Closing Time

Rockcritics.com will officially close shop at the end of May (May 29, to be precise). It’s been a long, fun, once in a while even productive, run, but time to move on—and time to eliminate another expense (not a major one by any stretch, but every bit is helping right now). I will retain personal archives of all interviews and features, but I’ve no plans … Continue reading Closing Time

This Used to Be Clint’s Playground: The Dynamic, Explosive, Super Bad World of K-Tel Records

Winnipeg businessman Philip Kives died on April 27. You may not know Kives by name, but if you (or, um, your parents) came of age as a pop fan anytime within close proximity of those loopy years between “Gimme Shelter” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” you surely are familiar with one of Kives’s key contributions to the (then nascent) “random shuffle” aesthetic: K-Tel Records. Kives founded the … Continue reading This Used to Be Clint’s Playground: The Dynamic, Explosive, Super Bad World of K-Tel Records

podcast interview with jeff pike (@ new digs)

As I slowly step away from this site (…), I have decided to start hosting my podcasts and audio excursions in a new WordPress space: and you can dance to it. How active this mostly-talk site becomes depends on how willing anyone is to talk to me (and how actively I pursue other people talking to me; I do currently have a few conversations lined … Continue reading podcast interview with jeff pike (@ new digs)

David Bowie and Pazz & Jop

Yesterday David Bowie died at the age of 69; today, the Village Voice published its annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, though they no longer cite (at least that I can see online) what edition it is—the 43rd or 44th, I think (unless it’s the 44th or 45th). I haven’t yet listened much to Blackstar, the album Bowie released just a couple days before his … Continue reading David Bowie and Pazz & Jop