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“Boys don’t sing Madonna”

Tonight, after I dream of dancing with someone else, I remember what I wrote eight years ago about Like a Virgin and The Immaculate Collection: Since my parents didn’t get cable until 1999 I never dismissed Madonna as a videos-yes-songs-meh … 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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Regarding the “-isms” of others

Fellow Jukeboxer Crystal Leww, who wrote a lucid and funny delineation of what male critics should do, responded to an anonymous poster questioning her attitude: Let’s be absolutely 100% clear: I don’t owe you or anyone else an explanation. My … Continue reading

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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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