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FearOfMu21c #9: 2009
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A post went round Twitter a while ago where people were getting all RETVRN-style “look at what we have lost” about the high tide of US indie rock in 2009, a period of pretty stupefying consensus as I remember it, which as we’ve alre[…]

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FearOfMu21c #8: 2008
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2008 was a rough year, for the world, for me: I ended it with what I realised later was a breakdown, several weeks into a new job. I was fortunate: medication worked, though shredded my memory – that, and the loss of two hard drives from these […]

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Fear Of Mu21c #7: 2007
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In 2007 I fulfilled my teenage dream and became a Music Journalist, jumping straight into the position of being a paid columnist with free rein to write about anything I liked at two different, highly respected publications. It’s hard to overst[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #6: 2005/2006
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By 2005 I’d been a music blogger for 5 years: it seemed like long enough, so I shut down New York London Paris Munich – Freaky Trigger continued as a generalist site with some pop music elements. Maybe at the back of my mind was a sense t[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #5: 2004
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Alongside 2000, this is the year with the most longlist picks – a real bruiser. In the wider world of music discourse, 2004 is the year Kelefa Sanneh publishes “The Rap Against Rockism”, corralling some of the sprawled-out conversat[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #4: 2003
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2003 was a big year personally – I got married! – and in terms of writing – I started Popular! – and at least at this point the new focus on pop’s past didn’t push me too far off the present. As ever, I’m wor[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #3: 2002
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My #FearOfMu21c challenge selection posts continue with 2002! This was a feverish high point of my engagement with current music, the first year in which I had internet speeds fast enough to make large-scale MP3 acquisition a reality AND had an offic[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #2: 2001
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Continuing an attempt to work out my favourite 50 21st Century singles for a music challenge. As before, what I’m doing is trying to reduce my longlist (>200 tracks) to a more manageable shortlist. It’s proving a challenge.

JAY-Z &#[…]

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Fear Of Mu21c #1: 2000
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This Autumn I’m taking part in Arron Wright’s #FearOfMu21c challenge – a bunch of people selecting and listing their 50 favourite singles of the 21st Century, one a day.

It’s the sequel to last year’s #Uncool50 challenge (see below),[…]

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Messing About On The River
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Boat Life, Tsuge Tadao (tr. Ryan Holmberg), Floating World Press

Tsuda Kenta is a fiftysomething novelist who splits his time between thwarted attempts to write and equally ineffectual assistance with his family’s clothes shop. One day, […]

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  1. Thanks - someone on Facebook mentioned this too, after I'd started referencing it. He's always called this in the text,…

  2. For anyone following the Dave Sim v Music thread I have just read an interview in which he gets into…

  3. That is probably the high point, you're right - it doesn't quite land for me because I don't know anything…

  4. The best/worst/most Dave Sim example of this is Astoria, who walks off-page to live a life of personal satisfaction above…

  5. OK, I *have* now read Judenhass - Sim has made it publically available and it's very short - and Simon…

  6. Thank you so much for the comment! A really fascinating comparison - I've only read about half of the first…

  7. I can't answer that directly because I haven't read Judenhass. But I can clarify what Sim says in Latter Days.…