Today’s Recommended Read: Critical Conditions (Wayne Robins)

Critical Conditions is pretty great newsletter (via Substack) by former Creemster and Newsdayer, Wayne Robins. I’ve loved some of the writing in here, including Being the Billy Joel Beat, an extended memoir of sorts about Robins’s long time coverage of “Long Island’s biggest homegrown star” (with maybe the most balanced writing anyone has ever done on Joel), and a beautifully written piece on Jay Black, … Continue reading Today’s Recommended Read: Critical Conditions (Wayne Robins)

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chris Buck

These “Best Music” lists are off-putting, whether they’re from Rolling Stone (that still feels like a boomer relic) or Pitchfork (that more closely aligns with my taste), or any other institution. But they’re damn fun to make, so here is mine. I was born in 1964 in Canada, then moved to New York in 1990. My window of following rock music closely ran from about … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chris Buck

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Lou Noble

So, I live in Los Angeles, which means I spend an inordinate amount of time in the car. So my favorite songs are really my “favorite songs to listen to while I’m driving my car…dangerously fast,” because I used to drive an ambulance, and still have a weird addiction to driving too fast while playing good music real loud (which we did in the ambulance … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Lou Noble

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tom Lane

Rolling Stone’s latest list was an update on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever (last published in 2004). As I did with their 2020 all-time albums update, I’ve decided to list my own favorite songs. While I wasn’t a voter, those who did all received a ballot with instructions to rank their favorite songs from 1-50. Unlike that ballot, I’ve left mine unranked. Thirty-two of my … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tom Lane

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jack Thompson

I looked it up and the Rolling Stone greatest song list top ten had four songs by Black artists on their 2010 list; now, six songs, including the top three spots (and, coming out of nowhere, “Fight the Power” at 2), on the 2021 list. I remain at four. But I applaud their wokeness. And must admit I still find this “greatest” songs question fascinating: … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jack Thompson

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chuck Eddy

Chuck Eddy’s Top 50 ballot, submitted to Rolling Stone. See also Chuck’s comments on his list at Eliminated for Reasons of Space, his recently created blog that is becoming a massive archive of his published work. 1. Funky Four Plus One – “That’s the Joint” (1980) 2. Pere Ubu – “Final Solution” (1976) 3. The Sweet – “Ballroom Blitz” (1975) 4. Teena Marie – “Square … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chuck Eddy