TUMBLR IS MAKING A RETURN BUT SO IS MY OBSESSION WITH MATTY HEALY

If you have been living under a rock by any chance lately than you wouldn’t know that the Tumblr darlings The 1975 just released their 6th studio album titled “Being Funny In A Foreign Language”. Though, if you’ve been online at any point within the last week then of course you know this since, once again, some British boys have broken it.

There has been this ongoing trend within media since the decade switch from the 2010’s; as contradictory as it sounds, it is as if we’re in this constant state of reminiscence, desire, and an oddly placed “thank fuck that’s over”. Really, I think a lot of this comes from the longing for Tumblr, while also despising it. It’s weird too, having been a teenager in the 2010’s, to see it so romanticised while also the current teens wishing they were apart of it. I mean, that’s how I felt with Myspace having only been around that time because of an elder sibling. Tumblr has become what Myspace was in the 2010’s – loathed, criticised (rightfully), but nonetheless yearned for.

And that is kind of exactly what this new The 1975 album sounds like if I were to personify it.

WAKE UP BABE WE GOT ROBBERS 2!

I don’t think my feed has been this full of the band since Tumblr, I mean I have friends from high school sending me tiktoks about this whole resurgence that I hardly speak to. Not to mention that the aesthetic we all associate with that era is on the return. If I’m going to be honest, I still dress like some awkward emo, grunge Tumblr kid so I’m happy it’s back in. Leave my messy eyes, Dr. Martins, and torn stockings alone, she’s trendy again.

“You’re makin an aesthetic out of not doing well” – The 1975 (BFIAFL)

I don’t really know how to talk about this album. I took no notes. I listened to it while I cried in my bedroom at night. How else was I supposed to? What I do know is that Matty Healy just be saying words and oh, oh how I love that he does.

One of my favourite things about this album is that while I will sit here and say its a call back to the 2010’s, I wholeheartedly believe it is an elevated, somewhat more grown in time, and just older. Not, in the way you would mean that this is better, for that is subjective, but as if those albums were kids, and this is them as a raging 20 something. That could just be my perception since I was so young and now I am a raging 20 something. Either way, that’s what I think, and its really something to ponder.

SCENE ONE, ACT ONE 

A teenage Taylorlani is sitting on their bed, a stolen pack of her parent's cigarettes beside her. She is the embodiment of a mess - hair, makeup, and flannel plaid clothes. Off her tiny phone speaker plays THE 1975 album 'I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP, FOR YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YET SO UNAWARE OF IT'. She is crying and drained. A typical teenage girl. 

END SCENE 

SCENE TWO, ACT ONE

A 20 something Taylorlani is sitting on their bed, a brought with her own money pack of cigarettes beside her. She is the depiction of a put together mess - hair, makeup, and stockings with a rip at the knee. Off her laptop speaker plays THE 1975 album 'BEING FUNNY IN A FOREIGN LANUAGE'. She is exhausted, crying in a free moment. Your standard University girl. 

END SCENE

Okay, so maybe it might just be because I’m older. I still feel it. I feel it man, that’s what this album has been doing to me. I keep seeing those “this has changed the trajectory of my life path” tiktoks about Track 10 ‘About You’, and yeah. Just yeah. Its as if I have awoken from some dehydrated fever dream of a reality and placed back where I was supposed to be. Where teenage me thought I would be. So much of my thought process sometimes is if teenage Taylorlani would think I was cool, and with this whole resurgence I think she most certainty would think that.

Bouncing off that it’s almost as if this album, this Matty Healy is on my social media feed across all platforms (have you seen the Chicken Shop Date with Amelia Dimoldenberg? Ugh) has healed some form of my inner child. It’s grounding almost. Which you might be thinking “calm down it’s just an album, man”, and you’re right it is. An outstanding beauty that is pure freaking artistry. It is so good that I truly feel as if I have changed. Sonically brilliant as always. Tonally enticing, makes me think of spearmint.

All in all, I am here for whatever this era is. Whether Tumblr comes back head first, or it’s just the stylistic nature that was that time. I am so incredibly excited to see what other art comes from this, and who better to really slam us back in time than The 1975?

EQUIPPED WITH MUSIC I’VE BEEN LOVING THIS YEAR AND SUNGLASSES

Hey, hey! 

It’s the end of July, it’s basically Halloween to me, which also means we’re a very decent amount into the year. Crazy right? This year has weirdly blown by me like a passing breath. One moment it was January and I was changing into a different University major years into my degree, and now I’m here with an abundant list of music I’ve been listening to all year. 

HALESTORM’S BACK FROM THE DEAD [ THE ALBUM] 

I actually wrote down my first thoughts to each song when this album dropped with the intent of a review, however the days and months went on and I was still too burnt out, too tired, and too sad to write a thing. Yet, in saying that, I listened to this album constantly during that time. See, Back From The Dead is aggressively feminine with a soccer punch of personal growth, age, and worth. It is quite literally everything I wanted and definitely needed. Enriched with kickass women-hood and acceptance of self delivered in a metal music love letter. The album just straight bangs. I mean, I’ve only heard the term “bombshell” in regards to women from the mouth of a man with eyes of sexualation. While I wouldn’t say reclaimed is the right word here, I want to still make a point of it. I think that’s kinda something important to unpack, as well as being a testament to what this whole project is doing. 

Notable favourite song recommendations from said album: Wicked Ways, Strange Girl, My Redemption, and Psycho Crazy. 

