Tags archives: pop-music

Never too late for a wrap-up, The best albums of 2012

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So, I have this ritual. Being someone who is uncompromisingly anal when it comes to my iTunes library—and I totally own this, considering I am basically the most mild-mannered, easy-going person in virtually every other aspect of my life—I always compile ‘playlists’ of all the music that I have downloaded/enjoyed/encountered over the course of a year (I put [...]

Musings on Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange"

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As 2012 is coming to an end, we find ourselves reminiscing on yet another year that went by all too fast. We remember the things we wanted to forget, we forget the things we wanted to remember, and we acknowledge that which has truly defined the year we are forever leaving behind. As far as music goes, trails have been blazed and territory has been charted t[...]

Vinyl Cut Prose: Why Should Eye Be Sad?

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  Melt into your melted mirror for an electrifying ride, look deep into the black of my melting mirror eyes. See you reflecting me, reflecting you, reflecting me, reflecting you, reflecting me, reflecting you … until we melt together and sink deep … into the other side. Melt into my mirror, you lose yourself into the pool of liquid mirror. Step [...]

Fresh Out of The Angsty Oven: Fiona Apple's "Dull Tool" Leaks

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I think every woman - strong willed, bitter, or broken hearted - at her core is a Fiona Apple. For merely a decade, every last one of us has been hoping to find a spokesperson that measured up. But let’s be real, the 21st century female artists just don’t hold a candle. Who’s really to turn to when you’re looking to get your resentful angst on? Adele? too[...]

Fun times and laser beams (or “What I learned from Ke$ha”)

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Of course, the reason I thought it was so ridiculous was because what Ke$ha had done didn’t fit within the boundaries of what I have been taught is “quality art.” If, after a student leaves my class, they smile and say, “I had a fun time. I played laser beams,” I will consider that a resounding success. After all, there are no right and wrong answers when it[...]

Nouveau riche in thé vintage frame, The forever first lady and the one time flame

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Nouveau riche in thé vintage frame. The forever first lady and the one time flame. The brunette bombshell and the trap star, lost and found in the endless hyperreel… Because the spectacle said so – when the young culture is American culture, and Lana’s lyrics drown out Key’s ode to Lady Liberty… Where standing wealth disappears beneath the facade of runaway [...]

Generational gap or exercising artistic freedom? Enough Drake

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Enough Drake. For the unknowing stranger, I first want to make something very clear. I have loved Aaliyah since my brain first began to interpret properly the sounds that infiltrated my ears. She was and will forever be my first love. It is also no surprise to those that know me that I am one of the many, who feel Drake can do no wrong. Naturally upon t[...]

Erasure Art: Who Will Remember Rihanna?

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When painting a perfect picture, a painter must first have a blank canvas to illustrate their imagination on. A blank canvas has no meaning until the painter decides to add a bit of color to it and to make it into something people would delight about. This is what I think about Rihanna. Last week, I went with one of my good friends to visit her co[...]

Lyrically Speaking: Britney Spears – “Mona Lisa”

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Good music speaks volumes… Mona Lisa (Live) – 2004 This is the story about… Mona Lisa Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve got a little story to tell About Mona Lisa, and how she suddenly fell (huh) See everyone knew her, they knew her oh so well Now I am taking over, to release her from her spell She’s unforgettable, she was a legend though It’s k[...]

Nicki Minaj Is Many Things...And So Is "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

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Nicki Minaj is many things, and so is this album. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded features a handful of the artist's recent singles and many male collaborators. The first few tracks are catchy, but simply self-congratulatory. "Roman Holiday" feels a bit like Gary Numan recorded an album at a Mayan temple. It questionably, combines lyrics from "O Come All [...]

Two Things We Learned From Esperanza Spalding's "Radio Music Society"

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Esperanza Spalding is at most a giant of a talent, and at least a "miniature adult," whose talent was so precocious and prodigious that she graduated a class ahead of her high school and college contemporaries, then immediately found herself a Professor of Music at the college level and a top drawer as a performing artist at jazz festivals around the wor[...]

#toughlove in 2012, in the Midst of the Mayans, in the Wake of Many, Many Things #occupygopcandidacy, Madonna comes through with MDNA

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MDNA… the last time I wrote those letters in said sequence was, well, four years ago when I was at AU studying Advanced Bio; proper Madonna album debut… the last time I sat down to indulge in one of those was, well, four years ago when I was in life living Advanced Pop. Those were different days, simpler days. Days where Hard Candy was a passable stab at s[...]

StooShe: Girl Pop That Won’t Give You Cavities

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Normally you might not associate Barbie pink with a crew of girls whose name means either ‘rich girl,’ ‘a girl who thinks she’s nicer than she is,’ or, well, just plain stoned. But StooShe, a girl group borne of Southeast London (which I’m told is usually said by locals as ‘Sowfeese London’) combining pop, soul, and hip-hop vocals makes the color that cove[...]

Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" video is like if "Freak on a Leash" immaculately conceived "Vogue" to express itself's "Human Nature"...I appreciate that

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Once an artist reaches a certain plateau of success it's hard to remember why they're famous. Lest we forget there are architects and then there are archetypes, Madonna, in all her detached deliberateness has created a visual gem, arguably unmatched in her videography since 2005's "Hung Up." "You never quite know what you’re doing until history tells yo[...]

I want her to be real, but she says, "...I'm not real. I'm theater"

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Growing up, I loved entertainment. I’m sure we all did. I huddled around the television to see what Michael Jackson cooked up for us this time. I secretly turned on MTV after hours to see what Madonna had in store for my virgin eyes. I didn’t know much about what I was watching, but I was excited. I was entertained. I was enthralled. As I got older, my [...]

Incredible... Madonna doesn't know how to love

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Easily one of the best produced Madonna tracks of her extensive catalog, the Pharrell masterpiece Incredible was just that - an incredible diamond in the rough desert that was 2008's saccharin infused Hard Candy. I left the album for awhile, I've had my bouts, but a fresh set of ears delivered a 2012 revelation of apocalyptic sorts... "Incredible," Hard [...]