The best music article Salon has published in ages, even if (like me), you’re not a big two-step listener. Because its central idea – that critics and musicians simply do not take commercial music seriously enough (either as finished product or, more crucially, as a source for ideas) – is so crucial to what we’ve been talking about all this time. Battaglio suggests this is endemic to America, but sad to say it’s a prevalent attitude in the UK too.

Unfortunately though I agree with everything Battaglio’s saying, I’m personally sick to death of repeating it. Time to move the debate on – but how? (via Bleeding Ears)