Posts from 27th February 2001

Feb 01

Fred insisted I link to this

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Fred insisted I link to this, his essay on his list of favourite ever songs. But put that out of your mind and read on as it’s got some nice thoughts on radio and self-conscious listmaking. Not thoughts I much agree with but then I’m not Fred. The list itself is interestingly skewed towards one aspect of his tastes, the aspect that was very manifest when I first knew him actually. Whether that represents an actual ‘core’ of taste or is a reflection of a current emotional state, I’m not sure.

Dancing About Architecture

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Dancing About Architecture: has a Greil Marcus endorsement now, something FT is unlikely to win no matter how many negative Ja Rule reviews we run. All the rock critics love us anyway, yeah, they’re just too cool to say so. Or we are. Or something. Anyway, issue 41 of DAA has a piece on Cocksucker Blues and a review of those controversial Le Tigre people.

My Fifteen Minutes

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My Fifteen Minutes: the last word on the AICON controversy, I rather think.

Francisco Lopez: Untitled #104: Pitchfork Review

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Francisco Lopez: Untitled #104: Pitchfork Review: Francisco Lopez composes art music, Pitchfork reviewer doesn’t like it, Pitchfork reviewer gives it 0.0, Pitchfork gets hits off of people who take its marking system too seriously, everybody is happy except for F.Lopez who I doubt cares.

The one good thing about marking systems is that you can pull stunts like this – ‘stunt journalism’ in the British music press will have infuriated or excited every reader at some point, and American writing is sadly lacking in it. The Lopez review alas doesn’t really qualify – it lacks the fists-raised, come and have a go madness of the best stunt journalism, the sense of a writer willing to put their reputation, such as it is, on the line. Spencer Owen’s piece is simply somebody really hating a record, but it’s somebody hating – or loving – the principle of a record that makes for the most dynamic writing.

Pop Eye

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Pop Eye: two polls, the Outkast/Atomic Kitten showdown, and the worst joke ever to appear in pop-eye, which is saying something.