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journos shouting hype almost always translates to them being late to the party,

OTM

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:05 (eleven months ago) link

When I ask if she will actually take a day job sometime soon, she responds instantly: “Yeah, probably. I’m not afraid to slow down.” The only thing that matters to her is longevity, flame-keeping. “I’m not afraid of needing to work at a diner. I know I can be happy doing that. I was just as happy living out of a busted RV, burning CDs and selling them, and playing shows for no one. I was happy doing that; it felt right.”

Yes, this definitely sounds like someone who is thirsting to be the new indie-rock queen. Nobody's saying you HAVE to like this band but the guy who tweeted out the original thing about "emperor's new clothes" just seems really small, not to mention a total jag.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:05 (eleven months ago) link

pretty sure it's a lady, but otherwise yeah

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:09 (eleven months ago) link

caryn is a woman yes

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:10 (eleven months ago) link

Haha my mistake for assuming someone who would unironically use the phrase “my charges” was a man

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:14 (eleven months ago) link

but where is the 'hype' here?

i dunno about hype, i think i might have heard of them before but didn't really know anything about them—a journalist teased the super-positive pitchfork review also in super positive terms and i took a listen. that journalist, along with what was just said here, seemed to be keyed to the idea of the band/records being special moreso than good, which is i think where the potential for critical disproportion comes in.

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:18 (eleven months ago) link

what's this all about? I don't have three minutes

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:19 (eleven months ago) link

This B*g Th*ef thing is the emperor's new clothes of 2019 rock, don't even think of @-ing me

— cganz (@mehpatrol) October 15, 2019

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:19 (eleven months ago) link

Egregious bait works best.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:20 (eleven months ago) link

seemed to be keyed to the idea of the band/records being special moreso than good, which is i think where the potential for critical disproportion comes in.

does "special" not imply and include "good"? the feeling i get when i listen to their records is that something is transpiring in their interplay that other bands will likely be unable to repeat. to me that's special

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:21 (eleven months ago) link

it does imply and include good but i don't think being special is just the same as being good but at a higher point of intensity

if they would just have more than one rhythm my feeling would be different i'm sure

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:26 (eleven months ago) link

i understand the job of critics, but i hate it when they think / talk like their opinion is fact. hate it, hate it, hate it.

alpine static, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:55 (eleven months ago) link

who gives a flying fuck what theoretical Pitchfork writers are supposedly going to think about this record 10 years from now?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

people who post on the pitchfork is dumb thread about the 2010s retrospective pitchfork publishes in 2029

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:01 (eleven months ago) link

I'm proud of myself for not looking at that list, therapy is working

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:06 (eleven months ago) link

it's your privilege that lets you stay insulated from best-of lists, some people don't have that luxury

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:08 (eleven months ago) link

hahaha

sleeve, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:08 (eleven months ago) link

irl lol

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

understand the job of critics, but i hate it when they think / talk like their opinion is fact. hate it, hate it, hate it.

― alpine static,

Example?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

Pitchfork's application of the Ludovico Technique was probably a bridge too far, but that's where we are now

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

lol j.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

xxp that cganz tweet from above ("i have lectured my charges...") seems like a relevant one

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:11 (eleven months ago) link

Arguments like this are stupid as shit and not worth engaging in, but it's particularly grating with Big Thief where (1) I discovered the band by accident, having no idea whatsoever who they were (no "hype" played into it) and (2) they have been my favorite contemporary band for the past couple of years. I love their music on a really deep level, and if they're not ROCK AND ROLL enough for you, fine, but honestly just fuck off. Don't tell other people what they feel.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:13 (eleven months ago) link

luv 2 be a twitter bluecheck w/no name or identifying details

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:14 (eleven months ago) link

yeah and on that note who is this person, am I supposed to know who they are?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:15 (eleven months ago) link

The tweet is dumb, Big Thief barely warrants a takedown bc I mean whose oxygen are they really stealing, and anyway as someone who mostly comes away from Next Big Thing indie with a shrug, I took to this band immediately with the first album. Her voice never bothered me but I also have built up immunity after years of listening to Neil Young.

omar little, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:16 (eleven months ago) link

everyone self selects their Twitter bubble so what seems like an overbearing national discourse on Big Thief is basically like 20k nerds and no one gives a shit

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:18 (eleven months ago) link

the tweeter in question is a music editor at the nyt

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:20 (eleven months ago) link

Also, "emperor's new clothes" is just a weird criticism to make of them in particular even if you don't like them? Emperor's new clothes makes me think of something more like, IDK, that absurd overwrought orchestral project that Jack White did, lots of bluster and not much substance. Big Thief's music is obviously carefully and lovingly crafted and extremely sincere whether it's your thing or not.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:21 (eleven months ago) link

make up your mind, is it gonna be 'to each his own' or 'fuck you if you say anything against this obvious gem'

