Posts tagged ‘experts’

February 9th, 2013

Rick Moody is so hurt that you called him a misogynist for writing misogynist things about Taylor Swift, you guys!

Rick Moody is so hurt that you called him a misogynist for writing misogynist things about Taylor Swift, you guys!:

judyxberman:

Related question: Why has Salon become the unofficial headquarters for middle-aged men who hate Taylor Swift? (I mean, I used to work there and I have some guesses, but…)

ETA: It is not often that I find a large block quote from Robert Christgau refreshing, and yet in this case, it is a godsend.

Judy is everything.

February 9th, 2013

Context is everything, New York Times. —note brief shot of…



Context is everything, New York Times.

—note brief shot of someone doing The Worm

—Get out of here, Valley!

January 21st, 2013

karaj: whiskeybot: “…This will not matter, because her parents work in finance, and…

karaj:

whiskeybot:

“…This will not matter, because her parents work in finance, and she has good manners, and she’s going to marry up, and she’s going to get into the movies (not just guest appearances in CSI), and she’s going to launch some clothing lines at Target (no, wait, I think she already did that), and a personal fragrance (I think she did that too), and parlay all her bad press into some self-serious complaints, making good on every opportunity to monetize her career at the expense of making actual art.”

Here’s the kind of thing a music critic seriously writes when bashing Taylor Swift. This is just after he writes that he doesn’t “get” or “like” her “over-produced” music and what he calls “apparently honest” lyrics. 

EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE ME???????

this is amazing. this is by rick moody, who grew up in darien, connecticut and went to a fancy prep school and then to an ivy league college and is probably better known for his 1994-novel-turned-1997-movie the ice storm than for anything else. 

he also says, “look, i normally only write about things i like, things i care about, but i can’t stop myself here. taylor swift represents what makes me want to die about popular music. she makes me want to die.”

i normally only write about things i like, too, which includes writing that taylor swift makes rick moody want to die, just like beyonce made some guy hate america. this is so gratifying, even if it’s boring. whenever a male critic says something like “there is nothing in this music that does anything new besides fusing together a mandolin with a programmed drum track” at least i know that something important is happening. 

let him die/Lana

January 21st, 2013

devonbanks: list of male artists that write all their songs about their ex girlfriends that get…

devonbanks:

list of male artists that write all their songs about their ex girlfriends that get made fun of just as much as taylor swift does

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January 16th, 2013

The Only Black Guy at the Indie Rock Show

The Only Black Guy at the Indie Rock Show:

earlhofert:

Martin Douglas did an excellent personal narrative on the intersection of race and music that I think a lot of people should read. A+ work, Martin. 

January 15th, 2013

"There is one young show, though, that has recently gone out of its way to put black male sexuality…"

“There is one young show, though, that has recently gone out of its way to put black male sexuality on display.”

- Guess which one!
January 5th, 2013

"Some of these music blogs could actually benefit from hiring people who REALLY understand the…"

“Some of these music blogs could actually benefit from hiring people who REALLY understand the culture of R&B to write about R&B. Some of these music blogs could actually benefit from hiring people who REALLY understand the culture of hip hop to write about hip hop. Like you really should know about deep Brandy album cuts before you are giving a “grade” or a “score” to any R&B artist. And ivy league credentials don’t give you any insight on “grading” a rapper’s body of work…when you’ve had no access to the REAL culture. There are SO many gifted writers who truly understand. Who didn’t get hip to R&B & Hip-Hop via the crossover artist of their childhood. Just hire them please, so you can stop insulting peeps’ knowledge. So you can stop acting like it just popped off last year for R&B. Like it just got interesting and experimental. So you can stop praising every rapper who raps over a trap beat, but can’t form literate sentences and then you market it as some hip shit. And that wasn’t a rant. It was an observation and a request.”

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Solange Knowles

Please school these children Solange. (This was taken from tweets that she shared this morning.) I cannot think of anything more irritating and reprehensible than having cultural writers write about something they know little of, and having some abstractly-related degrees as “proof” of their qualifications. And to be clear, no shade on formal education. I have 3 college degrees. The point is, having them does not make me an expert on something as intricate as Black music MORE than the experience of listening, studying and embracing (and for some people, creating) said music LONG before said music reaches the final stage of the cycle of cultural appropriation when (primarily White) people deem it “acceptable” and “mainstream.”

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December 4th, 2012

“Yeah, I’m more into their early stuff, when they…



“Yeah, I’m more into their early stuff, when they were more goth, you know.”

November 14th, 2012

karaj: “…he won’t stop talking about how tired he is. then he…



karaj:

“…he won’t stop talking about how tired he is. then he is letting me know that part of why he is tired is bc he had to take care of me last weekend when i had the seizure. let me note that he only had to take care of me for ONE NIGHT and that, honestly, i could have died…[then] he starts yelling at me, telling me im selfish, telling me i am not thankful for last weekend…” 

This makes me so sad to remember. “I don’t think I’m being selfish.”

BARNEYS VS SEIZURE DO THE MATH

November 3rd, 2012

"The more I watch this show, the more I try to unravel the points of association between the male…"

“The more I watch this show, the more I try to unravel the points of association between the male characters. Pretty Little Liars is at its core about four teenage girls who are best friends, no matter how much their other relationships get in the way. For us as viewers, all character interiority belongs to these girls, as does our attendant empathy. The men are in many ways marginal characters — appendages to the female networking at the heart of this mystery. The men rarely interact. Or, at least, we rarely see them interact. That’s what makes them so inhumane, so horrifying. Each time a liar tells her boyfriend a secret, it’s akin to seeing a girl strip a layer of clothing in any classic horror film. You want to reach through the screen and tell her to stop — that she’s showing too much skin.”

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Jane Hu, Alice Bolin, and I wrote about Pretty Little Liars for The Bygone Bureau. That great quote above is Jane’s. (via judyxberman)

Judy is the only cultural critic who is not embarrassing.