Monday, April 21, 2014

Snow White & Alice in Wonderland, Remixed

Normally I don't go in for electronic remixes of all-time classics, as most of them are pretty uninspired. These two mixes by Nick Bertke (aka Pogo), though, are fantastic. If you're going to mess with songs almost everyone knows, you need to deconstruct them and discover brand new things about the notes and melodies. Pogo does exactly that.

Friday, April 18, 2014

On the Necessity of Categories in Music Criticism

"The singers aren't exactly interchangeable, not any more than the Strokes are with the White Stripes, or Pearl Jam with Stone Temple Pilots, but the whole point of the tenuously constructed musical category is that we are people who have shit to do and a finite amount of time for dwelling on the distinctiveness of each new pinchy-voiced pop sensation, and as such, this kind of lumping is as practically necessary as it is academically indefensible. It's incumbent on the singers to convince us of their exceptionality." --Matthew Cole, commenting on Duffy's album Endlessly, Slant Magazine

Monday, April 14, 2014