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:37 (eleven months ago) link

the tweeter in question is a music editor at the nyt

oh boiee

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:40 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RXwe-v72rE

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:47 (eleven months ago) link

make up your mind, is it gonna be 'to each his own' or 'fuck you if you say anything against this obvious gem'

― j., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:37 AM (fourteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

it's "don't even think of @-ing me"

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:51 (eleven months ago) link

as a critical posture it's both dismissive and defensive, two things i think criticism should strive not to be but ymmv

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:52 (eleven months ago) link

I am always more interested in critical writing that involves subjectivity and really digs into it that way, vs this sort of objectivity lording over how others are supposed to feel. There’s of course a middle ground, a vast one occupied by many. Idk i think there’s a bit more room for being generous towards music if you start to dig into your own reactions, maybe. But I think the ego of a decent number of writers means more personal opinions being passed off as fact, much more dismissiveness and contempt. Don’t @ me w/r/t this post.

omar little, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:56 (eleven months ago) link

make up your mind, is it gonna be 'to each his own' or 'fuck you if you say anything against this obvious gem'

― j., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:37 AM (twenty minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I mean I'm really not saying it's an "obvious gem," I just don't think "emperor's new clothes" is really an apt criticism? I don't particularly like Lana Del Rey, but I don't think she is "emperor's new clothes." Like there is objectively *something* there.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:01 (eleven months ago) link

right i agree with you there, i'm not sure what the exact original formulation was but my interest is not in seeing the band as new-clothesey or as hype-driven epiphenomena of the criticism industry. someone itt put it better, i think, that they seem to be an instance of a more general phenomenon where actually musically respectable bands get caught in waves of overestimation by critics-fans because of their role in the impoverished indie rock milieu but rapidly subside in esteem—yet you would expect critics to be more reflective about this when praising bands like this.

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:05 (eleven months ago) link

you could also expect so-called critics to maybe explain why they don't like a piece of art rather than dropping a "this sucks and everyone who likes it is dumb" stink bomb and refusing to engage with anyone.

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:07 (eleven months ago) link

^^^^ this

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:09 (eleven months ago) link

it's called editing!!!!!!!!!

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:10 (eleven months ago) link

I can't get over this choad referring to "'my charges." It reminds me of a National Review editor yelling at interns for using soy milk instead of REAL FUCKING CREAM in his coffee.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:14 (eleven months ago) link

I mean, fwiw I've almost never enjoyed most of the NY Times' music criticism. Their house vibe seems to be very boring people trying to prove how fun they are through their appreciation of popular music.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:15 (eleven months ago) link

doesn't it imply a custodial relationship, like the ones whom she has been tasked with shaping into fine critical wordsmiths and journalistic pros

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:16 (eleven months ago) link

I've always been annoyed by the whole "don't @ me" thing anyway, but it's one thing tagged onto the end of an obviously jokey tweet, another thing at the end of a weird (and, I'd say, misguided) blanket dismissal of any piece of art from a critic for a national outlet.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:19 (eleven months ago) link

somehow i missed that this band switched drummers between masterpiece and capacity, previously i thought jason burger had developed a sudden restraint on the latter record lol. james krivchenia's quiet, understated, very in the pocket playing feels much more tied to the spirit of the band than the sick fills burger unleashes all over "real love" but i love those sick fills regardless

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:21 (eleven months ago) link

haha so how many other ppl thought they had honed their intuitive communication when really they just dumped their lunkhead caveman

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:24 (eleven months ago) link

i mean it's both tbh

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:25 (eleven months ago) link

anyway, i finally checked out two hands and it's unsurprisingly great. i think capacity is still my favorite of the three--they maybe hadn't turned into world-beaters yet, but the best songs on capacity still hit me the hardest (haley, mary, mythological beauty, great white shark).

everyone otm about how 'not' hits even harder in context of the record.

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:26 (eleven months ago) link

huh, I actually didn't realize that either, only I assumed Krivechnia had been the drummer on Masterpiece. I think that explains a big part of why I find that record more uneven as much as I like it. I always felt like the title track wasn't done the way it deserved to be due to that big rock splash it tries to make.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:26 (eleven months ago) link

i don't think it's necessarily all his playing. there are many great songs on there that don't feel secure in their arrangements, some of them drumless ("velvet ring"). weird to think "paul" points the way to the rest of their discography but it does

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:36 (eleven months ago) link

i just think the "decamped" to a one room cabin thing is funny, sounds like something a deposed military leader would do

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 18:30 (four weeks ago) link

"anything" is really pretty

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:33 (four weeks ago) link

Some more context on the new albums from Adrianne here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEowCPND49R/?igshid=cudu4affgpgx

“Pizza House!” (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:00 (four weeks ago) link

(sorry I failed to trim out the tracking ID)

“Pizza House!” (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:00 (four weeks ago) link


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