POPROPICASLUTZ! 

This might get kind of “fangirl” of me, but really that’s a good sign. I have not gone a single day since January of this year where I have not listened to these guys. That’s not even an exaggeration, my Spotify “On Repeat” is cursed now. January 2022 met us with that iconic release of WW3, and I have been basically drugged musically since. I am an addict. I want my Poptropicaslutz fix all the time. I don’t even know how to describe this stuff to you, me who writes poetry, is at a near constant loss for words. My only attempt would be if you take the Neon Pop Punk era, Myspace Scene sound of I Set My Friends On Fire/Brockencyde, 2010’s emo rap (though not necessarily “Sad Boi”), and throw it in something more intense than a blender. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know why it does. I do not know anything other than everything – and by God do I mean everything – is straight heat. I literally be giggling and kicking my legs when they randomly tweet out “new song tonight”. 

Notable favourite song recommendations: romeo & juliet, I MISS 2007, user not found, eccentric hats & motley patterns, and Hysteria is impossible without an audience. 

HOT MULLIGAN 

Do not bother making “this is a red flag” comment. Do not bother asking “are you okay?” because I do not have an answer for you. What I do have is Spotify history of the year where Hot Mulligan is very, very present, and truthfully I’m not mad about it. Well, they’re pro Milk, so maybe a little mad about it. God I hope someone gets that joke, otherwise I’m gonna look so stupid. Back to the point, I have been religiously listening to Hot Mulligan all year. I mean I will always love and be emotionally attached to this beautifully mastered genre of Pop Punk. They’re one of the few I think is making the 2010’s styles translate magically well into that of current. I also just think they’re funny. They make me laugh and feel warm and poetically sad. Of course I’ve been listening to them so much. 

Notable favourite song recommendations: Feal Like Crab, Drink Milk and Run, Featuring Mark Hoppus, and Dary. 

SCARLXRD 

This is a little switch up to the previous two, but if you know me I am always listening to Scarlxrd. I tend to keep my playlists pretty organised, yet he is there in pretty much all of them. Scarlxrd is perfect for any mood at any time. Sad? Scarlxrd. Angery? Scarlxrd. Feeling your inner God complex? Scarlxrd. His discography is fairly large, so if you’re into this intense, trap, metal, rap, aggressive bass, there is bound to be something you vibe with. I love him. I love his music. He’s up there incredibly high on my top artists of all time and has been for ages. 

Notable favourite song recommendations: {Flex’}, Rxbxt Slut!, I WANT TX SEE YXU BLEED, Bible Black, and Gin Shxt. 

MAGNOLIA PARK 

This is not the first time I’m talking about them and it sure as hell will not be the last. I think around this time last year I wrote this piece about artists you should be paying attention to in the scene with them as the forefront. So I guess I’m incredibly happy to say not only are they still some of my top played artists but also their incredible growth. I’m kind of emotional about it. Proud don’t begin to cover it. Mag Park have put out numerous tracks since then, and I’ve loved every single one. They are the epitome of what Pop Punk is in this modern wave, and everything that we needed to further progress. Constantly challenging the privileged white attitude/opinions (you know the ones ugh) that has always been plaguing the scene and doing it with some of the best music I’ve heard in forever. There really isn’t a question as to why I’m always listening to them. They’re too cool, too vibrant, too outstanding to not be. 

Notable favourite song recommendations: Don’t Be Racist, Outside, Kids Like Us, Liar, Serious, and Back Home. 

AISLINN DAVIS 

Again, a little bit of a switch up here, but if there is anything to know about me is that my music taste is truly everything in existence pretty much. With that being said, I, like many others, became obsessed with Aislinn’s music via TikTok, and really it’s been living rent free around my head for a while. Her voice is truly prettier than heaven knowns and I could honestly listen to her sing about anything. I can’t really explain what her music makes me feel but I know it’s something I want to never stop feeling. I don’t know guys, but there’s something about the gentle sea-breeze of my town, soft setting sun, open windows, and her music that makes me believe I am living the best human experience available. 

Notable favourite song recommendations:  poltergeist, Devil Boy, think about u, death wish, and Gwen. 

HONOURABLE SONG MENTIONS

  • Dove Beach – Baby Queen
  • SELF-SABOTAGE – Waterparks 
  • Chaos Castle – Xavier Wulf 
  • Just Sign the Papers – Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties 
  • Blender – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Clearest Blue – CHVRCHES
  • What I Would Give – Angelmaker 
  • Kiss – Lil Peep
  • Loser – Sueco
  • Two Week Notice – Leanna Firestone
  • life’s such a trip – Softheart 

Soak Me In Bleach (Or Well Alcohol Actually)

Hey, hey! 

As promised, a music related blog post, one that I have been trying to bring to you for over a year. In early 2021 or late 2020, I purchased tickets to go see some live music — however, as we’re very aware here in Australia, it’s only been the last maybe four to six months where live shows have been back in action and that gig was postponed not once, but twice. Now, there’s no ill will here or anything, I feel for the impacts the pandemic and lockdowns had on the music scene, but if anything it made the arrival of the set date more exciting. 

