Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #18 (Jerkin’ Knee)

“The jerk of the knee always short-circuits critical engagement. I detest cabaret and Broadway nearly as much as Marsh does; yet I treasure those two Beatle recordings. I don’t care for the songs themselves — versions by others bore me stiff — but I love what the Beatles do with them. Their wintry ‘Taste of Honey’ tastes more like quicksilver, with its minor key, bitter … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #18 (Jerkin’ Knee)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #17 (Anti-youknowwhatists)

“My problem [with the word ‘rockism’] is more personal: I can’t tell if I’m a rockist or not, or whether a lot of other rock critics are rockists or not (Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Richard Meltzer, Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy), and I think the confusion is in the concept, not in me. My problem with the antirockists was their tendency to externalize ‘rockism’ … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #17 (Anti-youknowwhatists)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #16 (The ‘R’ Word)

“Rockism isn’t unrelated to older, more familiar prejudices – that’s part of why it’s so powerful, and so worth arguing about. The pop star, the disco diva, the lip-syncher, the ‘awesomely bad’ hit maker: could it really be a coincidence that rockist complaints often pit straight white men against the rest of the world? Like the anti-disco backlash of 25 years ago, the current rockist … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #16 (The ‘R’ Word)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #15 (Godspeed & Weed)

“I quit smoking cigarettes recently and I’ve been making do with Gummi Bears, the patch, and tons of righteous weed. So between Kid A, Madonna, and that new Doves album, I’ve been enjoying a summer of love in my mind. The Doves’ mantras of desolation are even trippier than the first couple Cranes records (though maybe not as lysergic as prime Swans or Ravens), Madonna’s … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #15 (Godspeed & Weed)

Question of the Decade

Is anyone else already as sick of decade-end lists as I am? Everyday on Twitter and elsewhere I bump into (or am inundated by — there’s stuff coming in through e-mail as well) with best this-that-&-the-other-thing lists: albums (the most common list, by far), songs, metal bands, metal anthems, videos, movies, movie trailers, movie quotes, magazine covers, TV shows, fiction titles, non-fiction titles, book covers, … Continue reading Question of the Decade

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s #14 (15 Minutes)

But at the far edge of the rap universe in the Black neighborhoods of Long Island, Chuck D, then a nineteen-year-old MC, remembers the impact of “Rapper’s Delight” differently. “I did not think it was conceivable that there would be such a thing as a hip-hop record,” he says. “I could not see it.” The famous DJ Eddie Cheeba had been out to Long Island … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s #14 (15 Minutes)

Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #13 (1000TimesYes)

Ten tasty bites from Christopher R. Weingarten’s insanely laudable and laudably insane @1000TimesYes Twitter project (context provided here and here), starting just past the halfway mark, which is where I first tuned in (still in progress btw): 506) Twista/Category F5: Slow jams and fast game will always have their place. Hyphy tracks not so much, but hey.#6.5 591) Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson: A complete … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #13 (1000TimesYes)

Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #12 (Glut)

“What drives the need to consume everything, why was I happy as a teenager to dismiss whole swathes of stuff that I now feel compelled to try and understand? There’s an inverted music snobbery which demands that I, the gifted, erudite and trained listener, can get things out of listening to Yes or The Crazy Frog that other, less erudite listeners simply pass over on … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #12 (Glut)

Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #11 (Battleground Playlists)

White House DJ Battle Barack Obama’s iPod vs. John McCain’s iPod. (Blender, July 2008) OBAMA 1.  “Ready or Not” (Fugees) 2.  “What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye) 3.  “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen) 4.  “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones) 5.  “Sinnerman” (Nina Simone) 6.  “Touch the Sky” (Kanye West) 7.  “You’d Be So Easy to Love” (Frank Sinatra) 8.  “Think” (Aretha Franklin) 9.  “City of Blinding Lights” … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #11 (Battleground Playlists)

Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #10 (Rollers)

“‘Adult Nite’ attracts some of these good skaters too, but often has a more desperate vibe. People show up in Hooters and Spanky’s t-shirts, comparing their tattoos and piercings while ranting about their dysfunctional ex-spouse(s). Then the Deadheads wink at the Surfers who wink back, and they all leave at once for the parking lot. When they come back, they’re smiling and their clothes reek … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #10 (Rollers)