Posts tagged ESSAY

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: YEEZUS
The FADER doesn’t do straight album reviews, but when something gets everybody talking, we think it’s a good practice to examine big points of contention from a couple different angles. Here, in our first edition of Point/Counterpoint, Sam Hockley-Smith and Emilie Friedlander weigh in on Kanye West’s sixth album Yeezus, wondering whether its”weirdness” hits home or falls flat.

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: YEEZUS

The FADER doesn’t do straight album reviews, but when something gets everybody talking, we think it’s a good practice to examine big points of contention from a couple different angles. Here, in our first edition of Point/Counterpoint, Sam Hockley-Smith and Emilie Friedlander weigh in on Kanye West’s sixth album Yeezus, wondering whether its”weirdness” hits home or falls flat.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS: CHRISTOPHER’S THEME
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"What ended up happening to me and our band is something that happens, a lot actually,” he writes. “But this record is not. I can’t think of another record like it at all, and if there are any they would be few and far between."

CHRISTOPHER OWENS: CHRISTOPHER’S THEME

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"What ended up happening to me and our band is something that happens, a lot actually,” he writes. “But this record is not. I can’t think of another record like it at all, and if there are any they would be few and far between."

MIGUEL: SECOND WIND
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"My life has always been like that. Are you Mexican or are you black? Are you Christian or are you no religion? I decided I was always going to be different. Because I already was different.”

MIGUEL: SECOND WIND

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"My life has always been like that. Are you Mexican or are you black? Are you Christian or are you no religion? I decided I was always going to be different. Because I already was different.”

FRENCH MONTANA: HOMECOMING
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“I remember me as a kid, just being raised around people in a third world country and not having the opportunity to become what I became today.” French says. “It’s so crazy how I ended up in the States and made it happen.”

FRENCH MONTANA: HOMECOMING

WINTER BREAK LONG READS: REVISIT OUR 2012 COVER STORIES

“I remember me as a kid, just being raised around people in a third world country and not having the opportunity to become what I became today.” French says. “It’s so crazy how I ended up in the States and made it happen.”

CHIEF KEEF: LOST BOYS
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D. Gainz: “As much as people don’t like Keef, his situation gives kids from the street some hope. Keef didn’t have nothing! So I think that makes people appreciate themselves a little more. Everything we doing is inspiring somebody to show that you don’t need a lot.”

CHIEF KEEF: LOST BOYS

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D. Gainz: “As much as people don’t like Keef, his situation gives kids from the street some hope. Keef didn’t have nothing! So I think that makes people appreciate themselves a little more. Everything we doing is inspiring somebody to show that you don’t need a lot.”

THE XX: WHAT WE WERE FEELING
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"When you’re on tour, you might as well be like a newborn baby, you’re taken anywhere you need to go. If you’re going to be at a party, you’re taken there. I came home and if I needed to be somewhere I’d automatically expect someone to take me. Then there’s that realization, that, Okay I need to look after myself now."

THE XX: WHAT WE WERE FEELING

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"When you’re on tour, you might as well be like a newborn baby, you’re taken anywhere you need to go. If you’re going to be at a party, you’re taken there. I came home and if I needed to be somewhere I’d automatically expect someone to take me. Then there’s that realization, that, Okay I need to look after myself now."

BEACH HOUSE: TIDAL PULL
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"We wanted to find somebody who played bass, 
or maybe organ too. We had this whole plan. We’d asked all these people who were like, Nah, I don’t have time. I wouldn’t be a good band member. This one guy was like, Why would you want to do a band? It’s perfect already. That moment was a huge realization—it’s just us! And it’s great!"

BEACH HOUSE: TIDAL PULL

WINTER BREAK LONG READS: REVISIT OUR 2012 COVER STORIES

"We wanted to find somebody who played bass, 
or maybe organ too. We had this whole plan. We’d asked all these people who were like, Nah, I don’t have time. I wouldn’t be a good band member. This one guy was like, Why would you want to do a band? It’s perfect already. That moment was a huge realization—it’s just us! And it’s great!"

2 CHAINZ: SECOND LIFE
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“A lot of rappers who maybe didn’t sell well damn near committed suicide but I always thought there was something wrong with everybody else. They didn’t get it.”

