I learned this word when I was five and it remained my favorite all-time word for many many years.
All conveniently put in one spot:
Oh my god poor Carly Simon I think I split a seam laughing at a decade of verbal abuse.
Doing a “Recommended If You Hate” or “Michael Scott Mix” for artists that are like, but not like, Neil Young. Using Pandora and thumbs-downing anything that comes up to see what happens.
My favorite description so far, during a song that I was at first like “uh, no, this isn’t at all what I was thinking”:
hard rock roots, a subtle use of vocal harmony, a vocal-centric aesthetic, minor key tonality and an unintelligible vocal delivery.
Uh, you guys, “Ghetto Ghetto” by will.i.am featuring Baby Kaely is all kinds of something.
I hope I will be the first to pitch a thinkpiece that positions #willpower as basically the same album as Random Access Memories without rose glasses.
I want to do a series of mixes called “X for People Who Don’t Like X” where X is the variable, not the band, since obviously X the band could appear on any number of these mixes. But for now I will say that will.i.am’s dumbass new album which is awesome is the perfect antidote to Daft Punk’s dumbass new album which is terrible. There should be a track on it (will.i.am’s) called Red by Foo.
I imagine this song as, I dunno, Barbra Streisand singing over a glossed-up “El Touchy” until the ABBA carnival B-side kicks in. I don’t hate it, I guess? But I definitely don’t like it.
Between 2006 and 2010 I basically stopped making “special mixtapes for individuals” and just channeled all my energy into making the most Embarrassingly [Insert Year] Mixes Possible.
Listening to the one from 2007 now:
Dragonette - I Get Around
Miley Cyrus - See You Again
Skye Sweetnam - Music Is My Boyfriend
Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction (edited)
Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin’
Britney Spears - Heaven
Amy Diamond - Stay My Baby
Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (AKA “Robota Bot - You’re Dating My Daughter”)
CSS - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex (LOL iPod commercial)
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Gogol Bordello - Supertheory of Supereverything
Janelle Monae - Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
will.i.am - Over
Ashlee Simpson - Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)
Feist - I Feel It All
Bat for Lashes - What’s a Girl to Do?
Siobahn Donaghy - Medivac
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around…Comes Back Around
Black Eyed Peas / Dvorak - My Humps / New World Symphony (Galen Brown mix)