Posts from 15th February 2002

Feb 02

The kids are alright.

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The kids are alright. They certainly want their disco if this story is anything to go by. Fridays in Edinburgh the schools finish at lunchtime, so there are gatherings of the tribes across the south side of town. Nu metal kids and goths are hanging around at the top of Cockburn Street, where it crosses Fleshmarket Close — up to a hundred teenagers laughing, shouting, pushing and hugging each other. Meanwhile, there are sixty skate-kids, equally uniform in baggy jeans and baseball caps, criss-crossing Bristow Square. I’m genuinely not sure what I make of this: but suppressing my impulse to indulge in some urban ethnographical speculation, I walk on towards my office.

More proof that this woman knows exactly what she’s doing…

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More proof that this woman knows exactly what she’s doing…

I’d like to see Miss Crossroads sell her own line of underpants (even if those underpants seem very tenuously related to her person.)

(On second thought, ew, no I wouldn’t.)

Kerrang topples NME as best selling music weekly

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Kerrang topples NME as best selling music weekly. Not that we are swamped by music weeklies these days – and at closer inspection this is not a story looking at the collapse of the weekly. The NME has stayed solid, Kerrang has put on a massive 67% spurt in sales. I think this may bear further examination. Is Kerrang any better than it was, has Nu-Metal expanded to such a degree that it can support these kind of sales. Or is it merely the impression I get that Kerrang knows who its talking to, and is more fun? After all, who can hate a magazine called Kerrang!!!!

(I also cannot imagine Kerrang saddling their best of poll with the appalling title Pazz & Jop Poll – and where exactly was the Jazz anyhoo.)

I know Pazz and Jop’s

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I know Pazz and Jop’s so Wednesday but I just wanted to clarify the comments attributed below: It’s not that comfort itself is a bad thing—if it was, “One Touch” would have been left out of my top 10 in favor of that aggravating Le Tigre full-length. It’s more this: The job, the full-time, well-paying gig ($50k+, according to the critic from one of Ohio’s dailies—he mentioned his salary during a particularly obtuse aside in his flawed, poorly written thesis on hard rock—plus all the free CDs, demos, and singles that cross these people’s desks on a regular basis) of many of these voters is not only to confer their knowledge on the Creed-purchasing public: It is also, in part, to seek out things they might not already be cognizant of in hope of, perhaps, finding things—new bands, old bands reissued, one-off tracks on white-label compilations of powerpop—that they can then tell their readership about. Isn’t that what good reporting is? Shouldn’t those writers who are in the full-time employ of ‘music criticism’ make at least the slightest effort to go out and experience new things, or, hell, even peek inside a package from an unfamiliar PR company’s address? Or has the idea of market populism—affirming tastes on a constant basis, stroking and soothing the individual and the masses until the entire populace fusses only because their bellies are full of too much candy—taken over rock writing as well? (I have a feeling the answer to that question isn’t “no, and it never will.”)