Usually I wait a couple of months or just under a year for the dates of shows to roll around. That’s for the bigger ones, not the local joints I like to hit up when I can. Maybe I should write something about those types of trips? But this time it was basically a year and half, which if I’m honest, built up enthusiasm for it and, in turn, the crowd was rowdy and insane. Put a bunch of Aussie metalheads in an 18+ alcohol filled gig for Aussie bands after that long of a wait and it makes sense the chaos that erupted. I loved every second of it, even the weird or negative parts, because now I get to tell this story to you. 

THE ACTS

The main act, infamous The Amity Affliction, who are known for being very aquatic in tone. (No really, I can’t look at the ocean and not go “ah, like the amity songs”). They’re also known for being intense crowd wise, I’ve never heard of them not having at least one wall of death much like the multiple we had at second Sydney show, located at The Roundhouse. 

Although I initially brought tickets for the main act, I was just as excited for the openers Nerve Damage and Waax. Nerve Damage started it all off with an Acknowledgement to Country, which if you’re not Australian, is the acknowledgment for the indigenous peoples who’s land we’re on. I’m sad to say that it is the first time ever that’s ever happened at a concert, and I’ve been a frequent attendee since I was 13 years old. Their set was like the best taster for the night, loud, in your face, and overall politically charged. I am proud to say that I was centre barricade for this show, partly because I travelled out to the venue and always account for traffic issues and such, which left friends and myself there a tad early. However, it meant I had a fantastic view, and was blown away by each act. Especially by Nerve Damage.

Now, I love Waax. I’m not like a super/long term fan or anything (yet anyway) but I knew them, I liked them, and I was excited for them. My expectations? More than met, especially when the ever-so dashing vocalist grabbed my hand. Listen, I nearly shed a tear. The stage presence was lovely, and I am so happy to see women on stage. In fact I even managed to be handed – yes handed not snatched – a setlist. I’ve never managed a set list before. Guitar pics, drum sticks (I think? My memory sucks) even, yes, but never before a setlist. 

Okay, onto what you’re all here for, The Amity set. My loves, I don’t know how to tell you this, I think I just had one of the best show experiences of my life. There was fire! FUCKING FIRE! Honestly, I’m glad there was it turned up the temperature and being winter it was so cold that night. The energy was wild, like I said, all the built up time and restlessness made us all crazy. I lost my voice like three songs in, that’s how hard I was screaming. I think I nearly threw up from emotions, it was all so raw. Also there were mirrors? Fun house mirrors maybe? They lit up? I can’t recall exactly but it was cool. The setlist was top tier. Like you always have those conversations with people about songs you want an artist to play, what you hope or think would be cool to be heard, and that set was exactly that. I was a little sad when it was over. Part of me was exhausted and sore (more on that later), and the other part of me didn’t want it to end. I would pay for Amity to preform in my bedroom but they’d probably burn it down. 

THE EXPERIENCE 

I’ve told you how much I loved the acts, how good they were, but now for the fun part: the details! 

I mentioned centre barricade, which is a brilliant but cursed spot to have. It’s such a “stick it out as long as you can survive” position as you get an entire crowds worth of body weight pressing you into metal. Depending on the type of show of course, some aren’t that aggressive. There’s no shame in lasting one song or the whole act, but I’m excited to say I survived the whole thing without jumping out. Not without escaping some injuries. I am incredibly bruised and aching. One of my calves is black near the knee.

I had some brain cells to bandage up some body piercings before attending, and I’m so thankful for that sober-smart Taylorlani who did that because otherwise there would have been a hospital visit. I did lose an earring as it was jacked out and, to be fair, I don’t remember it happening which goes to show how much was happening at any given moment. It’s okay, I put a safety-pin in it for the time until I got home. God, the adrenaline. 

I did nearly have my medusa piercing torn out by a crowd surfers knee, but that’s okay because I did accidentally punch him in the groin trying to lift him up. I’m 5’2 guys, I’m the height of a 12 year old. I genuinely haven’t grown since that age. If you’re that guy, I’m so sorry, really I was trying to not get crushed. Speaking of crowd surfers though, one guy smelled like a metalhead stereotype, and another kicked me in the head. It’s okay, I’m okay, I’m sure they had the time of their lives. Especially the lad who stood on the crowd – yeah like on his legs – and then jumped directly on me. Iconic of them, I’m so weirdly happy I got that on camera too, otherwise I don’t know how to describe it. 

I was slammed into the barricade more times than I can count and believe me I know numbers, I can count to ten. Applaud me. It was so hype, it was so rewarding to be back at a live gig like that. But alas, there is always something that leans more negative on the night. 

A wonderful gal and lad were elbowing my side, my arm, my body all night really hard and more forceful than the crowd. At first I was like, c’mon you know? But during a quick break between songs they leaned over to apologise and say how they’re trying to stop this one large guy from groping me as he’d been trying all night. Now, I hate to say that this is something I’m used to but I am, and I knew someone had during Nerve Damage, but pushed it aside. I appreciate this couple so much. There’s this stereotype of how metalheads are terrible, big, and scary who will beat you up. But it’s a person thing, not a metalhead thing. Assholes aren’t dictated by genre. Yet, this is the type of attitude I do encounter a fair bit these days. This, like, protective community. Really, I’m so thankful for them, and I’m incredibly grateful that they even went out of their way to do so. 

Metal is full of this hand in hand, help each other out, mentality if you look deeper for it, and I’m proud to say I also live by it. I’m short, but there are plenty of girls who are shorter and smaller than me who attend. It’s not hard to help out when crowd surfers head directly for them. Not to say they’re weak, they’re at a crazy metal gig of course they’re not, but having a body thrown at you can be hell, and I do try my best to cover people when I can or it’s safe for me too.  

