Where is Greil Marcus' column moving to?

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According to Salon, the column at the beginning of February was the last Real Life Rock Top Ten. Does anybody know where he's moving to? I really hope he's not quitting.

Dave M. (rotten03), Sunday, 23 February 2003 23:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

new informative answers

Dave M. (rotten03), Sunday, 23 February 2003 23:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 24 February 2003 00:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Blount, I kiss you.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 24 February 2003 00:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Freaky Trigger!

Mary (Mary), Monday, 24 February 2003 00:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

James is my nu-hero.

Nicole (Nicole), Monday, 24 February 2003 00:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that is so much better than a real answer

Dave M. (rotten03), Monday, 24 February 2003 00:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

www.sleaterkinney.com

Scott Seward, Monday, 24 February 2003 01:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

www.anorexicsex.com

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 24 February 2003 01:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ahahaha!! i heart scott seward

geeta (geeta), Monday, 24 February 2003 01:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe the Voice should pick it up...Chuck?

Mary (Mary), Monday, 24 February 2003 02:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe the Voice should pick it...upchuck!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 24 February 2003 02:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i hate you people.

Dave M. (rotten03), Monday, 24 February 2003 04:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oh sorry, that should read 'i *heart* you people'. that's what i meant, honest.

Dave M. (rotten03), Monday, 24 February 2003 04:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Serious answer: It's not going anywhere. Salon's having serious $$$ troubles, as y'all most likely know. Though I think a paper that could boast both X-gau and Marcus would be a very fine paper indeed.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 24 February 2003 05:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It got canned for money reasons, yes. GM is currently looking for a venue.

M Matos (M Matos), Monday, 24 February 2003 05:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Marcus does have a tendency to let his prose wander toward the purple, which is very unbecoming a man his age... he gushes, he rambles, he gushes some more. But when he's on, he's on.

"Today, so many years later, the shock of punk is that every good punk record can still sound like the greatest thing you've ever heard… the power in these bits of plastic, the tension between the desire that fuels them and the fatalism waiting to block each beat, the laughter and surprise in the voices, the confidence of the music, all these things are shocking now because, in its two or three minutes, each is absolute. You can't place one record above the other, not while you're listening; each one is the end of the world, the creation of the world, complete in itself."

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 February 2003 05:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

How does a dude like GM look for a venue?

He's like a five time Oscar winner looking for a project.

I would love to have him pitch me so that I could muster my sub-100 IQ and tell him I didn't have the space.

Salon.com deserves to leave us. My only hope is that they didn't still GM on the way out. Like some other writers I know, who got the privilege of waiting a long time for checks.

don weiner, Monday, 24 February 2003 05:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Salon.com deserves to leave us.

Why? I think they've done some great things. Eric Boehlert's Clear Channel series sticks out in my mind.

http://www.salon.com/ent/clear_channel/index.html

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 February 2003 05:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Boehlert has more than earned his right to be published and get paid a lot for it. That guy wrote the best articles about the music business for two straight years and it was for a non-consequential publication.

No one reads Salon. Well, at least not many of us. It's too expensive, for one. It began as a great idea and then caterwauled into a predictably shrill shill for "progressives." Frankly, as soon as it become monochromatic it got boring. The problem is that no one will tell David Talbot that to his face, apparently. I mean, if his solution was to employ the predictable rantings of dudes like Andrew Sullivan--it's not really exclusive to publish a guy who already heavily blogs--I have to think that Talbot was not the man to be leading Salon to the promised land.

2-3 years ago I might have missed Salon. But what I've noticed was that I don't miss it much at all--ever since they introduced the high subscription price, people have been leaving in droves.

don weiner, Monday, 24 February 2003 05:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ever since they introduced the high subscription price, people have been leaving in droves.

Ah. There's our difference. I just paid. Go ahead, call me a sucker.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 February 2003 05:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

DUDE.

Salon is seriously about to go under. They allegedly are having trouble paying rent and are in dire need of a wealthy suitor.

Hats off to you anyway. Nighty night.

don weiner, Monday, 24 February 2003 05:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I know. Apparently my thirty bucks didn't pay for shit. Sad, that.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 February 2003 06:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I hear Greil's going to write a column for us at City Pages (www.citypages.com). You didn't hear it from me...

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 24 February 2003 07:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh cool! Glad to hear it.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 24 February 2003 10:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't Real Life Rock Top 10 start at Artforum before Salon?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 February 2003 16:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yar, it's still there, but with various guest hosts a la SNL

James Blount, Monday, 24 February 2003 16:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
It's official: Greil's column has moved to City Pages (www.citypages.com). Haters and lovers, you know where to look! Me, half the reason I'm doing what I'm doing is 'cause I looked in the City Pages A-list one day in 1990, shortly after moving here, and read that some guy was giving a lecture on the Sex Pistols at a St. Paul bookstore. I don't know if seeing him changed my life as much as seeing the Sex Pistols changed his, but it was one of those moments that I'll never forget...

