Music

How I judge music

Pitchfork’s internal editing system lets me see my past review scores all in one place. Since I don’t review stuff very often for them, I was a little surprised to see the numbers all in one place like that. It turns out I’m a high ...

Michael Jackson, regular guy

The “not of this world” talk around Michael Jackson makes me run the other way, toward finding things that prove he was of this world. Not sure what that impulse is. Certainly it wasn’t all tabloid created– he spent a lot of time ...

What’s going on in Austin?

Three years ago, which was about five months into my “professional” music writing career, I personally put a manila folder of clips into Rob Tannenbaum’s inter-office mailbox at Blender. A few days later he emailed me some nice comments, ...

Progress report — elastica

Once every six months I try to look up what’s going on with the former members of Elastica, one of my favorite bands. Some members are married (to each other, so that means two, I guess). One became a born-again Christian. But frontwoman Justine ...