On a more higher note, there was insane pit action, there always is at Amity shows. There was multiple walls of death which even I at the barricade got the privilege to be crushed in. My friend got a guitar pic. We spent money on merch. I took a cup from the ground that was cool and sticky. I saw some limes floating in the air, on the floor. I got sprayed with beer and water, as well as spat on. I’m sorry to cleaners. 

It was the most fun I’ve had in ages. I don’t regret a single second of it. I chase the gig adrenaline more than anything in my whole life. It is pure erotica. I’ve been addicted since I was 13 and still wearing a scene mullet with fried bleached hair. I live for music, for live music, for the everything. I love writing about it, the whole thing. It’s more me than if I handed you a bone from a ribs. 

Wait for the Good Things 2022 blog post, since I am happy to announce I will be attending. God, I’m so (happily) broke. 

Pleased To Meet You, Stranger, Welcome To The Ending – Music I Loved In January

Hey, hey!!

I hope you hadn’t thought I was skipping the music content this year because no way was that going to happen. I’ve had a really nice Christmas and January break and there was no shortage of music around for me. So here is my incomplete – because I can’t put it all here obviously you’ll be here forever – list of music I loved in January.

BETWEEN YOU & ME

The thing about being Australian is that I’m always on the hunt for music I like in this country to build up a catalog of it. It just makes me sad how central to the US and UK everything is music wise.

So back to the point! Between You & Me is a pop-punk style band from Melbourne here in Australia. They’re vibrant and charismatic with a rich blend of pop-punk essence and something so purely Aussie. Their music has this influential charm to it that you get obsessed with, gleaming something golden.

Ever since their last record, Armageddon, released at the end of 2021 I’ve had them on a repeating cycle playing around my life. Again, I’ve been on uni break and Between You & Me probably take the cake for the most played artist during this time.

SOFTHEART

Changing up the pace for this artist, Softheart is indescribable to me. I feel weird strictly saying “rapper” whether or not that’s fronted with terms of identification such as “emo” or “Soundcloud”. Softheart is an artist, he just makes phenomenal art. Really, I could sit here and describe the melodic delicacy of tracks like “110’” but it wouldn’t even relate to the raw chaotic depth of something like “manic”. 

Beautifully complicated in its entirety, and I always find a feeling, a time or a moment where Softheart’s artistry is included in my daily soundtrack.

TAYLOR SWIFT

I don’t think I need to explain this one at all. Though maybe some of you want me to justify why Swift is here in some weird anti-pop mainstream feminine culture misogyny type of way. I get that a lot when I mentioned she’s usually a top played artist for me, paired with the “I thought you liked real music” bullshit that leaves peoples mouths. 

Music is art, life is art, I don’t plan to ever live my life being exclusive of forms of creativity by some shitty boxes in identity structured by society. I don’t care what genre it is, what you fall into. Make art, express yourself and just enjoy these aspects of the world around you for once.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

I love 5sos, really with my whole heart I do. I have been one of those insanely younger dedicated Aussie fans since those boys were literal children. It surprises me sometimes how old I am, how much we’ve aged since they started making music and I found it through the holes of the internet.

I love it though, how I in my twenties still on the regular pick up a 5sos record and play it when the first time I did so I was barely a teenager. They’re on this list because I love them, they’re on this list because they’re music grew with me and is aligned with many different eras of myself. CALM is quite perfectly one of the best records I’ve ever heard which is a bold statement sure but I mean it.

POPTROPICASLUTZ!

Recently signed to Epitaph Records, Poptropicaslutz! are a duo who really have just created something special. I hate being closed off to the walls of a genre and I adore artists who tear it down with hammers. But this does leave me here like “how the hell am I supposed to put this into words?!” Really, I can’t so you’re gonna have to take my word for it that they’re truly magic. If I had to really pinpoint some type of idea I could only mumble something like punky-hyper-pop-hip-hop. Which um, yeah, just take my word and listen to them cause that doesn’t even explain it. 

Their discography isn’t large but it’s impressive, energetic and exhilarating. There is no doubt in my mind that this is pure artistry and it’s going to go far. I had everything on a nice little rotation of repeat in January and still now in February. I am, for lack of a better word, obsessed in the best way.

NOTABLE SONG MENTIONS:

And here, to finish off this post are some songs on their own which I’ve had on repeat.

  • Bible Black – Scarlxrd 
  • If You Say So – The Dead Love 
  • Kids Like Us – Magnolia Park
  • The Medic – Foxing 
  • This Must Be My Exit – Oso Oso 

January was inherently fantastic for me musically, and so far February has been just as great that I’m so restlessly excited for what this year with offer or bring me!

Simply Taylorlani Goes Musical – The Final

SIMPLY TAYLORLANI GOES MUSICAL

Contextual Report, BCM241, Media Ethnographies

Author – Taylor Housman, 2021

Overview:

This semester Simply Taylorlani (ST) underwent further developmental changes in exploring the field of creating and producing written content, weekly stories and a playlist centered around one particular niche. For this venture the niche was decided and finalised by an Instagram poll, with the winning votes going towards music.  