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 18 March 2003 21:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

sweeeeeet

Dave M. (rotten03), Tuesday, 18 March 2003 21:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Buying a salon subscription 5 minutes ago to see a tom tomorrow strip - C/D?

david day (winslow), Tuesday, 18 March 2003 23:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Before Artforum, it was in the Village Voice.

Burr (Burr), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 22:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
I am going to see Greil Marcus present and speak on "The Manchurian Candidate" this Saturday. I have only read parts of "Mystery Train". What can I expect? Rockism?

I will report back (maybe on ILE/F).

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you can expect him to be really arrogant

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well, he is a critic! ;P

Will I learn anything?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe he'll talk about Sleater Kinney!

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Kyle- It's at the PFA! Wanna come?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

critics are supposed to be arrogant!

marcus isn't particularly rockist for a guy who likes rock, actually.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 20 November 2003 18:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

have a good time adam.

amt- yes, we get it, you don't like music writers.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 20 November 2003 19:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw him speak once and it was great.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Thursday, 20 November 2003 19:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

no i heard him speak once and he was arrogant even though his lecture was a mix of good and bad

my friend saw him a few weeks ago and said in an email that he was "arrogant"

i was just telling adam what to expect

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i like music writers i just don't usually like "rock critics"

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

but i have a sympathy with marcus's first book

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

anyway

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

he's a great music writer, you are all nuts.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

actually i heard him speak twice once at a book signing and once at a seminar

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ask him who'd win in a nunchaku fight: Dylan or Elvis

nate detritus (natedetritus), Thursday, 20 November 2003 20:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
pick up 'mystery train' in fopp, £3

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 11 April 2005 08:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

still three pounds too much.

nathalie doing a soft foot shuffle (stevie nixed), Monday, 11 April 2005 08:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Big news for me, maybe not for you: Scott Woods launched a new website yesterday that will collect a lot of Marcus’s writing going back to the beginning.

http://greilmarcus.net/

He’s got about 25 posts up so far. Scott has Marcus’s cooperation, so there should be no end to the amount of stuff that turns up there. There’s so much that I haven’t read in ages, or haven’t read at all: the "Real Life"s from the Voice, the Artforum columns, book reviews from Rolling Stone, stray pieces from wherever. There was a Marcus site a few years ago (forget the name—“Attic” was in there somewhere), but there wasn’t a great deal to it beyond a few links, and it eventually disappeared. I’m hoping--and knowing Scott, I think it will--this one becomes as necessary a reference tool as Christgau’s site.

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 23:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Another interesting "Ask Greil" about Trump (top of the page at the moment):

"Would Elvis have voted for Trump?"

https://greilmarcus.net/ask-greil-2/

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"Ask Greil" from yesterday:

"Lipstick Traces...destroyed, for me, the appeal of the individual performer telling you (or pretending to) about his or her own life. I don’t care about you, I found myself answering to so many songs: tell me something interesting about the world, or, really be in the world."

Could not agree more, whether it's Bono in 1987, or Axl Rose in 1989, or Eminem in 2000, or Beyoncé in 2016, or anybody out there today.

clemenza, Friday, 25 August 2017 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Glenn Frey and Don Henley

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 August 2017 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I really wish Beyonce would tell us something interesting about what's going on in the world.

https://68.media.tumblr.com/5f4862f1180f27861a297abb789dab73/tumblr_o2875v3tnh1qho0beo1_500.gif

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 25 August 2017 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I more or less agree with him, but it's hard to gauge introspection vs curiosity about larger world; there's lots of slippage. His bete noire Joni Mitchell to my ears tells me something interesting about the world, or her world, which to an artist comes to the same thing.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 August 2017 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Isn't that a (one) novelistic technique - to reveal a truth about the world through interiority? Seems like a false designation.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 25 August 2017 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...
two weeks pass...

Made me laugh: there's about three minutes of Elvis Costello talking about Marcus ("Professor Marcus") in Frederick Wiseman's New York Public Library documentary.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:27 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

His responses to the Clinton/Broaddrick discussion have not been edifying...

