Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Pitchfork published an impressively useless ranking of the best Rihanna singles so I thought it would be fun to try to set the record straight. They did 52 for "completists," but who the fuck needs a list with "Birthday Cake" on it? The playlist is arranged in power ranking order, so it goes from all-timers to era-specific nostalgia pieces, but suffice it to say she's one of the most important artists of the last 10+ years.
Posted by Ben at 5/30/2017 07:15:00 AM
Monday, May 29, 2017
"our souls should have been huge by now" says one flower to another in Louise Glück's The Wild Iris and tough titties, Louise, our souls grow very slowly, but we can hitch a ride on our betters, art is kind of like HGH, the NFL knows we're doing it and looks the other way.
Posted by Ben at 5/29/2017 07:25:00 AM
Friday, May 19, 2017
My favorite song of the year thus far, and a 50:1 to break big, but it was really good to hear it on Top 40 the other night, as it has only climbed to 49 on the Hot 100. It takes tropical house's luxury-lite aesthetic and gives it a steely backbone, boldly assuring us that salvation (romantic or perhaps political?) will be ours whether we can bear to ask for it or not.
The safe bets are "Despecito", which is p. good but will get stuck in your head soooo bad, "Something Just Like This" (whatevs,) and "Shape of You", which is just inescapable on radio right now, has 1.1B views on YouTube, and is the male gaze-y Lex Luthor to Gaga's Superman. And now we get to look forward to seeing that schmuck on Game of Thrones. "It Ain't Me" would also be great in my book but Selena just doesn't get the adoration she deserves. So says I, adorer of Selena.
Posted by Ben at 5/19/2017 07:22:00 AM
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Somehow the 15th "MCU" film, I'm feeling the same sort of resigned fatigue for these things as new Star Wars films--they're serviceable enough storyboards of movies that I'd want to see, but any opportunity for genuine charm is lost in the effort to keep the trains moving on time and allow for the requisite 4.5 big CGI battles that I guess they have evidence that kids need to stay enthused? There are enough goofs and heart to earn my genial, bemused goodwill but I sure wish the writers would do some soul-searching and think about why we really love the things we do. The X-Wing weren't the cool part. Let the Wookie win.
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" is one of the pinnacles of 70's songwriting, and if this only serves to bring it to a new generation, then it earns a pass in my book.
Posted by Ben at 5/17/2017 07:59:00 AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Had a lot of fun seeing this with the Mother's Day crowd. Goldie and Amy have great chemistry and the supporting cast--Chris Meloni, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Arturo Castro and Joan Cusack-- is aces. I have more room in my heart for simple throwback comedies than most people, but wanted to stan for it a bit because it seems like Amy is experiencing some sort of weird riptide backlash.
Spelled Barinholtz right on the first go. Excelsior!
Posted by Ben at 5/16/2017 07:53:00 AM
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
POP (2000) soundtracked so many of my weird chilly nighttime strolls in Portland and Berkeley, helped me sleep in several cots and bunks, and this is arguably better, the kind of life music that comes from the wokest of pied pipers, as if the Beatitudes are some sort of chemo trip you have to stay on, 24/7, to capture the beauty and pain of decadence and decline, remoteness and accessibility, the confines of faith.
Posted by Ben at 5/03/2017 09:14:00 PM