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Äppelknyckarjazz

24 May

Äppelknyckarjazz

Here’s a new genre for you: Jazz. Fused with rap. Fused with swing. Entirely in Swedish.

I know what you might be thinking: “That’s a horrible idea!” Well, take a listen to this, then tell me whose ideas are horrible:

That’s what I thought.

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Know Better Learn Faster

14 May

Know Better Learn Faster

Remember that one time when I wrote a blurb? Let’s do it again!

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Marry Me

7 May

Marry Me

I have a crush on St. Vincent.

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Contra

19 Mar

Contra

I almost started this review gushing about how awesome the internet is. That is so, so, so lame, but, still, it’s impossible to avoid the fact that the internet has changed a hell of a lot in a hell of a short time. Even if you think back to just five years ago, you’ll see just how much this is true. Facebook didn’t exist then; people still had to actually talk to their friends to keep up with them! YouTube didn’t exist, either; that new Lady Gaga video would take just a bit longer than eight hours to make a full circle around the world. It’s especially hard to ignore all of this when you’re talking about Vampire Weekend. In that strange, far-away time five years ago, nobody would have ever thought that a band like Vampire Weekend could exist. These days, though, anything is possible.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

7 Mar

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

And now, instead of a full review, I present to you a blurb, because I just don’t have the time.

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Robbers & Cowards

21 Feb

Robbers & Cowards

I don’t know anything about the blues. I mean, of course I have basic ideas about elements of the blues (sadness, pianos, some sort of special song structure), but I don’t feel familiar with it at all. I certainly haven’t listened to many blues artists. Really, I should have no business talking about the blues.

Now that that’s been said, let’s review a blues album!

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Person Pitch

24 Jan

Person Pitch

In my several years of music geekery, there was always one thing I’ve never understood: experimental music. How can any composition be considered an experiment? What outcome of such an experiment can’t be predicted? If it’s the sound produced, then isn’t the experiment through as soon as the composer hears it? Is it the effect that the sound will have on a listener? An audience? How could one possibly anticipate such a thing? If that’s the case, isn’t all music experimental?

Perhaps I’ve never understood “experimental music” because the term gets thrown around so often. To me, it’s always seemed a lazy description for music that’s perceived as too weird or inaccessible for its time. The Arcade Fire used to often be called “experimental.” Why? Was it because they used the sound of a steaming kettle in one of their songs? And when people call The Flaming Lips experimental, is it because of the all of the odd sounds found in many of their songs? Is that what makes music experimental? Sound effects? Do you know what happens when you add a bunch of weird sound effects to your song? It becomes a song with a bunch of weird sound effects in it, you groundbreaking scientist.

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