Apparently the download link on my 2013 K-Pop post didn’t work for a few folks. Here it is as a Dropbox:
More details here.
Spent this morning dilettantily catching up with the K-pop in my general orbit (several blogs and folks who follow much much more closely than I do!) and put together a one-CD (it’s “teach an 18-year-old how to burn a CD day”) compilation.
Some pleasant surprises here as I scanned a few obvious (Billboard, Tumblr and webfriend K-pop network) and non-obvious (Vice?) places along with the usual suspects. (Chuck Eddy and Frank Kogan both voted 2YOON’s “24/7” country single of the year! And they’re right!)
When in doubt, I went for sonic diversity over OK+ earworms, of which there were many many many. That means the two songs I considered off of Lee Hyori’s great “Monochrome” wilted in the presence of very-much-an-album-track “Holly Jolly Bus,” which sounds GREAT right after “Expect” by Girl’s Day. One instrumental from electronic dorks Glen Check, one near-instrumental from IU’s fascinating canned maturity, which sounds like 90s neo-bachelor pad (personal weakness and/or soft spot). (She finally chimes in at 1:20 out of 2:30, makes a nice “bonus track.”)
The first six tracks here should be enough to drop yer jaw. Holy cow.
After that — so many sounds! Debbie Deb-y freestyle flourishes (GLAM)! Cod-country that wipes the floor with Steps (2YOON)! All variety of dorky dude R&B in both smoky (smokey?) and Timberlite flavors (MBLAQ and Zion T. respectively)! WTF-pop (Wa$$up, T-Ara N4), and stuff that is so fucking weird it didn’t even make this compilation (sorry “I Got a Boy”)!
Anyway, perfect for a warming-up Saturday afternoon listen.
A lot of life changes are afoot so my blogging is down to a crawl. Would like to put any blogging energies into anxiabetes or ed blogging.
But I would like to state for the record that since I submitted balloty type things it has become clear that the best album of last year was actually Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time, according to the list of albums that both my wife and I are willing to share as “our” #1 alb of the year. For reference, these are the ones we agree on from the last ten years:
2013: Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
2012: Hercules and Love Affair - DJ-Kicks
2011: Little Dragon - Ritual Union
2010: Kelis - Flesh Tone
2009: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It’s Blitz
2008: Studio - Yearbook 2
2007: M.I.A. - Kala
2006: Marit Larsen - Under the Surface
2005: Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
2004: Arcade Fire - Funeral
2003: Constantines - Shine a Light
A few of these are the same as my album of the year (especially during Our Relationship: The College Years), but in the last couple years my wife has basically hepped me to the albums that we end up listening to the most, including reappraisal of It’s Blitz (secret best track is “Hysteric”), some DJ mixes and DJ-y music (Flume!), Little Dragon, and (this year) Sky.
Anyway, I gotta go be a dad in the spring, so I’ll probably be outta commission for a while. Godspeed, Tumblr!
It subtly tweaked the #1DDay timeline so it happened differently, jeez.
Nah, just the fake Spinto Band thing I posted. (My wife told me it was weird but I liked it.) I will publish all fan fiction the second I write it. It will consist entirely of imagining 1D members in movies made between 1991 and 1994.
Guess it’s better that I never tried to publish any of my fiction :/
The very last Calvin & Hobbes Comic -
well this is the definition of messed up
is that bad that im crying right now because i am
No no it’s not true though! The last Calvin and Hobbes comic was of the two of them…
This comic: still 1000x worse than Calvin pissing on a Ford logo.
the days in which [something] could quietly suck a little and I could be OK with that —
Just came across this phrase in a post I wrote about Lana Del Rey (here) and I like the phrase “quietly sucks a little.”
Been thinking a lot about quietness. Not sure what I mean by “quietness,” but maybe it’s the word to describe, e.g., my “hide in plain sight” attraction to some of the stuff on my year-end list this year — my number one album of the year is one of its best-selling, but outside of 1D fandom I’ve heard pretty much nothing about how good Midnight Memories is. Just, good. And, blessedly, I’ve also heard pretty much nothing about how bad it is. Nothing sucks about the 1D album, of course, but in my little world it’s relatively quiet; I have to go looking for the conversation, and usually I enjoy the conversation when I follow it, but it also feels a bit outside my wheelhouse (which I also like).
The will.i.am album quietly sucks a little, in that (again) no one in my sphere is really talking about the thing. (There is no definition of “quiet” that applies to the actual music on the album.) No one is particularly incensed; no one is particularly enamored. It’s refreshing.
I’m a pretty loud person — one of those people whose natural speaking voice is a little too loud for the room, and gets louder when I’m anxious or defensive — and I’ve often thought of my online voice as being similarly pitched a bit too loud, which serves me better online than it does in a coffee shop, I guess. But I also often feel deluged with noise, my own noise and others’ noise and incidental noise. So it’s nice to have an experience with something, not be able to find the words for it, and then not see anyone else finding the words for it, either.