archive of posts from March, 2015

Stuff & Nonsense #1137

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My iPod [30/03/2015]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
There’s A Girl In The Corner [Live@KEXP, 03/09/2015] | The Twilight Sad | 2015

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Olde New York

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Surly Schnippits

I think that in general rock critics aren’t nearly as good at their job as I am at my job. I think that in general rock critics are ignorant of the history of rock music and have no respect for it, or understanding of it , as an art. I think that in general rock critics are lazy and have not thought out what they are doing.

A critic, it seems to me, needs years of application to know what he’s talking about in regard to a subject matter. He needs to study the history of the subject, the history of criticism in the subject and be informed of any number of aesthetical issues – all in order to engage in grounded, informed analysis. Otherwise, what is the value of the critique beyond that of: “Gee, that’s good” / “Gee, that’s no good”?

… So, much / most criticism – praise or disparaging – is suspect. The first thing to be done when reading criticism, then, is to identify the capability of the critic – to critique the critic. This is time-consuming. There are a handful of critics whose credentials are solid. But, of course, that doesn’t make them infallible. Criticism especially from an unverified source must raise the question, What is its value?

David Thomas

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Brothers Of The Head

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Library Schnippit

Historically, libraries and archive have been controlled by governments and by states, …they have also been burned by governments, states and regimes since before the time of the library of Alexandria. Secondly, archives have been the sites of major state censorship. You classify something you don’t allow people to know. In medieval Europe and elsewhere, people resisted being documented. They didn’t want to be part of the archive. They knew that recording and measuring their assets were the first steps toward seizing those assets for the ruling class. Hence, the idea of the people’s archive that is not controlled by states, governments or other figures of authority. This is an archive people can access, people can create, people can build and authenticate. So the idea became the people’s archive.

P. Sainath

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Stuff & Nonsense #1136

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