This blog and Simply Taylorlani have produced music related content before, allowing for the ideas to flow from the beginning. Too many ideas, and a broader open niche was inherently the first project struggle. As seen here in this post, this Digital Artifact started with multiple genres. After contemplation and time creating, the DA was narrowed down to just Pop Punk with slight touches on Emo/Midwest. This contributed to the further research that underwent through the course of this project, being able to connect articles, analytical sources and lecture content.

Research:

Pop Punk is a music genre, one that isn’t small and it’s history “cannot be neatly explained and packaged into a tight little box. It’s complicated, messy, and spills over into multiple genres among fusing with others.” It can be described as difficult to understand unless you have deep roots, ones that ST has and utilised within this DA. It can be argued when Pop Punk began, but the late 90s and 2000s saw it catapult headfirst into mainstream culture, before fizzling out of the spotlight. 

One of the first points made was that “this isn’t just a hobby, but a lifestyle and identity.” ST engaged with this idea outside of personal experiences. YOUTH SUBCULTURE –  “A subculture is a way of life. It isn’t a fan club, its a real life…So it’s a way of having something that they can say they belong to and that they are.” 

This source aided in diving into aesthetics, something mentioned here that ST found was a large contributor to the personal identities/persona of the subculture, also deepening the idea that it is a larger concept than just music. Pop Punk style has developed with time, but much like the music, spills over and from “traditional” Punk. This source looks more into those aesthetics. 

As mentioned before, Pop Punk fizzled out, and Loudwire here explores how this genre survived, especially with its multitude of issues. These issues are something this DA inspected. “Toxic masculinity had the 2000s in a chokehold…lyrics rife with misogyny…culture that would ridicule women…it was normalized at the time…some bands made a nasty habit of abusing their power and access to young girls on tour.”

One thing Simply Taylorlani set out with a goal to do was pull away from the mainstream artists who, once again are taking it to the spotlight. Alternative Press shared a list of “10 individuals supporting the genre while, mostly, staying out of the spotlight.” Music is much more than songs and artists, it is an industry full of teams and producers as well. 

Genre blending as a concept is not strictly Pop Punk, it is a wave in the industry that just expands music. However, as ST explored the new era of Pop Punk that stepped away from the 2010’s sound of bands like The Story so Far and The Wonder Years, elements of this are more present. “I personally believe that the rise of the mixed genre is a testament to the creativity and talent of today’s music artists.” 

Introducing the way 2010’s Emo Rap has influenced the stylistic evolution of Pop Punk and vice versa. Kerrang – “a constellation of genres with a hustle-hard, DIY ethos championed from different corners and dragged from the bedroom…“It’s like punk,” he [Scarlxrd] reckons…“Punk came on the scene with people playing in basements…We’re all inspired by what we’re inspired by.”…[Horse Head] taps more directly into his emo and pop-punk influences…riffing on bands like Rilo Kiley and Taking Back Sunday.”

 “The thing is we have all the ingredients for a pop punk band, but it’s the last thing I want to be…it’s like – and it’s no disrespect…but it’s like I just like so much more, you know what I mean?” – Awsten Knight of Waterparks, Zach Sang Show

Timeline Version One
Timeline Version Two
Stories & Weekly Song’s/Album’s Example

Autoethnography:

Autoethnography, the “approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” aided in this project from the start. I have grown up in this world and most of this is personal experience. This approach has allowed me to critically reflect on all those experiences and being able to transcribe my lively experience into formal work has given myself a whole new perspective. As someone who creates this type of content outside of University, I believe my work has developed stronger from it. ST is more professional – design changes, approach shifts and industry relationships. I have met new people, grown as a writer and have been able to articulate what my writing in life is. Frameworks such as Postmodernism aided in this project the same way. My work is centred around the modernity of the niche, the cultural shifts, which are still arguably “hot takes”. The gatekeepers who can’t let go of Blink-182’s sound being the default setting, those who think there aren’t any power abusers, are reluctant to transition into contemporary developments.  

As stated before, Persona is a deeply important aspect of this niche. Authenticity is key, especially when building relationships with others. Pop Punk is a community, there are people who make up that community from bands, producers, writers, podcasts, fans etc. Knowing who you are within that, finding your “niche” in this world and being truthful to/in your content holds weight. I could have lied in all posts, but then the bands I’ve met from that would be fake relationships. The songs I shared I actually love, I could have lied about that too, but the connections and attraction achieved would be false. Subculture isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle, you don’t tap in and out, there is no room to not be your persona even online. 

Podcast Feature

References:

10 music industry pros fueling the pop-punk revival behind the scenes (2021) Altpress.com. Available at: https://www.altpress.com/features/music-industry-pros-pop-punk-revival/ 

Album review: Lil Lotus – ERRØR BØY (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/reviews/album-review-lil-lotus-error-boy/ 

Berkland, D. (no date) Androcentrism and misogyny in late twentieth century rock music, Core.ac.uk. Available at: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/145050367.pdf 

Boas, S. (2020) Boas: Pop punk has a diversity problem, Northbynorthwestern.com. North by Northwestern. Available at: https://northbynorthwestern.com/boas-pop-punk-has-a-diversity-problem/ 

Davis, J. R. (2006) “Growing up punk: Negotiating aging identity in a local music scene,” Symbolic interaction, 29(1), pp. 63–69.

