by carl wilson

Deals Going Down

You can now go cast your votes for the aforeblogged ($5,000) Echo Songwriting Prize, with nominees Final Fantasy, Laura Barrett, Wolf Parade, the Stills and Propagandhi. And please do! However you vote, take advantage of the opp to give songs you don't know an audition.

Also, Eye magazine's Totally Wired column this week hits two topics I've been meaning to post about: One is Paper Thin Walls, which is kind of the new Pitchfork or the new Addicted to Noise (the first full-on web music magazine, if you're old(!) enough to remember the mid-90s). Stuart Berman, guest-columning for Dave Morris, doesn't mention it explicitly, but this seems to be a project partly born of the tumult at the Village Voice and other print-media music-crit outlets, with Chuck Eddy prominent among the contributors corralled by editor Christopher R Weingarten (former CMJ staffer), also including Frank Kogan, Richard Gehr, Sterling Clover and other names familiar from the Eddy-torial era at the Voice. Maybe Xgau will be next to join the roster.

Stuart also mentions the upcoming CopyCamp conference on intellectual property, copyright, appropriation and the arts, happening in Toronto Sept. 28-30, with guests including John Oswald and Mark Hosler of Negativland. There's quite a bit more to be said about this - for instance, the fact that the conference is being co-organized by Trampoline Hall's own Misha Glouberman, and that controversies and splinter conferences have erupted around it - and a full post will come this weekend, but meanwhile if you're interested in getting one of the subsidized artists-and-writers-etc. spots to attend, I hear you should apply very quickly indeed.

Finally, I wonder how Scarlett Johansson feels about being the preferred ingenue of two creepy old icons of the once-best of American culture, both Woody Allen and Bob Dylan? (Three if you count Bill Murray.) I hope it feels great. If told in advance I would have been sceptical. But she pulls it off more completely than could any other young H'wood actress of her era, who would almost certainly be trying too hard, unable to merge with the screen, with the light, coming off winsome, unable to be dull and just-short-of-blank the way klassik stars really were. ("I heard the deafening noise/ I felt transient joys/ I know they are not what they seem," Dylan sings, seeming as the film unspools to be writing specifically of Johansson's face).

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, September 01 at 01:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)



Thanks for clarifying, Brian - I wasn't sure at first. Yeah, I think a senior-boomers revived spirit-of-60s (in both senses) movement would be fantastic! Who else? And so far what it's against is the callowness of the culture they themselves put in motion: "Your old road is rapidly agin'/ Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand..." and then it's like, hey, wait a minute! So perfect.

Posted by zoilus on September 4, 2006 05:13 AM



Let me clarify and say that such a rebellion would be great. Who's better positioned to change things—-from copyright law to corporate avarice-- than the largest segment of the population?

Posted by Brian on September 3, 2006 10:39 PM



I love bob - long live dewey

Posted by original spin on September 3, 2006 07:09 PM




Between this post (which reminded me of Dylan's "[recorded music] ain't worth nothing anyway" approach to file sharing) and the notice of Christgau's termination I almost get a sense of a coming "Boomer's Rebellion."

Trust no one under 50?

Posted by Brian on September 1, 2006 08:12 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson