I know a few weeks is an eternity in blogging time, but it’s worth drawing some attention to Frank Kogan’s intervention in the Sasha Frere-Jones/Carl Wilson ‘problem with indie’ debate that was raging a fortnight or so ago. He makes some hugely pertinent points, especially about one particular elephant in the room – the fact that in yr actual mainstream pop charts, “crosstown traffic” is alive and well: “An answer to the question “Why isn’t black music the model for today’s bohemia?” could be “because it’s the model for the modern mainstream.” “

And if you’d rather pull your own teeth than think any more about this subject then there’s some great no-meta critical stuff on the Stones in the piece’s first half too.