Mayday Parade, Attila, Tear Out The Heart, Plague Vendor, and The Protomen. Previously announced bands included For Today, Teenage Bottlerocket, Air Dubai, Stray From The Path, and Mixtapes. You can check out an announcement video from Mayday Parade below and score early bird tickets right here. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces Mayday Parade, Attila, And More’
There’s something to be said about long-lost music finally seeing the light of day. A certain mystery, nostalgia, and, of course, curiosity. Well Johnny Cash fans, prepare yourself, because we have a regular Eddie and the Cruisers situation on our hands. An album Cash recorded in the early 1980s with Billy Sherrill is about to be released. Titled Out Among the Stars, the album was previously shelved by Columbia Records and later reported to have disappeared. As it turns out, Cash and his wife June Carter Cash had hidden the tapes and they were just discovered last year by their son John Carter Cash, who worked with Legacy Recordings to make the new release happen. Out Among the Stars will be released on March 25, 2014.
I really tried to give Lana Del Rey the benefit of the doubt on this one. I swear. I was hoping that her half-hour long short film Tropico, “an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption,” wasn’t going to be another poorly–conceived attempt at grand symbolism and “deep” meaning that would inevitably force me to question why I ever derived any satisfaction from her music in the first place and would once again make me come face to face with the full scope of her guileless superficiality and lack of insight. But you know what Mick Jagger says.
So, just for the sake of convenience, even though the biblical triptych of innocence, sin, and redemption is the central conceit of the video, I’m going to ignore the overwrought and overused religious parallels that Lana cuts and pastes with bowling ball-level subtlety and focus more on her decision to include voiceovers of her reading excerpts from Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg poems, which is exactly as pretentious as it sounds. Continue reading ‘Lana Del Rey Stole Half An Hour Of My Life And I Will Never Get It Back’
Everyone still in the Pixies, please take one step back.
In a new interview with the NME, Kim Shattuck, who was hired and fired from the Pixies in the span of a few months, reveals more about getting axed by the band’s manager just a day after returning from a European tour.
“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” she says. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.”
She goes on to speculate that her extroverted nature clashed too much with the notoriously reserved Pixies, known for their zero tolerance stage banter policy, aside from the occasional “thanks a lot.” Shattuck cited one show during which she got excited and jumped into the crowd, and was admonished afterward that “…the Pixies don’t do that.”
However, Shattuck does not bear a grudge toward Frank Black and his band mates: “I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”
As we told you recently, the band has hired a new bassist, Paz Lenchatin, and will be embarking on a pretty huge tour in 2014. Shattuck has said that she’s looking forward to working on a new Muffs album.
I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for We Are the in Crowd, and the release of their new music video for ”The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” has only strengthened that. Filled with fast cars, and a surprisingly dramatic plot line, the video showcases their new single off their upcoming full length, Weird Kids.
Tim Kinsella, the Chicago-based musician who accidentally helped invent what we know as emo while cutting his teeth in bands like Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, just released one of the more interesting collaborations he’s done since the ’90s. Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs Of Marvin Tate By LeRoy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen finds Kinsella and ex-Wilco member LeRoy Bach setting the poems of fellow Chicago native Marvin Tate to music. And fear not, emo kids, they’re all pretty damn sad.
Kinsella and Bach aren’t the first musicians to lend their talents to preexisting poems. In fact, we could have compiled a list featuring hundreds of singers who have quoted writers, but we tried to reel it in. For time’s sake, you can check out four of our favorite music and poetry connections after the jump. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of TKSTSOMTBLBFAO. Its title may be a mouthful, but its tracks are beautifully short, simple, and sparse, perfectly complimenting Tate’s stark and sometimes abrasive words.
1. Vladimir Nabokov and The Menzingers
Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov may be most famous for penning Lolita, but it’s Pale Fire, his 1962 novel/999-line poem, that featured what is likely Nabokov’s most well-known couplet:
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the window pane
Definitely the most beautiful thing that anyone has ever written about birds flying into windows. Anyway, Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers quoted those lines almost verbatim during the bridge of “The Obituaries,” and while the rest of the song’s lyrical content has little to do with Pale Fire, the emotional impact of Nabokov’s words aren’t lessened at all. In fact, they compliment the track so well, it seems that the writer may have missed out on his calling as a punk lyricist.
What a character Kanye West is. Sometimes he comes off totally bonkers, other times he appears to be an artist of a caliber so high that we can barely keep up with him. But the best is when both happen in one instance. Take his little impromptu speech at Harvard University last month, in which he veered from incoherent to highly-conceptual in the space of a single sentence. Now comes video of a November 8th performance in San Antonio, Texas, where Kanye has clearly had enough from some audience members who won’t stop imploring him to remove his Maison Martin Margiela-created mask – part of his stage costume.
He tells the fans that they can see his face “every motherfucking day on the Internet” before stating his chief problem: ”I came here, I open up a mountain…and you tryin’ to tell me how to give you my art.”
You do not fuck with Kanye’s art.
He goes back to a freestyle explaining why he wears the mask, taking it all with a little humor, but then one woman continues to shout at him to take off the mask. He then signals to security to have the woman removed, to the delight of the crowd.
“Do I look like a motherfucking comedian? Don’t fucking heckle me. I’m Kanye motherfucking West.”
Kim Kardashian has nothing to do with this story, but now that I’ve mentioned her, way more people will read this. Hi, Kim fans!
Remember when The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha planned a collaborative album? In case you don’t, it was aptly titled Lip$ha and was shelved this past November. We can’t imagine why. But Lip$ha hopefuls, fear not! On The Flaming Lips’ new Stone Roses cover album, fans can find this sought after (and to be honest, kind of weird) collaboration, also featuring New Fumes, with the track “Elizabeth My Dear.” Check it out below. Continue reading ‘The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, New Fumes Cover The Stone Roses’