How close to fully overlapping do you think the Venn diagram of “agrees with the Hobby Lobby decision because FREE JESUS” and “outraged that idiot asshole was fired from his shock-schlock radio show because FREE SPEECH” is. probably pretty close, right.
“And so the album arrives with its own metanarrative attached — recorded in a week, a statement about the relationship, will it work or not? But before the album’s purpose was made plain, I heard “Get Her Back” as an allegory. Blurred Lines, which plucked Thicke from the relative obscurity of the R&B charts just in time for them to be gentrified by sweeping digital-age changes, wasn’t just the launching point for a couple of raunchy Diane Martel-directed videos; it was a step toward blippy dance-pop for the singer, whose previous successes had come via sharp yet sinewy R&B tracks, bolstered by the occasional rapper assist. “Get Her Back,” in contrast to, say, Blurred Lines‘ bouncing-ball jam “Give It 2 U,” is a feather-light come-on where Thicke sings of how he wants to “keep it light” and “get it right” while accompanied by some barely strummed guitars and his own falsetto multiplied. The “her” he sings of could very well be his former audience, or at least people who were aware of his existence on record before the thinkpieces began raining down.”—I wrote about PAULA for Wondering Sound.
(a) Wye Oak, Shriek Lone, Reality Testing A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Sea When Absent Kitten, Kitten Weaves, Weaves tUnE-yArDs, nikki nack Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse Owen Pallett, In Conflict Dum Dum Girls, Too True Miranda Lambert, Platinum (runners-up: Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Angel Olsen, White Hinterland)
(s) Vinyl Jacket, “Jupiter” Hospitality, “I Miss Your Bones” Eternal Summers, “Gouge” Tweens, “Be Mean” Charli XCX, “Boom Clap” Couples Counseling, “hope u nvr hr this” Love Dollhouse, “Can I” Lena Fayre, “Love Burning Alive” Usher, “Good Kisser” Kylie Minogue, “Kiss Me Once” (runners-up can be found here)
(shows) Romeo Santos (Agganis Arena, Boston) Monumentour: Fall Out Boy/Paramore (Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass./Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford. N.H.) Lefty’s Deceiver/No Other (Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia) Owen Pallett (Brighton Music Hall, Allston, Mass.) Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (Middle East, Cambridge, Mass.) Diarrhea Planet (Great Scott, Allston, Mass.) Rocket From The Crypt/Ex Hex (Brighton Music Hall, Allston, Mass.) Roomrunner/Pile (Charlie’s Kitchen, Cambridge, Mass.) Tacocat (The Womb, Allston, Mass.) Gabriel Kahane (Cafe 939, Boston)
the breeders - lord of the thighs charli xcx - you (ha ha ha) new edition - if it isn’t love outkast - spread ohio players - fopp prince - i could never take the place of your man robin thicke - love after war relaxed muscle - b-real my chemical romance - teenagers suede - we are the pigs franz ferdinand - do you want to electric boys - all lips n’ hips fall out boy - ‘the take over, the break’s over’ aerosmith - lick and a promise sheila e - the glamorous life nelly furtado - say it right britney spears - gimme more kitten - sensible miguel - the thrill the rolling stones - monkey man st. etienne - only love can break your heart lena fayre - love burning alive t.A.T.u. - all the things she said the system - don’t disturb this groove the 1975 - m.o.n.e.y. (r) air miami - i hate milk leelou - burn your houses down mndr - feed me diamonds pet shop boys - opportunities (let’s make lots of money) janet jackson - when i think of you jaya - if you leave me now kindness - that’s alright the make-up - r u a believer bobby conn - never get ahead donna summer - dim all the lights the fever - ponyboy the sweet - wig wam bam sloan - i am the cancer thin lizzy - jailbreak queens of the stone age - the lost art of keeping a secret veruca salt - all hail me spacehog - in the meantime the black crowes - remedy david bowie - hang on to yourself enuff z’nuff - long way to go faster pussycat - bathroom wall mean creek - cool town mötley crüe - come on and dance t. rex - jeepster u2 - no line on the horizon 2 the undertones - teenage kicks weezer - say it ain’t so shakespears sister - stay madonna - open your heart george michael - monkey inxs - suicide blonde
“3. Don’t write erotica. In fact if you must talk about sex, do it as un-erotically as possible. No one wants to hear how hot you are. No one will believe it. You don’t even believe it. Sex is a fact, not an event, most people understand what it means, and if they don’t it’s not your job to explain it. Don’t misunderstand, I’m 100% pro sex, it’s just not often told in a way that’s particularly compelling. Tell stories about other things that have sex in them. That’s better. One day I will show you an example.”—Thinking about Leslie Harpold today, and these pieces of advice for writers still ring pretty true.
It’s almost certain I won’t ever be a part of black Grantland, whatever form it takes. But I want the site to succeed. I want the site to become something like what Rembert Browne, a black writer at Grantland, described for me. “I would love if a site full of black people was writing about everything, writing about stuff that is not a pointedly black, race issue,” he said. “That’s new. That’s not, ‘Oh, this is a black site, black people.’ It’s not, ‘Let’s talk about rap. Let’s talk about racial profiling.’
"Black people are interested in everything," he went on, laughing. "Real talk, we are so dynamic. We’re interested in so much stuff."