Whooo boy, have I got some stuff for you this week.
First, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and by that I mean it’s Dragon*Con time. I’ve been going since 2010 and there really is nothing better than turning 50,000 nerds loose in Atlanta for four days of debauchery1 and the occasional A-list celebrity appearance.
So in honor of Dragon*Con (I’m there right now, in drag, as you read this) here’s a bonus mix I did a while back called Slytherin Onto the Dance Floor. (It has crossfades and everything!) If you’re also at Dragon*Con, feel free to come say hi. We’ll be in the basement of the Hilton playing games all weekend. We’re the table dressed as Adventure Time characters. We’ve got a Ness, too.
I’ve been laughing about Miley’s new record along with everyone else. The precedent of dropping surprise albums seems to be sticking, despite Tyga’s abysmal failure and now Miley’s bizarre bit of…what should we call this? Psychedelic stream-of-consciousness pop? If surprise albums are here to stay, I’m all for it. I’d much rather have a nice surprise one day than six months of unbearable hype about a record that ends up being a letdown.
Speaking of letdowns, here’s an NME retrospective on indie bands from 2005 and what they’ve gone on to do. It’s rather depressing to hear red-blooded hellions of yesteryear speak positively about learning yoga or taking up occupational psychology. But I suppose this is the trajectory of the vast majority of bands, much moreso than what Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes have been able to do.
Is it weird that Macklemore is trying to teach us about rap? I know his heart’s in the right place, but he had to know how it looked bringing out three classic MC’s to sing backup on his new song. Then again, Big Daddy Kane says it’s cool, and that goofy dude with the bad hair has a great voice.
Well that about wraps it up. Catch you next time, when I’ll have a recap and plenty of photos to share.
eating a lot of pizza, actually ↩