St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION (5th album, October 13 2017)

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1. "Hang on Me" 2:48
2. "Pills" 4:40
3. "Masseduction" 3:17
4. "Sugarboy" 4:01
5. "Los Ageless" 4:41
6. "Happy Birthday, Johnny" 2:58
7. "Savior" 3:26
8. "New York" 2:34
9. "Fear the Future" 2:31
10. "Young Lover" 3:33
11. "Dancing with a Ghost" 0:46
12. "Slow Disco" 2:44
13. "Smoking Section" 3:37

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TPqUvy1vYU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8jxAKmojxY

monotony, Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

yikesss this is really bad

ripersnifle, Thursday, 7 September 2017 02:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm still only ok on "New York", but "Los Ageless" is cool. Maybe a little more straightforward than I was expecting, but catchy enough to make up for it

Vinnie, Thursday, 7 September 2017 03:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't like either of these. Also, that cover art.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 7 September 2017 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

cover rules

flappy bird, Thursday, 7 September 2017 06:30 (one year ago) Permalink

totally

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:11 (one year ago) Permalink

both songs sound wonderful! love her sense of melody

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Taylor should've asked Clark for help rather than Antonoff

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Los Ageless is a total banger! She could play arenas with that.

Enjoying this more than the s/t singles (much as I respect that record I think it relied to heavily on a concept for me to fully enjoy)

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:20 (one year ago) Permalink

the album art + the visual aesthetics for this record is great, "new york" is fine, i'm not feeling "los ageless" at all

joshywinty (josh), Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:32 (one year ago) Permalink

What was the concept of the s/t?

Her tweeting about anti-capitalism when she advertises Tiffany and has her own line of signature guitars is nagl. By all means make money off your work to pay your mortgage but don't pretend to be counter culture when you're schilling really expensive VIP tickets.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Even trv kvlt anarcho-commies gotta eat..

I loved loved loved the last album but I've a horrible feeling about this one. 'New York' is just a really bad song in every respect. We don't need ANOTHER song like this.
Los Ageless is okay on first listen but lacks the spikiness of her previous productions that made them so interesting.
This sounds like it's going to be her attempt at making a full-on Taylor Swift pop album, which in any other case would be a well-advised move, but not at the expense of sounding generic pls.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 7 September 2017 08:21 (one year ago) Permalink

believe s/t was a lot about the internet and modern life?

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I was listening to Release Radar in the background when New York came on and slowly grabbed my attention until I was like "wait a minute this is a new st vincent track!"

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:25 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the ridiculous cover art but that’s about it. Both of the singles, “Los Ageless” especially, just sound so bland to me. She’s already been hinting at this middle-of-the-road production style with the s/t bonus tracks (“Bad Believer” and “Teenage Talk”) but I was hoping she wouldn’t go further down that road. Oh well.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah I wasn't into those songs either

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:41 (one year ago) Permalink

the fetish porn aesthetic is interesting, but fetish porn is kind of difficult to subvert. haven't heard the new songs. will probably listen once the album is out.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Taylor should've asked Clark for help rather than Antonof

But...Antonoff produced this record too?

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 7 September 2017 13:56 (one year ago) Permalink

I had no idea Antonoff was involved but I immediately felt like "Los Ageless" had some shared DNA with the new Taylor songs

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 7 September 2017 13:57 (one year ago) Permalink

She's decided to be a pop star rather than a musician, it seems.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:11 (one year ago) Permalink

oh cool let's play that dichotomy again

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:25 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a crappy way of putting it, but most of the stuff she's released since after the s/t album does sound like a different artist - Los Ageless could be by anyone really, and New York is almost begging to be used in an episode of some quirky indie comedy-drama.
There's not a lot rubbing up against itself on these tracks, and as such they seem to slip through my ears almost a little too fluidly.
The music, the cover aesthetic, makes me expect a passage on the album "I'm sorry, the old Annie can't come to the phone right now, Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!"

