OK, is this the worst piece of music writing ever?

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^I skimmed it, and that seems to be exactly how their analysis works!

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:20 (three months ago) link

Look buddy I've seen lots of TV ads for soda, bubblegum and adult diapers and that's definitely what that song means

Evan, Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:21 (three months ago) link

analysing lyrics alone to judge the emotional content of music is maybe the stupidest fucking thing i’ve ever heard in my life

Homegrown Georgia speedster Ladd McConkey (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:30 (three months ago) link

Wait so what is Happy Together actually about

Οὖτις, Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:31 (three months ago) link

a sad lonely dude imagining being together with someone who either doesn't know he exists or does and doesn't gaf about him

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:36 (three months ago) link

i mean the first word is 'imagine'

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:36 (three months ago) link

It’s the A-prime example of Songs where the singer/protagonist comes off as a serious dick without meaning to

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:48 (three months ago) link

Sentiment analysis is often nonsense

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:57 (three months ago) link

not to mention pop isn't any happier or more morose than it's ever been.

it's not like the charts are being topped by MC D-Pressed with hit single "I Ain't Shit"

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:59 (three months ago) link

How do you quantify the emotional tenor of having your horses in the back, horse tack is attached?

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:06 (three months ago) link

You could argue that Post Malone’s career is depressing but I doubt it would be because of his lyrics

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:11 (three months ago) link

I’m not going to read the article but it’s pretty unassailable knowledge that in the last 3+ years of rap have been incredibly depressive and pop quickly followed suit

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:29 (three months ago) link

not to mention pop isn't any happier or more morose than it's ever been.

it's not like the charts are being topped by MC D-Pressed with hit single "I Ain't Shit"


Are you aware of XXXTentacion?

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:31 (three months ago) link

Their analysis stops in 2015.

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:32 (three months ago) link

Also, they seem to be just looking at instances of words like “happy” vs. “sad,” and major vs. minor key. Someone actually paying attn to pop trends could probably write a thing about recent depressing rap lyrics, but this ain’t it.

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:36 (three months ago) link

imo all “scientific” studies of pop music are bad because they’re all pretty much rooted in confirmation bias

maura, Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:40 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

i don't think this fits the thread perfectly but we need to talk about this

https://www.businessinsider.com/electric-guest-tour-north-america-mercedes-benz-sprinter-van-2020-3

How an LA band completed a tour around North America in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van

...

This means the duo — and the two other musicians who play with them while on tour — need to share the three-passenger row Sprinter while on the road.

While they're on the road, Taccone takes the back passenger row while Compton gets the middle. The two additional touring members get the front row directly behind the driver and passenger seats.

global tetrahedron, Monday, 23 March 2020 17:41 (two months ago) link

how in the hell is that not marked as sponsored content

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:45 (two months ago) link

"SEE ALSO: This $150,000 off-roading camper van built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter can stay off the grid for 7 days"

morrisp, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:18 (two months ago) link

Business Insider, posting an ad thinly-disguised as an article? What is this world coming to?

DJP, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:56 (two months ago) link

the band has a member of lonely island

maura, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:22 (two months ago) link

but what kind of IPA do they drink?

fits, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:23 (two months ago) link

xpost his brother is in the Lonely Island ... not that that changes your point, I don't imagine

alpine static, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:16 (two months ago) link

unless i don't know something ... which is entirely possible.

i am only paying attn to twitter a little bit right now (work at a hospital and day job is, uh, very busy) but i couldn't quite tell if ppl were clowning the publication or the band. or both?

if it's not marked as ad content that's pretty silly.

the whole thing is silly.

but there are a lot of old punks on the timeline touting their '94 tour in a brokedown econoline and acting like they wouldn't have jumped through fire at a chance to tour in that van!

alpine static, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:24 (two months ago) link

asa has written some of the lonely island’s music. he also co-wrote that big song by portugal the douchenozzle

maura, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:13 (two months ago) link

the band too ephemeral to be a real nemesis

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:06 (two months ago) link

I think it was the timing more than anything, just with everything going on it seems even more vacuous and stupid

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:11 (two months ago) link

I mean, it's Business Insider

DJP, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:17 (two months ago) link

A colleague sent me a Business Insider link today, and it’s a “BI Prime” story (behind paywall) – which means he must actually subscribe(!?)

morrisp, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:08 (two months ago) link

lol

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:09 (two months ago) link

I mean, it's Business Insider


^^^ why is this still being talked about

brimstead, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:19 (two months ago) link

paid content articles are going to be a rich vein for literary analysis in about three years

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:46 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande teamed up for "Rain On Me," an upbeat dance track where each singer takes a turn with a verse. They also sing together on some of the choruses. https://t.co/eap8R2kl0p

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 23, 2020

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:31 (four days ago) link

(the tweet, dunno about the article)

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:31 (four days ago) link

"Both wear eye makeup."

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:29 (four days ago) link

reminds me of NAME RELEVANT SONG FROM ANTI THAT MATCHES DESCRIPTION

dyl, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:07 (three days ago) link

Ladies and gentlemen, I rarely post articles in this thread. But today I found a piece of work that I feel is truly, truly exceptional. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/mark-words-lets-rock-way-extinction-2578080?fbclid=IwAR0JEbEYNsElq4MpZYShemmOw6LLkiDsOTTNI7EWf7We8i4tgYcALV5F08w

Made it to this point, couldn't go any further:

The fact is, whatever you think of their music, Coldplay put on one of the most spectacular, un-beige, bed-shitting live shows on the planet, a tornado of colour and excitement that makes a Beyonce show look like Milkfloat Karaoke.

Assuming it goes on in this manner and is confirmed to be parody by the end.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:44 (two days ago) link

even without a pandemic going on i don't know if i'd attend a bed-shitting live show

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:47 (two days ago) link

Holy shit, this article

(so serious) (DJP), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:05 (two days ago) link

Does the bedshitting provide natural, renewable electricity to power the instruments

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:10 (two days ago) link

"un-beige bed shitting" suggests the blueberries went bad

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:17 (two days ago) link

And if our efforts to save the planet fail? I’d rather spend my last few decades of habitable planet rocking out to retina-exploding 5D live shows, thank you very much. At least I’ll end up saluting my desert mutant warlord with a whole bunch of euphoric nights behind me and a wrist full of flashing neon bracelets.

1) - this is sad
2) - mostly posting to prove i read the whole thing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:20 (two days ago) link

"At least I'll have my memories of Coldplay concerts when the environmental apocalypse comes" is one hell of a thesis statement

xp: lol I may have had similar posting motivation there

(so serious) (DJP), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:22 (two days ago) link

it's strange to me that he invokes maroon 5 as the sort of cultural decay that would justify complete nuclear annihilation, and yet for some reason coldplay is the band whose shows must go on even if the price is total environmental catastrophe. like, if you just squint hard enough

budo jeru, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:25 (two days ago) link

5. Bring on the day, says I, when all human culture is obliterated by ecological apocalypse and rebuilt by the brave few who were intelligent enough to keep their Strokes records off-Cloud and live up a hill.

I guarantee (and counting myself among them) no one who owns a physical copy of a Strokes album is going to survive the apocalypse.

sure but even so that’s probably the nicest conceivable way you could criticize that horrible sentence

budo jeru, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:54 (two days ago) link

When you go to Bartertown, the Strokes cds are the first thing they will confiscate

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:56 (two days ago) link

at first they came for the maroon 5 CDs, and i said nothing

budo jeru, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:56 (two days ago) link

Oh it's Mark Beaumont, I should've guessed - he was always a terrible writer.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:00 (two days ago) link


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