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I played the record walking two hours home from work when I felt too claustrophobic to take the train. It seemed to make the cloudiness disappear. As I walked with Too Bright in my headphones, everything became less scary and more cinematic. Feeling overwhelmed could be beautiful, I told myself. I will make something out of this one day when it is over. In the meantime, I stopped at a liquor store just before the Williamsburg Bridge for a nip. The balmy summer sun was beginning to set and as I made my way across the bridge, taking little forbidden sips I watched another day that I had survived become night. My time. Everything went from pink to light trails and stars. I fuzzed. I smiled to myself, finally. I reached my arms over my head because it felt good in the warm breeze. The rumble of the J train injected some sort of awe in the city. It felt good and amazing that I was there. I could finally stop thinking about by body failing, about shortness of breath or a rapid heart rate. It was good to be on a suspension bridge listening to “Queen”, walking in my own parade of celebration and defiance.

nobetterculture writes beautifully on Perfume Genius. I relate to this hard

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I felt like an outsider my entire life. A lot of these songs are about otherness. I want other people who feel that way to listen to these songs, but I also want people who have never felt that way to be tricked into listening to these songs.
Just came across this flyer for Ladyfest Boston 2012 in an old email, which in retrospect feels like a really pivotal weekend for me. I remember Alice Bag saying “It is important to validate the culture you want to see around you”

Just came across this flyer for Ladyfest Boston 2012 in an old email, which in retrospect feels like a really pivotal weekend for me. I remember Alice Bag saying “It is important to validate the culture you want to see around you”

I haven’t listened to this band in years but the singer of Trash Talk needs to check himself, along with any other male artist perpetuating the false stereotype that women don’t/can’t like heavy music

I haven’t listened to this band in years but the singer of Trash Talk needs to check himself, along with any other male artist perpetuating the false stereotype that women don’t/can’t like heavy music

Anonymous asked: fav 90s albums?

here are 10 (not “top 10”)

cat power “dear sir”
jawbreaker “24 hour revenge therapy”
sleater-kinney “dig me out”
fiona apple “when the pawn .. ”
that dog “retreat from the sun”
exile in guyville
bedhead “whatfunlifewas”
digable planets “blowout comb”
codeine “frigid stars”
loveless

** Pop Sketch

When I talk to artists making the transition from underground roots to more visible footing or a more populist sound, I like to ask them about the evolution of their relationship to mainstream culture. This is because I have only really had any kind of personal relationship to mainstream culture in maybe the last four years of my life, when I started to reintroduce myself to the idea of listening to music that is on the radio for purposes other than forcing myself out of bed in the morning. In the grand scheme of things, I choose to listen to a very small percentage of mainstream radio pop, but last weekend it was super present: I saw Lorde on Friday at a 9,000-capacity venue in Philadelphia, and Skrillex on Saturday at MoMA PS1. They are both massive fixtures in celebrity culture whose audiences, in different ways, use their fandom as a badge of widely accepted “weirdness”—Lorde’s black lipstick-clad convention of primarily teen girls shouting back that Broken Social Scene reference, Skrillex’s “freak” fans flailing Alien-emoji posters while starting “circle pits” around the beat drop. So that I remember, I want to write down that the former show left me feeling optimistic for the future of music culture—Lorde is a good role model—while the second left me feeling a strange combination of thrill and cynicism. I am not sure exactly which feeling I prefer.

Anonymous asked: Favourite Movies? Books? Albums? Comic books or poster art etc? :p Love your tumblr and would love some recommendations from someone who clearly has good taste.

Hello bot here are some recs. Frances Ha is my favorite movie of the past couple years. The collection of William Blake poems organized by Patti Smith is the book I usually take everywhere with me, but on a recent bus trip I began re-reading “Life Stories”, a collection of classic New Yorker profiles I got in college. I am not so well versed in comic books, but Liz Prince’s new book is probably amazing, I can’t wait to see it. For the past few years I’ve had a large format newsprint collage poster designed by Shawn Reed from Night People hanging in my room and I stare at it everyday