Ashanti was a demon on Buffy once
Hey Dorkly, here’s a Christmas story I hope makes its way into Pwn Up. Enjoy!
Every year my brother and I exchange a notoriously bad old school videogame for Christmas as a gag gift. This year, I thought I would step it up and give him the gift he really wanted.
Anyway keep doing awesome work and have a great holiday!
We’re always on the lookout for the best, funniest, and most heatwarming stories. As always send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahahah yes! I got to hold this. Happy to see it make it to Dorkly.
An indifferent question levied in most years prior to 2013, typically accompanied with a dismissive wave.
“Who cares if they said that? They didn’t mean it like that.”
“Who cares if people perceive them in that way? I don’t.”
“Who cares about the past? I’m only listening to them now, and now they’re in a positive place.”
These are statements that are slowly becoming relics within the pop culture landscape. It’s not as if we’ve up and grown a conscience; we’ve always had a gauge as to what we’ll tolerate as far as a public outrage. But, this year in particular showed that those famous figures could not escape their detractors by simply labeling them “a small vocal minority”. In the era of screengrabs and leaked affidavits, every tweet, beef, arrest, opinion, reappropriation, or questionable lyric is sent through the blog wash cycle and cemented on the internet in perpetuity, for as long as we all shall live.
I’m not highlighting this in a negative way. If anything, it’s good that we can hold these artists accountable for the things we don’t like. To have these discussions is productive, even if we disagree. And to introduce arguments about non-controversies and ginned-up media crazes (which frankly do exist) works to obscure the numerous valid gripes that many have rightfully had.
Listen, I don’t mean to suggest that all of music in 2013 was just people complaining or criticizing one way or the other — there was so much actually great music! — but it’s important to note that this year, more than any other in recent memory, these entertainers weren’t above their criticisms. They had to address them in a genuine way for fear of reprisal, whether that be monetarily or in the court of public opinion.
Who cares? Apparently, a lot of y’all care. I find that fairly neat.
In any event, here are things I liked this year.
Best Singles Of 2013
UPDATE: (now with Spotify playlist of a bunch of my favorite tracks):
10. Ace Hood - “Bugatti”
9. Autre Ne Veut - “Play By Play”
8. HAIM - “The Wire”
7. Javelin - “Nnormal”
6. Ariana Grande - “The Way” Featuring Mac Miller”
5. Drake - “All Me” Featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean
4. Earl Sweatshirt - “Hive” Featuring Vince Staples & Casey Veggies
3. Beyoncé - “Drunk In Love”
2. Kanye West - “New Slaves”
1. Daft Punk - “Get Lucky”
Honorable Mentions: Rocko “U.O.E.N.O” (non-rapey edit), Katy B “What Love Is Made Of”, Migos “Versace”, Pusha T “Nosetalgia” Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chvrches “Recover”, Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End”, Ciara “Body Party”, Drake “Worst Behavior”, Problem “Like Whaaat”, Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
Best Albums Of 2013
10. Vampire Weekend - “Modern Vampires Of The City”
9. Beyoncé - “BEYONCÉ”
8. Run The Jewels - “Run The Jewels”
7. Jai Paul - “Jai Paul”
Go find it!
6. Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience Part 1/2”
5. Chance The Rapper - “Acid Rap”
4. Drake - “Nothing Was The Same”
3. Toro Y Moi - “Anything In Return”
2. Kanye West - “Yeezus”
1. Disclosure - “Settle
Honorable Mentions: Kelela “CUT 4 ME”, Pissed Jeans “Honeys”, James Blake “Overgrown”, Danny Brown “Old”, HAIM “Days Are Gone”, Inc. “No World”, DJ Rashad “Double Cup”, Charli XCX “True Romance”, The Knife “Shaking The Habitual”, Arcade Fire “Reflektor”
this tumblr is literally for me to talk to you about undressed in a public forum
Hi Nora!!! I am very excited for this new journey we are about to embark on.
Hello again. You know the drill: I had one of my URL friends write about a record in my collection. This one is by New York writer Michael Depland.
Depland is a rare case amongst my e-power circle in that we actually met in person at SXSW before we were e-friends. We kept running into each…
Thanks to the homie Andrew Winistorfer for letting me contribute here. It’s a great blog if you aren’t following already.
Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of records everyone can agree on? What’s been the most popular decade for music? What are the least-heard albums?
What did we miss?
What in the fuck is up with the least loved? WHITNEY IS AMAZING AND SHE’S ON THERE TWICE? Same with Janet and you know what, not gonna get upset right now.
I genuinely feel there’s a great deal of quality music writing on tumblr. It truly is an inspiring space for fully fleshed-out ideas to travel, though much of it is on the macro side of things. Be it an evaluation of music writing, or what music means to someone personally, or how music has affected someone’s life directly.
I suppose in reading blogs (and blogging personally), a lot of writing can become simply boilerplate. Of course, boilerplate with our own unique voices and styles, but boilerplate nonetheless. I don’t aim to disrespect video or song posts. In fact, the best ones are the ones where you feel as if you’re sitting in a room, and the author is speaking to you directly, telling you about a song that will blow you away from parts unknown, or a highly-anticipated video which fits the artist’s oeuvre like a glove and confirms all of your feelings about them or even totally changes those initial thoughts. Now, of course, this is the best scenario. Much of it is just [embed] + [source]. But the potential for something special is certainly there, and even met in several cases.
However, a wonderful space for writing about music writing has been carefully established on tumblr. Not in the sense of an ombudsman keeping score, but rather, a perfect melding of personality and criticism. This self-examination in music isn’t new by any means, but I feel perhaps now it is at its most democratic and accessible. To disseminate these kinds of conversations, without losing the original intent and message, has never been simpler. Personally, I’ve benefited from this, and there are possibly thousands more like me.
As a writer, I wouldn’t even consider myself an infant. I’m barely a newborn. Most of the writing I’m proud of at this very moment will probably embarrass me in 5 years, probably sooner, yet I can’t be afraid of that. With writing, and most crafts, you only grow the more you do it and the more you allow yourself to become vulnerable with your work. It’s difficult to look inward and turn yourself inside out for the world to see your deepest thoughts and feelings, but this space has made it all the better.