Music Reader - Lorde, Miley, Chvrches, Kanye, Iggy Azalea, more

The week in decent music writing.


Miley Cyrus - Confessions Of Pop's Wildest Child by Josh Eells (Rolling Stone): People always used to complain when Rolling Stone would have the latest pop star on the cover - the Britney Spears or Christina Aguileras of the world - rather than good honest rock bands ™. And here's Miley Cyrus on the cover of the latest issue.

But even Rolling Stone readers aren't all into dad-rock. Those pop stars on the cover usually had a long profile piece like this, which was—in that very classic Rolling Stone way—illuminating about who the star actually was and what they want (e.g., the piece does explain why she thought it was a good idea to slap the bottom of a black woman on stage, or to lick a hammer in the video below). 

Cyrus also seems to be trying very hard to convince Eells of just how crazy she is, and so she takes him skydiving.


Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I Will Not Accept Online Misogyny' by Lauren Mayberry (The Guardian): Being in the band that's currently getting all the hype must be a bit weird in general. But Lauren Mayberry happens to be the lead singer of the band Chvrches, who are currently getting ALL THE HYPE. 

Mayberry is happy to be living the dream, but much less happy about people messaging her band's Facebook to say that they would like to have sex with her, or making generally misogynistic comments; when there's a constant stream of that stuff coming in, it would get to anybody. So she made a post on her Facebook explaining this, and got comments like "I have your address and I will come around to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol" in return. 

Mayberry comes across as very articulate and aware in this piece for the Guardian, and I hope that, after the inevitable abuse she'll cop from idiots for not putting up with idiocy, that some of them will rethink how clever they think they're being; that things might get a little better for female pop stars (see similar sentiments on Grimes' tumblr). If the likes of Grimes and Chvrches get this stuff all the time, you can only imagine how much of this crap that, say, Miley Cyrus—someone who explicitly puts her sexuality out there—must see, and how that must warp their view of the world.


ABC: The Lexicon Of Love by Marcello Carlin (Then Play Long): Marcello Carlin's Then Play Long blog has long shown off his encyclopaedic knowledge and deep understanding of music; he reviews UK #1 albums, starting in the 1950s and is currently focusing on the early 1980s. 

This piece, which focuses on the album The Lexicon Of Love by ABC, is truly outstanding even for him. It's very long, but it's worth it. If you ever wanted to understand why people go on about ABC, about why this album was so influential, well, this is the place (he even interviews a member of the band).


This Latest Kanye West Kerfuffle by lots of writers (lots of publications): Kanye West was interviewed by Zane Lowe of BBC's Radio 1 recently (below), and well, Ye gives good interview - his combination of ego, carefully creating personae, and having something to say is an interviewer's dream. A Kanye interview often results in juicy quotes that can be mined for quick "what did crazy Kanye say now?" stories, and, most notably the Jimmy Kimmel late night show in the US did so in a skit that lampooned him.

Tom Hawking at Flavorwire identifies the racism in the way Jimmy Kimmel went about doing that (also see Tom Hawking's piece on the last time there was a Kanyetroversy). The Vine's own Marcus Teague also pointed out that Kanye deliberately harvests this stuff and uses it in the work, much as John Lennon did for songs like 'Glass Onion'. Ryan Bassil at Noisey is sympathetic to Kanye's claims, in the interview, of racism in the fashion industry holding him. Perhaps the most illuminating  piece about who Kanye actually is the comparison Foster Kamer makes at Complex, between the different Kanyes, seemingly, who showed up at two separate interviews, saying very different things to different audiences (in case you didn't believe Tom Hawking about how Kanye knows exactly what he's doing). 

Of the criticisms of Kanye coming out of the interview, the most astute is by Dorian Lynskey at The Guardian, who compares Kanye to Michael Jackson, with all the good and bad that implies.


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