Posts tagged ‘pop’

October 15th, 2012

otherxcore: A girl I know just posted this Miss A song on…



otherxcore:

A girl I know just posted this Miss A song on Facebook. Not only do they not need men, they don’t want to rely on their parents for money. It’s so moralistic that I’m almost uncomfortable, but damn, is it cute.

I’m into it.

July 26th, 2012

rgr-pop: Today the sixth-largest stadium in the Big Ten conference was soundchecking with Sarah…

rgr-pop:

Today the sixth-largest stadium in the Big Ten conference was soundchecking with Sarah McLachlan songs.

March 5th, 2012

rgr-pop: There actually isn’t a lot of undoing or unmaking in…



rgr-pop:

There actually isn’t a lot of undoing or unmaking in Amy’s performances, she was always already made undone. In thinking of the significance of dried tears versus very wet ones, I am faced with the fact that Amy’s #feminist crying, Amy’s #feminist makeupping, Amy’s #narccissism even was

  1. not a process
  2. not an unapologetic performance of public hysterics

There’s just so much not doing about Amy’s performances. In all her videos she almost refuses to perform. She sits, she lets her songs kind of come out of her. She sits, she walks. It’s so begrudging, it’s so unplayed. It’s not passive as much as it’s very, very private. Or anyway, it’s unpublic.

As much as I wanted to make tears on Back to Black about being unashamed of public crying, it was about the opposite of that. The crying isn’t Adele-wet, it’s Amy-dry. Where we are always talking about not giving a fuck about who we make uncomfortable with our tears, I think Amy’s songs are about refusing to grant anyone access to her tears. So they are dry before they are wet, so they stay on her floor.

So she walks stoic through Echo Park and saves all her singing for the hotel room. And even then, that singing is only barely a performance.

I can theorize her eyeliner-to-tear ratio all day, but that shit was almost never all over her cheeks, even when she was at her worst. Even in her saddest songs, I don’t think she ever used mascara tears as a visual tool.

As feminists we always talk about Amy as an shameless train wreck, another fable about fame. But I think we need to remember the ways that she was so carefully composed and private all the time.

This is the kind of music writing that matters.

February 13th, 2012

I’m gonna commit some valencrimes

rgr-pop:

fromthemitten:

valentines day drinking game on tumblr:

whenever somebody on your dash makes a “forever alone” post or complains about being single on valentines day do a shot.

depending on how many tumblrs you follow you may need your stomach pumped by 10am to keep playing

can we also all drink for:
mean valentines or candy hearts
love songs
and can we also drink for valentine’s sex

as solidarity

sex solidarity

Yes. And get your own candy.

February 13th, 2012

rgr-pop: Of all the criticisms to make of Lady Gaga, that she is making a patriarchal bargain is…

rgr-pop:

Of all the criticisms to make of Lady Gaga, that she is making a patriarchal bargain is not a legitimate one. They seriously screencapped a frame from “Bad Romance” IN WHICH SHE IS PLAYING A SEX SLAVE, MERE MINUTES BEFORE SETTING A PATRIARCH ON FIRE, in order to argue that her relative lack of clothing (AGAIN: PLAYING A SEX SLAVE) means that she is submitting to the male gaze to get ahead. I mean, if nothing else, didn’t we well establish that she stopped submitting to the male gaze in order to get ahead in 2010?

Of course I agree that Gaga’s purported subversive markers just serve to mask that she’s “a skinny white woman gyrating in underwear,” but that does not a patriarchal bargain make. They’re trying to argue that Gaga submits to some sexist standards (according to them: having boobs) in order to slip some sort of radical message into the mainstream, but a) that’s not necessarily what the patriarchal bargain refers to and b) she isn’t doing any of those things c) you are rendering the concept of the gaze entirely useless when you reduce it to a synonym for “a woman who is naked.”

“Upholding [white] standards of beauty” is not the same thing as making a patriarchal bargain. Upholding white standards of beauty is a function of white supremacist capitalist patriarchal culture in which some people are given the opportunity to submit in certain ways and others aren’t. Lady Gaga did not choose to be a skinny white lady as a “bargain” with the Celebrity Powers That Be in exchange for a platform to spread her Magical Gay Rights Agenda across America. If that’s how you’re going to define the patriarchal bargain, then you should also specify that you don’t think black women or fat women can make the patriarchal bargain. I don’t think that’s what Kandiyoti argued.

This has been Stupid.