Well, perhaps two months past, but today marks a special day for a couple of editors and music writers. Who might they be? Any oustanding moments in the past 12 years? Continue reading Happy Birthday, RockCritics!
Lost my way with this site again recently, for a whole host of reasons, but activity will pick up somewhat in 2012. There are two, possibly three, imminent podcast interviews in the works, and hopefully a few others as the year progresses. Beyond that, it’s hard to say. I’m having the same internal arguments I had the previous two Januarys regarding the viability of continuing … Continue reading Envisioning a future, or not
will resume shortly. Continue reading Janitorial duties…
Why I miss the monoculture by Toure, in Salon. Fretting about where we are and where we’re going is clearly the rock critical meme of the year, and you can add this article to the evidence (I fret also, though most of my fretting tends to be about why and how I seem to be tumbling headfirst into a do-I-really-give-a-shit-anymore attitude about the entire operation … Continue reading I Want My Monoculture
Alexa Weinstein puts the “i” in music writing: When I’m reading rock criticism, I am always looking for this — the personal take, the individual passionate reaction — and it’s very hard to find. But I think this is because the assumed audience of rock criticism is the rock & roll version of my dad. The reader who just wants to know what happened in … Continue reading Interior Reactions
I’ll be sitting out all of next week and possibly for days or even weeks afterward, due to what promises to be the least fun move ever (do they ever get any easier?). Hopefully, as August winds down, I’ll be able to pop in every so often to play a bit of catch-up, but don’t hold your breath. The rest of the month could be … Continue reading Dislocation
In response to a question posed on Tom Ewing’s (?) Tumblr — “why didn’t rock critics go harder for MCR?” (a.k.a. My Chemical Romance) — Maura Johnston (?)* writes: Teen girl adoration, as Matthew noted, is deadly for any band that wants to be taken seriously by males above the age of, say, 13. You’re not serious, you’re too emotional/heart-on-sleeve, your looks are too much … Continue reading Rock Critics and “Teen Girl Adoration”
I’ve been starting to wonder if our tag line, “rock critics talking to, about, and with each other” is ready for retirement. It’s a statement less of purpose, I think, than of dreams unfulfilled (and maybe I’m just a little sick of it). Here’s a few I’ve been toying with lately: Rockcritics.com: Where Rock Criticism Comes to Die Rockcritics.com: More Than a Decade of Pretending … Continue reading Write Me a Tag Line!
I’m not usually one to play the ponies, but just try and guess who I’m placing odds on in the Galway Races, happening now. Apparently, I’m not alone. Continue reading Galway Horse Racing
You know, if I’d taken more time to think of better questions when I interviewed Richard Meltzer back in 2000, I’d almost certainly have asked him, “Why did you open The Aesthetics of Rock with the lyrics of ‘Surfin’ Bird’?” I’ve since, and often, hypothesized about this very thing: 1) he liked the song 2) it came on the radio one evening while he was … Continue reading Surfin’ Bird