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Notes on Kanye West and…Fleetwood Mac

What Kanye West’s new set of songs remind me most of–and this might be highly idiosyncratic on my part–is Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 classic album, Tusk. Easily their best in my opinion. It blends together the manicness of Lindsey Buckingham’s jangling pace and spooling intricacies with the serene, ethereal harmonies of Christie and Stevie. For Kanye, […]

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Sat, December 11 2010 » Music » 1 Comment

20 Favorite Albums of the Decade

Your mileage may vary highly, and the rankings especially at the top are more or less arbitrary. If you want that “descending/ascending” order variation, you might want to start at the bottom. 1 Discovery, Daft Punk (2001) A perfect amalgamation of 1983 and the 23rd century-which, come to think of it, is the blueprint for […]

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Sat, November 7 2009 » Music » No Comments

Planet of the Garage

I should be able to get in the spirit of Van Vogt blogging once I get the novel handed in, but I wanted to blog a bit about THRU YOU by Kutiman. I’m sure a lot of you have come across this already. Aside from the amazing music mashed up from various YouTube sources, which […]

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Sat, April 11 2009 » Music » No Comments

Chinese Democracy

Can’t wait for the new Tommy Stinson album. Wait, this is the sequel to “All Shook Down”, right? Uh… (But seriously, I’ll probably like it. And by “it”, I mean, a half to 2/3rds of the songs on the album, which is about as much as you can hope for these days. “Tusk” — the […]

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Wed, November 19 2008 » Music » No Comments


It makes sense, to me, that Girl Talk is from Pittsburgh-he’s making a little nest of shiny musical things from the rubble of industrialism aka the pop industry. I can’t get enough of Feed the Animals, working as an album I can’t quite explain. So I’ve been busy, laying low (like, in a tunnel or […]

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Mon, July 14 2008 » Music » No Comments

No, actually, you’re the fiasco.

I sometimes wonder, in the back of my subconscious, why it’s hard to take Pitchfork at all seriously, i.e., as a serious source of music criticism in the early 21st century. Then I remember that they published this review. And then it all makes sense.

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Sat, June 21 2008 » Music » No Comments

Man Bites Dog, Kind of, but…

From here: “Among at least a subset of (the younger) musicians and fans, this class separation has made indie more openly snobbish and narrow-minded. In the darkest interpretation, one could look at the split between a harmony-and-lyrics-oriented indie field and a rhythm-and-dance-specialized rap/R&B scene as mirroring the developing global split between an internationalist, educated comprador […]

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Sun, December 16 2007 » Music » 2 Comments

riddle me this

So Joanna Newsom’s Ys has been getting quite a lot of praise lately for its lush, orchestral iconoclasm and symbology. The praise for this album has been pretty breathless. But I wonder whether this is the real deal or another manifestation of “The Sideways Effect”. I’m just suspicious, in that way, of effusively praised works […]

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Mon, February 12 2007 » Fiction, Music » 3 Comments

Turn the Taps Off

Okay, some linkage; this IM interview with a music publicist has some interesting food-for-thought in terms of publishing-perhaps? Or is it apples and oranges? Excerpts below: “VivSavage1984: ok, so what about pitchfork? do they really have the power to make/break a band? MusicPublicityBigWig: depends MusicPublicityBigWig: their power is sort of the opposite of the major […]

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Fri, January 12 2007 » Fiction, Music » 1 Comment


How Justin Timberlake’s latest album is slash. On a related, somewhat inverted note, Busta Rhymes started to get less interesting when he stopped doing cosplay.

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Tue, October 24 2006 » Music » 1 Comment

Holy fuck (Bowie edition)

I just had my head blown. I had no idea that “Fascination,” one of my top-5 favorite Bowie songs, was co-written by Luther Vandross. It makes total sense, esp. considering its placement on Young Americans.

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Tue, October 10 2006 » Music » No Comments


Editors is to Joy Division what The Alarm is to the Clash. They should stop.

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Wed, May 24 2006 » Music » No Comments

Remain Attentive!

So I’ve been using Pandora at work f0r music a lot. Very fun. I like mixing and matching in a single station. I had an MIA/Scary Monsters-era Bowie/Daft Punk/Annie station going that I quite liked-but eeevil lurked within. I got up to go to the mailroom, and when I got back I saw that the […]

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Tue, January 10 2006 » Music » 3 Comments

Stargate Alanis

Wait, I’m not in Glasgow. Damn it. DAMN IT! OK, I guess I have to non-con blog. And resort to bad title puns. I was listening-speaking of which!-quite inadvertently to the “new” Alanis Morrissette acoustic album of Jagged Little Pill, and if there isn’t a more useless album on the planet, I don’t know what […]

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Fri, August 5 2005 » Fiction, Music, Poetry » 4 Comments

Nothing Profound; Just Snark

I despise Coldplay, so luckily there’s an anti-coldplay article in the New York Times that helps to assauge my despisingness in what shapes up to be the Week of Wallow, er, Josh-Groban-with-Guitars, er, Coldplay.

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Mon, June 6 2005 » Music » 4 Comments