I was going to focus my article on examining the way language is used to present women in the street press. Until I encountered a problem. There are none!
1. “(INSERT FEMALE ROCK/POP MUSICIAN’S NAME HERE), THE BAD GIRL OF ROCK…” Description: Virtually every female musician who dyes her hair ‘punk’ colors and/or makes vaguely ‘rebellious’ (or quasi-feminist) pronouncements is saddled with this phrase in music reviews or featured interviews. This travesty of words has been going on since The Slits, and most notoriously […]
Imagine if the music critic in Almost Famous had been female. Any chance at all she wouldn’t have been portrayed as a groupie?
“I didn’t listen to pop music growing up,” he reveals. “If I listened to music, it would be something classical”
…what was truly alarming was the way all the reviews merged into one amorphous voice, saying nothing, very loudly, over and over again
Who needs to reprint the review when you’ve got perfection in a numeral?
The third in the series from my coolest correspondent. (Although I’m pretty chuffed at Nathan from The Gossip saying he reckons me to be the “most important and interesting critic of all time” – I’d be even more chuffed if I believed he was being serious.) Incidentally, the criteria Rosie is applying to Vampire Weekend […]
Fuck it. I can’t stop listening to this album. It creeps up on me, catches me unawares. It’s so gentle, deceptively unobtrusive. It’s so sweet and full of subtle magic and intricate guitar motifs and lines that never revel in their own cleverness, just melt. It doesn’t shout, no it never shouts. I have no […]