by carl wilson

Printably Yours

A nice press day for my book today, with an interview in The Onion AV Club (with its catty comments section) and a review on The Guardian's music blog.

Meanwhile in today's Globe, Robert Everett-Green and I handicap Canadian Music Week. (Some of my prose there is pretty hasty-wastey, but the choices themselves are more considered.)

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, March 06 at 1:19 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (9)

 

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> And the Decemberists were just an example of a literary-minded indie band. I wasn't trying to single them out so severely as the A/V Club response retroactively makes it seem.

And to be fair, what I glossed over on first reading was that the interviewer brought them up first, not you.

Posted by DW. on March 12, 2008 5:23 PM

 

 

I love the commenter who defined post-hipster-douchebagism as citing increasingly obscure bands that you *don't* like. Heh.

Posted by Jamie on March 12, 2008 3:22 PM

 

 

No, DW, that's not my intention in either case. The point isn't that one set of purposes is superior to the other, but that in critical discourse, in art-speak, conceptual intent is assumed to be superior. And in the book - unlike in the interview, where it's hard to be as careful to provide context when you're on the phone with a reporter in the middle of the day at your desk at work - the only reversal of hierarchies is in relation to my own hierarchies, as outlined early in the book.

And the Decemberists were just an example of a literary-minded indie band. I wasn't trying to single them out so severely as the A/V Club response retroactively makes it seem.


Posted by zoilus on March 11, 2008 9:23 AM

 

 

Not that I'm a Decemebrists fan or anything, but why IS it so cool to hate on them? It struck me that everything you said in the AV Club Q&A; about their music not usefully lending itself to "life experiences" could also apply to, say, Pere Ubu.

At The AV Club and in the book you seem to be edging into a reversal of hierarchies, where music that you can dance to, party to, have sex to, whatever, is SUPERIOR to music of a more conceptual intent. I assume that wasn't your intent, though?

Posted by DW. on March 9, 2008 10:34 PM

 

 

Onion AV commenter trolls versus Disney-pop devotee tween trolls GO! (Nah, too easy, the Onion ones are way worse.)

Posted by Dave on March 8, 2008 5:57 PM

 

 

wow.

amazing how the comments in the onion piece immediately went rip roaring over 'why is it so cool to hate on the decemberists?'.

nice one carl. i enjoy the blog and check in often. keep er goin.

Posted by j-bro on March 7, 2008 12:09 PM

 

 

People who leave comments on everything wrong with the book without having read it sure do look like gooses.

Posted by Amanda on March 7, 2008 3:32 AM

 

 

Got my copy the other day, started reading just now. Great work once again, Mr. Wilson.

Posted by Chris M on March 6, 2008 6:59 PM

 

 

Amazing. Congratulations once again, Carl!

Posted by Matt on March 6, 2008 5:27 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson