The Heartbreak of Crazy Hormones

Well, I don’t listen to [gangsta rap] a lot, because my car speakers aren’t big enough, but I do listen to it, because I love it when people redeem the vernacular. I love the prosody — those physical, classical cadences. Jesus, I heard something the other day and the weighted syllables just marched along. They were positively Virgilian—like Latin hexameters, you know. Bang! Bang! Bang! … Continue reading The Heartbreak of Crazy Hormones

Obscure Music Magazine of the Day: Back Beat

Ad for Back Beat, 1972 (?), not a full-fledged ‘zine, but a supplement that came with High Fidelity.  A lot of the usual suspects in here, but the name that jumps out at me is Dave Hickey, the (ahem) “Lester Bangs of art criticism” who has often alluded to his days in rock writing, the evidence of which I’ve never actually seen (but which I … Continue reading Obscure Music Magazine of the Day: Back Beat