The name “Viet Cong” So this year, we watched as a band named after an off-hand racist comment rose on the charts. They’ll no doubt crop up on bunches of more positive lists this month, even after colleges like Oberlin barred them from playing. Sang Nguyen, a writer at Impose and also a second-generation Vietnamese-American, […]
Some say that the job of good music is to elevate living into something more than survival. Some wish they had lived through the sixties… I wish to be living through John Grant’s career. I’d have seen him play Liverpool if only I’d been brave enough to go alone and I wish I had been. […]
The worst thing about end of year polls is that they all come out in early December, which is hilarious because that means nobody got to talk about one of the best albums of the year. The Beyoncé album, called Beyoncé, was released with no fanfare, no reviews, and no warning. It then became one […]
Man, what a crazy goddamned year. Not the music, the music was great.
The extra reading is well worth your time. I’m way more entertaining than I need to be, given the subject matter.
Isn’t that the way a love song – and indeed love, and indeed religion – works? Takes the internal intangible and makes it audible, physical, present, be it a 7” single or a cathedral.
Pale Green Ghosts is an album as diverse and hilarious, as dying and alive, as life itself. What more could you ask for? Prior approval? Grow up. The music world is a lot bigger than Pitchfork, and there are far more interesting journeys to go on than the path from a publicist’s e-mail to a writer’s inbox.
Authenticity matters. I’m not sure how much it matters or why it matters or whether it should matter, but clearly it matters.