Posts from 7th June 2001

Jun 01

I’ve probably typed this statement

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I’ve probably typed this statement more times than my credit card number, but running the card through one more time never hurt – glenn mcdonald is one of the best writers putting words on paper today. The fact that he happens to write about music – well, that just makes his greatness a convenient topic for this forum. Hopefully, your mouse cursor has wandered over to that link for The War Against Silence, an exemplary source of discourse on all topics even tangentially related to music.

But perhaps you need convincing. Well, here’s’s Stephen Burt testifying. And if you happen to be curious about glenn’s M.O., click on this interview with’s Steven Ward. Heady, illuminating stuff. Here’s a sample:

It feels to me, from my own limited and subjective experience, like the bulk of mainstream writing about music is just journalism, at this point, and most of the rest of it amounts to a contest to see who can piss on things with the most elegant arc. It seems like everything polarizes into sycophancy or superciliousness. I think it’s incredibly important that there be a intellectual and aesthetic dialog about popular music, but I rarely read anything that seems to be trying to be a part of it.

Gareth has been listening

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Gareth has been listening to Daft Punk’s celestial “Digital Love” and Weezer’s “Only In Dreams” (“our generation’s great make-out anthem” quoth Jimmy the Mod). So, indeed, have I, and his comparison between the two makes for interesting reading. I’m not sure how far I’d follow it, though – it’s mostly a function of the sonics, but Weezer’s messy, frustrated rock romanticism seems way more earthbound than Daft Punk. Gareth’s central point – that ‘irony’ and “Digital Love” are not on speaking terms – I agree with 100%.

And speaking of “Digital Love”, it’s getting the Radio On treatment here.