FQS (no date) View of autoethnography: An overview, Qualitative-research.net. Available at: https://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095 

From Lil peep to paramore, Emo and rap have been related for years (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/features/from-lil-peep-to-paramore-emo-and-rap-have-been-related-for-years/ 

Gaponov, S. A. (no date) YOUTH SUBCULTURE, Sfu-kras.ru. Available at: http://elib.sfu-kras.ru/bitstream/handle/2311/4694/5201.pdf?sequence=1 

How Emo rap has redefined rock music (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/features/how-emo-rap-has-redefined-rock-music/ 

Kay, B. (2012) History of pop-punk music with timeline, Spinditty. Available at: https://spinditty.com/industry/History-of-Pop-Punk-Music-with-Timeline 

The Art of Punk and the Punk Aesthetic (no date) Designobserver.com. Available at: https://designobserver.com/feature/the-art-of-punk-and-the-punk-aesthetic/36708 

The rise and popularity of mixed genre music (2015) Tremr.com. Available at: https://www.tremr.com/michaelab/the-rise-and-popularity-of-mixed-genre-music 

West, E. (2015) “where is your boy tonight?”: Misogyny in pop punk, Athena Talks. Available at: https://medium.com/athena-talks/where-is-your-boy-tonight-misogyny-in-pop-punk-669eccedc811 

yasminesumman (2021) Pop punk’s inevitable comeback – how the hell did it even survive?, Loudwire.com. Available at: https://loudwire.com/pop-punk-comeback-how-survive/ 

(No date) Researchgate.net. Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265416952_The_Aesthetics_of_Punk_Rock 

Simply Taylorlani The Musical – The Final

SIMPLY TAYLORLANI THE MUSICAL 

Contextual Report, BCM206, Future Networks

Author – Taylor Housman, 2021

Overview/Summary:

This semester, a collaboration between this blog and my content based Instagram, Simply Taylorlani (ST), worked to develop and create a Digital Artifact project. This project as a whole was to produce written content centred and exploring a particular interest. This niche was decided by a poll on ST’s stories, choosing between books or music. Music won with 86% to 14% difference, much to my excitement. 

Before the commencing of this DA, written blog posts, Instagram and Twitter were something I utilised to engage with and contribute to music. Written content is where this started, which eventually branched to Instagram stories and posts.The idea that music scenes are more than a hobby, but a lifestyle, especially one’s like Pop Punk and Emo, is a large concept I work within separate from University. It is work and something I’m focused on furthering career wise. Which is why this was a perfect opportunity to attach a University DA to. 

There are many people who have been an inspiration to my writing over the years, but someone who is working within a similar realm to what I’m trying to do is Yasmine Summan, a media writer from the music scene. 

Process/Analysis:

The process of this project was, as I have mentioned in progress posts, not too difficult for me. This, I believe, is strongly because I chose a niche/subject to centre this DA around that I am strongly invested in in my outside life. That being said, there were certainly ups and downs and growth. 

The first piece I wrote was an album ranking, and while I’m not disappointed in what I produced there was little to no engagement. At this point I was not creating Instagram posts for the blogs either. I wasn’t exactly digesting readings or analytical content around this time either, and largely diving into my personal experiences. 

The second post is where this project started to take off. I wrote a piece shouting out artists and bands within the Pop Punk scene, ones that were not a part of “celebrity circles” benefiting off the bands that kept a genre alive for over a decade when it faded out of the mainstream spotlight. There is an immense amount of creatives who are doing more for the scene than those celebrities and I felt it was important to highlight them. After sharing the post on Twitter, a band which I featured took notice, retweeted, and liked it while the vocalist of the same band did the same, followed me, and quote-tweeted it “This!!!”. They later followed me on my other platforms.

From this, artist recognition was something that became a regular, which was a very shocking result of this project. I am incredibly appreciative of it too, and the few connections I have thus created. Around this time I started sharing weekly songs and albums on Instagram stories, and created a playlist to keep them in one spot. I got some engagement from audiences separate from University peers as bands/artists would retweet. This led me to making tweeting at those within the scene a thing, and from this new followers etc arrived. 

Timeline Version One
Timeline Version Two
Stories & Weekly Song’s/Album’s Example

I started to regularly partake in readings and research. A full reference list will be at the end, but some notable quotes and points are:

I continued on with this streak, writing blog posts, tweeting, stories, Instagram posts. It was fun, and allowed me to explore further in depth the styles of writing I prefer, which gain tracking and such. The other aspects of this project were my graphic design changes, making my blog and ST more professional, and maintaining industry relationships. 

I managed to feature on a friends podcast during this experience, where I do briefly touch on how I got into music. I received a lot of nice feedback as well, which was really comforting and motivating. I spent a lot of time trying to make lecture and framework connections to this project, and some feedback was very insightful in assigning Postmodernism framework and ideas to it. I go deeper into this here. 

Over the course of this DA I have learnt how to properly engage within the subculture and media sphere that I desire to work within. I have accomplished more than what I ever thought I could have, and found a larger passion for it while developing it to fit a work identity. Adapting this further to online professionalism, and persona, more than I already put out there, has increased my comfortability with presenting myself. For example, I never included my writing on Twitter much or ST before this DA out of fear. I have grown in ways I wouldn’t have without taking this leap. 

