Music

Mock “Kim K Skills” All You Want — Kanye West’s New Interview Is an Intriguing Portrait of a Marriage

Is the Q&A the perfect form for a nation to actually listen to what Kanye West has to say? The most interesting musician currently working, West is also constantly misrepresented in the mainstream and tabloid media, whose reports paint him in “crazy” colors that often carry undertones of racism — particularly after the perfect storm of hooking up with the world’s most successful celebrity, Kim Kardashian. And in a new GQ cover story, he’s got plenty of insight to share. … Read More

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Weird Al’s 8 ‘Mandatory Fun’ Videos, Ranked

I’m going to come out and say what we’re all thinking: Weird Al Yankovic is a god among mortals. First of all, he does not age. He’s 54 but looks basically the same as he did when he was parodying Michael Jackson in the ’80s or Nirvana in the ’90s. Second, he’s really smartRevenge of the Nerds personified, standing out amongst multiple generations of satirists as a maestro who can see any pop earworm as a blank canvas over which to design a completely new creation. … Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Perfume Genius, Shabazz Palaces

It’s Friday, thank god, because history may well remember this as the week the world finally went irretrievably, batshit crazy. What a time to be alive! Anyway, there were some songs released amidst the madness, and here are five good ones: the triumphant return of Perfume Genius, along with another taste of the new Shabazz Palaces record, a fantastic collaboration between Jenny Hval and Susanna, Grouper guesting on a track by The Bug, and Clams Casino producing Lia Ices. And now: the weekend. … Read More

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Morrissey: The Essential Career-Spanning Playlist

This week, Morrissey released his tenth album, World Peace Is None of Your Business. As my colleague Tom Hawking already discussed, the album wouldn’t be complete without a bevy of oh-so-Moz lines, essentially whining with an Oscar Wilde flair. But Moz also proves that after 30 years as a lyricist, he still has some new tricks up his sleeve: namely, showing off how much he reads the World section of The Guardian. … Read More

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Weird Al Rewrites Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” as a Handyman’s Infomercial Jingle

Somehow, through three-and-a-half minutes of unstoppable bragging, Iggy Azalea’s self-affirming, self-congratulatory “Fancy” manages not to repel: rather, it makes all… Read More

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The Strange and Fruitful Relationship Between Literature and Metal

Judging by the 4.7 rating it got from PitchforkCelestite — the latest album by the Olympia band Wolves in the Throne Room — is something of a disappointment, especially considering that Pitchfork’s own Brandon Stosuy considered the band’s last album one of the best of 2011. The band has been critically lauded for a few years now, even going beyond the music blogosphere, getting attention from Sasha Frere-Jones in the pages of The New Yorker… Read More

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