I am the quixotic other. My skin, a declension narrative.
All happy listeners are alike; each unhappy listener is unhappy in their own way.
Here are ten of our sheen-est, meanest RSD picks, from Jack White’s three-sided White Album LP to Weezer’s all-female re-imagining of Pinkerton.
Good Charlotte spelt music. Four boys unmoored from a bedroom community in Maryland. Stocking shelves at Target, penning letters to labels: “sign us now for cheaper.” A dash of anger and hint of righteousness proved the critics and labels wrong. They made it. Where the music stopped and the story began, you never knew. Held under their spell, you wanted to be a part of it. Wanted to be them and be with them. You wanted to pour yourself into a jewel case, melt into the lowercase CarbonType liner-notes. And disappear. Into the music.
Remember the guys who oversold us She & Him Christmas albums and populated mainstream media with terrible portmanteau words like “adorkable” and “nomonym”? Well, they’re back with Justin Bieber’s Purpose on cassette and year-end lists that cite Alessia Cara’s “Here” video as one of 2015’s best, informing us with due diligence, that (1) wallflowers are observant, and (2) uncool is the new ultracool.
An exploration of why your coworkers are habitually inclined to drag your age into every discussion, and why you shouldn’t take the 38 year old “comedian”, who performs bits about the stupidity of the twenty-something girls he goes out with on Open Mic Wednesdays, personally.
The Beaux Arts white light dripping from the ceiling of the Celeste Bartos discussion room in the New York Public Library bounces off the sea of balding men and shines straight onto my face. The door opens, inviting in a gust of wind as another hairless man with suede elbow patches and thick rimmed glasses…
Sheer Mag is the band Gauraa listens to on her thirty minute walk to work (when she isn’t listening to CRJ, that is) so she was very excited to see them, along with a lot of other cool bands at Ad Hoc’s Car Wash. Despite the lineup and free beer, she managed to leave the show feeling dejected.