• Griffin Plaag

    from the mess to the masses

    on privilege and dance culture’s forgotten indie darlings

    March 12, 2020
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    Pitchfork’s Best New Music article for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix sort of sums up the collective confusion of the indie world by noting that “these guys are just a few Chris Martin-isms away from staggering ubiquity. They’re a bona fide ‘should be bigger’ band.” And this seems roughly correct, speaking as (I suppose) a member of […]

    the whole universe in opals

    uncut gems and love in the commercial age

    February 14, 2020
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    Film nerds, we’ve reason to rejoice; regardless of what you think of Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, it’s undeniable that its best picture win represents a watershed moment for the arbitrary meritocracy that is the Academy Awards. In the future, every movie-going ingenue who takes their first trip down the list of best picture winners will be […]

    music roulette

    a thanksgiving family ritual (with help from spotify)

    November 22, 2019
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    Yesterday, someone tried to convince me that Thanksgiving is the worst holiday, and, well…suffice it to say that words were had. (This someone also happened to be my professor. Goodbye, participation grade.) See, I love Thanksgiving. I love that it presages the magical month leading up to Christmas (a disappointment once it arrives, but a […]

    two writers

    “all along the watchtower” and the beauty of creating

    October 25, 2019
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    Let’s start simple: Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winner. Bob Dylan, with the flip of an amp switch, changed the course of popular music forever by merging folk and rock at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Bob Dylan is also a strange religious zealot who has expressed less-than-savory views about women and once portrayed […]

    burning hot-take roundtable!

    five writers stir controversy on the latest in film, music, and…podcasts

    October 4, 2019
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    Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster Griffin Plaag Content Warning: Sexual assault Alright, we’re gonna do it: We’re gonna talk about some problems with Ari Aster’s summer horror hit, Midsommar. Be warned, spoilers await. On the whole, I find Aster’s commitment to exposing the subtle, microaggressive behaviors of the everyday male a refreshing project; rarely has […]