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why all lists are garbage

featuring our editor’s picks for album of the year

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…

Fantastic

fantastic films and where to find them

not necessarily in 2018

Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them: Not Necessarily in 2018 What’s your favorite movie? No, I get it, too broad. How about favorite movie this year? It’s a question I love asking, yet find impossible to answer. Others do too, at least in my experience. There’s the obligatory seven seconds of staring into space,…

travis scott

LATENIGHT

Why Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD Was My Album of the Year

“Rollin rollin rollin got me stargazing—psychedelics got me goin’ crazy.” The much anticipated release of Travis Scott’s 3rd album, ASTROWORLD, was a midsummer holiday to be celebrated with respect. Arizona iced teas, Backwoods rolling papers, and high school half-friends packed into my mom’s minivan. Though we’d barely interacted since college began, the occasion was momentous…

Mariah Carey

Comeback Queen

Mariah Carey Throws Caution to the Wind

The average young person knows exactly three things about Mariah Carey:   (1) She constituted half of the most perplexingly turbulent inter-judge relationship ever to grace American Idol, spending most of its twelfth season picking fights with fellow panelist Nicki Minaj. (This is often cited as foreshadowing for the current Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B…

Aviary Review

That is All, That is All

A Musical Exegesis of Julia Holter’s Aviary

I, like many other musically minded people with an at least moderate inclination toward aesthetic observation, have a thing for the city at night. Did that sound pretentious? That’s good; it was meant to. Understanding the appeal of art-pop musician Julia Holter’s meandering and frustratingly abstract discography requires one to put on the cap of…