Month of October, 2007

Stylus closing

BMW07 publication Stylus will be closing at the end of this month, as written about in the Observer and discussed on the magazine page. Read their "bluffer's guide" for a best of glimpse back into the archive.

Glenn Danzig in a comfy sweater on a couch in a messy purple room

Danzig at the Nokia Theater on the Saturday before Halloween + two backstage passes, sounds pretty rad right? Well that was the situation for me last night with my dear friend J– who worships at the altar. We are divided - I believe Trent the lord of middle American darkness, perhaps because I do not body build. This might be a chicken and egg thing.

Oasis bravado + The Killers's "When You Were Young" melody = Bruce Springsteen's "You'll Be Comin' Down

People have been raving to me about the new Bruce album but since I've been on this major Tom Petty kick I've been otherwise white working class populist-occupied (although turns out TP is 1/4 Cherokee so...). I'm listening right now but just wanted to post this equation

Best Music Writing 2007 Reading

Hey NYC area folks, save the date:
Monday, November 12, 2007 at 7pm
Best Music Writing 2007 Reading featuring:

Robert Christgau
Daphne Brooks
Chris Ryan

Elizabeth Vincentelli
Jessica Hopper
David Kastin

Indie and its discontents: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Investigative reporting as charitable institution

The idea of an independent organization of investigative journalists publishing freelance to mainstream media would have been unthinkable 10 years ago, but now the world is ready and perhaps in need for Pro Publica.

review07: booklist

From Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association:

Mariachi in LA

Among the many things I loved in my time living in LA was driving by MacArthur Park, and no not really just because of Jimmy Webb. I spent a lot of time at the downtown library, and would drive past MacArthur Park on my leisurely way home, always stopping to watch some goings on in the heavily used public space sitting among gorgeous 1930s highrise apartments decked with multi-story neon signs.

Beyond celebrity: A Slate piece on the write-around

This is a great Slate piece focusing on the cult of access, the ever evolving world of well-handled "public figures" and the handlers who make them so. Music journalism is far from exempt in this game, and the cover is one such place where mags get access in trade for censored or artist controlled stories.