Monthly Archives: October 2015

Going Pop: A Year in 1989

For anyone who knows anything of the world in which they live, Taylor Swift’s steady ascent into the upper annals of superstardom was never to be misunderstood or unexpected.  With each passing year and each subsequent album, she seemed to … Continue reading

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Alice in Cosplayland

I first heard about Grimes almost five years ago when my best friend in New York was yapping to me about how getting high and listening to “Genesis” had changed her life.  But I didn’t quite get into Grimes until … Continue reading

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Fantastical Accuracy or: The Alluring Magnetism of Selena Gomez’s Revival

The moment Selena Gomez makes her presence known on the titular track with that unexpected spoken-word, apathetically clipped and bohemian-style, speaking of diving into the future and being reborn continuously, there’s a sense of unsettled fascination.  It’s as if you’ve … Continue reading

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I Love You, Max Martin

In this great new century, we have become a culture of sophisticated taste-makers, of those who know what’s good and what’s not, of those who can tell the genuine from the fake.  When those at the top of this respected, … Continue reading

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Luxurious Ratchery: Drake & Future’s What a Time to Be Alive

10 years ago, hip hop was reemerging into the cultural mainstream out of the teen-pop/alt-rock dominated vestiges of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, heavily coated in southern influences, minimal yet winding production, and decadent lyricism, that was as mind-boggling … Continue reading

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The Lost Teen Queens

We seem to be living in a renaissance of sorts in which that sparkly, glittery Lisa Frank style of teen pop from the 80’s has become in vogue.  It’s not something too obvious – not something that has yet to … Continue reading

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Poptrospective: True Blue, 1986

The moment those terrifying strings suddenly slash with total excitement, one realizes that we are no longer in the jangly, bedazzled world of Like A Virgin, where all of the bouncy excesses of new wave shimmer with such fervor one feels … Continue reading

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