Yonder Yecialism? A constructive critique of Ye’s Clubhouse Interview

‘[T]he run in 24, if I can word it like that, will not be based on division and diversity but on unification. In America we will augment policy to align with the Bible to serve all Americans — no matter what their class, what their race, what their background. It’s about Jesus, love, happiness, and … Continue reading Yonder Yecialism? A constructive critique of Ye’s Clubhouse Interview

DJ Khaled’s remix of Use This Gospel, featuring Eminem: A musical review

Jesus Is King by Kanye West is a remarkable album. ‘Closed On Sunday’ stands out as a striking statement for a music artist: ‘Stand up for my home / Even if I take this walk alone.’ — Kanye, Closed On Sunday Echoing the JIK follow-up Donda, which drew on the urban rock sounds of Yeezus, … Continue reading DJ Khaled’s remix of Use This Gospel, featuring Eminem: A musical review

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and the 2010s moment of artistic transcendence in popular music

The headlines about Kanye West and Taylor Swift are deceptive. We learn about them through their controversy, which, when it finally fades from view, reveals two musicians locked in artistic combat and collaboration. Country music and Chicago hip hop are contrasting locations for the artistic birthplace of these two popular musicians. Kanye is older and … Continue reading Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and the 2010s moment of artistic transcendence in popular music

From Bach to Born: A philosophy of music

Recently I’ve been writing about music. The study of music from a philosophical perspective is often ridiculed, as it is traced to the work of critical theorist Theodor Adorno, who preferred Bach and Beethoven to Mozart and jazz music (preferring not to comment on the decrepit condition of popular music). Adorno played the piano, but … Continue reading From Bach to Born: A philosophy of music

Jacob Collier Concert Review: From Thriller to Filler

Jacob Collier is very clever. An inspiration to many (myself included), the proto-pop prodigy is on the edges of something great. At least, that’s what reviews have been saying for years now. But nothing seems to change. From Collier’s world tour, which I attended and enjoyed. I once defined music as a fusion of technique … Continue reading Jacob Collier Concert Review: From Thriller to Filler