"My favorite part of the “Shake It Off” lyrics is that she uses the NorCal slang “hella.” I was surprised to learn that people think Taylor stays out too late, because I have literally never heard anyone suggest that. Isn’t her whole thing staying in on weekends, baking pies while everyone goes to the clob? The song insinuates that she probably spends a lot of time dancing in her room to Robyn songs, as do we all!
This is as close as Swift flies to Miley Cyrus Bangerz territory, but the genius of “Shake It Off” is that you can’t twerk to it.2 The only option is to do jittery Swifty dancing to it, like a bunch of tween girls jumping on a bed at a slumber party. Swift’s attempts in the video at modern dance are very Frances Ha. Is Taylor playing up her inherent awkwardness in this video/album cycle as an attempt to dispel the notion that she is an ice princess? Is Taylor Swift the Nathan Fielder of pop? (Can I pay a million dollars to watch Swift and Fielder do the Pulp Fiction Batusi dance scene?)
Here’s the thing: Taylor’s transformation from heartbroken country dove to carefree pop swan is actually right on schedule. She’s like any girl in her twenties (she’s now 24) who has reconciled her overblown hopes about romance with reality, decided not to give a fuck, and become much happier for it. She’s still throwing in jabs about her callous exes, but no longer seems dependent on anyone’s approval, particularly straight men’s. This makes her a million percent more attractive, because she’s maturing into a person who owns the most embarrassing parts of her personality. Even dancing awkwardly throughout “Shake It Off,” she seems more comfortable than ever.”
"Last night in Chicago, he played an astonishing 33-song setlist that included covers, live debuts, and an 11-song encore. When it was all said and done, the concert lasted nearly three-hours and marked the longest performance of White’s career."
"Joyce Manor songs, like Robert Pollard’s, are often shorter than two minutes, but they’ve never included more than 10 on an album. When I ask Johnson how that compares to GbV’s tendency to throw in 20 or more as a kind of self-effacing and self-defeating move, he replies, “Don’t you wish they wouldn’t? That’s where we come in: Our albums are only the good ones.”"
" I’m not the first person to point out that vinyl is on the rise after having been considered dead. The "why" behind it, though, is a little more elusive. People don’t have to buy vinyl, and yet, they’re increasingly choosing to do so. It seems that in a world where CDs are obsolete, and digital files are intangible, the vinyl record still has a physical value that gives you your money’s worth. If the music industry wants to survive, it better pay attention to why people are buying records.
Vinyl can be fragile, yes, among other imperfections. But those end up being part of its charm. Older records warp, needles wobble on their surface and skip over scratches. This is also turns records into nostalgia factories. I love the hand-me-down first pressing of Sticky Fingers my godfather gave me. What am I gonna give my kids? A flash drive? The password to my Dropbox?”