Archive for November, 2009

November 30th, 2009 - 5:18 pm § in True/Slant

Pete Doherty: Self-Hating Jew or Living Under a Rock?

Some musicians are known to be reclusive individuals, so it might be easy to cut them a break if they make some sort of mistake in the rare times they enter the public eye. Pete Doherty is not one of these musicians. The former Libertines frontman spends plenty of time in the spotlight, be it [...][...]

November 30th, 2009 - 1:44 am § in True/Slant

Culture of Cute or Kitsch Kulture?

Vanity Fair‘s Jim Windolf recently wrote an odd-little feature on cuteness. “Addicted to Cute,” covers all your bases on the most important cute-related memes in our culture. But the most interesting part of the article, and its main thesis, seems a bit strange: Cootchie-coo behavi[...]

November 28th, 2009 - 4:01 pm § in True/Slant

Pricey Pixies Tickets, or Can Critics Complain About Concert Costs?

It’s been well over a week since Jim DeRogatis reviewed the first night of The Pixies’ three-night Doolittle retrospective at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. DeRogatis caused quite a stir among Pixies fans with statements like: …it’s hard to consider them anything but a cyni[...]

November 28th, 2009 - 4:38 am § in Perfect Lines

The more and more I agree with Christopher R. Weingarten

Eye Weekly has a pretty great interview with Christopher R. Weingarten, formerly of good ole’ Parts & Labor, now known most prominently for his Twitter account, 1000TimesYes. Anyway, Weingarten has some pretty stellar things to say about the omnipresence of emo and indie in the early part [...]

November 27th, 2009 - 5:11 am § in Perfect Lines

All emo at True/Slant

I’m still kicking it over at True/Slant, and my latest is a piece on an Australian news site’s puff piece on the new My Chemical Romance album. Read it. Reblog it. Tweet it. Tumblr it. Love it.[...]

November 27th, 2009 - 3:59 am § in True/Slant

Australian news site tries to kill emo, fails

Another day, another journalist seeks to kill a genre of music. Today’s suspect is‘s Neala Johnson. The weapon – My Chemical Romance. What got the axe? Emo, of course: NO MORE angst. No more whingeing. No more playing the victim. When My Chemical Romance re-emerge in ea[...]

November 26th, 2009 - 4:03 am § in Perfect Lines

Kuma's Secretly Hearts Emo

I’d heard of Kuma’s Corner for months and have craved their metal-themed hamburgers and pretzel buns for many a month I’ve lived in Chicago. Tonight, I set out for the famous metal bar and was able to snatch a spot before the looming crowd grew larger than the small room had space [...]

November 25th, 2009 - 5:50 pm § in True/Slant

ABC should thank Adam Lambert

A lot has been said about Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards Sunday night. With all the hubbub of his “racy” performance, what’s most surprising about the entire escapade and commentary in the days since the show is that there is commentary in the days fo[...]

November 24th, 2009 - 12:50 am § in True/Slant

'Heavy Metal in Baghdad' band announces first EP

Iraqi metal quartet Acrassicauda announced their first EP, Only The Dead See The End Of War, will come out in March 2010 on Vice Records. Back in 2007, Vice produced a documentary on the band, Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Though condescending at times, the film managed to provide a fairly human element [...]

November 23rd, 2009 - 7:16 pm § in True/Slant

The Beatles in the year 3000

Thanks to my friend Sarah for this little gem of a video: [youtubevid id="3Z2vU8M6CYI&feature=player_embedded"] What a fantastic spoof of History Channel documentaries. But, considering the way so many boomers mythologize The Beatles, it’s amazing I haven’t heard some of these yarns [...]

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