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

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #26 (Female Gods)

“In the past, [Jagger] has slipped into personae – the Street Fighting Man, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the Man of Wealth and Taste – but he lets his guard down to an unprecedented degree on Goddess; the beautiful ballads draw on feelings of loneliness, vulnerability, spiritual yearning and, as always, life with the ladies.” “The lyrics portray a guy who’s got it all – fame, fortune … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #26 (Female Gods)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #25 (Bass!)

Stylus Magazine’s Top 50 Basslines of All-Time (2005) There’s some so-so writing in this, and some highly questionable choices (particularly in light of some of the classic basslines overlooked), but the great stuff makes up for the lesser bits — surely anyone who approaches any list anywhere expecting “definitive” is in for a disappointment — and the concept alone is precisely what made Stylus the … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #25 (Bass!)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #23 (A Drift)

“Roxy Music’s ‘More Than This’ is a drift, a float. The sounds coming out of Ferry’s mouth, except for the chorus, when the whirlpool is stopped, when it’s centered, when he steps out as if to make a speech, are a golden smear. “Four minutes and fifteen seconds long, the song begins to fade after two minutes and thirty-two seconds. You hear ‘More than this … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #23 (A Drift)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #22 (Dense Verbiage)

“Good try, Jon Voight, John Turturro, and Dennis Miller, but the closest thing we’ve got to Howard Cosell right now is Alanis. Much like even non-football fans used to be mesmerized by Cosell’s genius for never using two words when 23 would do, you don’t have to be a love-damaged 17-year-old girl to find Under Rug Swept‘s dense verbiage a trip. Words tumble forth and … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #22 (Dense Verbiage)