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for a lot of places.
The "greatest hits," if you just want to jump straight to some of my favorite pieces:
I've written about music
and books for the New
York Times; some of these pieces are free, some aren't.
I write a monthly column on comics
Here are the archives, plus some much older pieces I wrote for them;
you have to sit through an ad, I'm afraid.
I write record reviews for Pitchfork:
I wrote for the Village Voice
from 1996 to 2005, including (for the last few years) a column on the
music business, "The Sound of the Industry." A bunch of things I wrote
for them are on their site:
the other shoe.
Poole and You Ain't
Talkin' to Me.
aftermath of MGM v.
much is music worth?
effects: Easytree and WMG.
bluenoses: the FCC gets vaguer.
Jones and the Dap-Kings' Naturally.
clubs struggle to survive.
Diplo and Rio baile funk.
uselessness: the DRM conundrum.
the drowned baby.
Raeburn's Chris Ware.
stores vs. "superior products."
- Neal Stephenson's The System of the World.
to play: how music funds politics.
Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory.
Homosexuals emerge from collector hell.
and the Wall get sex wild.
collapse of amphitheater
Louden Up Now.
Staton sneaks around.
happening with brick-and-mortar record stores.
learn that downloading is their friend.
FCC invents "profanity."
your own business.
City Girls' Carnival Folklore Resurrection
Russell: living with imperfection.
Danger Mouse: Mother Nature's son.
bad was the music industry's year?
senators, one Bo Derek, no trust.
Wyatt: at last I am old.
labels: five to three.
not to get sued by the RIAA.
reversals: everything's on sale!
Speed McNeil's Finder: Dream
record business circles the
the Hatch: the RIAA vs. you.
Day gets soggy.
and Lois, superfans
York rockers remember how to dance.
on the cheap in NYC.
music blind items.
B.'s Epileptic 1.
"Joint Statement on Current Issues in Radio."
Costello's When I Was Cruel.
trade: the state of file trading after Napster.
stroke of genius.
get on the bus.
of Burma live.
of the war.
your shoe on the punk rock.
Bradford, rebel without paws.
Eggers and McSweeney's #6.
Bowman's This Must Be the Place.
hope you like their new direction.
Moldy Peaches: let's hear it for audacity.
New Pornographers live.
25th anniversary of Punk magazine.
Brown's Louis Riel.
Foster Wallace looks for the real McCain.
In Coal, gods of false metal.
quick, mildly mean-spirited guide to NYC clubs.
On Speed and Lolita Storm get way disposable.
eros: comics writer Devin Grayson.
Beller's The Sleep-Over Artist.
apparently can't stop writing about Chumbawamba.
Cure: Robert Smith finds himself clean again.
laptop beats, digital birds and Ricci fiends.
New York Festival of Electronic Composers and
Matador and Warp blow out their birthday candles.
Ellis's Transmetropolitan: Year Of The
cheap thrills of MP3.com.
1999 phone company Jazz Festival.
Comics Journal's Top 100 list.
unholy regional hit, Batman!
Compilation Mania, 1999!
Art of Noise live.
timbre: the art of the indie-rock remix.
Spooky's Riddim Warfare and live show.
Vans Warped Tour 1998.
Hudak's Brooklyn Bridge.
Club/Hedwig on New Year's Eve,
complete with factual error. That would be Michael Cerveris, not
John Cameron Mitchell.Whoops.
high note of "I Heard It Through The
again--that's Tim Midgett singing on the Crust Bros.
Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up The Girl.
Demme's Storefront Hitchcock.
Music Marathon, 1998.
In Stereo's Alternative Stereo Sounds.
Spencer Blues Explosion live.
I write about pop music and
pop culture for
I've intermittently written a music column
called "Smallmouth"; it ran from 1999 to 2002 in the
Boston Phoenix, and from 2004 to 2006 in Seattle Weekly. Here's most of the column's archive, in reverse
- Completing the collection.
- RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson.
- Elliott Smith, Sly Stone and Neutral Milk Hotel: one more taste.
and white catechism.
glories of sludge.
Sounds and Cobra Killer.
- Franz Ferdinand II.
Cab for Cutie's big day.
- Judee Sill, Richard Hell and Slapp Happy: 31
years in the wilderness.
- Motown, year four.
- Mark Stewart and Andrew Poppy: machines of
- The Go-Betweens' Oceans Apart.
- Gripping and slipping: Paul Morley's Words and Music.
into the cosmos.
again: Ying Yang Twins, Glass Candy and more.
men: Boredoms and John Zorn.
Brown's horrible new "memoir."
raiding the 20th century.
of Burma and Ubiquitous Eternal Live.
Krauss, Jimmy Sturr and Smoosh.
Heads: artists only.
Fiery Furnaces and Ken Stringfellow: knotty plots.
feast of DNA.
Newman's power-pop grad school.
artificial woman: Neulander and Lali Puna.
Love waves the red flag.
From the Tombs and the Mekons: once more with
Four Tops and Amps for Christ: whose song is
dilemma of horns: Diana Ross, the Brotherhood of Breath and Maher
Shalal Hash Baz.
beyond silence: James Joyce, Philip Jeck and His Name Is
capsules from Nonesuch and Michael Snow.
the new wave of electro.
wired for sound: The Fall.
Eisenberg takes on Walter Benjamin.
gets someone else's freak on.
jesters: Pet Shop Boys and Helen Love.
