• Julian Towers

    a skeptic’s guide to spring weekend

    a breakdown of the artists and their most recent work

    April 25, 2019
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    Yaeji  Pop music has evolved pretty far. With internet weirdos seemingly unbagging any remaining possibilities, it’s hard to imagine ever being surprised by a song again. But, when in doubt, there will always be one surefire way for artists to catch ears: Combine two sounds that belong nowhere near each other. Enter Yaeji, whom history […]

    lost in the groove

    one boy’s unhealthy obsession with afrobeat

    April 12, 2019
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    In the future, when science identifies all the different species of human introvert, perhaps gathering them together into the world’s least exciting museum diorama, it’ll be easy to pick me out. I’m the one frozen in furious motion on the plaster sidewalk, headphones strapped to his ears—present for all the world to see, but hopelessly […]

    the year with no host

    predicting this year’s oscars by looking back at 1995’s

    February 22, 2019
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    It seems disastrous: For the first time in three decades, the Oscars will be presented without a host. While terrible choices are, to some extent, a conceptually necessary element of the Academy Awards—a ceremony that routinely honors the dubious likes of Sam Smith, Jared Leto, and Harry and the Hendersons—2019’s decision to ditch the emcee […]

    what’s coming after that?

    future hndrxx and his misery

    February 1, 2019
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    Because we live in a malicious free market economy and I have decided to make my living in print media, I find it therapeutic to imagine that all rich people are secretly miserable. If Gossip Girl taught me anything, it’s that you can’t locate happiness in the diamond section of Vera Wang (or whatever they […]

    why all lists are garbage

    featuring our editor’s picks for album of the year

    December 6, 2018
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    I don’t watch TV or go on Tumblr, so excuse me if this is mansplaining. But I’ve noticed that it has become common for people who love show “X” or enjoy band “Y” to excitedly describe themselves as “X obsessives” or “Y nerds.” I find this bewildering. To me, “nerd” has always had a very […]