“Much like the long-running national debates about jumping off a roof, licking electrical sockets, and gargling with thumbtacks, the vexing question of whether children should fire military weapons does not appear headed for a swift resolution.”
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I just read Pitchfork’s silly lists for the best of this decade so far. I have a hard time understanding why you need any of these lists if they aren’t for a single year, picked at the end of that year. Any lists involving years that have gone by are often attempts to seem cooler/be ahead of trends in retrospect. I also can’t understand many of the picks for both the best song list and best album list. For example, they included one song by The National and picked neither of their qualifying albums. The National are a band I thought was held in very high regard by the folks at Pitchfork. It seems like the only traditional band Pitchfork has love for is Real Estate, a solid, but fairly boring group. Vampire Weekend are an exception from my confusion, as they are a quality group of musicians who continue to grow and surprise. I realize at this point I just sound like an old man railing against newer genres and types of music, and in a way, I am. But I’m railing against Pitchfork deciding that shitty pop music from the likes of Taylor Swift and Drake is worthy of serious praise. I remember a time when Pitchfork would have shit all over music sounding anything like half of the songs they list as the best of the last decade. I know tastes seem to have shifted towards empty music that says very little about anything at all. I guess I was clinging to the idea that sites like Pitchfork would resist this shift and still laud musicians who stood for something other than personal gain and self love. Ok, time to go back to yelling at those damn kids on my lawn.
Do The Right Thing (1989) dir. spike lee
"Mothafuck a window. Radio Raheem is dead."