Happening and Olympian memory.
strange new world of vinyl singles.
conversation with New Orleans R&B legend Dave
disco: post-punk gets in the groove.
alien types: Rocket from the Tombs.
weathervanes: Jackson C. Frank, Phil Ochs and Tim
funk: Soul Fire and Stones Throw.
Cone: making the band.
sing: the ...Native Hipsters and Life Without
Ringtones, London sounds and more: inattention,
unheard music (that they told us we would hear).
and the Dismemberment Plan.
goldmine: new notes from the Underground.
man in full: Charley Patton.
asking: who are parents?
Unlimited tries to make a scene.
Guryan's old photographs.
old is Neu! again.
isn't jazz?: Spring Heel Jack, Ex Orkest, and Thai Elephant
we don't want to hear your outtakes.
Phillipps and the Chills play the "if only" game.
Holy Modal Rounders and Martin Carthy.
Riley, Alan Licht and Nobukazu Takemura fracture the
branch out and trance out.
state of the art of horrible noise.
Prendergast's dreadful The Ambient Century.
don't you listen to Liliput, where punk rock starts and
weather! The leather! Rediscovering Swell Maps.
Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith, musicking.
most notable albums of Bizarro World 2000.
return of '70s funky Africa.
and Rudimentary Peni: Thatcher's survivors.
at Work and the secular gospel of the discotheque.
Machine Music, 25 years later--it's sort of
pleasure in not being pleased: the virtues of genuinely awful
New Order, and the secret art of the song.
Frogs push everybody's buttons.
the convention: Richard & Linda Thompson and Sandy
small triumphs of Thee Headcoats and Rennie
return of DIY-punk, sort of.
is the sincerest form of flattery: The Concise Pink Pig
(This is actually the
longer version that ran in the Chicago Reader.)
years of Drag City.
City Girls and Sun Ra.
connection is made: Wire and Elastica return.
Donner Party, Raymond Scott, Dreamies and more.
escape if I wanted to: A*Teens and Ace of Base.
High Fidelity damage.
electronic music's avant-garde turned into pop.
fun: the art of the buzzkill.
youth: the Fall and Kid606.
Kuti and the principle of prolongation of
Politti's Green plays juke box jury.
Compilation Mania, 2000!
hidden treasures of 1999.
the White Album through different voices.
Shop Boys, Alison Krauss, and the live spectacle.
Indonesia, "world music," etc.
bunch of little reviews with nothing much in
Flin Flon to Unrest to Henry Cow.
mystery of Jandek.
snapshots of Burning Man.
I learned to stop worrying and play "Stairway To
about dance music.
Muse do the Radiohead thing.
audio abuse for kicks: Oval, Disc, Nobukazu Takemura,
from Tom Cora, Harry Pussy, Max Brand and Pelt.
versions of "Poptones."
Records' funk commodity fetishism.
art of the greatest-hits album.
birds: the Nihilist Spasm Band and the Clusone 3.
pop across the decades: Os Mutantes and Musique du
Bleep: Soundtracks to Imaginary Video Games and Tape
soft underbelly of disco.
records: Rot, Rock and Rule.
action figures, and the Shaggs.
Steve Reich: the composer meets the DJs.
music of silence and near-silence.
And here are some other
pieces I've done for
Some miscellaneous pieces:
- Four graphic novels reviewed: a sense of place. (Washington Post)
- Laura Barrett's "Robot Ponies." (Paper Thin Walls)
- Caroline Peyton's "Engram." (Paper Thin Walls)
- The complete and utter history of the Numa Numa Dance. (The Believer)
- The essential James Brown playlist. (Rolling Stone)
- The story of L.L. Cool J's "I Need Love." (Blender)
- Cat Power's mighty frailty. (eMusic)
- Kanye West's top collaborations. (Rolling Stone)
- A guide to Bob Dylan's discography: part
1 ('60s and '70s); part
2 ('80s-present); part 3 (live
and compiled). (Blender)
by language: the Fall's Peel sessions. (The Believer)
graphic novels: the uses of cuteness. (Washington Post)
New Pornographers' Twin
Magnetic Fields: the distancing effect. (eMusic)
graphic novels: Bone, Kramer's Ergot,
Bovery and more. (Washington
B.'s Epileptic. (New
Che Anderson's King.
up the pieces: Brian Wilson. (The
in the NL: 25 years of the Ex.
the Shadow of No Towers, Carnet de Voyage
Fantagraphics Top 10.
rodents and "filth."
Eno's rock albums, reissued.
Pratchett's A Hat Full of
#13: return to the funnies, sort of.
wonderful truth about Mission of
roundup of recent graphic novels.
living in dual mono.
Cure: men in black.
Ferdinand make the girls dance.
of the Fire. (City
Brown's Louis Riel. (City
Handsome Family and the river of blood.
asked me what the most forward-thinking record of the last 25
- LCD Soundsystem gets
Angeles Times, 2/20/05)
- Will Eisner, hero of the
Angeles Times, 1/7/05)
- "The Runaways Record
(Blender, October 2004)
- The Magnetic Fields: the
i. (The Nation, 6/21/04)
- Notes on art so bad it's
Believer, March 2004)
In 2006 and 2007, I wrote a weekly blog about the weekly comic book 52. The archives are here.
I review graphic novels and
write about the
comics industry for Publishers Weekly:
I wrote for New Times Los
Angeles, back when
it existed. Here are some articles (these links don't currently
work--try archive.org if you want to read these pieces):
And my dear friend the
Cloud of Unknowing
contributed to suck.com: