Posts from 21st December 2001

21
Dec 01

EAST 17 – “Stay Another Day”

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The Christmas song has always been an odd part of pop – music and songs designed to represent, to evoke a specific season, a time, a place. Even if – especially if – that season is itself a social fiction. Pop after all shares modern Christmas’ uneasy compromise between hyper-commerce and private ritual and pleasure. The Christmas song, you might say, is the last outpost of exotica – music as travel, as a passport to a lost or alien world. Except here, maybe, the lost world is our own better nature.

Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast: Blogging is hip-hop (November 2001) and Blogging is hip-hop (July 2000, entry #96). And for some proof – bloggers at war!

Pitchfork’s Top 20 Of 2001

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Pitchfork’s Top 20 Of 2001 is more interesting than you think it is. Still rather too scared of having a good time (unless that good time is validated by 900 different samples) but the site’s vision has gradually widened and the poll reflects that. ILM discussion on the poll here.