Google Music Playlists, 2017

Suburban Ennui: Surrounded by strip malls and cookie cutter houses, the 'burbs can be a real drag. Embrace the malaise with a mix of melancholy, ambient, and washed out fuzz. Celestial Instrumentals: We are all made from stardust. Ponder that wondrous fact while spacing out to these dreamy post-rock and ambient instrumentals, perfect for watching… Continue reading Google Music Playlists, 2017

Generic Fit

“This makes the pop song an indispensable mirror: The way in which a listener imposes himself upon the text, or transforms the text from generic to specific, shows that listener something about himself. He learns his yearnings, his sadnesses, his loves; he recognizes an emotional life which is otherwise elusive, and solidifies in time an emotional state… Continue reading Generic Fit

“If It Sounds Bad It Is Bad”

One of the critical ideas I've found most interesting of late is a seeming contradiction: Just because it sounds like bad music doesn't mean it is bad music. "Just because it reads like a bad novel doesn't mean it's a bad novel" is also sort of true, but a bit more complicated. The tenability of… Continue reading “If It Sounds Bad It Is Bad”

Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out of This Country

Camera Obscura's breakthrough Let's Get Out of This Country was released ten years ago this June. Had I known of the record at the time, it would likely have been relegated to the category of guilty pleasure: something to be listened to but not shared; something enjoyable but not worthy. Rock music, especially after a nineties-alt makeover, was still… Continue reading Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out of This Country