Tag Archives: Avril Lavigne

Fluffer Than Fluff
Hot 100 Roundup—5/10/14

Avril Lavigne—“Hello Kitty” #75 Unless you believe that copying or borrowing elements from a foreign culture for the purpose of creating art or entertainment is racist—a broadening of the term that renders it almost meaningless and smears every artist who … Continue reading

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Chinese Food of the Gods: Hot 100 Roundup—11/2/13

Eminem—“Rap God” #7 Praising Eminem’s technical skills is like praising a high speed juggler or a savant who can instantly calculate the day of the week for whatever date you give him: what they do is impressive, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Muy Loco: Hot 100 Roundup—9/14/13

Eminem—“Berzerk” #3 As good as it is to see Eminem running at full, sober throttle again, the fact remains that “Berzerk” is a hopeless, chaotic jumble—it’s a tribute to Rick Rubin’s production skills that it makes any sense at all. … Continue reading

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Controversy: Hot 100 Roundup—4/27/13

As the weather warms up, so do the charts, and the result is weeks like this, with twelve debuts, and without even the excuse of a big album release or a TV singing competition (the pop-chart equivalent of steroids; they … Continue reading

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W-H-Y, Madonna?
Hot 100 Roundup, 2/18/12

Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.—“Give Me All Your Luvin’” #13 Aside from its role in broadening the revenue stream flowing from Madonna’s Super Bowl appearance, I can’t think of a single reason for this record to exist. It sounds … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—7/23/11

Frank Ocean—-”Novacane” #82 Reviewed in Bubbling Under, 6/18/11 J. Cole—”Work Out” #85 You can’t blame Kanye West for rappers acting like self-obsessed, shameless assholes, but he certainly popularized the idea. The difference, of course, is that West is both pleased … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/9/11

Blaire LeVoir—”Digital Kiss” #106 The idea for the intro is stolen from Prince (not from a song, but from a segue between songs), the sound from David Guetta or RedOne or some other garish electro producer, and the theme of … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/7/11

Luke Bryan—”Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” #22 The intro, especially that throbbing guitar line, shakes pretty well, but after that it’s all by rote. If Bryan actually demonstrated some honest lust, his sexism might be forgivable, but instead he … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—3/26/11

Glee Cast “Landslide”, #23 “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, #57 “Animal”, #62 “Kiss”, #83 Eli Young Band—”Crazy Girl” #59 I like the sound of this, especially the steel guitars, which go for timbre and intensity rather than the … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Although I welcomed the arrival of Popdust, I’ve been a little put off by the reality—a little too jokey and snarky, a little too concerned with trivialities. Any new endeavor needs time to find itself, though, and the site has … Continue reading

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