spoonboy at anti-prom, 5/18.
spoonboy at anti-prom, 5/18.
you’re referring to this post, of course, and i don’t actually remember what anonymous was talking about, anonymous, but you are right, on it’s own the story doesn’t sound very rude. reading between the lines though, when they say they “accidentally offended” me, i assume they must have actually done something… accidentally offensive. it’s pretty rare that i’ll call someone rude, and i would never say something like that for no reason! but whatever it was that happened, me and anonymous buried the hatchet, so it’s all good now!
uncontroversially, i love the blue album, pinkerton, and the b-sides and haven’t payed any attention to the rest of it. i always skip “no one else.”
sorry i kinda sat on this question for a while. i realized to answer it accurately i’d actually have to listen to more than just the radio singles… so i kinda put it off.
here’s my position on fun. (the band). i appreciate that there is a rock band that is doing something interesting (or at least different) and original (or at least more originally derivative) who is achieving huge mainstream radio success. let’s be real. it’s been a long time since there’s been an interesting rock band on the radio. i want to like fun. they just make it so damn difficult.
like, “we are young” had a lot going for it. a) jonelle monae fucking rules. b) the lyrics “we are young, so let’s set the world on fire” are basically the same lyrics from against me’s “i was a teenage anarchist.” i like against me, but when they released a song dismissing their former politics as their attempt at a break through radio single, i thought that was pretty annoying. there was a weird novelty in a song that had basically the same chorus achieving HUGE mainstream success where against me’s single kind of flopped. with that said, “we are young” is just a terrible song. it doesn’t make any sense lyrically. it’s disjointed musically. you can barely hear jonelle monae. and last summer it felt like you couldn’t get away from it. it was on every radio station. sometimes multiple radio stations at the same time!
when the “some nights” single came out i wanted it to redeem “we are young.” i was like “ok, cool, this sounds like paul simon. i love paul simon.” but then once again it was inescapable. the song was playing all the time. it was hard not to notice how stupid the lyrics were. like what’s all this melodrama about? feeling conflicted over being in a band? worrying about someone “jacking your style?” and then the music video comes out and there’s this weird nonsensical civil war movie thing happening? like “let’s act like the civil war wasn’t a huge historically significant part of american history that has ramifications still playing out today. no, in this video we’ll ignore any of the politics of the civil war and dumb it down into a metaphor for inner indecisiveness.” gross. i love music videos and it’s rare that one goes so far to make me dislike a song i’d felt neutrally about before. (also, the “we are young” video is just unwatchable).
then recently nate ruess’s duet with p!nk, “just give me a reason,” has been all over the radio and it’s really not helped anything. there’s this long running trend of male pop stars and rappers guesting on female pop stars and rappers’ songs and using their guest verse to negate whatever it was the lady was saying in the first place. in the fictional narrative of “just give me a reason,” ruess basically listens to p!nk’s first verse lamenting how their failing relationship is killing her, and responds with “it’s all in your mind.” it’s basically “bitches be crazy” with an emo boy gloss.
to be fair though, i listened to the fun. record and some of the format’s stuff and there were a couple songs i liked here and there. “carry on” is an alright song, and i actually really kinda liked “all alone” in a smashmouth meets fatboy slim meets everclear kinda way.
the format was basically an inoffensive pop rock band as near as i can tell. “dog problems” almost reminded me of regina spektor, just with her quirky intensity replaced by nate ruess’s typically masculine passive aggressive self loathing.
and i guess that’s the thing. he’s obviously got an ear for melody and pop and when he helped write a song for ke$ha it ruled, because ke$ha’s persona is interesting and charming. when nate ruess sings about his own life i’m like “shut up you overprivileged whiny dufus.”
so i guess that’s the long answer. just don’t ask me what i think of that florida georgia line/nelly song “cruise.”
glad you asked. the dates are below and the details are all here.
SPOONBOY & THE VANDELLAS (martha as backing band) UK TOUR!! w/ DELAY and MARTHA
3 - KINGSTON, ENGLAND
4 - LEEDS, ENGLAND
5 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
6 - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
7 - DURHAM, ENGLAND
8 - SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
9 - NORWICH, ENGLAND
10 - MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
11 - NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND
12 - BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
13 - EXETER, ENGLAND
14 - SWANSEA, WHALES
15 - LONDON, ENGLAND
16 - BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
SPOONBOY (solo) w/ DELAY and KATE’S PARTY IN IRELAND
19 - GALWAY, IRELAND
20 - DUBLIN, IRELAND
oi! come a little early to kickball tonight to see some acoustic music from:
ex-dc, currently drifting, future pop star playing sweet sweet tunes on a little ukelele.
local songwriter guy, about to leave for the UK for a month. come say goodbye!
and then as is tradition every monday night, we’ll play a rousing game of KICKBALL!
COME AT 9:13pm!
18th & california st. NW DC
***NEVERMIND THE CLOUDS. IT’S NOT GONNA RAIN.***
which after school special?
sexy dreams - spoonboy
took this video last night. theo said it was a cool angle and then went, “oh no wait, yr just really short.” thanks theo.
it was anti-prom, so i wore a tie. this made up for when i was in high school and i was going to go to a queers show instead of prom, but then i couldn’t because i got food poisoning. much cooler than a queers show anyway.