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:35 (one year ago) Permalink

But...Antonoff produced this record too?
whaaaaaat!!!!

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:38 (one year ago) Permalink

idg the complaints tho, she's been writing strong melodies from day 1, she's a crossover artist, kinda like Byrne

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah man.

...she worked with producer Jack Antonoff, whom she connected with over a dinner in Los Angeles. “She was very open about the things in her life,” said Antonoff about the dinner date. “That’s what I was interested in. Continuing to reveal more and more. I said, ‘Let’s go for the lyrics that people will tattoo on their arms.’”

There's a Song Exploder podcast where she talks about working with him too.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

cool, I'll check that out!

re new vs old Clark, even if it's in part due to her distinctive vocals, surely most attentive listeners would recognize the new songs as St Vincent songs

niels, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

idg the complaints tho, she's been writing strong melodies from day 1, she's a crossover artist, kinda like Byrne

― niels, Thursday, September 7, 2017 3:39 PM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Don't think anyone's complaining about 'strong melodies', rather than a drift into generic songwriting and production.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Have people heard the whole album yet? I would before jumping to conclusions. She might have a couple uber dancy pop singles, but still do the avant pop that she does elsewhere. She's a great guitar player, I hope she didn't put her guitar away for all of them.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Yes it's crappy and reductive to pull it into a dichotomy like that, but, as far as most people who aren't ilxors are concerned, it's a pretty simple way of describing what's going on, and simple ways of describing things can be very useful.

I thought New York was a pleasant enough song, if inconsequential, but that it lacked some of what I think of as SV's USPs - her fucking awesome guitar playing, for one. Probably the biggest one, in fact. I was excited at the idea of their being a new album, though.

Likewise one can only really tell Los Ageless is even by SV because of her voice, which feels like a shame, because I thought there was more to her than just that. But the arrangement / production feels really anonymous to me, just big modern whooshy pop that anyone could sing over. If that's what she wants to do that's fine, but it's not, I don't think at this stage, what I'm interested in from her. That said, I like the way the outro goes quiet and minimal, and the difference in tone between this and NYNY might mean there are some interesting tensions on the album.

As a rule I'm happy for people to move and and find new creative partnerships, and actually, in this case, I felt like the self-titled had taken her relationship with John Congelton as far as it could go. I'm just not excited about the album now like I would have been a few years ago.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 7 September 2017 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

woof these songs are bad :/

i want her signature guitar so bad, v cool looking

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 7 September 2017 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost Very well said; I feel the same way. Both of the singles are basically anonymous in their genericness — and Annie’s voice alone isn’t distinctive or unique enough to turn them into tracks instantly recognizable as St. Vincent’s. Or maybe I just miss the deadpan delivery over her idiosyncratic arrangements and shredding, and projecting these expectations is just very rockist of me? Of course these two songs are not necessarily representative of the remaining 11 tracks but they definitely deflated my excitement for the album.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Thursday, 7 September 2017 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

i saw Annie open for The National many years ago and have followed along ever since and my take on her has never changed: I think she's cool and important and talented and a visionary and I just don't like her music much.

oh well ... my loss!

alpine static, Friday, 8 September 2017 03:30 (one year ago) Permalink

My reactions to her music are normally aesthetic rather than emotional, if that makes sense. Which is why an aesthetic shift is a big deal if it goes the wrong way for me.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 8 September 2017 05:46 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I like the new songs. I wonder if this is sponcon though

https://image.ibb.co/gWGKTw/Screen_Shot_2017_10_09_at_6_14_50_PM.png

Frozen CD, Monday, 9 October 2017 22:20 (one year ago) Permalink

her classically minded, sweetly coy 2007 debut Actor

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 22:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I could understand making a mistake like that if you're an outsider writing about Guided By Voices or someone else with a zillion albums, but St. Vincent has, like, five.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 9 October 2017 23:21 (one year ago) Permalink

jesus I didn't realize she'd been around that long. in my mind she was always a strictly '10s artist. i went and looked at her discography at went ohhhh yeah! at the cover of Actor. was Love This Giant seriously 5 years ago???

