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Wallace Wylie

Ghost In Every Town – The Haunting Of Elliott Smith

Ghost In Every Town – The Haunting Of Elliott Smith

Smith's songs were populated by back alley losers, moving in a moonlit world of cashed checks, track marks, and bad luck. …

Realpop – An Introduction

Realpop – An Introduction

Once the corporate reality of Realpop is internalised, then any criticism of pop which includes a critique of the corporate nature of pop music can be dismissed as an asinine act of naivety and obviousness. …

Jeff Pollack | An Open Letter To Music Fans

Jeff Pollack | An Open Letter To Music Fans

Critics have been falling over themselves to praise their special brand of retro R&B mixed with retro MOR and it will surely only be a matter of time before teenagers find out about them too.…

‘Blurred Lines’ and the Banality of Male Sexuality

‘Blurred Lines’ and the Banality of Male Sexuality

Part of the problem with ‘Blurred Lines’ is that it unquestioningly accepts its own worldview. It doesn’t think it’s controversial.…

RIP Ray Manzarek (1939-2013)

RIP Ray Manzarek (1939-2013)

Some bands from my youth have fallen by the wayside, but not The Doors. I always return to them and each return pays back my youthful devotion. RIP Ray Manzarek.…

Some random thoughts on ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ and Paul Simon in general

Some random thoughts on ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ and Paul Simon in general

This appears to be the opposite of crazy. It’s mundane. Why would somebody describe their encounters with normal everyday situations and then call themselves crazy? Why indeed. They’d have to be delusional. …

Secret Memo Regarding Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Reissue Leaked

Secret Memo Regarding Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Reissue Leaked

People not only like to read the same story over and over again, they demand it. Our job is to retell the story, to reinforce the legends, to emphasise the inflexibility of the narrative. …

The iPod and the Function of Music

The iPod and the Function of Music

Unless a particular artistic discipline has massive popular support then it ceases to become culturally relevant.…

Hating Hipsters: How The Mainstream Hijacked Authenticity And Made Non-Conformity A Joke

Hating Hipsters: How The Mainstream Hijacked Authenticity And Made Non-Conformity A Joke

Why exactly does the whole world want to distance itself from the term hipster?…

22 of Wallace Wylie’s favourite songs of 2012 (most of which are actually from 2012) so far

22 of Wallace Wylie’s favourite songs of 2012 (most of which are actually from 2012) so far

2012. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been a shit year in terms of my personal life.…

Ignorant Fantasies | Race and Class Delusions From David Thomas

Ignorant Fantasies | Race and Class Delusions From David Thomas

The fantasy world that David Thomas inhabits reeks of privilege and conceit. Perhaps I expected a bit more intelligence, a bit more individuality, a bit more adventurousness to his thinking. Then again, he is a white middle-class American male. We can’t expect too much.…

Brian Wilson tired of music critics putting him in a box

Brian Wilson tired of music critics putting him in a box

Turns out some cold-hearted bastard had gotten Brian in a box and then nailed it shut. It took me almost an hour to get him out.…

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