From Wussy to Gwen: Blowing out the decade, one song at a time

Phil Dellio invited me on to his Sunday morning radio show on CKLN to count down our respective Top 10s of the decade. Some technical difficulties ensured that large portions of our back and forth spiel were drowned out by the music, but we manage every so often to seep through the static with the usual trenchant commentary. You can listen to the entire broadcast, … Continue reading From Wussy to Gwen: Blowing out the decade, one song at a time

Second last thoughts on the decade that was

I never did properly finish up with the “favourite music reads of the ’00s” did I? (Well, I guess Mr. Wenner waxing lyrical about Mr. Jagger was my sarcastic kissoff to the project.) Truth is, I could have posted another two or three dozen (at least) great pieces, but, as usually happens when I embark on these listy web projects, I lost steam, interest, breath, … Continue reading Second last thoughts on the decade that was

From Arcade to Ashlee: Interview with David Cooper Moore

A big (maybe the biggest) story of the decade in pop for me personally was the thrilling and frequently surprising evolution of what has come to be known as “teenpop” (yeah yeah, I’m old — still prefer “bubblegum” myself). From “Since U Been Gone” to Girls Aloud’s “Biology” to Britney’s Blackout to Jojo, Cassie, Sugababes, and the apparently invulnerable pop factories of Max Martin and … Continue reading From Arcade to Ashlee: Interview with David Cooper Moore

Winter Looks at Books

This past year, fall and winter particularly, has been all about the 30th year of punk. Books by Arthur Kane’s widow, Barbara Kane (I, Doll: Life and Death of the New York Dolls), and Vera Ramone King (Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone), Dee Dee’s former wife were released as well as Robert Matheu’s and Jeffrey Morgan’s photo biography of Iggy Pop (The Stooges: … Continue reading Winter Looks at Books