For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested.

Lana Del Rey to The Fader. Well this is going to go down like a sack of shit, eh, Tumblr? (via nyconversation)

"Our intergalactic possibilities"? Jesus, this almost makes Gaga look coherent.


I’ve heard several young hipsters tell me they’re socially-liberal and economic-conservative, a popular trend in American politics,” he writes. “Well, I hate to break it to you buddy, but it’s economics and the role of the state that defines politics. If you’re an economic conservative, despite how ironic and sarcastic you may be or how tight your jeans are, you, my friend, are a conservative …

nprmusic:

Read: The violinist and songwriter Owen Pallett explains the tensions at work in his highly personal new solo album. 

Very good record by important musician. Pretty hilariously backhanded treatment of Gaga within as well.

(via likeapairofbottlerockets)


CATHARSIS THEATER PRESENTS: What Was So Frustrating About The Taylor Swift Conversation, A Play In Five Years

sadybusiness:

Me: Wow, some of these lyrics are really anti-feminist. Have you heard “Better than Revenge?” That’s some messed-up stuff. 

Them: Calm it down, Captain Buzzkill! Does everything have to be about feminism all the time? Why can’t you just evaluate the music?

Me: Okay. Let’s talk music. If we’re taking message and subject matter off the table entirely — which is a big concession for me to make, but this is happening in good faith, right? — then the lyrics are not very strong on a technical level. Just very one-dimensional and literal. There’s not a strong vocabulary or command of prosody — you’re never going to get “you made your major overtures when you were a sure and orotund mutt” here, consonance and assonance just don’t come into it at that level — and the command of metaphor and image is likewise lacking. Lots of cliches: If she writes about being unpopular, the song’s called “Invisible.” If she writes about falling in love, it’s “a fairytale and he’s the prince,” or else “sparks” are “flying.” Run down the list of song titles, and you’ll see what I mean: “All Too Well,” “State of Grace,” “Knew You Were Trouble,” and that’s just one album. It’s just a very flat, un-inventive use of language: Someone is describing a feeling by actually saying “I felt this way about that thing,” and when she tries to get fancy, she lands on “Hallmark” a troubling percentage of the time. 

Them: Too much lyric talk, not enough music talk! 

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hardcorefornerds:


"… the United States is pushing an Internet economy or digital economy that is based on advertising. It’s a business model based on surveillance."
Astra Taylor’s radical internet critique: “I don’t want to give in to the libertarian logic of our time” - Salon.com

I have a bunch more stuff I want to talk about from this great piece (h/t likeapairofbottlerockets, again) but this juxtaposition is just too perfect.



Everybody should read this Astra Taylor book.  Buy it from your local independent bookseller.  If you don’t have a local independent bookseller buy it from powells.com

hardcorefornerds:

"… the United States is pushing an Internet economy or digital economy that is based on advertising. It’s a business model based on surveillance."

Astra Taylor’s radical internet critique: “I don’t want to give in to the libertarian logic of our time” - Salon.com

I have a bunch more stuff I want to talk about from this great piece (h/t likeapairofbottlerockets, again) but this juxtaposition is just too perfect.

Everybody should read this Astra Taylor book. Buy it from your local independent bookseller. If you don’t have a local independent bookseller buy it from powells.com

…an absence of reactionary sentiment is not the same thing as the presence of progressive values.
Alyssa Rosenberg

A decade ago, in his book No Collar, sociologist Andrew Ross described how tech start-ups borrowed art’s cocktail of work, play and personal life to create a new corporate culture around “self-actualization.” When young incorporated artists borrow this mix back—along with a toolbox of networking strategies—the result is a feedback loop. Business is branded by art and vice versa. What appears to be art is basically business. Nothing else feels possible.

witchesgetkisses:

rufus & chaka khan - “ain’t nobody (frankie knuckles hallucinogenic dub)

with the loss of frankie knuckles, we lose one of our last remaining ties to an era of community, creative radicalism and possibility that was already cut cruelly short. so many of frankie’s friends and contemporaries are no longer with us, but it seemed as if he alone was invincible, that he would bring the gospel forever. now we are left to carry the torch into the night.