Art without accomplishment becomes a form of faith, sustained more by the...– Adam Gopnik, “Life Studies.” Unfortunately, not available online.
Just North of Something Important: Bon Iver: A... →
barthel: R: Am I supposed to like Bon Iver? M: Not really, no. R: Good, because I think I might actively hate him. He does look like someone I would sleep with as long as I didn’t hear his music first, then he would not like me because I would make fun of his vagina music. M: He’s so close to good but then…
Because I don’t think there’s any chance that The-Dream’s “Body Work/Fuck My Brains Out” is going to be a massive hit single, even though it totally deserves to be. Right now, Terius is the king, taking Prince and Michael Jackson and R. Kelly and even The Lonely Island and ordering them into line, the minions of his cerebral pop empire.
If Rimbaud anticipated the Surrealists by decades, Ashbery is said to have gone...– Lydia Davis, “Rimbaud’s Wise Music,” The New York Times Book Review, June 9, 2011.
What makes the Anthony Weiner story somewhat unique and thus worth discussing...– Glenn Greenwald, “The Joys Of Repressed Voyeuristic Titillation”
The Top 100 Albums Of The '70s
Same Prince problem, this time with Miles Davis. 1. Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece (Warner Bros., 1974) 2. Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St. (Rolling Stones/Atlantic, 1972) 3. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) 4. Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben – Gil e Jorge (Verve, 1975) 5. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (Warner Bros., 1979) 6. Eno – Another Green World (Island, 1975) 7. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter...
The Top 100 Albums Of The '80s
Notes!: The one album per artist rule altered this list more drastically than even the ’90s list, and for no one more than Prince, who might have three of the top 10 slots, and maybe five of the top twenty, if I could have included more than one of his albums on this list. I went with Dirty Mind because it’s my favorite of all his albums, but also because I think it’s the most...
I forgot Spacemen 3’s Recurring. These are the kinds of things that drive me crazy, and yes, I am a sick person.
The Top 100 Albums Of The '90s
…according to me, of course. In this case, listing what didn’t make the cut would be a list in itself. Same rule applies as before: One album per artist. ’80s, ’70s, and ’60s to come. 1. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (Loud, 1993) 2. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy, 1991) 3. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (Creation, 1991) 4. NaS – Illmatic...
The Top 100 Albums Of The '00s
Some notes: I submitted a Top 50 Albums of the ’00s list for The Stylus Decade. As with all lists, I wasn’t happy with the timing: Lists that evaluate a time period need some distance from that era, otherwise earlier albums, which the evaluator/listener has had time to process already, will be viewed more favorably. I think a year and a half is a pretty good bit of time to sit back...