Every year, once list fatigue has started to pass, I start to see culture writers of various beats share and discuss their favorite stories of the year. In one way, it’s a niche circle taking stock of where their shrinking industry is headed; in another, it’s a way to spread the stories that made them say, “damn I wish I’d thought of that.” When writers and editors say that, you know it’s a piece worth your time.
1. Yesterday we learned that Steven Tyler is leaving American Idol “before she boils my rabbit,” and Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson may also be on the way out. Today’s update is that Mariah Carey is in talks to step into the judge’s seat. Welcome to the asylum, Mimi! [via Jezebel]… Read More
We’ve been scratching our heads since we first heard that Ke$ha would be one of the myriad guest stars on the Flaming Lips’ double-vinyl release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. While a new interview with Wayne Coyne on Pitchfork doesn’t exactly clarify the thinking behind the collaboration — at least, beyond the… Read More
December is nearly over, which means that pretty much every music publication has filed its obligatory end-of-year list and gone off to gorge itself on turkey and mulled wine. Looking over said lists, it’s interesting to note how they’ve become an exercise in critical homogeneity — you see the same names cropping up over and over again on list after list, and the days of gloriously off-the-wall choices like NME dubbing the long-forgotten Sugar’s Copper Blue as the best album of 1992 are long behind us. Still, having said that, pretty much every publication manages to include at least a couple of names that no-one else does, and it’s these idiosyncratic choices — both worthy and/or laughable — that tend to reveal the most about the publication in question. If you’re wondering which one might be right for you, then look no further — after the jump, we dissect 10 leading outlets’ top 10 lists, and consider what their choices say about them (and us).
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As we’ll discuss in more detail tomorrow — when we publish a round-up of end-of-year lists from around the music world — the problem with a lot of the listomania that goes on at this time of year is that for all that critics and magazines try to be as eclectic as possible in their… Read More
It’s that time of year again, when everyone from New Yorker critics to mp3 bloggers who barely write a single sentence about the songs they post embark upon that great equalizer: the best-of list. This week, Pitchfork has revealed its writers’ 100 favorite tracks of 2011, and as usual, it provides some subliminal insight into where young, indie types’ (we’ll do everyone the favor of not using that word) heads have been over the past 12 months. Indulge us in our overanalysis of what the site’s top 10 songs of the year say about us, after the jump.
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It seems an era of vibes is coming to an end. Altered Zones, the Pitchfork-spinoff blog aggregator that launched only last year, has just announced that it will cease publication. The reasons for the shutdown are unclear, but we can only speculate that the audience for the obscure and sometimes difficult… Read More