My predictions in 2022 and how they’re doing

I’ve made a few predictions about politics and music this year. Let’s see how they’re doing. Andromeda. That Liz Truss probably wouldn’t become British PM — completely wrong; my domestic political skills are found wanting — though I did note the Party was swinging towards Truss’ position. I never calculated how far. Lesson: Never underestimate … Continue reading My predictions in 2022 and how they’re doing

Lisa is a western pop star

The title of this article may seem confusing. Lisa is a member of K-Pop group Blackpink and a solo artist in her own right. Her Thai origins and Korean audience in Blackpink mask the global reach of her music, and the distinctively ‘western’ appeal of her solo style and songs ‘Lalisa’ and ‘Money’. Lisa’s debut … Continue reading Lisa is a western pop star

Sabrina Carpenter’s rocking James Corden show: The heir to the pop throne perfects her craft

YouTube comments are funny things. (I should know.) ‘GIVE THIS WOMAN A GRAMMY ALREADY’ — ‘SHE DOESN’T NEED A GRAMMY. THE GRAMMYS NEED HER. [STAR EMOJI]’ — ‘FRRR’. Or so goes one string of comments that express the vibes of a fan base of a newcomer to celebrity and pop music. But Sabrina Carpenter is … Continue reading Sabrina Carpenter’s rocking James Corden show: The heir to the pop throne perfects her craft

Why Lisa from Blackpink is the next queen of hip hop, but it may take a while for her to break free

K-Pop is paradoxically encaged by its global popularity. Breaking through to the American audience at the beating heart of global capitalism is key to success in modern music. For with commercial success can come the freedom to make truly artistic music. This happened most recently with hip hop, which transformed through its late ‘90s and … Continue reading Why Lisa from Blackpink is the next queen of hip hop, but it may take a while for her to break free

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

Nicki Minaj’s MTV Awards Show: A more complete review of the queen of hip hop’s compelling performance

I have already reviewed the MTV Awards in general, but I did not give enough time to its indisputable victor: Nicki Minaj, winner of the Michael Jackson Vanguard award. Nicki Minaj, crowned. Minaj’s reputation as queen of rap, and therefore as successor to Lauryn Hill, was solidified by her verse on Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ from … Continue reading Nicki Minaj’s MTV Awards Show: A more complete review of the queen of hip hop’s compelling performance

MTV Awards 2022 Review: Ghostly Greats Haunt the Silver Throne

Echoing her dancing to Kanye West's 'All Day' performance at the Brits, Taylor Swift was seen rapping to Nicki Minaj's 'Superbass' at the 2022 MTV Awards, an event which has a history for Swift and West as the moment when the latter interrupted the former, leading to ensuing drama and some of the greatest music … Continue reading MTV Awards 2022 Review: Ghostly Greats Haunt the Silver Throne

Heidegger, Being, and Tenet

I have previously analysed the film Tenet, written and directed by Christopher Nolan to lukewarm reviews, from the perspective of political economy. I would like to now approach the art film from the perspective of philosophy. From Tenet (2020). Much has been written about the theme of time in Tenet, a theme which animates Christopher … Continue reading Heidegger, Being, and Tenet

The matrix of music: Wrestling with a paradox

We are confronted with an inconsistent triad — these three things cannot all be true: 1. X is the greatest musician of all time, 2. X is the future of popular music, 3. X is almost completely unrecognised musically. A politico-philosophical paradox (a musical matrix). One of these three claims cannot be true for two … Continue reading The matrix of music: Wrestling with a paradox

Kanye West’s Enlightening Fox News Interview: ‘Bring the best design to the people’

Kanye West is an astonishing individual. Endlessly maligned by media outlets throughout his career, Mr. West’s pivot from music to fashion has subverted expectations about his artistry and creativity in general. ‘He clearly thinks out of the box’, the Fox News interviewer said after the interview. For those who have not heard My Beautiful Dark … Continue reading Kanye West’s Enlightening Fox News Interview: ‘Bring the best design to the people’