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#64 Days Are Gone - HAIM
"Haim are the rock game Jennifer Lawrence. Their appeal is obvious: women who come off as “just one of the guys” while maintaining an effortless femininity. Women who always seem to be having fun, always kicking ass, always ready to party. It’s easy to hate on Cool Girls like this, but Haim use their powers for good. They make the cheesiest shit in the world seem totally awesome—shit like ‘70s soft rock and ‘80s lite-R&B, Fleetwood Mac and Sheryl Crow. Shit like having been in a band with your sisters since you were a little kid, like choreographed dance moves and extreme bass face. Song titles like “Forever”, “Falling”, “Let Me Go”. And thus, Haim flip the script on Cool Girl. They turn her into a savior of the uncool." —Amy Phillips
I have a very liberal sense of humor, and, yes, I’ll admit that when I first saw this I chuckled, but there’s a difference between expressing your own fantasies and implicit bullying. I can’t speak for everyone, but this falls into the latter category for me. Why? Because I immediately placed myself, a still somewhat closeted gay woman, in lieu of Danielle and it felt like high school/college again. I imagined people I know doing the same thing to me. The pain, fear, and shame came rushing back. However Danielle wants to express herself is her prerogative. She doesn’t owe this/our community anything. Let’s all appreciate her for the beautiful, artistic being she is without boiling her down to one ambiguous facet. By all means, keep expressing your infatuation (I know I will.) Just don’t try to force someone out of a closet they may not even be in— this applies to life in general.
Hello there I do see where you are coming from and I want you to know that I am sorry, I didn’t mean for offense. I know sorry doesn’t mean much, but I understand and I just did this to poke fun at it. Thank you for being civil about it, you could’ve been mean but you weren’t.
Also I would never force someone out of the closest, for I myself am in it as well. I apologize if i made it seem that way :]
Thank you for taking the time to respond, and apology totally accepted. I saw several similar posts in the wake of MS5, and yours just happened to be the one to strike a very personal chord. I never meant it as any sort of attack on you, but tried to approach it as a teachable moment for anyone willing to listen, so thank you for understanding! You’re the best! (Also, if it’s any consolation, mad props for your photoshop skills.)