Saturday, May 8, 2004

Weekend Reading
Jack and Loretta discuss that little album they made.
Can one pumping pelvis, sheathed in gold lamé, crack the pious foundations of the Eisenhower era?
John Rockwell contemplates the old words vs. music debate.
Local labels make good.
Local techno is bleeding.
Yes? Apparently.
XRRF sees Avril as a "not particularly gifted thirteen year old."
She also, apparently, kicked a guy in the nards.
The Hiss once wanted to be REO Speedwagon.
The Detroit Free Press' Erin Chan revives the debate over what William Hung's success says about race in America (Martin Turenne raised the same questions in Exclaim last month).
The Guardian's Sarah Dempster thanks Moz for the New York Dolls.
Her co-worker Dorian Lynskey takes a look at the age-old theory: "First is worst, second is best."
The Telegraph's Matthew Weiner considers the pop phenomenon known as Now That's What I Call Music.
Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is a genius racked by doubt.
Morrissey's self-obsession has apparently lost its charm.
Kelis: Milkshakes and knitting.
And, finally, Lenny Kravitz: The last great rock star or monumental wanker?

MORE... In The Guardian, John Harris (author of The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock) writes:

Put bluntly, Anglo-American popular music is among globalisation's most useful props. Never mind the nitpicking fixations with interview rhetoric and stylistic nuance that concern its hardcore enthusiasts - away from its home turf, mainstream music, whether it's metal, rap, teen-pop or indie-rock, cannot help but stand for a depressingly conservative set of values: conspicuous consumption, the primacy of the English language, the implicit acknowledgement that America is probably best.

Interesting theory. Discussion here.

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