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Jul 22

FKA Twigs - “Two Weeks” (2014)

The “FKA” in FKA Twigs’ name stands for “Formerly Known As,” a legal term of art often found in entertainment industry contracts; she took it on when she was still known as “Twigs” to fend off a legal challenge from another artist also known as Twigs. She became the term that would be used in the legal settlement, recognizing that her identity is constituted through a system of laws rather than her pure intentionality. The name of her forthcoming debut album is LP1, and this, too, is a legal term of art: in music industry contracts, “LP1” is used to refer to the first album made under the contract (and LP2 the second, etc.) since the titles of these future albums are not known yet. 

As a former entertainment law paralegal, I find this charming, but it also resonates with her music. “Two Weeks” is an intensely physical song, not dancing around the point but coming right to it: “Feel your body closing, I can rip it open,” she sings. That sort of very specific language about sex is in sharp contrast to the dry abstractions of “FKA” and “LP1.” Legalese takes the horrors of human experience (death, violence, divorce) and expresses them in terms as entirely removed from emotion as possible: plaintiffs, executors, guardianship. The court deliberates on whether a man will be poisoned by the state for stabbing three people to death: is he guilty of first-degree murder

Pop does this too. Pop songs are about (or are taken to be about) these intensely personal aspects of human experience, both physical and emotional—desire, attraction, sex, love, loss—things we experience only in the specific. But these songs, and our relationships with them, are embedded in a system that’s necessarily impersonal, that cannot afford to do anything but generalize the individual experience of listening to this work of art to as many people as possible. The song that means the world to you was deliberately engineered to be as appealing as possible, even if that meant subsuming the artist’s vision, was mass-produced and distributed and marketed without any regard for your feelings. The song my father-in-law chose for his dance with my wife at our wedding was used as Edward and Bella’s first dance at their wedding in Twilight. That doesn’t make our use of it any less emotional, but it’s a distinction that’s less jarring when it’s recognized and granted. Placing your identity as a singer within a legal term while singing “pull out the insides and give me two weeks” drives this home.


vicemag:

"Three years ago, I released a video for every single track from Alpocalypse. I’m not gonna say I’m the first person to do that. I’m sure someone did it before me. But what irked me was, when I came out with this eight videos in eight days thing, people were like ‘Oh, you’re pulling a Beyoncé.’ and I have to be like, ‘No, actually Beyoncé was pulling a ‘Weird Al.’" 
—Weird Al Explains How He Conquered the Internet

As far as I can tell, the first person to do that was Sonic Youth, but I’m open to corrections. 

vicemag:

"Three years ago, I released a video for every single track from Alpocalypse. I’m not gonna say I’m the first person to do that. I’m sure someone did it before me. But what irked me was, when I came out with this eight videos in eight days thing, people were like ‘Oh, you’re pulling a Beyoncé.’ and I have to be like, ‘No, actually Beyoncé was pulling a ‘Weird Al.’" 

—Weird Al Explains How He Conquered the Internet

As far as I can tell, the first person to do that was Sonic Youth, but I’m open to corrections. 


Jul 21
t33j:

"7.9 of out 10"

t33j:

"7.9 of out 10"


Jul 19

My main regret in life

is that I am physically incapable of floating backwards out a window while whispering “gotcha”


Jul 17

(Source: effington, via perzadook)


Jul 16
Uh no there’s a void where its fucking face should be

Uh no there’s a void where its fucking face should be

(Source: sharesloth.com)


I tried to find more information on that picture of the Rock wearing a turtleneck and fannypack (where was it taken? what year was it? what was the Rock doing at the time?) but all I could turn up was a video showing what it would look like if the Rock’s video game likeness wore a fannypack.

I tried to find more information on that picture of the Rock wearing a turtleneck and fannypack (where was it taken? what year was it? what was the Rock doing at the time?) but all I could turn up was a video showing what it would look like if the Rock’s video game likeness wore a fannypack.


Jul 15

Jul 10

Charlie tellin’ it like it is. 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was not nominated in any category of the 2014 Emmy awards.

(Source: merriders)


imathers:

piratemoggy:

‘Embrace’ by GoldroomNearly everything I’m listening to right now is so depressive and this isn’t exactly euphoric but it’s got a bubbly, almost hysterical exhaustion to it and the wants in it are so fond.

I really like this. By the end, it kind of rips your heart out a little (the emotional timbre here is what especially gets me, the same way that, say, Florrie’s “I Took a Little Something” or the Tove Styrke songs I know did).

Me toooooo

imathers:

piratemoggy:

‘Embrace’ by Goldroom
Nearly everything I’m listening to right now is so depressive and this isn’t exactly euphoric but it’s got a bubbly, almost hysterical exhaustion to it and the wants in it are so fond.

really like this. By the end, it kind of rips your heart out a little (the emotional timbre here is what especially gets me, the same way that, say, Florrie’s “I Took a Little Something” or the Tove Styrke songs I know did).

Me toooooo


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