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We've already established that Anti is the best pop album of the year (fuck a title), and in celebration of her favorite holiday (4/20), Rihanna has decided to bestow another gem on us: a Harmony Korine-directed video for "Needed Me." Though this track hasn't gotten a lot of critical attention so far--shouts out to Greil Marcus though--it is a seething, wiry evisceration of romantic expectations. It functions as diss track while still managing to...
Post-Haste is a new column that lets us deal with album reviews in our own damn time. The unexpected drop may be great for sales--or clicks--but it's terrible for criticism. It's terrible because music, especially pop music, is meant to grow and breathe and live inside your life with you. That's when you arrive at the kind of writing like Lester Bangs' ecstatically anguished screed on Astral Weeks (recently cited by Amanda Petrusich...
“If you think about #R8 not as an album but as an endurance piece testing the limits of stan culture then that’s kinda cool,” I tweeted last November. At that point, we were about 36 months into the Great Rihcession of the early-mid aughts, so I’d had tons of time to wonder what, exactly, was holding up the release of Rihanna’s eighth studio album, ANTI. There were signs of behind-the-scenes turmoil: that Kanye West had...
  A few weeks ago I posted an informatively entertaining—I don’t think I’d be the only one to describe it thusly—and collaboratively crafted roundup of NYC art in 2015, “The Dear Readers Edition.” After it went live, some of the contributors mentioned that many other shows came to mind that they might have included, and a number of others wanted to add their two cents. All that led to this piece, “Back to Forward,” ...

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