I’ve written something which is inspired by the new Saint Etienne album but is more about music fandom in general and growing up with Top of the Pops and the internet. Behind the cut because it’s quite long.
Personally, I hit the like button for any combination of the following things:
- You posted something beautiful.
- I laughed, for whatever reason.
- You posted something shitty that happened to you and I care about you and I want you to feel better/know that some quasi-random guy on the internet cares (the heart icon seems more appropriate for these).
- You managed to articulate something that I’ve been struggling to.
- Reading what you posted makes me think “you know what, that kid is going to be okay.”
- You posted something I want to reply to, but there’s no reply option, and it doesn’t seem worth leaving you a question/reblogging (“worth” here has to do with the depth/importance of my response, not your post).
- You introduced me to something new.
- You posted something that I love in a way that makes it clear that we are alike in that way (Zooey Dechanel’s perfectly valid point about taste not really being an indicator of character is one thing; when you already like a person, finding out that they love some of the stuff you love is pretty neat).
- You’ve managed to find a much better/wittier/more devastating way to phrase something I believe.
- I just think you’re awesome.
Reblogging this because I hadn’t read it until the discussion in a Shot of Jamieson and it’s really neat! I don’t think any of it needs changing for my approach, though I would expand on 7 and say that if you repost or link something which fits any of the other points and I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise then I will most likely like your post. Also a disclaimer that I do not guarantee to follow any consistent logic and that it is partly dependant on mood/time/how many things I’m reading in one go.
I tried to submit this post from the Guardian’s New Band of the Day column to gazingmales a while back but I guess it isn’t quite the right kind of gross to fit there, that quote up there aside. So I’ll just have to post myself about how much it pissed me off. Not least because I didn’t have to go out of my way to find it - it’s a column that I read regularly and generally like, and is where I first heard of Niki & the Dove and Exitmusic among others.
I won’t even say anything about the way that it gives all of the credit for the quality of Yuna’s songs to the (male) producer since I don’t know enough about her to get into arguing about the writing process, though I rather suspect that Paul Lester doesn’t know either.
No, I’ll just go with the first two paragraphs:
We were always a bit uncomfortable with the term “landfill indie” because we felt it was just a convenient way for journalists to get out of the tedious business of having to listen to a new band closely. Why bother when you could, metaphorically speaking, just toss them in the dumper? Trouble was, those indie outfits, like any acts speciously grouped together, had, on closer inspection, less in common than was first supposed.
That said, we can sort of see how easy it is to be confused into coming up with a catch-all by an avalanche of vaguely similar-sounding stuff, because we’re having that problem right now with all the female singers currently lining up to be written about. We know they’re all operating in different genres, but we’re struggling to find anything sufficiently striking or original to warrant 600 words of hyperbole in the work of Lulu James, Elle King, Little Nikki, Purple Ferdinand, even Lucy Rose who we appreciate is getting loads of YouTube action and approbation from all the right places. They’re all just voices on legs.
Yes, he knows that they are all in different genres BUT GOES AHEAD AND CONFLATES THEM ANYWAY. I know two of the names mentioned - Little Nikki does energetic dance pop and Lucy Rose does lush folk-leaning indie; there’s very little in common in their voices either.
It makes it even worse that it comes after a paragraph defending the diversity of landfill indie, a phrase coined to describe a scene of bands that actually did share influences and sound to a great degree and that, you know, were almost exclusively male.
Niki and the Dove’s Instinct is an album with a great sound and quite a lot of great songs. On Sunday it entered the UK album charts at #60. In the week with the lowest album sales for 16 years, no less. Looking at The Cribs’ numbers at #56 there, Instinct likely sold fewer than 2,000 copies.
Last day of the Premiership season today. I watched without knowing the scores. I then got way too into second guessing why they were showing match highlights in the order that they were and convinced myself that the fact that they were showing the Arsenal game alone and not interspersed with the Tottenham and Newcastle ones meant that Arsenal must have lost, otherwise they would be losing the chance to eke out the most drama possible from the coverage.
This meant that I watched the Arsenal one with even more of a feeling of inevitable impending doom than is normally the case. When it did turn out to be an Arsenal win it was so disconcerting I couldn’t even be properly happy about it for a moment to begin with.
I haven’t been keeping track properly at the weekend, but here is a list of many of the things that I have been listening to:
Less music but more writing today compared to yesterday.
In very brief since I’m late:
- Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart
- some imminent Jukebox stuff
- Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
- MiChi - Therapy
- Deep Sea Arcade - Outlands
- some less imminent and suggested Jukebox stuff
- Turntable Films - “Misleading Interpretations”
- Taquwami - “ßlυe ;;”
Explanation if you haven’t already got it from everyone else’s.
Today was a bank holiday here, so I did a lot more listening than I would at work. I will probably be referring to my fiancée quite a bit through the week, so to avoid that awkward phrasing popping up all over the place she will be A for short.
A very quick report on yesterday.
First of all, as huge a task as reviewing everything on the website listing was, it turned out not to be an exhaustive list as on being handed a programme there were other bands listed.
Next, a separate comment for rap and R&B promoters - if all there is on the schedule for your venue is a five hour timeslot and a list of names, it makes it very difficult to reasonably choose to go there versus seeing bands with an actual start time, unless I like everyone playing. Which clearly I didn’t.
Also, for something that supposedly starts at 12, there was not a whole lot happening before the evening. Tall Ships had a very impressive crowd at 2pm; I suspect this was as much because of nothing else being on as anything.
So, this is who I ended up seeing:
Yes, just in time for the event tomorrow, I finished listening to every act playing! You, uh, may just notice me flagging at some point towards the end of the 117. Once again, I’ve bolded the ones that I particularly recommend listening to, and there is a strong start: