Off topic December 27 2011

ÅRSLISTE: Citater, der formede musikåret 2011

When I talked to Politiken’s Martin Finnedal for this article, he had no opinion about the connection between his country’s fringe politics and its punk rock. He’d never heard of Dogmeat, nor had he heard of the bands Iceage regularly performs with. “If they were fascist,” he assured me with the paternal cadence of a government bureaucrat, “there would be enough writers here who would flag it right away and expose it to the rest of the country.” Thirty-six hours after our interview, Politiken published a series of alarmist articles by Finnedal about Iceage’s supposedly disturbing imagery. I couldn’t believe that he had grabbed the story straight out of my hands, in the process sensationalising it beyond recognition.
(Benjamin Shapiro, Vice, Triumph Of The Thrill)

Som moderne, identitetssøgende verdensborger er jeg interesseret i, at den tid, jeg lever i, skal være noget specielt. At lige netop min tids musik er vigtig. Som forbruger i et overflodssamfund og musikelsker ønsker jeg, at der skal udkomme mesterværker hver dag. Men når jeg hører Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Deerhunter, War on Drugs, Bear in Heaven, John Maus, Ariel Pink, Arcade Fire, Wavvves, Crystal dit og Crystal dat, så trækker min indre Erik Jensen, rockist, kulturchauvinist og -anakronisme sgu også i sine waders og gør klar til at drukne tidens toner i fadbamser i det mest folkelige forum, han kan komme i nærheden af.
(Torsten Larsen, Passive/Aggressive, På røven i spejlkabinettet (igen))

Chillwave came along, and it turned ambient music into this perfume that overwhelmed the room. It used to feel therapeutic, but then it started to feel like people would put anything through three delay pedals.
(Bradford Cox, interview in Pitchfork)

Hey, don’t do anything that I say in this song, okay? It’s fuckin’ fiction
If anything happens, don’t fuckin’ blame me, white America, fuck Bill O’Reilly
(Tyler, The Creator – Radicals)

It would take more than 100 years to listen to Spotify’s catalogue of around 15 million songs – on of the world’s biggest music libraries – and to which we add more than 20,000 new tracks every day. We have agreements with the four major labels and many thousands of smaller indie labels, and the overwhelming majority of our label partners are thrilled with the revenues we’re returning to them.
(Spotify statement, Digital Music News)

Men hvad der synes at undslippe musikredaktøren, er, at enorme samlende begivenheder også kan være repressive. Og at få spredt festen ud på mange scener og i mangfoldige varianter er en åbning ud til flere former for fællesskaber ud af den monokulturelle osteklokke.
(Ralf Christensen, Information, Snart vil ingen lytte)

Metallica og Lou Reed sammen er et hult drøn af to velpolstrede franchises, der clasher med et desværre ringere resultat end summen af delelementerne. Et musikalsk ‘Alien vs. Predator’, om man vil, eller lyden af to ronkedorer, der i et rørende anfald af enighed har morgendiarré over kors.
(Anders Cold, Soundvenue, anmeldelse Lou Reed & Metallica “Lulu”)

We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day.
(Morrissey, under en koncert i Warszawa)