2 CHAINZ: SECOND LIFE

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“A lot of rappers who maybe didn’t sell well damn near committed suicide but I always thought there was something wrong with everybody else. They didn’t get it.”

KENDRICK LAMAR & BLACK HIPPY: A VIEW FROM THE CENTER
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"Egos kill. Not only you, but everybody around you."

KENDRICK LAMAR & BLACK HIPPY: A VIEW FROM THE CENTER

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"Egos kill. Not only you, but everybody around you."

DANNY BROWN: COMING FROM BEHIND
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“It was a long period of my life where I was just a nobody,” he says. “And for a while, that’s what my family thought I would be, just a guy sleeping on a couch, writing his name on an orange juice like, Don’t touch that shit.”

DANNY BROWN: COMING FROM BEHIND

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“It was a long period of my life where I was just a nobody,” he says. “And for a while, that’s what my family thought I would be, just a guy sleeping on a couch, writing his name on an orange juice like, Don’t touch that shit.”

A YEAR IN MUSIC WITH THE FADER

Summing up a year listening to music is kind of like trying to talk about all the times you tied your shoelaces. Still, six editors at the FADER tried.

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A YEAR IN MUSIC: MATTHEW SCHNIPPER
On accessible rock, romantic comedies and the outer limits of music.

Kindness, a warm rock-ish group, like Lotus Plaza, plays meticulously, with not a hair out of place. That precision and pleasantness is fun to listen to. While neither band breaks new ground, they write and perform inviting music at unparalleled level and, to my tired ears, that is very satisfying. Simply put, I love difficult music but get tired of listening.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: MATTHEW SCHNIPPER

On accessible rock, romantic comedies and the outer limits of music.

Kindness, a warm rock-ish group, like Lotus Plaza, plays meticulously, with not a hair out of place. That precision and pleasantness is fun to listen to. While neither band breaks new ground, they write and perform inviting music at unparalleled level and, to my tired ears, that is very satisfying. Simply put, I love difficult music but get tired of listening.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: AMBER BRAVO
On female musicians, we should think less about the female and more about the music.

I’ve always felt that women can often be women’s harshest critics, but I think that’s less an inherent trait than it is a learned behavior. Too often, it feels like whatever little parcel in the landscape we carve out for ourselves is so rare and so scarce that we need to constantly be mindful of someone encroaching on it, staking a claim. This reduction is even more pervasive in the music industry, where when women when cast their die, they’re inevitably casting them into tiny, prescriptive boxes. They’re given progressively more room to push boundaries, but still, the legroom is pretty tight.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: AMBER BRAVO

On female musicians, we should think less about the female and more about the music.

I’ve always felt that women can often be women’s harshest critics, but I think that’s less an inherent trait than it is a learned behavior. Too often, it feels like whatever little parcel in the landscape we carve out for ourselves is so rare and so scarce that we need to constantly be mindful of someone encroaching on it, staking a claim. This reduction is even more pervasive in the music industry, where when women when cast their die, they’re inevitably casting them into tiny, prescriptive boxes. They’re given progressively more room to push boundaries, but still, the legroom is pretty tight.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: EMILIE FRIEDLANDER
On falling in love, again.

My good friend Ric, who definitely likes a lot of things that aren’t very marketable at all, would say that if an artist has the legs to climb out of the underground, it’s probably because they’ve got something really special about them. Considering even something so small as the way she layers an arpeggio on top of a drum beat, I think that’s true about Grimes, but I can’t help noticing that there are a lot of very insipid or derivative musicians out there with “legs” too, and that all too often, artists seem to grow into the heroes that we wish them to be only after the world has fallen in love with them.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: EMILIE FRIEDLANDER

On falling in love, again.

My good friend Ric, who definitely likes a lot of things that aren’t very marketable at all, would say that if an artist has the legs to climb out of the underground, it’s probably because they’ve got something really special about them. Considering even something so small as the way she layers an arpeggio on top of a drum beat, I think that’s true about Grimes, but I can’t help noticing that there are a lot of very insipid or derivative musicians out there with “legs” too, and that all too often, artists seem to grow into the heroes that we wish them to be only after the world has fallen in love with them.

A YEAR IN MUSIC: NAOMI ZEICHNER

In defense of falling apart in public.

I identify most with unapologetic flip-floppers, people who broadcast pride one minute, openly fall apart the next and don’t worry that one display will negate the other.