by carl wilson

Hey, Big Blender, Blend a Little Time with Me


I've neglected to mention that I'm writing occasional reviews for that bête noir of the rockcrit biz, Blender. Their snarky list-features & such aren't always my thing, but they've got an A-list crew back in the disc review section, with writers such as Douglas Wolk, Erik Davis, Chuck Eddy, etc. Since they keep all the reviews in their online archives, you can catch up on my extramural activities: Here are my Blenderized takes on Ratatat's Classics, Beck's The Information (probably wisely, they nixed my first draft's lengthier conspiracy theory about the album as a Scientology coming-out party), and Toronto's own Tokyo Police Club.

PS: In other capsule-review news, Christgau's Consumer Guide is back (yay!) on MSN (sigh), now with hotlinks (ooh). High score: Dylan (yawn). Highlight: A defence of OutKast's Idlewild (hmm!).

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, December 08 at 12:46 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)



I saw the TPC review, but somehow missed who had written it. Well done!

Posted by matthew on December 12, 2006 9:22 AM



Actually I think I might have been taken by a hybrid Internet design: The Dec. issue I saw today had My Chemical Romance as the main cover subject. Maybe this was an earlier draft? Either way, I'll leave it up to make sense of this pseudo-scandal.

Posted by zoilus on December 9, 2006 4:42 AM



And semi-related to the return of the Consumer Guide, if you have an hour and a half to spare, this link:;=1&f;=1039

should take you to an NPR broadcast from earlier this week that is a year-in-review show featuring, among others, Will Hermes and Christgau. (those wanting to win bets on X=Gau's top ten before either Pazz and Jop or Matos' anti-Pazz and Jop come out, he runs them down during the show, also noting that his annual A-list currently numbers 75 discs)

Posted by Stanley on December 8, 2006 6:37 PM



want to talk weird? compare that XtinaCover to this one, for British GQ's Music Issue:

heads oughta roll etc.

Posted by dave m. on December 8, 2006 4:23 PM



your Beck piece is terrific - sharp, funny, and absolutely 100% on the money. but you didn't mention the craziest thing! that weird conversation at the end that's between SPIKE JONZE AND DAVE EGGERS (?!?!??)

Posted by sean on December 8, 2006 2:12 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson