A place to share any good music articles/writing you come across.
This site looks really good (it's the fella who usually blogs at the Alternative Shipping News): 2012popmusictheory.aburke.ca
Well, Calum and I have been going over the issues in that article. Not what he says about your record, Tom, but the other more oppositional stuff about pop music in general, which I had some problems with. We've had a bit of debate, which is what it's all about I guess. One of the most thought (and perhaps argument) provoking pieces I've seen of late and one which has made me return to a quite familiar record with new ears, so to speak.
I'm afraid that almost any music writing I mention will be familiar to everyone on this list. I don't read too many music publications—mainly the Wire and the Liminal when I can.
I guess I should give a small plug for the Brooklyn Rail (where I'm music editor). Some of you might appreciate Steve Dalachinsky, who's a regular columnist, and a guy who knows literally every jazz musician in NYC and many in other countries. He sees more gigs in a week that many people see in six months. His thing is brief takes on the various shows he's seen rather than deep analysis, but he's got MANY years of knowledge so it's often a joy to read his stuff. Here's his latest:
I think I'm violating the rules here, but I also wanted to mention Tape Op magazine, which the Brits on this list (that's most of you) may not be familiar with. It's about recording/engineering/production as well as gear to do same. I don't know of any magazine quite like it. They have generally excellent interviews with all kinds of well known record producers and engineers, and they cover an extremely broad spectrum (from hip-hop to jazz to '60s/'70s veterans). Scroll through this list of interview and you'll get some idea:
Interesting, Andrew, about the controversy with Calum's review. For what it is worth, he nailed square on the head where those pieces come from and what they imply, at least for their maker. It was frightening to read -- as if he had read my mind -- because I think I've only shared the background on those pieces with two other people. The title of Hem is itself the perversion of an anagram that relates to the theme he found. I shall say no more, but it was pretty bizarre.
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