by carl wilson

Junebuggy Thursday Reading

Not much in the local weeklies today: NOW has its ginormous NXNE preview and a nice piece on local Jedi-in-training Shawn Hewitt, and they both dig on some Digable Planets. Dave Morris on the DigP's: "If bellbottoms came back, then why not equally bedroom-friendly hippie-hop? Fashions come and go but anything that once got people laid will live forever." This feels like an accurate new cultural maxim.

Catch of the day has gotta be Douglas Wolk's piece on the Fall in the new music issue of The Believer. (Wait, how did I miss that call for submissions? Sometimes I hate being Canadian.) The most amazing fucking thing about it has to be that there is a sidebar about "Peel's other favorite," Ivor Cutler. Somehow the concepts "sidebar" and "Ivor Cutler" seem very funny to me in juxtaposition. Also in the Believer, in what seems like a quantum advance on last year's music issue, John McMillan on smoking banana peels, something by Fat Bobby of Oneida, Carrie Brownstein interviewing Karen O and interviews with Beck, Aimee Mann, Smoosh, and others, plus shimmering moves by Hua Hsu on songs from and about the end of history (by Billy Joel, the Scorpions and Jesus Jones). And the aforementioned CD.

Where has this been all our lives: Avant Music News? I just stumbled across it an hour ago, and the first thing I find out is that grand old man of free-guitar Derek Bailey, diva of delirium Amy Denio and Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis have put out a gospel record: "It freely juxtaposes the atonal style of Derek’s playing with Amy and Dennis’ diverging interpretations of Southern Gospel, and takes on a striking depth as a result of this convergence. The pairing of Southern Gospel and 'Old-Timey Avant Garde' partners traditional Gospel lyrics and vocal melodies with nontraditional and expressive guitar sounds and cross-rhythmic homemade heavy metal and funk samples. The effect is at once jubilant and haunting, a reminder of our own mortality and materiality and the inexhaustible presence of the spirit." (Via Chemistry Class.)

Catching up on late-May reading, here is the LA Times on the crisis of criticism. Note Dave Hickey's claim: "I do think that we're over. Being an art critic was one of those jobs like nighttime disk jockey or sewing machine repairman: It was a one- or two-generation job." Opinions?

Also check this John Zorn interview, a rare commodity, from last week.

Not music, but Steven Shaviro is posting bits of his book in progress on aesthetics on his blog (warning, Zizek content!). I'm intrigued by the model, sharing drafts in that kind of forum for comment and revision. Shaviro also seems to be heading towards some interesting ju-jitsu on the No Logo playbook. And speaking of Steves, the surprisingly much-buzzed-about Steven Berlin Johnson - the guy who says "everything bad is good for you" - gets into some interesting thumb-wars with his critics on his own blog. It's him versus the Freakonomics guys in the non-fiction sweepstakes (Malcolm Gladwell memorial division) this year.

Ann Hulbert has a fine piece in Slate on the massively different conditions facing the young Mozart and today's 12-year-old Juilliard composer "Bluejay," which admittedly just takes off and runs with Alex Ross's ideas from this blog entry last year, but runs in Hulbert's own chosen directions. (She quotes Alex; there's no subterfuge involved.)

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 02 at 10:23 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)


Zoilus by Carl Wilson