Posts from 5th June 2001
“I will blog you and link you on the Permafrost“: it’s another new music weblog, this time by ILM veteran Andy Kelman. This one boasts a clean, stern attractive design, a gorgeous indexing system, some sharp opinions and sharp writing to go with them. It’s one of the best I’ve seen recently.
(Re. singles vs. full records in the ILM poll – the suggester of the lump-them-all-in-together method, i.e. me, still lives in a country where singles are records. You put a record/tape/CD – an individual artefact – on your player, no matter how many tracks it contains. That was the logic. How it stretched to include box sets, I’m admittedly not sure….)
Worst Toilet Door Sign Names – A Publog Round Table
My starter for 10: “WILLY’S ROOM” and “FANNY’S ROOM” on the doors of the Tut ‘N’ Shive in Highbury.
Pop Circuit: find out where the A*Teens, Dream and Kaci are touring…..oh? what? It’s indie pop? Ah, well, OK. Find out where and when bands like The Clientele and Mogwai are touring and what’s going to be happening at festivals like 2001: A Pop Fantasy (whose website worryingly and accurately declares “it’s the music that makes us who we are”). A potentially cool service for all the indie bois and gurls who read this – we luv you really, yes we do.
“The pop underground is here to stay, and it’s a zillion strong”: Metal Mike Saunders on the A*Teens. Metal Mike is one of the best writers on the nu-pop because he’s so clear and enthusiastic, and because he doesn’t (well, not too much) overload his style with whizzy popcult references, unlike most of the critics covering the chart beat. He just cleanly joins the dots between the A*Teens and Edison Lighthouse and Motown, and by the end of it I really wish my little cousins were uncool enough to own Teen Spirit (title!) so I could check it out.
Actually my little cousins are cool enough to like Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” and play it over and over again until I got the point, something I never had the guts to do when I owned that copy of Now 48. I resign.