You have to know Melee first. To really get why Mango is a sanctified person, Melee has to be lodged in your brain thoroughly, every nook and cranny saturated with the limits and structures of what you can do in the game. Only then can you fully appreciate what Mango brings to the table. In a sense, it feels absurd. Mango and his play is inextricable from his persona, “l’appel du vide” as a human being. There is no amount of restraint that can handle what he brings to the table. For many, I think this is why Mango embodies…


god these hex pics that swifties are using are so fucking funny

It’s okay to blame poptimism for this. The sudden swinging of the pendulum from criticism biased towards rock and assuaging pop to pop suddenly being given a new type of serious thought. Pop was never unanalyzed by earnest writers, but it was never the dominant mode of music writing, invested in by those who wanted to craft the canon of Great Music. But as the streaming game became all-encompassing, big-tent pop now takes up all the discourse. So, we come to this. The celebration of Taylor Swift.

Must be so satisfying too. To transform from a neat young blonde country-pop…


It is very easy to keep “In the Light of the Miracle” on loop. Like Arthur Russell, it contains multitudes and like Arthur Russell, it is full of life. I have no clue when he conceived this record, it was released in 1994 but given his death in 1992, the archival recording could have taken place any time after he moved to New York. It’s most likely that Russell wrote it whilst in his peak Dinosaur L days, rather than the later, more experimental years, but that’s the beauty of Arthur Russell; “In the Light of Miracle” and its…


To go and see something that actually lives up to the hype and muted anticipation I had for it is something I’ve not felt since Get Out. But while Get Out was almost universally acclaimed, even by mass audiences, it has become clear very swiftly that Midsommar will not receive the same praise as its uniquely American counterpart. It might seem trite to address the reaction to the movie first rather than the movie itself, but the climate surrounding Ari Aster’s vision immediately popped off, and its almost engulfed the entire production from opening day.

The complaints are clear and…


john dedomenici yelled at me one time when i was 14

I’ve been trying to get into Jeff Rosenstock’s solo stuff recently. Since BTMI!’s departure, he’s pivoted towards a similar yet less manic anathema-based rock that has made him even more famous, which I’m happy about. If anyone deserves it, Jeff is the guy. He is one of the hardest working men in music, a testament to the power of the hustle and a creative mind wracked with ideas ranging from ska to punk to pop songs to cabaret. …


If you know me and are reading this, you are probably everpresent online. You have knowledge of memes and internet darlings and weird porn and stupid tropes that come with channeling life through your browser. You are probably in likewise communities, whether that be music or politics or games or sports on whatever amalgamation of Twitter/Reddit/Tumblr/Instagram you frequent. Irony is a dial that you pull back and forth when applicable, and its presence is felt in many interactions you have. Millenials and now Gen Z are couched through this mindset, and it is consistently politicized explicitly if not implicitly through…


https://web.archive.org/web/20150709021526/http://gagajournal.blogspot.com/2013/12/kanye-alive-limits-of-human-personality.html (Read this brilliant article from Devin O’Neill circa 2013 if you haven’t before my piece, says what I think without the MAGA turn far better than I)

It’s definitely embarrassing to say, but seeing as he’s been out of the news cycle for a solid 40 minutes, I love Kanye. I love Kanye like Kanye loves Kanye because Kanye loves Kanye more than anything else, and I love that. It became cause celebre to outright dismiss and cancel him for the numerous dickhead things he did last year, and I can’t blame anyone for doing that. He is at…


The history of music in Cleveland is a long and storied one, even if the city is more known for a burning river and Lebron James than any sort of musical tradition. Classic rock bands like Nine Inch Nails, Devo, and the Pretenders are all from the area, while the hip-hop side of things is repped by legends like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and the new generation’s Kid Cudi. But while these artists have all garnered mainstream attention and acclaim, one cluster of interconnected musicians have been creating their own wave, of electronic music, that has not taken hold in decades prior…


Flow is an oft-debated topic in hip-hop and one that is as subjective as they come. The magnified eras in rap mean that heads from all different time periods have specific tastes and preferences that can vary wildly, from the simplistic rhyme schemes of the 80s to the Soundcloud chaos of the present day. It’s an eclectic part of the genre, depending on a rapper’s voice, their perception of rhythm, and adaptability to beats. That being said, the best rappers of all time all have had a transcendent ability to flow uncannily easily. But even if the GOATs were top-tier…

Eli Schoop

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