Semipop Life

bradluen
It's fine not to like almost anything, except maybe Al Jardine
Created 10 Apr 2020
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  • Semipop Life: Stronger than a Nineties trend
    03 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Kalie Shorr: I Got Here by Accident EP I admit I harbored a moment of doubt when I counted one good song out of three on her first EP of the year, until I realized it was a (Dixie-no-more) Chicks cove...
  • Odds & Ends 111
    26 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    William Parker: Painters Winter With Hamid Drake on drums, Daniel Carter on multiple blowables, and Parker also switching between instruments, it’s hard to pin down a unifying sonic identity, but even...
  • Video & Audio: September 2021
    19 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Doechii: “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” The current top tier of rising pop stars is not only comfortable switching between wildly contrasting modes, they are really good at each of those modes. Doechii star...
  • The Semipop Poetry Review: Ink drying like blood spilled this American hour
    12 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Here are five poets I’ve dug recently. (Substack is bad at preserving indentation and line breaks, so click on links (or buy books) if you care about that sort of thing.) Jericho Brown The Tradition i...
  • Semipop Life: Well they got mansions, think we should rob them
    05 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Marina: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land I know Diamondless Marina is, like, Welsh, yet it’s striking for a successful artist’s wall-to-wall feminist album to wrestle so little with her own privilege (...
  • Odds & Ends 110
    29 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Mariah the Scientist: Ry Ry World Classy samples and Young Thug’s semen provide a pungent atmosphere for her somewhat generically well-sung tales of romantic mostly-woe; if she can work out how to exp...
  • Video and Audio: August 2021
    22 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Colleen Green: “I Wanna Be a Dog” You read my Chainsaw Man thing from last week, right? Anyway, it’s not just hybrid devil-humans who long to be rubbed on the belly and told they’re good—a life so sim...
  • Chainsaw Man and Look Back: Violent love in the comics of Tatsuki Fujimoto
    15 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    2020’s Shogakukan Award for shonen manga was shared between Soichiro Yamamoto’s Teasing Master Takagi-san and Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, a comically constrasting pair of titles. Teasing Master T...
  • Semipop Life: The audacity of cope
    08 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    McKinley Dixon: For My Mother and Anyone Who Look Like Her Finally, a rising rapper who learned the right lessons from To Pimp a Butterfly—flow with variety and density; sporadically drop showy intern...
  • Odds & Ends 109
    02 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Irène Schweizer & Hamid Drake: Celebration High-creativity piano-drums duet album with Drake grooving funkily and anti-funkily, Schweizer demonstrating both R&B and Henry Cowell exploratory surgery on...
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