The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2021

Content warnings: sexual abuse; suicide; death

This blog’s most time-honoured [citation needed] tradition returns. 2021 fucking sucked. A global pandemic raged on, the rich continued to get richer, and uncontrollable forest fires demonstrated that global warming’s effects are already here. Simply put, shit’s fucked. Viewed in that light, talking about pop-cultural disappointments feels petty. But you know what? This is my personal blog, and I’m allowed be petty and laugh at stupid things. So that’s what I’m going to do, as I’ve done every year since… -searches blog- holy shit I’ve been doing this since 2011??? How have I not lost my fucking mind yet???

A reminder: these aren’t necessarily the worst aspects of pop culture in 2021. They’re just the things that disappointed me the most, personally. So without further ado, I bring you 2021: the year in shit.

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Album Review: Matthew Good – Arrows of Desire

Arrows of Desire kicks off with its title track, a slice of bright alternative rock that seems to be a deliberate contrast to the moody, minor-key pieces of his previous effort, Lights of Endangered Species. The rest of the album follows a similar template, resulting in Matthew Good’s most rocking record since White Light Rock & Roll Review. But that album is nearly a decade old now, and with nearly 10 more years under his belt, Good isn’t quite as energetic anymore. There’s less sneering condescension on Arrows, less unbridled anger, less tortured despair. But as it turns out, old age suits Good quite well. Continue reading “Album Review: Matthew Good – Arrows of Desire”

My Favourite Albums of 2011

Being busy with real life, I haven’t had a chance to listen to much new music in 2011. Moreover, I was disappointed in a lot of new music right off the bat (e.g. Incubus’ If Not Now, When?; dredg’s Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy; Bon Iver’s self-titled), and I grew tired of other albums (e.g. The Sounds’ Something To Die For; Death Cab For Cutie’s Codes and Keys). That being said, I did want to single out the four albums that I really enjoyed this year. I’m not going to rank them all, but I will crown one of them “album of the year.” The list follows after the jump. Continue reading “My Favourite Albums of 2011”