It is not at all uncommon for someone to arrive at a scene of brutality or injustice and, with a sympathetic murmur or heroic flourish, attack the victim. It happens all the time.
Renata Adler, Speedboat
Maura Magazine: Are We Human?
"Dream Fighter," the 2008 single by Japanese pop group Perfume, functions both as pop song and as prism: relentless, glossy, varicolored, as if a rainbow were condensed and harmonized. The song is composed of bright escalating synth arpeggios that sound like unwoven crystal. I do not experience synesthesia but when I listen to "Dream Fighter" I almost hear colors, in innumerable variations, caught in a varied and distracted bloom.
I considered Perfume’s sound and image for the new issue of Maura Magazine.
NPR: A Rational Conversation: Is Emo Back?
I have noticed in reading articles about the emo revival or when looking at the comments on them that people refer to the mainstreamed version of emo (MCR, Fall Out Boy, etc.) as “little sister music” or harping on the fact that it’s guys wearing eyeliner. There is a definite machismo thing going on about what’s “real emo.”
There’s that whole other aspect too, the whole “X music is for housewives and little girls” thing, which I feel is pretty endemic to rock. It’s an authenticity game in which women are automatically assumed inauthentic and aspirational in their listening. Totally hideous behavior. I also think even playing an authenticity game in emo is maybe the losingest losing battle ever. It’s already majorly maligned music and creating hierarchies within it seems super pointless.
Eric Ducker interviewed me about emo and “emo revival” for NPR. I definitely don’t remember anything I said.