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August 31, 2007

friday youtubery: sad dance music

All my favorite sad songs are house-ish and minimal these days, as in the "Radio Slave's Remix for K" version of Trentemoller's "Moan":

(You can hear my preferred version of that song here.)

Or LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends:"

Speaking of versions and remixes, here is the Franz Ferdinand version of the same song:

I have to admit that there is a raced division of labor in my sad music preferences, in that I find most R&B moping boring, but maintain a soft spot for moping white alt. types. (What's that line about one of the features of white supremacy being an irrational love of white people?) I think there is a relevant Armond White article somewhere about how popular black music is no longer a venue that supports much in the way of vulnerability, although I imagine that (if I can find it! There is no online archive of The City Sun articles) was written before the age of Kanye West:

The big difference between the personas of Kanye and 50 Cent, and yes we're going to keep talking about this, is that Kanye makes personal pop music, whereas 50 mostly just makes popular pop music. 50 doesn't vent his soul, and he's not particularly concerned with coming across as an actual human being; instead, he blows himself out into this indestructible ghetto superhero character. Kanye, by contrast, is just as arrogant, but his arrogance brings with it hesitation and vulnerability and uncertainty. At least for me, there's always been a certain fantasy-baseball-camp appeal to Kanye: this is what happens when a typical dorked-out rap fan with no pretensions toward street-cred or hard-scrabble origins suddenly gains access to the mysterious world of rap stardom. [full Breihan]

Posted by ebogjonson in screened, the love, on August 31, 2007 5:12 PM

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