Tag Archives: rock criticism

R.E.M.’s Monster: ‘We were at the absolute peak of our fame.’

I don’t have much time for R.E.M. these days, but Monster is for me one of their records least tainted by historicity. Twenty years later I’m an even bigger appreciator of the filters used to create distance between Michael Stipe … Continue reading

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How to be an effective male critic

Single Jukeboxer Crystal Leww has advice for male critics: For casual music writing and reading dudes, it’s important to look at your own biases, too: – Is your group of music writing friends all dudes? Great, you’ve got a problem. … Continue reading

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“If punk means anything in 2014, it’s in empowering the Ashley Monroes and Isaiah Rashads of the world”

Scott Woods performs an invaluable service by creating a one stop shopping site for all things Greil Marcus, with the hopes of ranking with Robert Christgau’s as an online resource for an invaluable and essential rock critic. In 2002 I … Continue reading

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Torture comes and torture goes: David Bowie’s “Tonight”

“Without a doubt and by some stretch, the worst of the three hundred and one records” that Marcello Carlin and listening partner Lena have reviewed. It makes Let’s Dance sound like Swordfishtrombones, he writes. And those are the most hedged … Continue reading

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The drama that you’re craving: Sleater-Kinney

Rob Sheffield’s nine or ten out of ten review in Details published in the spring of 1997 introduced me to Sleater-Kinney. Unacquainted with Liliput, Essential Logic, Public Image Ltd, and the most violent aspects of post punk, I had no … Continue reading

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Love and a question

A day after my weekend at EMP Pop Conference in Seattle, I was reassured: rock criticism remains as thoughtful and febrile as ever. Contentious too. Panelists and listeners batted around the differences between “archiving” and “curating” at one session (me: … Continue reading

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Five years! Five years!

To paraphrase what my fellow editors of The Singles Jukebox wrote to commemorate our fifth anniversary as an independent entity would be redundant, so let me instead laud the by now millions of words we’ve written since 2009 in the … Continue reading

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