January 25th, 2012 / 1:51 pm

Music Roundup: Martin Seay, Annie Gosfield, The Smiths


My favorite thing I read on the internet last year was Martin Seay’s epic essay on Ke$ha, the Beastie Boys, and Beyoncé:

Although “TiK ToK” contains stupidity—in much the same way that a Twinkie contains high fructose corn syrup—it is anything but a stupid song.  Unlike three decades’ worth of kegstanding fratboys, Sebert misses the point of “Fight for Your Right” deliberately: she interprets the Beasties’ (limited and unsuccessful) attempts at irony and connotive suggestion as amounting to no more than inefficiency, and as such she excises them.  […]

It’s erudite, funny, and very, very correct.


Blake, this is for you. (Play it LOUD!)


I wrote some posts at Big Other about overlooked Smiths songs:


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