Because who doesn’t need more Sheila E. gifs up in their Thursday?
And yet for weeks now I have walked up Broadway, glancing through its windows with a mood somewhere between Marvin Gaye’s “Distant Lover” and Al Green’s “For the Good Times. —
The Good, Racist People - NYTimes.com
Ta-Nehisi Coates FTW.
It didn’t occur to me until now—but there is a bit of Bobbie Gentry in Lana Del Rey. For all the things and women she’s supposedly distilling, reconfiguring herself as, she has wound up a bit Gentry-fied.
HuggyBear by Mark Bukumunhe on Flickr.
Huggy Bear at the 1in12 club
Bobbie Gentry, in casual separates, on the shag rug.
Wilson Sisters and Stevie Nicks Perm Bomb: Shit Yeah.
Bonnie Raitt, 1972
Photo by David Gahr
Daddy Rock Star: Susan Rogers on Prince's Sign O’ The Times (Part 1) -
Susan Rogers on engineering Sign O The Times, how Prince obsessively listened to Kate Bush, the label pushback on it. Nerd out:
In 1987 Prince released the double album Sign O’ The Times. It covered a wide range of musical and lyrical styles, and some music critics, historians and fans consider the album as one of Prince’s greatest releases. Sign O’ The Times is included on several “Best Album” lists, including the 2003…
From there, the jokes just got more and more… well, what’s the word? Calling them offensive gives them too much power, which isn’t to say that black people shouldn’t have felt uncomfortable about MacFarlane pretending to mix up Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy, or that half the population needn’t have squirmed when MacFarlane called Zero Dark Thirty’s plotline an example of “a woman’s innate ability to never let anything go.” What the jokes were, really, was stupid, boring, and empty: humor that relied less on its own patently sexist, racist, homophobic, etc. content than on admiration for or disgust with the host’s willingness to deliver it. So much of comedy is about the shock of recognition, of seeing some previously unacknowledged truth suddenly acknowledged, but the only recognition MacFarlane offered was that some people say dumb things about other peoples’ gender/racial/sexual identities. Which, of course, should not be shocking at all. — Spencer Kornhaber, “The Banality of Seth MacFarlane’s Sexism and Racism,” The Atlantic. Best take I’ve seen so far. (via judyxberman)