“That hating Nickelback does not necessitate actually listening to Nickelback is the most attractive aspect of hating Nickelback. The primary appeal of Nickel-hate (like all “mono” interests) is the reassurance of staking out a “smart” and “correct” position that requires virtually no intellectual effort. Following pop music seems like so much work otherwise. It’s also rife with contentiousness: Is Arcade Fire asking fans to dress up in formalwear for concerts merely pretentious or does it signal a deeper classist bias in indie rock? Is Kanye West an insane egoist or does believing that he’s an insane egoist mean that you’re secretly racist? Is the (NSFW) cover of Sky Ferreira’s album a provocative artistic statement or does it just make my CD shelf look seedy? But hating Nickelback is a stance that defies substantiation and resists vetting. If you say you hate Nickelback, nobody is going to respond, “Oh, really? Because I think the progression from Silver Side Up through Dark Horse is the strongest creative evolution for a hard-rock band in the ’00s.”3 It’s understood in our culture that hating Nickelback isn’t really a debatable musical opinion. It’s like arguing that Miley Cyrus is “crazy” or Kim Kardashian is “dumb” — it is boilerplate patter passing as insight in millions of mindless conversations taking place in offices and at excruciatingly boring parties. Hating Nickelback is acceptable in any social setting and so easy.”
“United States of Pop," 2013. The latest in DJ Earworm’s end-of-year tradition is upbeat but never settles into all that much of a groove. Hard to integrate all the year’s hits into a single song without making it sound overstuffed, of course, but he has managed it before. I’ve only listened to it once so far, but my main observations would be that:
- Lorde’s “Royals” just does not benefit from a maximalist arrangement
- Where the hell is “Get Lucky”
Watch Haim and Lorde’s amazing cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”.
Yeah so this is fantastic. Lorde as a spooky witch makes for an interesting development, but my favorite thing here might be one of the Haim gals’ guitar solo. It’s spectacular!
Anyhow, this is the best use of Sheryl Crow’s recorded output that we have seen in quite some time.
The dangers of playing with the IFTTT app. Sorry y’all!
Antony & The Johnsons - Fistful of Love
A very minor addendum to a singular career, but Lou Reed also delivered the impeccable spoken-word intro to my favourite song of the past ten years.
I was lying in my bed last night/ Staring at a ceiling full of stars/ When it suddenly hit me/ I just have to let you know how I feel…