Podcast Feature

References:

10 music industry pros fueling the pop-punk revival behind the scenes (2021) Altpress.com. Available at: https://www.altpress.com/features/music-industry-pros-pop-punk-revival/ 

Album review: Lil Lotus – ERRØR BØY (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/reviews/album-review-lil-lotus-error-boy/ 

Berkland, D. (no date) Androcentrism and misogyny in late twentieth century rock music, Core.ac.uk. Available at: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/145050367.pdf 

Boas, S. (2020) Boas: Pop punk has a diversity problem, Northbynorthwestern.com. North by Northwestern. Available at: https://northbynorthwestern.com/boas-pop-punk-has-a-diversity-problem/ 

Davis, J. R. (2006) “Growing up punk: Negotiating aging identity in a local music scene,” Symbolic interaction, 29(1), pp. 63–69.

FQS (no date) View of autoethnography: An overview, Qualitative-research.net. Available at: https://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095 

From Lil peep to paramore, Emo and rap have been related for years (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/features/from-lil-peep-to-paramore-emo-and-rap-have-been-related-for-years/ 

Gaponov, S. A. (no date) YOUTH SUBCULTURE, Sfu-kras.ru. Available at: http://elib.sfu-kras.ru/bitstream/handle/2311/4694/5201.pdf?sequence=1 

How Emo rap has redefined rock music (no date) Kerrang.com. Available at: https://www.kerrang.com/features/how-emo-rap-has-redefined-rock-music/ 

Kay, B. (2012) History of pop-punk music with timeline, Spinditty. Available at: https://spinditty.com/industry/History-of-Pop-Punk-Music-with-Timeline 

The Art of Punk and the Punk Aesthetic (no date) Designobserver.com. Available at: https://designobserver.com/feature/the-art-of-punk-and-the-punk-aesthetic/36708 

The rise and popularity of mixed genre music (2015) Tremr.com. Available at: https://www.tremr.com/michaelab/the-rise-and-popularity-of-mixed-genre-music 

West, E. (2015) “where is your boy tonight?”: Misogyny in pop punk, Athena Talks. Available at: https://medium.com/athena-talks/where-is-your-boy-tonight-misogyny-in-pop-punk-669eccedc811 

yasminesumman (2021) Pop punk’s inevitable comeback – how the hell did it even survive?, Loudwire.com. Available at: https://loudwire.com/pop-punk-comeback-how-survive/ 

(No date) Researchgate.net. Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265416952_The_Aesthetics_of_Punk_Rock 

“Burning Bridges, Searching For Some Sense Of Distance ” – I’m Still Searching

Hey, hey!

I want to continue on from the last post to do with this project and expand on some things. 

I touched on slightly the issues within my chosen niche surrounding diversity, and how I support and engage with the shift that is very much needed to move away from that. To be fair, I have grown up around this type of music, and I can honestly say after observing after all this time there is still an incredibly lack of anything diverse. It’s why I like to bring attention to the moment it’s there. I have kept reading about it as a way to gain outside perspective. 

“Pop punk has existed in the mainstream for over 40 years, yet there’s no signs of progress in diversification…The article features some groups with one or two female members, but the lack of racial diversity is striking. This article was published in 2019…”

One part of this article here that really struck out to me was “we need to hold the publications reporting on the genre and media promoting it accountable.” As someone who is trying to turn my own writing into something here, this is something to be accountable for. And goes right in hand with my previous epiphany of ethics in writing and working within this world. 

In some way, I believe this idea and execution to fall within the realm of Post-Modernism framework. This push for less misogyny, more diversity, and stands against abuse is a modern take – which is sad to think about but it is. “Postmodernists dismiss this idea as a kind of naive realism.”

Another aspect of Post-Modernism would be the cultural shifts in the wave right now. I have mentioned before about the aspect of blending genres and how the current Pop Punk era is influenced by this and by the Emo Rap era of the 2010’s. 

For example, these two  reads

“The genres aren’t that different, when you break them down. Emo is lyrical, emotional, and rooted in its aesthetics. So is rap and hip-hop.”

“Not in competition, with one fighting to win out over the other…but working in tandem to create something more than what they might offer individually…“I’ve experienced a lot of snobbery with the older generations at shows and online,” the London and LA-based DJ explains, ​“whereas the young fans I’ve met who are coming to their first gigs are so open-minded. They’ve grown up with the internet and are used to genre-hopping. They love the new concoctions of genres, which is so fresh and exciting.” 

This DA, my work, is aiming to make a stance in the world of music, it is important for my authenticity of Persona and it is Postmodern in action.

REFERENCES

Boas, S. (2020, June 17). Boas: Pop punk has a diversity problem. Northbynorthwestern.Com; North by Northwestern. https://northbynorthwestern.com/boas-pop-punk-has-a-diversity-problem/

Duignan, B. (2020). Postmodernism. In Encyclopedia Britannica.

From Lil peep to paramore, Emo and rap have been related for years. (n.d.). Kerrang.Com. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.kerrang.com/features/from-lil-peep-to-paramore-emo-and-rap-have-been-related-for-years/

How Emo rap has redefined rock music. (n.d.). Kerrang.Com. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.kerrang.com/features/how-emo-rap-has-redefined-rock-music/

“You’re Still In My Head” – Going Deeper

Hey, hey!

As I have mentioned before, the niche of mine which I’m focusing on this semester is music, particularly that within pop punk or emo type subculture. 

Part of the research for this project is meant to be observing – but I don’t know how to articulate when I am no longer observing. I live with this idea that music is a hobby and a personality trait if you’re into it strong enough. Some evidence of observing is the way so many artists released music around when this project picked up – insanely helpful. This formulated my need to have everything in one place and create a playlist, which wasn’t something I originally intended. 