flappy bird, Monday, 9 October 2017 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, she's been around long enough that people originally cared she was friends with Sufjan Stevens...so you know it's been a while.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 9 October 2017 23:33 (one year ago) Permalink

37 state themed albums ago

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

and she was in the Polyphonic Spree! bizarre

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:19 (one year ago) Permalink

That's more of a footnote. Hundreds of people were in the Polyphonic Spree.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 03:10 (one year ago) Permalink

(Mainly I just wanted to clown on Sufjan's 20-teens irrelevance.)

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 03:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I will assert that his last album is very good and easily his best as penance for my own sufjan clowning

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 03:57 (one year ago) Permalink

yea i agree although i can't really listen to it, i like illinois more but carrie & lowell prevented him from becoming stuck in the aughts

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:35 (one year ago) Permalink

seven swans is all time but carrie and lowell is a good contender for best

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Another new one. It's very At War With The Mystics.

https://youtu.be/hwFx0ROBf7o

kitchen person, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

hmm not for me, too concept-y

niels, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Good album. Definitely not as instant as the self titled. Love how she uses her voice throughout, some really incredible performances.

kitchen person, Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

pills really reminds me of the stuff she was doing with byrne

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

CD arriving tomorrow so not bothered d/l the leak

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:25 (one year ago) Permalink

she's a freelancer xp

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

right of course...it's weird self-sabotage either way

omar little, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(if you want to make art for public consumption, you're going to have to talk about that art with journalists)

This hasn't been true for a few years now at least

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

if you're writing features for a major magazine you have probably earned more online candor than the average person

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

like, a lot of writers have mentioned similar experiences with st. vincent, all of whom are still writers, and whose careers are if anything going even better

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I agree that the note is very strange, drawing way more attention to a fairly typical write-around celebrity profile than it would otherwise get (it's fucking GQ, the photos of Clark in $5000 coats are the point, not the text) and making the writer the story when she shouldn't be. But this is part of a pattern of behavior for Clark, as various interviews from her last few press cycles - not to mention those Instagram videos - have revealed.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the last graf of the note is baffling, especially this:

When you're a kid and you have no control over your time, you're constantly forced to be with people (kids, mainly) who find you lame and annoying, which is painful. The primary perk of being an adult is that you have the agency to avoid these situations. Until you don't.

like when you... become a journalist

flappy bird, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's called adult privilege

maffew12, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I mean yes it's true that I can avoid these situations, if I woke up on a pile of money and used that money to become a hermit

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I smell truffle fries

maffew12, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i smell an edit of the challenger disaster mission control video where "FIDO, ..." is replaced with interview questions for "st. vincent"

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

tbh bc of like... the media ecosystem, and also instagram, i know this writer is married and lives in a beautiful loft, and when i read that last paragraph about never having to engage with people who dislike you, i thought "wow you sure are married and live in a beautiful loft"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

not my finest moment

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like Brad's response

Also, I don't really know how to explain this, but in Clark's defence, I had an extremely intrusive question lobbed at me in 2006 by a lovely and talented writer who I admire both professionally and personally, and the question plunged me into an incredible state of distress, and I spent the rest of the allotted hour with my mind pinwheeling about both the audacity of the question, and how this writer obtained the information to ask it. It was completely off-putting and it didn't just spoil the interview itself but my feelings about interviews in general. I would imagine that Clark might have had a similar experience, except probably even more intrusive, given her high profile and her desire to keep private her personal life.

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ugh, that's bad news - and bad form.

