Ivan Suvanjieff Brings In the Nobels, Brings in the Faith

Here’s a fun exercise in self-reflection. What can you say that you have accomplished in the past eight days let alone eight years? If thoughts of petty drug running, job loss and failed relationships came to mind you’re not alone, but for the sake of being adverse let’s take a look at one of ‘us’ who got back what he put forth with great effort. … Continue reading Ivan Suvanjieff Brings In the Nobels, Brings in the Faith

Critically Divisive Musicians: Exhibit A (Ramones)

In regards to critically divisive musicians, I noted in the comments box last week that the early Ramones were more or less as good a case study as any — as this great, great ad attests. It’s for the group’s second album, Leave Home, and it consists entirely of excerpts from reviews of their debut. (I had to blow up and splice the ad in half so … Continue reading Critically Divisive Musicians: Exhibit A (Ramones)

The Death of Criticism Warmed Over, Yet Again

Ready to tackle some new depression with yet another article about the precarious state of the critic? Patrick Goldstein did just that yesterday in his Los Angeles Times column, The Big Picture: The End of the Critic. Culling sources ranging from his son to journalism students and other critics, he tackles multifaceted issues within the issue, namely the dearth of the print age, the rise … Continue reading The Death of Criticism Warmed Over, Yet Again