An important discussion particularly within this genre is the lack of diversity and misogyny for decades. While I have firsthand experiences and knowledge from living through this community, this led to me taking on readings. This was helpful for this project because I know, ultimately, with my work I want to be a part of that shift that is finally starting to happen. I’ve touched on it, I’ve centred Women, Non-Binary and POC in my work and always will. 

“It’s essential to disrupt these narratives and hold White men accountable if we want to fight racism and sexism in our communities…To these men and boys, you are not a whole, unique person — You are A Thing and He Wants You. You are the Manic Pixie Dream Girl to their brooding, sensitive loner…The misogyny in pop punk ranges from idolizing women to wishing actual physical violence on to them…”

Not just from observing, but engaging, I came to the realisation that this to me is a lot more than just a project. I create this content outside of Uni, I enjoy doing so, and creating relationships with people working within the same line and artists became relevant quickly. Not just for this project but my future – which this DA has given me a moment to think about. This contributes to my ideas of ethics. 

Persona is an incredibly important aspect in this project, but so is authenticity. I don’t just say I like some bands music if I don’t – even if I know it can get me engagement. This is somewhat because I am honest about if I even like something and because I care about my persona being authentic to me. I don’t present myself as a part of the aesthetics, the communities, the live shows for anything other than enjoyment and that is the key with this project. I make good content that I’m happy with, I meet new industry people, and it doesn’t get impacted by fake love, a fake persona.  

REFERENCES

Berkland, D. (n.d.). Androcentrism and misogyny in late twentieth century rock music. Core.Ac.Uk. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/145050367.pdf

de Boise, S. (2020). Music and misogyny: a content analysis of misogynistic, antifeminist forums. Popular Music39(3–4), 459–481.

Fosbraey, G., & Puckey, N. (2021). Misogyny, toxic masculinity, and heteronormativity in post-2000 popular music. Springer Nature.

West, E. (2015, August 27). “where is your boy tonight?”: Misogyny in pop punk. Athena Talks. https://medium.com/athena-talks/where-is-your-boy-tonight-misogyny-in-pop-punk-669eccedc811

“You Live In My Head Again & Again” – Simply Taylorlani Still Progressing

Hey, hey! 

I would like to welcome you back to one of my Digital Artefacts for this semester, and if you’re new here you can read the Pitch for this project here

A little while ago I decided for this semester of University I would choose to focus on a hobby of mine outside of work and span this project over two classes. That hobby being my writing and specifically my music based writing. 

To summarize, I create content here on my blog and my content based Instagram @simplytaylorlani centered around music, my thoughts, opinions and my love. I have shared a few posts where I focus on different things:

1. Where I discuss my thoughts and ranking on some albums.

2. A post where I highlight artist’s I deem need your attention and slightly touch on the unpleasantness of the Pop Punk genre.

3. A small 12 song list that would be best suited toward those 3am sadboi hours.

Besides those things I share weekly a song and an album which I am loving which resulted in the creation of a Spotify playlist for this DA.

I have said it before, but I don’t believe I have really struggled with the project at all, and if I have it is genuinely forgetting to post a song every sunday. However, that doesn’t mean everything has been positive and great. My first piece of writing – the album one – hardly got any engagement at all and I kind of started to feel that that route might not be the correct way about things. I switched it up with that second one and to my surprise I got so much engagement from it outside of Uni. Artists I tagged and wrote about in that liked and one going as far to retweet on the band account, his personal account and follow me back on most of my personal socials. This started an uphill climb in my work as many different artists and bands have started to follow, engage and just notice me whether that has been from tweeting or writing. Beyond this I have started to create personal connections with people in the industry which has been wild. 

Inside Uni circles however, I have even had the pleasure to feature on my friend Tyneesha’s DA, where we recorded a podcast and I got to roughly speak on my history and how I got interested in all of this. Tyneesha also had some really nice things to say about my project in this Twitter thread here which I appreciate a whole lot. 

I don’t think there’s been any major changes in this project outside of maybe my professionalism. I stated this in a class about how the relationships made through this project and managing them have been incredibly different to what I could have thought, in a good, but ultimately more complex way. 

For another breakdown of all of this over the course of this project you can see in this video.  

“Now I’m Caught In The Moment” – Simply Taylorlani Is Progressing

Hey, hey!

I would like to welcome you back to one of my Digital Artefacts for this semester, and if you’re new here you can read the Pitch for this project here

In regards to Pitch feedback, it was mainly positive. I received comments on my aesthetic, instagram feed, and my personal tone. This was very helpful in furthering the process of creating content and being sure of my online persona. One of the things stated to be improved on was my academic sources to further my points which I have spent some time to improve. 

weekly song and album examples

I looked at a number of sources on the rise of genre blending and the breaking of genre boxes. This was helpful in regards to my writing as the new wave artists I have featured are very much pro breaking down those walls. 

I have been sharing written pieces here on my blog, along with content on my Instagram @simplytaylorlani centred around weekly songs and albums. Along with this I have created a playlist where I showcase artists mentioned in my work. These things have had positives and negative contributions to this project. Such as narrowing now what type of writing gets engagement and which doesn’t from mistakes and lessons, what times get the most views, techniques on which style of tweets gets my work noticed by musicians I feature.

screenshot from a class

For a further breakdown of this project over the weeks please check out this video. It goes further in depth with everything mentioned above.