Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Firing of Robert Christgau

The Village Voice has fired ancien rock writer Bob Christgau after 37 years of service. Those of you vaguely familiar with him know that his writing is first pretentious, second funny, and third short. All of these end up being good things if you're in the mood. Ever notice how, in music magazines like Q or Uncut, when they print a full page, 700 word, review of an album from the Coldplay/U2 complex and give it 4 stars, you find it extremely wordy and meandering? Do you also skip to the 100 word capsules and read fifty of them? If so, Bob Christgau is probably why.

To give my readers and better idea of what I'm talking about and what Christgau is all about, I've decided to highlight a few reviews, taken directly from his personal website. Below you'll find links to both c/s album favorites and also simply entertaining ones he's written.

Jefferson Airplane - The Essential Jefferson Airplane

The Beatles - Capitol Albums, Vol. 1

My Bloddy Valentine - Loveless

Radiohead (entire catalog in about 300 words)

My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

Moby Grape - Vintage: The Best of Moby Grape

The Old 97's - Entire Catalog (for whatever reason, Christgau just loves Rhett Miller and the Old 97's)

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills 2

Anyway, you get the idea. I may add some more recommended reviews every so often, but you really just have to comb through them yourself and get a feel for what he likes and doesn't. Noise does not impress him. Songs do.

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