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Popping The “Pop Of King”

steveo.jpgEd. note: Once again, Stephen King has contributed his keenly observed cultural criticism to the pages of Entertainment Weekly; and once again, in their rush to put out the umpteenth speculative article about Lindsay Lohan’s career, the magazine’s editors were unable to edit King’s essay in time for publication. Brian Raftery’s helpful annotations follow.

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steveo.jpgEd. note: Once again, Stephen King has contributed his keenly observed cultural criticism to the pages of Entertainment Weekly; and once again, in their rush to put out the umpteenth speculative article about Lindsay Lohan’s career, the magazine’s editors were unable to edit King’s essay in time for publication. Brian Raftery’s helpful annotations follow.

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Are Music Writers Slowly Destroying The Planet?

snipshot_e41i31ea8ocb.jpgNo one in their right mind would ever complain about getting free CDs. It’s like complaining about having too much money, or about working at a detective firm staffed by adorably inquisitive kittens. For music writers, getting promotional music is the biggest perk of the job, and I won’t deny that it beats having to actually “pay” for music. But over the past few months, as the piles of plastic and paper started to stack even higher in my office, I began to wonder how all of these mass mailings were impacting the environment. “Did a tree have to die,” I thought, “just so I could get multiple unwanted copies of the Ocean’s Thirteen soundtrack?”

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snipshot_e41i31ea8ocb.jpgNo one in their right mind would ever complain about getting free CDs. It’s like complaining about having too much money, or about working at a detective firm staffed by adorably inquisitive kittens. For music writers, getting promotional music is the biggest perk of the job, and I won’t deny that it beats having to actually “pay” for music. But over the past few months, as the piles of plastic and paper started to stack even higher in my office, I began to wonder how all of these mass mailings were impacting the environment. “Did a tree have to die,” I thought, “just so I could get multiple unwanted copies of the Ocean’s Thirteen soundtrack?”

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Microsoft Looking To Hire Anyone Even Vaguely Familiar With Zune

According to a listing on the company’s “Careers” page, Microsoft is looking for a Media Editor to deal specifically with its shiny brown turd. Among the tasks: • Develop and maintain the Voice of Zune. • Help evangelize Zune’s vision across Microsoft. More »

According to a listing on the company’s “Careers” page, Microsoft is looking for a Media Editor to deal specifically with its shiny brown turd. Among the tasks: • Develop and maintain the Voice of Zune. • Help evangelize Zune’s vision across Microsoft. More »


Liner Notes: “Showbiz Show,” Here We Come!

– Michael Jackson’s publicist released a list of eight random denials, noting that he is not bedridden, and that he is not selling his Sony/ATV publishing stake. More »

– Michael Jackson’s publicist released a list of eight random denials, noting that he is not bedridden, and that he is not selling his Sony/ATV publishing stake. More »

Our Advertisers Will Be First In Line For The Spice Girls Reunion

Many thanks to this week’s sponsors, who know the director’s commentary on Spice World by heart. If you’d like to join this motley crue, you can find more information here. More »

Many thanks to this week’s sponsors, who know the director’s commentary on Spice World by heart. If you’d like to join this motley crue, you can find more information here. More »

Super Furry Animals Go To “Venus”

ARTIST: Super Furry AnimalsTITLE: Hey VenusWEB DEBUT: June 27, 2007RELEASE DATE: August 27th, 2007 (U.K.)SOUND QUALITY: 191 kbpsONE-LISTEN VERDICT: For starters, it’s the leanest SFA album in recent memory, barely making it past the half-hour mark–not a bad move, considering the the band’s… More »

ARTIST: Super Furry AnimalsTITLE: Hey VenusWEB DEBUT: June 27, 2007RELEASE DATE: August 27th, 2007 (U.K.)SOUND QUALITY: 191 kbpsONE-LISTEN VERDICT: For starters, it’s the leanest SFA album in recent memory, barely making it past the half-hour mark–not a bad move, considering the the band’s… More »


“Okay, Show Me ‘Wacky, Yet Soulful'”

We try to give every new band a fair shake, but TOCA–an L.A. group recently profiled in Buzz Bands–is making it awfully hard to take them seriously. More »

We try to give every new band a fair shake, but TOCA–an L.A. group recently profiled in Buzz Bands–is making it awfully hard to take them seriously. More »

Andy Rooney Auditions For Pitchfork

Today’s New York Times profiles Honky Tonk Confidential, a country band fronted by 70-year-old Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer. The group recently played a NYC gig that included many of Schieffer’s CBS co-workers: Andy Rooney, another CBS News colleague, was there too. More »

Today’s New York Times profiles Honky Tonk Confidential, a country band fronted by 70-year-old Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer. The group recently played a NYC gig that included many of Schieffer’s CBS co-workers: Andy Rooney, another CBS News colleague, was there too. More »

Looking Back At A Week That Was Filled With Crazy Talk

– Larry King blows the Beatles–and their names, too. – Project X goes country. – Prince is gonna go get the papers, get the papers. – Internet radio went silent for a few days, but it won’t go quietly. – Bush is possibly going to try for another term. More »

– Larry King blows the Beatles–and their names, too. – Project X goes country. – Prince is gonna go get the papers, get the papers. – Internet radio went silent for a few days, but it won’t go quietly. – Bush is possibly going to try for another term. More »


One Last Tap On The Music-Blogosphere Glass

Well, that’s it: After nine months and 1,958 posts–only one-third of which were about R. Kelly and/or power pop–I’m finished with Idolator. I’m supposed to do an all-encompassing sign-off rant, but really–does the world need another navel-gazing music-blog post? More »

Well, that’s it: After nine months and 1,958 posts–only one-third of which were about R. Kelly and/or power pop–I’m finished with Idolator. I’m supposed to do an all-encompassing sign-off rant, but really–does the world need another navel-gazing music-blog post? More »


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