The album sounds like it was put together with the utmost care, as if the musicians knew the great emotional weight this album carries.
One of the most bizarre and irritating quirks about social media is the cycle of bullshit that repeats itself every time an evil person dies. Each time, like clockwork, excitement at the demise of some stain on humanity is met with scolding, or sometimes even blatant revisionist history to make these people look more human. …
The perception that all jazz musicians were tragic figures who poured nothing but suffering into their art and then died young isn’t just patently false revisionist history, it’s dangerous. Jazz is a genre far, far too complicated to be about any one thing.
Growing up, I was always somewhat baffled by people’s impressions of my hometown of Washington DC. The idea of people actually living and coming of age in the capital city seems to be alien to a lot of people. This was confusing to me as a teenager, as I always thought of my hometown as …
After years of marketing exclusively towards frat bros, the country establishment must reap what they sow.
With each change or shift or risk the musicians would take and work through, I could feel the sheer volume of opportunity and chance in the music as something profoundly inspiring.
While artists rejecting categorization is nothing new, the change this decade is that listeners are now rejecting it along with them.
Capitalism has always found ways to devalue art, but now, Silicon Valley has given capitalists way more tools at their disposal to do so.
I’ve come home to a particularly strange environment, one not radically different from the one I come home to every break, but with enough tweaks that it exists in a liminal space that is even more alien than something entirely new.
Movies, movies, movies. Everybody loves them, and for good reason. And since the beginning of time, from Stone Age to phone age, Austin Powers to Austin Powers Goldmember, nothing has been more important in movie history than the Oscar. It is the Big One, the golden guy, the mighty Oscar, the single biggest sign that …