1. Fifth Harmony at The Majestic Ventura Theater, 2-12-2014

    Fun night.


  4. jesus-san:

    i would listen to fifth harmony or w/e their name is but what i saw of them from the one episode of the x-factor i watched they all seemed really arrogant and not fun

    Which episode was that?

    Ally’s always been on a different plane than the other girls (she’s the one with the Can’t Be Tamed getup and a fierceness in her eyes.that would make Tyra proud). And while I never saw that as arrogance (I just think she’s very try-hard), I can see how one could interpret it that way. But I can’t recall any of the other girls as being anything other than humble and sweet.

    I highly recommend their EP.

  5. Nice to hear from you after all this time but I think you missed the point

  6. Of course, if you interpreted that as “man he really hates that movie,” you’d be wrong

  7. It’s hard to root for either side in Camp Rock 2. At The Final Jam, after each camp had the chance to perform their song, ostensible bad guy/head of Camp Star says to ostensible good guy/head of Camp Rock something like “Nice, but it will never sell.” Mr. Camp Rock replies with something like “You know it should still be all about the music.” Then, instead of challenging the bullshit/icky implication that a song led by a black performer that isn’t too reliant on “real” instruments is somehow inauthentic, Mr. Camp Star basically concedes the artificiality point when snaps back “Maybe, but that’s why you’ll never make it in this business,” the implication being that yeah, we’re totally selling our soul to the devil but hey, we’re going to be rich and famous!

  8. Obviously you want to root for Rion so I hate to say this but c’mon Simon (and everyone else), this just wasn’t that good.

  9. Ugh this stupid thing.

    It would be an understatement to say that my brother isn’t going to win any Feminist of the Year awards. But of course he genuinely loves his daughter, and this jacket is such a painfully perfect symbol of the effort to bridge that inherent disconnect. I mean, it’s basically a letterman jacket. But it’s pink! And it says ‘love’ on the sleeve! Girls, amiright?!

    It simultaneously breaks and warms my heart.


  10. Hunter and I both went to Fillmore High. He was in the grade above me (though apparently I was older?). His group seemed like the class of 2002 equivalent of our group (or we were the class of 2003 equivalent of them, I guess.) We were the arty ones.

    I also saw him play live many times. He was the drummer for several local bands, including End Transmission, who were pretty great. Above is my favorite ET song.

    Rest in peace, Hunter.

    (Source: Spotify)


  11. "Lunch was always a good opportunity to bond. Randy, Ryan (who was very nice and the hardest-working man I know), and Simon were the popular kids. They were the “in” clique and of course Simon was the gang leader (well he did have the private plane they all flew in). I loved listening to them. They were very funny together and spoke of their trips to Miami, their business dealings and, of course, their new toys, namely houses, all the things that fill them, and in Simon’s case, cars. Simon and Ryan played a hilarious game where they would identify the most powerful person they knew in Hollywood and call their office at the same time. Whoever got them on the line first won. It went something like this:
    “Hello, it’s Ryan for Rupert.” (I’m talking about Rupert Murdoch here, the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Fox’s parent company.)
    “Hello, it’s Simon for Rupert.”
    Then we would wait to see who Rupert picked up for and who was told that Rupert would call them back.
    DRUMROLL. The winner was … on second thought, I think I’ll leave you guessing. These men all have a lot of shows I’d like to appear on."
    —  Kara DioGuardi, A Helluva High Note

  12. Am I the only one that hates how Spotify posts overwhelm the dashboard


  13. editing tips


    But there are ways you can hack it for yourself. Basically, be your worst critic, read it through your most unsympathetic eye:

    "Suppose everybody thinks I’m a horrible writer. What sections would get 100 snide tweets? What would get a counter-thinkpiece? What quotes would people Gchat to each other, incredulously? What would the smart people in the comments section rip apart? What would people reblog with "Look at this fucking asshole"? What will I never live down?"

    Whole post is great but this is particularly helpful for me.

  14. thesinglesjukebox:


    Crystal Xia: The bizarre irony of this track is that it starts by trying to start with a juxtaposition of old Katy Perry with now, and what she describes as what she’s not anymore is exactly what “Roar” sounds like. “Roar” is the sound of being scared to rock the boat epitomized. “Roar” is all about that sitting quietly life, almost literally as it sounds like it could be played at low volumes in Starbucks. “Roar” stands for nothing and falling for everything, like the worst kind of trendchasing. The weirder thing is that the “old Katy” she describes didn”t really exist either; Katy Perry broke out with a song called “I Kissed a Girl.” As heinous as the song’s politics, at least that Katy Perry had some kind of point. This Katy Perry sounds like she’s phoning it in. “Roar” doesn’t sound like a roar at all; it just sounds boring.



  15. Misc. listening

    ZZ Ward - 11 Roses and Til the Casket Drops

    "Last Love Song" is fantastic. The “oh no”s peppered into the verses do wonders, giving the song a sense of urgency while constraining how far she can take her lines in a way that sets the stage for that soaring chorus. Elsewhere though, Ward largely bores. It’s hard to pinpoint the problem because she’s a terrific vocalist and I found her hip-hop twist on the blue-eyed soul thing pretty refreshing. And yet.

    Marion Ravn - Songs From a Blackbird

    Didn’t expect to like this album with its new piano-driven direction for Ravn. Turns out it’s a sound that suits her well. "Start Over", the first track, is the best song she’s ever written (well, besides this). 

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Discography

    I don’t think these guys are quite as bad as Pitchfork would have you believe. Still, I’m having a hard time seeing why I’ve long had them filed as a potential favorite.