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New Greta Van Fleet video: When the Curtain Falls

Video: Greta Van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”

From the “When the Curtain Falls” single, out now on Republic Records.

Because I am a master of the new media, I also run a blog that’s focused on the cross sections of digital and culture. My partner Tom and I use it as a platform to highlight how digital media influences our real lives and how the platforms are often just an extension of who we are in the flesh. The best examples show how there are layers of meaning that go back and forth. Those things are Metastential. We host the blog, a twitter feed and even a sleeping podcast and I could have just as easily written about this video there as here.

We’ve kept an eye on the boys from Frankenmuth since their first single. They sometimes get bashed for wearing their influences a little too prominently on their frilly sleeves, but come on…who is gonna argue with some kids getting into Led Zeppelin?

Well they’ve gone all in now with the riffs and the screams and even the pants. But they’re not totally retro. Bucking the purists who mock their parents for uploading videos “wrong” and recognizing the importance portrait-oriented platforms like Instagram, Greta Van Fleet has posted their latest video the way your mom posts videos of fireworks. The boys are out there in the desert looking like the sequel to Almost Famous, fresh faced and manic in 12-megapixel glory fed through an 8mm film filter. When my eleven year old looked over my shoulder to see what I was watching he shrugged and said, “What year is that?” Mission accomplished, gang.  

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Number One Records: Rockstar

Audio: Post Malone – “Rockstar” (ft. 21 Savage)

Post Malone - rockstar ft. 21 Savage

After three weeks with the number one single, Cardi B has been dethroned. Post Malone and 21 Savage knocked her out with their mumble rap hit, “Rockstar.” Is this the first #1 song in 2017 that inarguably sucks?

The lyrics are inane, equating being a rock star with “fuckin’ hoes and poppin’ pillies.” The delivery is lazy and the beat is boring. It’s like these dingleberries based their idea of what it means to be a rock star entirely on Spinal Tap.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with rappers glomming on to “rock” signifiers. See Run-DMC’s “King of Rock” as a perfect example, or more recently, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” which at least managed to highlight the fun and excitement of rock and roll. But Post Malone just sounds like he’s zonked out on ludes.

Switch my whip, came back in black
I’m startin’ sayin’, “Rest in peace to Bon Scott”
Close that door, we blowin’ smoke
She ask me light a fire like I’m Morrison

Uh huh, okay. That doesn’t make a lick of sense and it doesn’t even come close to rhyming. Maybe I’m just old, but this song blows. The kids, however, seem to like it.

“Rockstar” had 51.3 million U.S. streams and sold 48,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 12, and 35 million all-format radio audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 15. But still…yuck. The world is going to hell, and we’ve got these bozos bragging about assaulting “bad bitches.”

Hit her from the back, pullin’ on her tracks
And now she screamin’ out, “no mas” (yeah, yeah, yeah)

No gracias.

[Update: Embedded YouTube, 11/22/2017.]

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