Tag Archives: Music

The derision of the fangirl

Thanks, Sandra Song, for reminding me of afternoons spent around crying men wracked with sobs over a home run: The continual derision of the “fangirl” is damaging, it perpetuates the idea that girls act one way, and boys another. Within … Continue reading

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Eminem as ‘pop fixture’

Internet-based criticism was in its Pre-Cambrian phase, but I still read a formidable number of essays, rebuttals, columns, and dismissals of every kind on The Real Slim Shady in 2000. “My Name Is” having passed me by in 1999 (don’t … Continue reading

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The long obituary for the compact disc

For as long as CDs have been around I’ve read these stories. Before CDs it was vinyl (no one much liked cassettes). Starbucks has joined the planned obsolescence of the CD: The CD, never a much-loved object, is inching toward … Continue reading

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‘Were you in the yard with your wife and children?’

One of the better responses to Ted Cruz’s 9-11-inspired affection for the values of country: But I’m hard-pressed to think of any rockers, classic or otherwise, who were disrespectful in the aftermath of 9/11. Certainly it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or … Continue reading

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Expecting too much, Pt. 3146

It’s not often two of my favorite political journalists and bloggers make two obtuse musical remarks in one day. Louis Menand, reviewing W. Joseph Campbell’s 1995: The Year the Future Began: The stock market began the nineteen-nineties with the Dow … Continue reading

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Everybody get up!

December 1980: PLAYBOY: How do you feel about the lawsuit George lost that claimed the music to “My Sweet Lord” is a rip-off of the Chiffons’ hit “He’s So Fine”? LENNON: Well, he walked right into it. He knew what … Continue reading

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The bus rides and the nowhere to go: Sinatra

Shuja Haider’s preface before his ranking of Sinatra’s great albums: Sinatra is the most authentic interpreter of these songs because his voice and personality, iconic as they are, exist only in service to them. He sounds so familiar now it’s … Continue reading

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