I once sent an interview subject an email a day after we spoke in person, with the subject line "Intrusive Personal Question", because there was something I felt I had to ask but knew would have derailed the interview. I wound up not using her answer in the piece, because she explained her reasons for not talking about it in other interviews and they made perfect sense to me.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't understand you folks who think that's just how some artists are and they are totally in their rights to be that way toward a journalist

not bragging, as i'm sure plenty here have done more, but i've probably interviewed a couple thousand musicians in my life, some above SV's level, many at her level and many below her level, and if that account of her behavior at the interviews is accurate, it's as bad or worse than anyone i've dealt with. maybe i've just been lucky? i doubt it.

it's very simple: if she doesn't want to do the interview, she should tell her publicist she doesn't want to do it. she shouldn't treat another human being like shit. my 6-year-old knows that.

(again, i agree that the writer probably should've kept all this to herself.)

alpine static, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't necessarily think Clark is in the right (def not with the sunglasses bit, but at the party? sure), just saying this level of animosity / aloofness / suspicion of journalists is par for the course, in my experience (as a writer & as an artist).

it's very simple: if she doesn't want to do the interview, she should tell her publicist she doesn't want to do it. she shouldn't treat another human being like shit. my 6-year-old knows that.

it often isn't very simple - artists have obligations to their labels & the people working for them. they don't care if you're averse to interviews, and you have a responsibility to uphold your promotional duties. and again, just from that note, the behavior described is hardly abhorrent.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

OK, I just went back and read the piece again and you're right ... I probably overstated it when I said she seems awful. I think this part really jumped out at me the first time:

“Yes.” I wait for more, but instead she pulls her phone out of her pocket and starts typing. “Keep asking away.”

She sounds like she's just completely wiped out and over the touring/press cycle, which I get. And I think she gets it, too, as evidenced by her reaching out to the journalist the next day.

This still sounds worse than 99% of my interactions with artists, who generally seem to understand the mutually beneficial transaction, and know how to set aside their current annoyances and deal with another person in a reasonably pleasant way.

(Lastly: I know SV has lots of people wanting her to do press even if she doesn't want to. That excuse doesn't fly with me. She knew that was part of the deal when she signed a record contract or whatever. If she doesn't want to do press that bad, she should find a business partner that won't force her to do it.)

alpine static, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(To put that last point another way: You're right, flappy, it often isn't very simple. But SV's at a level where she could make it simple if she wanted to.)

alpine static, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it often isn't very simple - artists have obligations to their labels & the people working for them. they don't care if you're averse to interviews, and you have a responsibility to uphold your promotional duties. and again, just from that note, the behavior described is hardly abhorrent.

― flappy bird, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:54 PM (fourteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

No doubt you kill-filed me or w/e. But this still doesn't in any way excuse you from being nice, or even ok-ish, to someone.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

tbh bc of like... the media ecosystem, and also instagram, i know this writer is married and lives in a beautiful loft, and when i read that last paragraph about never having to engage with people who dislike you, i thought "wow you sure are married and live in a beautiful loft"

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:02 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

:-(

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Since almost everything StV does professionally is a pose (and therefore a choice) it seems normal to think that the decision to act like a dick was not also deliberate BUT there are a lot of circumstantial, relationship or mental health reasons that someone may be acting badly. Having said that this does seem bad in a very particularly rehearsed way.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this usually boils down, for me, to 'is the artist making good enough art to justify their interview antics'

with st vincent the answer is a massive resounding no, hence i am with the journalist 100%

imago, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I would never kill file you, LBI! I don't even know how to do that...

flappy bird, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This all weird reasoning imo since the narrator here hasn’t shared anything that makes her sound anything other than maybe wiped out and a bit standoffish and I really don’t know how to take her “do you like doing this?” question, it does not come off on paper as an indicator of anything other than someone who may have just had some recent bad experiences with journalists or simply some shit going on in their life. I have no reason to trust this enough to make a judgement of SV as a person and the level at which one appreciates her art is no reason to judge her more harshly either, I mean come on.

omar little, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(To put that last point another way: You're right, flappy, it often isn't very simple. But SV's at a level where she could make it simple if she wanted to.)