Thank you for your reply to my post regarding the whole Bill Clinton-sexual-misconduct-allegations issue—it was a much more measured and respectful response than my rant probably deserved. (Although I did seem to rattle you into making a rare grammatical error—something to brag to the grandkids about). I can’t argue with your main point—Juanita Broaddrick joining Donald Trump’s pre-debate parade of Clinton accusers does make her guilty of having a double standard. That fact, though, is rendered largely unimportant by either possible answer to the simple, enormous question central to all this: is Broaddrick being truthful when she says that Bill Clinton raped her?
If the answer to that question is yes, then Broaddrick aligned herself with an asshole who spoke in the abstract about sexually assaulting women in order to turn the heat up on the man who brutally raped her and then skated on it for forty years; a hypocrisy most could understand.
If the answer is no, then Broaddrick is a sociopath who spent twenty years trying to ruin a man’s life in the most malicious way possible, and hypocrisy is the least of her crimes.
Here’s a question you can answer, even if it’s a ridiculous hypothetical one: if the unimaginable happened, if Bill Clinton admitted to the rape of Juanita Broaddrick, copped to the whole mattress-pinning, lip-biting scenario… would you still fault Broaddrick for letting herself be used by Donald Trump?
– Jackie

Yes.

The full discussion: https://greilmarcus.net/ask-greil-2/

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Probably as close to a year-end ballot as you'll find (last response):

http://greilmarcus.net/ask-greil-2/

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

explains so much:

Favourite news source of the year (any medium)
The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC

evol j, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Somewhat cryptic, but if, as Sister Sarah Joan says, attention and love are the same thing, six viewings at least equals "really like."

And then there’s Vertigo. I’ve seen it half a dozen times. When I think back on it, it doesn’t pull me in, doesn’t hover. But as it unfolds, it’s so terrible, so confusing--his anticipating of David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

(General question on Hitchcock two or three from the top: http://greilmarcus.net/ask-greil-2/.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

So he's not a Mark E Smith and the Fall fan.

Like the Dylan Louie Louie link here:

https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/01/11/greil-marcuss-real-life-rock-top-10-eminem-and-neil-young-explore-trumps-country-mavis-staples-soldiers-on/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

One thing that has always run through Marcus's writing--getting more pronounced as of late, I'd say--is where he brushes aside someone for what he perceives as smugness or condescension or some such transgression. Sometimes it's the performer's fans he disapproves of. From a recent "Ask Greil":

The Replacements never really got to me. Or vice versa. Maybe there was something just too right, too expert behind all the sloppy posturing and onstage drunks, too Big Star about them, or the intolerance and smugness of their fans.

Huh? How are Replacements' fans intolerant and smug? I can at least understand his complaints about the band--without agreeing--but I don't know where his sense of the group's fan base comes from. The only Replacements fans I actually know are friends of mine, and they're all fine.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Hmm sounds like Greil has a problem with people talking about the Replacements the way people used to talk about the Clash

Maybe if Westerberg wrote more about Nicaragua

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

the casual brush off of a completely different band here, in a tone that suggests GM can barely bring himself to mention them, is what gets to me: "too big star about them"

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Big Star connection in the actual fact of how each band sounds--as opposed to the "Alex Chilton" connection (which I always thought was more Westerberg writing about himself anyway) and hired-producer connection--is a little tenuous. I had a FB exchange with Scott Woods after posting, and he tells me he really did encounter such Replacements fans when he was working at a record store in the mid-'90s. I haven't, and I was making more of a general point anyway. Marcus on the Mamas & Papas a few weeks ago: "There was a subcurrent of smugness, an assumption of hipper and richer than thou I couldn’t not hear..." He just seems to do that a lot. (In fairness, he went on to praise "notes, moments, and numbers that were just too piercing not to love.")

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

Or maybe I just notice when he does it with bands I love. If he said the same thing about the Cure or the Arcade Fire, I probably wouldn't give it a second thought.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Huh? How are Replacements' fans intolerant and smug?

Move to Minnesota

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

I learned that dreadful truth last spring when I posted my list of Replacements tune and got more nasty tweets and comments than any post to date.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

the replacements don't strike me as the kind of band GM would dig at all. in his rod stewart essay, he casually dismisses the albums rod made with the faces (a band i always thought of as having a lot in common with the replacements) as a bunch of "let's-go-get-drunk LPs," lacking in the depth of rod's early solo work. (at least i always took that as a dismissal, though it's not always easy to tell with greil.)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

I imagine he's a massive Guided By Voices fan then.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm reading the Replacements bio, and the Faces figure prominently in the band's imagination when they're first getting together (Every Picture Tells a Story, too, but more so seeing a Faces show in Minnesota). I'd have to check back to his Stewart piece in The Illustrated History to see what he thought of them, but you're probably right.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Okay, you're referencing that exact piece, so I don't need to check.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

all the west coast mats/husker du fans I knew in high school had an air of "ahh...this is the good, serious music, not that lightweight shit that's such a plague on the scene" about them. it was like ground-level rockism; they'd be lambasting olds who loved KMET too much outta one side of their mouths while insisting on the New Canon outta the other. REM was also on the "actual smart people love this band" list. talking heads too. it took New Order a couple of years to join the canon but they made it, congrats fellas

