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videoz

Posted in music, video by eddie on January 29, 2009

Animal Collective – “My Girls”

As an astute commenter notes in Kanye’s blog:

SORTA SOUNDS LIKE BLUE MAN GROUP, OR WHAT THEY’D SOUND LIKE WHEN RELEASING MUSICS. THEIR TYPO VIDYO, ALSO. BLUE DUDES ARE UNDERRATED. MAYBE NOT, BUT ANIMAL COLLECTION DEF IS.

Could anyone say it better? In my heart of hearts I saw Kanye loving this song, maybe taking it to a “Stronger” or “Swagga Like Us” sampling stardom.  He just wants Louis V. walls and Gucci slabs for his girls.

Franz Ferdinand – “Ulysses”

The new Franz is a fun record, but they’re one of those hot-shot debut bands (See: Strokes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, etc.) with a unique sound that seem destined for diminishing returns with each new release.  Franz has basically opted to stick to the groundwork they laid for themselves in the first record with a few pleasant diversions along the way (“Eleanor, Put Your Boots On” and “Lucid Dreams” come to mind). The Strokes stuck to their panache for their second album and went clusterfuck on the third, while CYHSY opted straight for the clusterfuck in their sophomore LP, which probably suits them.  Still, in this adderall-addled world, it seems that if you’re not constantly reinventing yourself you can count on the common web-surfing urchin passing you by for a video of a dude getting kicked in the nuts.

collective consciousness

Posted in criticism, music by eddie on January 26, 2009

THE GOLDEN GODS IN THE FLESH

THE GOLDEN GODS IN THE FLESH

It was both unsettling and self-validating: OMG THE NEW YORK TIMES STOLE MY LEAD PARAGRAPH IDEA. Or I stole theirs, as the date of this article is clearly stamped January 16th and my review of the new Animal Collective in the Phoenix was dated January 21st. It’s pretty much a non-issue since the story we reference speaks for itself and I most CERTAINLY DID NOT read their article first, but I figured I might as well bring it to attention and simultaneously make a half-assed attempt to clear my name.  Because here at the Phoenix, accountability matters™. Read that article, by the way.

It’s interesting because it broaches the subject of how one should approach music reviews, or kind of any arts criticism: Do you willfully avoid reading others’ pieces on the same album (or whatever) before your writing to ensure no subconscious plagiarism of ideas? Or do you frantically browse as many reviews as you can to make sure your ideas are original and, if not, change them as such, or to use others’ ideas as a base for your own?

More after the jump.

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