Is she? I genuinely don't know - she's an amphitheater act, not on a major label, not a household name... the way the music industry is, I don't think there are many artists that can forego interviews or a typical promotional cycle that would make someone like Clark weary w/o letting down their employers and their expectations.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yer right. also, fgti's story about the curveball question is horrifying. xp

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's also the aspect that the entire masseduction rollout (videos, etc.) was based on a sort of sardonic self-awareness of the press cycle, of which that question would be a natural part of

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

s Clark neared the end of recording, she turned some attention to the next phases—packaging, publicity, performance. She has observed that, when she makes the rounds to local media outlets or on cattle-call press junkets, she is repeatedly asked the same questions, many of them dumb ones. “You become a factory worker,” she said. “When you have to say something over and over, there’s a festering self-loathing. No better way to feel like a fraud.”

She’d made what she was calling an interview kit, a highly stylized short film, which consists of her answering typical questions. She sits in a chair with her legs crossed, in a short pink skirt and a semitransparent latex top before a Day-Glo green backdrop, with a camera and a sound crew of three female models in heels, dog collars, dominatrix hoods, and assless/chestless minidresses. A screen reads, “Insert light banter,” and then Clark reappears, saying, with a strained smile, “It’s good to see you again. Of course I remember you. Yah, good to see you. How’s—how’s your kid?”

There follows a series of questions and answers, with the former presented as text onscreen—generic placeholders:

Q. Insert question about the inspiration for this record.

A. I saw a woman alone in her car singing along to “Great Balls of Fire,” and I wanted to make a record that would prevent that from ever happening again.

Q. Insert question about how much of her work is autobiographical.

A. All of my work is autobiographical, both the factual elements of my life and the fictional ones.

Q. Insert question about being a woman in music.

A. What’s it like being a woman in music? . . . Very good question.

The camera cuts to her interlaced fingers. She wears paste-on fingernails, each with a letter. They spell out “F-U-C-K-O-F-F.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/st-vincents-cheeky-sexy-rock

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(xp -- also s/"a natural part")

theorizing your yells (katherine), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

caveat: I have not participated in many interviews in my life, and I was probably a mediocre interviewee and not anyone doing interviews for publication. I've seen a lot of one-on-one and roundtable live interviews -- notably a different thing than one done for publication -- and generally there are two types: the light questioning with extended answers, and ones that are more "transactional"

it seems weird to me that this kind of drops in the middle of the note on how the interview went

Midway through Clark turned to me and asked, with audible hostility, "Do you like doing this?" (There's a long pause in the tape here.) I said something evasive and steered the conversation back to modular synths.

why be evasive? imo that's the basis of why interviews can be an inherently hostile enterprise, it's an unnatural conversation style with no reciprocity. even if you're going to fuck up the answer, reciprocate

mh, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yer right. also, fgti's story about the curveball question is horrifying. xp

The question was, "Who's a better kisser? Algernon Featherwilly, or Benjamin Powderbottom?"

Years later I am still traumatized

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

why be evasive?

Seriously. The obvious answer is "usually, yes." I mean, I've never - in 22 years - had an interview disintegrate into outright hostility (I have had one person hang up on me), but if she's putting it out there, grab it and see what happens.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

w/r/t whether SV is at a level to make her music without doing press - or more precisely, doing press she wants to do, when she wants to do it - i mean, i really have no idea how much $ she makes, what kind of financial obligations she has, whether she gives a shit if people buy tickets or not, etc., etc., not to mention the various promotional pressures she feels.

but just generally speaking, i would imagine Annie could either (a) find partners to help her start her own label and release music that way, a la Wilco, or (b) tell labels straight away she wants to control the press stuff, and if they don't like it, they can go sign someone else. i'm quite sure there'd be labels that would love to work with her anyway.

until she does one of those things, she signs up for putting some control of press obligations in someone else's hands.

and she can handle that any way she wants, of course. but taking out her frustrations about it on someone who is just trying to do their job isn't a great look.

alpine static, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i thought "wow you sure are married and live in a beautiful loft"

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:02 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

not my finest moment

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:02 PM (four hours ago

no this is a keeper

j., Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There's literally nothing keeping St. Vincent from saying "I'm just not gonna do press for this record"

Even if her records aren't doing Adele numbers, she's got producer gigs, festival appearances, gear deals, movie syncs in the fuckin Twilight movies ... she's prolly got racks

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No, you always have to keep doing press, esp at that level, the artist is a business investment and you can't make decisions like that without having arguments with labels et al.