I suspect Greil is mainly saying "this is Robert Hilburn music" w/o invoking the spectre, anyway

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 21:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

JCLC and chris otm, speaking as someone who also had to live through insufferable Mats fanatics back in the day

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 22:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

You guys should read that Jim Walsh book.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

Judging an artist by (some segment of) their fans never holds water for me.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

greil picks his 10 worst rock critics:

https://greilmarcus.net/2018/03/21/the-10-worst-rock-critics-1982/

not hard to guess who tops his list, but apart from that one, 5, and 10 i haven't heard of any of these ppl

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Not familiar with most of those names either, but I'm with him on John Leonard.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Greil prefers Bad Company to Free. The man is obviously a lunatic.

scott seward, Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

3/2/18
What do you think of Dead and Company?
– Adam Taslitz
I went to grade school with Bill Kreutzman, who I knew, and high school with Bob Weir, who I didn’t. We can leave it at that.

scott seward, Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Note that the list was compiled in 1982. Before Albert Goldman wrote The Lives of John Lennon.

everything, Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Where he redeemed himself completely.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

you would think he could find something nice to say about workingman's dead/american beauty. they are so american songbook-y.

scott seward, Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost LOL. Saying Goldman's the #1 all time worst rock critic thing must be because of his Elvis book. The Lennon book is like Goldman letting him know he was OTM.

everything, Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

The insanity of the Lennon book is something. And the loathing of everyone and everything.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

greil says that goldman is "at work" on an elvis book, so his hate for the guy goes back even before that. i guess he must've really hated the lenny bruce book or something.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

i gotta say, greil's attack on alexandria ocasio-cortez (whose name he didn't bother to spell correctly) in his latest ask-me response infuriated me. he comes across as even more of a centrist crank than usual, insisting that AOC ("and her like," not a great choice of words) won't accomplish anything except encouraging democrats to either "stay home or vote for republicans, to, you know, heighten the contradictions." sad to see the guy who wrote lipstick traces (and who still writes strong, disturbing stuff about the changes DJT has wrought in US politics) sound like this, but i guess that's what we get from someone who still refuses to hear a negative word about bill clinton.

i realize this is an ilm thread but this seems like the main thread for greil talk, so.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Saturday, 4 August 2018 06:52 (four months ago) Permalink

The 20th Century Women question right before that one is mine--I'm undercover over there.

A friend pointed out the most bizarre assertion in there: "Just remember that Bernie Sanders is no more a member of the Democratic Party than Donald Trump is." There are also things I agree with. I've got a full-time job defending Bill James these days, though--Marcus will have to fend for himself.

clemenza, Saturday, 4 August 2018 13:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Sanders insists he’s not a Democrat, so that seems accurate enough on its face (without seeing the larger context).

empire bro-lesque (morrisp), Saturday, 4 August 2018 14:15 (four months ago) Permalink

I took his comment to mean philosophically, but yeah, "a member of" might have been intended more literally.

clemenza, Saturday, 4 August 2018 17:01 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Obvious home for "Real Life," only took 35 years.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/greil-marcus-real-life-top-10-column-727342/

clemenza, Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:35 (two months ago) Permalink

wild that the swearin' record is on there, way to go greil

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:39 (two months ago) Permalink

The Hopper quote doesn't nearly live up to his claims, the NPR packhorse librarian quote does, but then I've heard that before I read this. Makes me wonder about all the songs and shows he doesn't quote.

dow, Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

His writing is “better” than Xgau’s; but it shares an abstract, passive, unengaged quality that feels like he’s not really interested in writing about this stuff (and so why I am reading what he has to say)?

growing up in publix (morrisp), Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, a sentence like this — “But on this penultimate episode, the lack of focus was acute.”

growing up in publix (morrisp), Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:28 (two months ago) Permalink

I like that, suggests that lack of focus---intense diffusion?---so intense/striking that effectively it is the focal point, whatever the showrunner's conscious intention. Which goes with the rest of his
description, as he casts about, tracking the songs in different corners of diff scenes. Makes me want to watch it. Another thing he shares w xgau, one of the things they can do well, making a good-faith effort at
descriptive reportage, whatever the opinion/grade. Not that they always do it well, or at all.

dow, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I give 'em points for bravely putting a quotation in there that might undercut their descriptive claims of quality (xgau does a lot of that these days, spotlighting so-so lyrics, not mentioning sonic context so much).

dow, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that happens a lot in a book I just read (Music: What Happened?, by Scott Miller). Quoting lyrics can be tricky; if it doesn’t convey how good they sound to you in the context of the song (and often it doesn’t), the reader just goes, “Huh? Guess I’d have to hear it...”

growing up in publix (morrisp), Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:50 (two months ago) Permalink


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