Art critics, art books

Who are the best art critics and what are the best books of art criticism? Here are some of the books I own: Robert Hughes, Nothing if Not Critical – The sort of critical anthology I’m currently most interested in (it contains reprints of Hughes’s reviews across several years at Time magazine). Hughes is devastating when he goes in for the kill (Julian Schnabel—ouch!), and … Continue reading Art critics, art books

Chuck Eddy interview, Oct 2017 (link)

But at the same time, you told me when we talked last week that this is yet another clichéd sentiment, that music was at one time the center of the culture and that the internet has ruined that. You said that things like The Beatles and Michael Jackson and Nirvana were huge exceptions. I just think — when you mention those names, I think what … Continue reading Chuck Eddy interview, Oct 2017 (link)

2017 Pazz and Jop ballot

The first ballot I’ve submitted in several years, in fact. Top 10 Singles (videos below) 1. A.Chal, “Love and Hennessy” 2. Angus & Julia Stone, “Snow” 3. Blaenavon, Soko, “No One Else in Mind” 4. Kygo w/Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me” 5. Lana Del Rey, “Love” 6. LCD Soundsystem, “Call the Police” 7. New Pornographers, “Play Money” 8. Sevyn Streeter, “Before I Do” 9. Smokepurpp, … Continue reading 2017 Pazz and Jop ballot

Nik Cohn on an “unmitigated disaster” by the Fab Four

New York Times, Oct. 5, 1969 “The six tracks on the first side and the opening two tracks on the flip are all write-offs: there’s a Ringo Starr nursery rhyme; a quick burst of sub-Brian Wilson; two songs by George Harrison, mediocrity incarnate; yet another slice of Paul McCartney twenties nostalgia, and an endless slow blues. “The badness ranges from mere gentle tedium to cringing … Continue reading Nik Cohn on an “unmitigated disaster” by the Fab Four