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  1. This getting very scary here in the States. It's going to get worse before it gets better, too.
  2. I voted proudly and enthusiastically for Hillary. I grew to love and admire her in 2016. I have never seen any person alive take so much hatred and vitriol and to take it constantly. Literally 24 hours a day on Fox News and talk radio and in the grosser corners of the internet. The lunatic fringe bought into this shit so seriously that a guy shot up a pizza shop because he thought Hillary was running a criminal ring in the basement. She took the hate, the took the death threats, she took everything they could throw at her -- and kept going forward. The strength of character that takes -- I am in awe of her. Biden I don't give two shits about. He feels like a relic of a time from not even my childhood but before I was even born. But the American political system is built for two parties. Privileged assholes can try to pretend others, but the choice is Biden or Trump. If someone is voting for someone else then they are voting for Trump. That is how this works, and anyone pretending otherwise can fuck right off.
  3. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Not being racist isn't good enough. We need people to be anti-racist. Showing up to vote isn't good enough. We need people to be talking to their friends, families, and neighbors about the importance of voting and voting Biden.
  4. Never saw this thread before but to @karbatal for doing the hard work in here.
  5. I'd be OK with pretentious! Music today is so fucking cookie cutter.
  6. All they're doing is sacrificing streams and sales. "Rebel Heart"'s bonus tracks were kept off streaming/digital for like ... a month? That makes sense to me. Incentivize the fans buying the collector's editions, but then also cash in on it.
  7. How are these tracks still unavailable in the U.S.? Forget streaming -- you can't even buy them on iTunes almost six months after release. She has the worst fucking team "supporting" her.
  8. I stand, though "Batuka," "Dark Ballet," and "Looking for Mercy" are all challenging "Crazy" for space in my top five. I think this album may end up challenging "LAP," "ROL" and "Music" in my holy trinity of M albums. I really am struggling thinking about the next album ranking thread
  9. GREAT article, but man, this line really took me by surprise: Has it really been so long since the famous Insta post?! Where did the time go?
  10. Was thinking the same thing! The direct shots and close ups in "God Control" and "Crave" were gorgeous and I've been wanting a dark hair era for years. Madame X is giving me everything
  11. Wooooooow. This looks fucking perfect without the other font cluttering it up. Gorgeous.
  12. Not how I was picturing this perf, but now that you've said it ... yes. Yes, I need this.
  13. I would literally kill for classic extended mixes of "IDSIF," "Dark Ballet" and "God Control."
  14. "Career highlight" (But "Music" definitely outshines "Confessions" in the 00s.)
  15. Bruce's whole fanbase fits into a single demographic (white, male, Baby Boomers), and that sort of demographic homogeny has been true since he first hit the big time. It's easy to hold a fanbase like that together over the years and get them to keep buying whatever shit you turn out. (See also: U2, the Rolling Stones, and many other big rock acts.) M doesn't have a fanbase like that. It's more like she has a coalition of fans who've come to her at different stages of her career, and come to expect different things from her as a result. The 80s post-disco pop princess with the punk attitude, the living legend blond bombshell pop queen, the house queen with the fuck-authority and fuck-your-expectations S&M dominatrix look and attitude, the R&B crooner, the techno spiritualist mother of the year, etc. etc. Different eras of her career have appealed to appealed to different genders, races, and generations. It's really difficult to sustain that over time, and part of what makes her sustained megastardom so remarkable.
  16. This is nonsense. Literally no one was slagging "Confessions" when "Hard Candy" came out. Most fans -- and certainly the loudest fans -- were pissed that "HC" wasn't "Confessions II." Fast forward four years, many of these same fans were re-evaluating "HC" and giving it high marks for its warm melodies after hearing a detached, almost bored M sing over lifeless EDM tracks on "MDNA."
  17. This is a thoughtful, spot-on comment. Thank you for this.
  18. This is a ridiculous thread. She's done two major performances already this era, she has a Fallon appearance coming up, Pride later this month and the tour starts in less than three months. I'm surprised we're still getting public appearances at all considering how close the tour is.
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