Monthly Archives: October 2007

So this is goodbye

My last Stylus essay. It’s been a great three + years. Although I was a published music critic already, Stylus legitimized what had essentially been a side project. All the cool obits and letters I’ve gotten in the last few … Continue reading

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So this is goodbye

My last Stylus essay. It’s been a great three + years. Although I was a published music critic already, Stylus legitimized what had essentially been a side project. All the cool obits and letters I’ve gotten in the last few … Continue reading

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“A tropical entropy seemed to prevail,” Joan Didion wrote in Miami, “defeating grand schemes even as they were realized.” All the butt-shaking and arm-waving obviated any sense that entropy prevailed at the M.I.A. show at Studio A last night, but … Continue reading

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RIP, part two

Simon Reynolds has the best short obit (dovetailing with a run of less than cheerful dispatches on the state of music and music writing, a subject my final essay will also address), specifically addressing Stylus’ relation to Pitchfork: And for … Continue reading

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Stylus RIP

As the world of rockcrit knows by now, Stylus will cease publication this week. I have a lot of thoughts I haven’t sorted yet which I may post as inspiration comes, but my unfinished valediction to be published on Thursday … Continue reading

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Stylus RIP

As the world of rockcrit knows by now, Stylus will cease publication this week. I have a lot of thoughts I haven’t sorted yet which I may post as inspiration comes, but my unfinished valediction to be published on Thursday … Continue reading

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Milquetoast on hambone

Since I don’t suck on Hollywood hambone too often, I looked forward to watching Mr. Brooks. Not a good idea when the writer/directors wrote Stand By Me and Kevin Costner plays a mild-mannered serial killer, but whatever. William Hurt! Kevin … Continue reading

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Let’s hope I never have to write about Madonna again. This is as personal as I get. A reminder that old habits don’t die hard — they rot and occlude serious thought from intelligent people. This morning a colleague sniffed … Continue reading

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Good Neil Young albums begin with throwaway openings that are nevertheless lots of fun; you could fill a dandy quarter of a CD-R with Sleeps With Angels‘ “My Heart,” Comes a Time‘s “Goin’ Home,” Time Fades Away’s title track, and … Continue reading

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Good Neil Young albums begin with throwaway openings that are nevertheless lots of fun; you could fill a dandy quarter of a CD-R with Sleeps With Angels‘ “My Heart,” Comes a Time‘s “Goin’ Home,” Time Fades Away’s title track, and … Continue reading

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Couldn’t have said it better…

I like Kevin John Bozelka a lot. The best bit of (seemingly) tossed-off criticism this week. I always thought “I Want It That Way” was a fine piece of product. But it wasn’t until Joe Gross in the 1999 Pazz … Continue reading

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Couldn’t have said it better…

I like Kevin John Bozelka a lot. The best bit of (seemingly) tossed-off criticism this week. I always thought “I Want It That Way” was a fine piece of product. But it wasn’t until Joe Gross in the 1999 Pazz … Continue reading

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