Posts from 19th February 2001

Feb 01

Rap Snacks

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Rap Snacks: it’s hip-hop crisps! But of course it is. (via The Null Device, whose tagline I am so jealous of.)

Interview With Gail O’Hara

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Interview With Gail O’Hara, who does legendary ‘zine Chickfactor. Oh, the toils and trials of the fanzine writer’s life! Nuff respect but her distinction between ‘zines (fab groovy gear etc.) and her vision of the Internet, which she seems to mistrust as a place where any no-mark can crawl out of the woodwork and start doing critstuff (unlike zines how?) is odd.

“Where Is Thousand?”

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“Where Is Thousand?”, you might well be asking. I’ll be kicking off again tonight, but meanwhile Robin Carmody has missed it so badly he’s decided to do his own version.

Revolution In The Head

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Revolution In The Head: Simon Reynolds’ long piece on Kid A from last Autumn. Well worth reading whether you like that record or not (I’m very interested in his semi-confession on his own site that he’s not listened to it much since) because of its examination of the symptoms and causes of British indie’s decline.

The Sounds Of Silence

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The Sounds Of Silence: long and extremely interesting article about John Cage’s 4’33”. Wish I could remember where I got it from. Anyway it gets a little precious in places but that’s forgiveable given that Cage’s piece must be one of the most notorious – and hence most often misunderstood – in musical history. The writer is at great pains to point out that the piece took five years to compose, which I have to say seems quite a long time. Still, though, a fascinating read: I’d love to find more stuff on the future development and reception of the work.

Random Electronica Subgenres

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Random Electronica Subgenres: ho ho ho. Actually not very funny because half of them exist. I oscillate between thinking micro-genres are a good thing because they annoy people and a bad thing because debate about the music swiftly dissolves into – to pick an unrandom example from the Pitchfork BBS – name-calling over whether the Chemical Brothers are ‘big beat’ or ‘breaks’. In such cases you work out which of the two arguers seems the bigger fool and side against him. So big beat, then.

Weblogs weblogs weblogs

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Weblogs weblogs weblogs: this is Ghost Tropic, a new site which touches on music and links to us. If you link to us we will link back to you. That is how weblogs work. People who do not agree are elitist scum. Can’t they go and live in Russia?

Actually you should visit Ghost Tropic because it’s promising and that.

It’s now surely only a matter of time before proper famous rock critics start writing weblogs – they’re an ideal way to catch the eddies and flows of pop music as it happens without committing yourself or falling into the kind of pomp that long-form pieces seem to encourage. Also if Mr. Reynolds is right then the thinking critics aren’t managing to sell their stuff right now. (Mr. R. says a lot of other stuff too which we will return to soon enough but I’m referring to his first para). But if he’s concerned about his good ideas going to waste then I would humbly suggest a weblog is a good way of ensuring otherwise. For people used to writing and reading longform pieces the more epigrammatic writing a blog requires can be hard to get used to, but I think it’s worth it.

Saying this, NYLPM is a bit undernourished currently. I strongly suggest that if you’re looking for some occasionally meatier discussion that you head for the forum (I Love Music, link at the top of this page). Despite a current trend towards sifting through every damn band Melody Maker gave space to in the 1980s, one by one, there are some very interesting and worthwhile questions getting asked – and even the endless band threads usually throw up something good.

Final weblog thing: No Rock And Roll Fun was mislinked last week. This is what you get if you name yourself after a Sleater-Kinney song, I suspect. This page is a thousand times more fun than S-K, though.

Did you know

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Did you know that Mark Knopfler has a dinosaur named after him? Well, he does. And this dinosaur is special, because the teeth in its lower jaw jut out horizontally from their gums. Now that’s what I call a rock & roll dinosaur, baby! Via The Ancient World Weblog.