Groove Approximations Subdue Lollipop Thugs
Wa$$up Ring My Bell (Top Singles, First Quarter 2014)
Here’s a snazzy little track from rookie group Badkiz that combines stylish vocals, Wa$$up playground shouts, and funny LMFAO synthesizer spazzes.
But what strikes me is that here they are, doing a dance track, and they’re genuinely poor dancers. I’m…
Just in time for my first quarter wrap, Crayon Pop show up in
shtetl garb traditionalist clothing, playing old people’s music as the young-un’s in back discreetly tap their toes. Above them in the ten, Wa$$up ring my bell, BiS prove that Anti-Idol is Idol, Tinashe brushes my Cassie spot, Future…
The title is "Oy"! The title is "Oy"! The title is "Oy"!
After School's Good Year (Year 3)
Although the powers that be are transliterating the forthcoming Crayon Pop single (“어이”) as “Uh-ee,” that’s very wrong. First, in pronunciation it’s “Aw-ee” not “Uh-ee” if you separate out each syllable as written; and second, Crayon Pop shout it out fast without separating the syllables, and clearly the…
Of three recent albums by K-pop big shots (SNSD, 2NE1, and After School, w/ 4minute and Super Junior-M in my to-do pile), After School’s is head and shoulders above the rest, once again. I still have no sense of the members’ individual musical personalities, if they have any, and not much sense…
Pop World Cup Brings The Cheese
As you may have surmised, foreign agents shut off the transponder on my home DSL. Search parties expect to find said DSL sometime midweek. In the meantime I’ve been walking around my new neighborhood. I’m now living in heavily Latino west Denver, though my apt is just a couple minutes’ walk from the Little Saigon business strip on Federal. The ratio…
Meaning of "consensus" changed unanimously with 16 voting in favor, 40 against, and 149 abstaining
My most consistently happy Internet moments have been at the Pop World Cup on Tom Ewing’s Freaky Trigger Website. First tracks are up; the tournament will run through May. I urge you to attend, to write, to vote.
I threw my points to the two with “cheese” in their descriptions. This is the original…
The Tiger Eats Its Tail And Thereby Achieves Consensus (my comments on Christgau's comments on P&J)
Okay, “consensus” isn’t and shouldn’t be an exact synonym for “unanimity,” but the way I use it and dictionaries define it is far closer to “unanimity” than to “some people sometimes have similar opinions on something with some overlap as to who has similar opinions and some overlap as to what…
Xgau likes to imply ideas rather than spell them out, which I find frustrating. When he says “the atomization of taste known as the long tail may have a cutoff” I think he means a cutoff in time (it’s the atomization not the tail that’s being cut off), and what he means by cutting off the…
My Pazz & Jop Ballot, 2013
Top 90 Singles, 2013
1. After School - First Love EP - Pledis Entertainment - 15
2. Orange Caramel - Orange Caramel - Avex - 15
3. D-Unit - Affirmative Chapter.1 EP - D-Business Entertainment/Windmill Media - 13
4. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile - Constellation - 13
5. Kate Nash - Girl Talk - Have 10p - 10
6. SNSD - Love &…
Tracks that stand out as being less like most of the others on this list:
Wa$$up “Wa$$up" and "Jingle Bell”: Like a lot of K-pop, this music draws on American hip-hop. But unlike a lot of K-pop this doesn’t sound like K-pop, but rather like American jumprope pop.
Tren-D “Candy Boy”: Like a lot of K-pop, this music draws on Italodisco. But unlike a…