It's people like Will Oldham who have that luxury

fgti's romance (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I interviewed her around the summer of 2010 and I just have fond memories of our conversation, tbh.

Nourry, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

so having just come from a concert by an artist who was extremely anxious and uncomfortable on stage, and having belatedly realized my wondering if it was some kind of "performance" was both a natural human instinct and ludicrously overanalytical, i'm possibly more inclined than typically towards the theory that ms. clark was having a shitty day and reacted to it by being an asshole.

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe so

What’s your excuse for the interviewer posting a weird tell-all on her Tumblr? Was she also just having a shitty day?

fgti's romance (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe her first shitty day (as an adult!). That last paragraph is something else.

maffew12, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was fired from my job at one of the major national music magazines because Ozzy didn't like the questions I was asking him and hung up on me. The questions were indeed obtrusive and insipid, which was the name of the game as far as my boss was concerned. To this day, it was the only remotely unsuccessful interview experience I ever had.

My girlfriend at the time was a music publicist, and she believed the situation should have been mitigated by the fact that, being that this was 2003, the entire world knew that Ozzy was an irritable dim bulb (and he surely was taxed by shit Sharon made him do at the time, which was unprecedented by the standards he had known previously). Frankly, my boss (well known in the music press environment for being impossible. over his head, and ignorant of the business he was in) and I hated each other and this was the pretext he needed to axe me. And I was overjoyed to get away from him.

But the bottom line is that it doesn't matter if the interview subject is uncooperative. If you are acting as a professional interviewer, your responsibility is to get the goods. I didn't, and faced the consequences. But Young did get the goods, based on a perfectly serviceable piece by GQ's standards. Yet she is offended that Clark was indifferent and is moved to complain in public.. Will Welch is the new editor at GQ, and he may be charged to keep pace with modern journalism, which Welch very well could believe involves tolerating freelancers complaining in public about a professional interaction that occurred on GQ's behalf—because everybody has to talk about everything in public constantly. It wouldn't have been enough to privately complain to Nasty Little Man, or to Will Welch, or to her spouse in the nice loft or her friends. But if I was Welch, I would not use Young again.

David Bowie and Rob Halford were both indeed incredibly pleasant, thoughtful, generous in conversation.

veronica moser, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

seems like she's taken the note down

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

What’s your excuse for the interviewer posting a weird tell-all on her Tumblr? Was she also just having a shitty day?

― fgti's romance (flamboyant goon tie included)

outside of professional music writers, nobody actually cares about the interviewer as far as i can tell

but i can be really out of the loop and i'm prepared to be wrong about this

my main question is "why is this interviewer still using tumblr"

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i mean this seems like prime tweetstorm material

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

if it was a tweetstorm ppl on here would ask why it wasn't a blog post

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I mean, when you interview artists for a living, someone asks you like once a month which one was the nicest and who was a real jerk. And the answers - ime, at least - are always boring and disappointing. She should've just saved her SV experience for that.

alpine static, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I quite enjoy it when a writer describes the anti-social behavior of a subject, but that's just me.

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There are times where it kind of creates empathy for the anti-social subject-- I always felt kind of sad about Lou Reed's chronic frustration that nobody was interested in all the reading he'd done regarding signal deterioration and buffering re: his guitar tone

fgti's romance (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Did anybody archive the note? Apparently she's done this before with other profiles.

flappy bird, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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