i'm in love with this live performance

Alright, so we’re gonna play a new song. Kinda going to the cartoon narrative of this whole thing. 2D felt maybe he was under-represented on Humanz a bit. It wasn’t a problem, but maybe he was a bit too generous, ya know? So he thought he’d do a song all by himself and make a video, just with him. Not tell anyone else, not tell Murdoc, a secret……………….. It might be a bit rough around the edges ‘cuz he only wrote it on Monday and made the video on Wednesday and now it’s Thursday so…
—  Damon Albarn before performing Sleeping Powder live. [x]

Look what I got today, my dudes

6

First performance of “Congratulations”
Last performance of “I’m Serious”

Thank you all for 2,000 followers

are we not gonna talk about the versatility of andrew's "i'm not responsible"

on the cast recording the line sounds angry and as if he’s retorting back in this fight with marvin. marvin’s first lyrics in the song are about just about whizzer, getting angry that he is not the perfect housewife he wants. he wants whizzer to make him dinner, love him and only him, and sit and look pretty. so it makes sense that whizzer would defend himself in saying he is not responsible for any of marvins needs. andrew does carry this smarmy and snarky attitude to the live performances as well but sometimes he creates a different twist.

sometimes andrew’s tone is softer and more genuine. in a bootleg i watched today (oops), he attempts to put his hands on christians face to try to reason with him. it’s almost as if he’s asking for forgiveness, he doesn’t want to fight with him about something like this. if marvin wants that, he’ll do it and he’s sorry that it’s not his responsibility. but christian shoves his hands away and andrew is taken aback, proving that whizzer is displaying the sincerity but marvin doesn’t want it in his tangent.

isn’t theatre so fun, every night can be something new. but we do owe it all to the actors, andrew and christian deserve all the praise for their talents.

Alright I have been holding my tongue for nearly three years so I’m finally gonna say it - FUCK Michael Gordon Clifford for Close As Strangers. Fuck him for that beautiful, haunting melody. Fuck him for how soft-emo it is, as if he doesn’t KNOW that is my weakness. Fuck him for the way the piano mixes with guitars and creates such a fucking rich, layered wall of sound that overtakes your entire BEING when you listen to it. Fuck him for the fact that I basically start crying after hearing three notes of the opening guitar line. Fuck him for lyrical POETRY like are we wasting time talking on a broken line and every night i’m losing you in a thousand faces and living dreams in fluorescent lights while you and I are running out of time. FUCK HIM for the way his voice sounds on his verse!? That soft, resonant tone, sweet but tinged with darkness like melted marshmallows with a troubled past, the way he murders us all with beautiful vibrato in the very last line of the song, and then just runs off into the goddam night with that voice and NEVER FUCKING GIVES IT TO US AGAIN QUITE THE SAME ON ANY OTHER SONG?! Fuck him for the way Luke’s voice breaks on the chorus?! Fuck him for the smokey smoothness of Calum’s solo and fuck him for Ashton’s harmonies at the end???? Fuck him for giving us this ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE and then never performing it live??!?!? Never even acknowledging its god-like existence?!?!? FUCK YOU MICHAEL CLIFFORD FOR THIS DAMN SONG. I mean I love you and I hope you’re happy and warm and well fed but. Also fuck you. 

Ya’ll weren’t talking all this shit when Remy released Another One which was a flaming pile of garbage (the fact that she said “cash me ousside” & “make your head red like lil yachty” or something like that,  but ya’ll ignored it tells me a lot). Also, no one wants to point out how different shether was compared to another one (flow, rhyme scheme e.t.c) cuz then we’d have to discuss the possibility of them being written by 2 different people. 

Nicki made a smart business move which is what I expected from her. You don’t spend almost 10 years at the top of the game by making emotional decisions. Emotional decisions like like hopping on an instrumental, making a diss track, & putting that shit on Itunes without even getting permission from the owners. Now she can’t even perform it live :( 

Nicki gave Remy about a minute & 20 seconds on No Frauds which is more than she deserves tbh. Remy gave Nicki 7 minutes of fan fiction & read it over a Nas beat. Nicki could’ve easily done the same but 1) whose really trying to get some “tea” (real or fake) on Remy 2) that’s lazy.  

I don’t see Reputation as being an album that’s purely satire- where each song exists purely as a mockery/response to “media criticism”. I don’t even think that that’s what she’s doing with these two singles.

Yes, I think they’re both responses to common perceptions of her and so, to a degree, skewerings of what has been said about her. But I consider both of them to be more about performance than they are about satire. 

She’s leaning really strongly into different sides of her personality and her musicality and creating songs that are little worlds for specific emotions and feelings to live as a whole unit. Sure, you can read them all as satire or mockeries or inside jokes to be appreciated only by her- “Taylor doesn’t really think of herself as a robber? so this has to be satire?”- but I think that’s a limited reading of what she’s doing. And I don’t buy it. Taylor rarely does anything that she doesn’t mean in one way or another. On some level, she’s always serious. (It’s why I love her.) 

The anger in lwymmd is real and it’s Taylor’s. The feeling of love as dangerous and reckless is Taylor’s. (We’ve seen it before!) She understands it and feels it or she wouldn’t write it. She wouldn’t be as convincing.

It’s not all of what she’s feeling- even at one given moment. It’s not all of who she is. Girl has layers! She always has! What she’s doing is taking one feeling, one moment, one heartbeat and expanding on it- building a performance (a persona) out of it. But that performance is always rooted in reality and in her identity as a person. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

My guess is that Reputation will be an album that tries to unpack much of the criticism thrown at her as well as the more positive and public perceptions of her. But I also think it’ll be about showing 15 different sides of Taylor, 15 different sides of the real girl at the heart of it all. We don’t need to worry about where Taylor is in all of this. All of the songs will be the “real” Taylor. She, like all of us, just has many sides.

8

9x11 “First Born” // 12x12 “Stuck in the Middle (with You)”
Knight of Hell & Prince of Hell: Immunity

Just because… well… they sure used everything about Cain and the way he lived and the whole storyline as an inspiration when creating Ramiel…

How PP3 should end
  • (All the Bellas are celebrating their final performance.)
  • Beca: *stands up (a bit drunk* I'm in love with Chloe. I have been since she walked into my shower. We live together and I love her. It's like the kind of love where I want to make her breakfast in bed and buy her a puppy. But I also just want to fuck her and make her moan. We've been doing it since we graduated. Hell we just did it in the bathroom!
  • The Bellas: we know
youtube

This is my favourite live performance for a number of reasons. They all look hot af, just getting that out the way first. They all sound so great! It’s one of those performances where they sound better than the actual single. Plus the harmonies, especially at 2:37, are so on point 👌 The audience is also so great! You can tell that there’s a connection between them and the boys, especially with the ‘YOU SING’ bit. I love when the audience is responsive and singing along. Just everything about this performance is delicate and lovely and amazing! Even the lighting is glorious. (Harry also murdered me at 2:59. And then again at 3:11.)

youtube

CiaraI BET (Acoustic)

“ but you took advantage . oh , you took advantage . oh , you took advantage .

i cannot understand , i cannot understand , i cannot understand it . ”

this acoustic version just made me fall even more in love with this song . ciara’s vocals have grown tremendously !