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Vampire Weekend — “Horchata” (by mab24pred)

here comes a feeling you thought you’d forgotten…

I haven’t listened to the new Vampire Weekend yet (although I’ve got it), partly because the singles have mostly left me cold (although “Step” has grown on me a little), partly because I’ve been irrationally annoyed at how people who like the new one talk about Contra (although that isn’t exactly the new album’s fault).

While I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, I guess you could say my closest equivalent would be indefensible pleasures; things that I viscerally enjoy where I can’t deny (and/or have no interest in denying) the truth of others’ harshest criticisms. For somebody like me, one impulse when it comes to a band like Vampire Weekend would be to emphasize or focus on the differences in our backgrounds; but realistically, the similarities are so much greater that it’d be disingenuous to pretend the political/aesthetic critiques don’t sting at least partly because I’m implicated in them too. From my (privileged) position it’s easy to focus on nuance and grace notes, tease out the ways in which Ezra Koenig is as much satirist as champion, and so on. But none of that deflects (or is trying to deflect, at least here) the very real problems or drawbacks of the band’s milieu and approach.

So I wind up listening to Contra as much for the ways it troubles me and makes me think about those issues as for the genuine visceral enjoyment it gives me. And if I’m out walking on a sunny day, in a good mood, this is one of the songs that’s most likely to pop into my head. I’m not ready to write an essay on the politics of that (and I’m not sure the world would be improved if I ever did write one), but all I can say is that they’re always on my mind when it does.

fishy:

bibliosaurus:

somewhereinthebetween:

The Rock works out at public gyms and screams ”FOCUS”  when people stare at him to keep them focused on their workout instead of him.

Reason #832729 why I love The Rock

I just love him so much

SO MUCH

I don’t know why The Rock is suddenly all over my dash but J’APPROVE

nonoschrutefacts:

I forgot to take his bun out last night and woke up to a very unhappy (but stylish) dog glaring at me

GPOY

nonoschrutefacts:

I forgot to take his bun out last night and woke up to a very unhappy (but stylish) dog glaring at me

GPOY


The Charmin Bears need your help.

Charmin is ripe for like a @wolfpupy collab

The Charmin Bears need your help.

Charmin is ripe for like a @wolfpupy collab

mayoneggzakery:

I’m a creep, I’m a woohoo, what the hell am I doing here, I wonderwall here

ok so Minnesota public radio is cool and all but they’re doing a little music quiz thing on The Current with some local musical artist and uhh

"Who is Solangé [sic] Knowles’ more famous sister?"

"…"

"She shares her last name, ‘Knowles’…"

"…"

"… It’s Beyoncé. Beyoncé Knowles."

"Oh, right. All I could think of was my friend Harmony."

literallynancybotwin:

exp3ctopatr0num:

Perfection.

Brian is useful in that he can be a wreath for Christmas.

Flower crowns are dead. Long live the plant beard.