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“Blender”: A Look Back

Maura | March 27, 2009 - 6:00 am

Well, the big story this week was probably the shuttering of Blender, the pop magazine who suffered the one-two punch of being a printed entity about music in 2009. Blender’s overarching popism was a big influence on Idolator from the time of its launch in 2006, and even as the death spiral of ad pages… More »


Wilson On “Colbert” On Celine

Lucas Jensen | March 5, 2009 - 10:30 am

James Franco’s name-check of Carl Wilson’s ode to Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love on the Oscars’ red carpet was an unexpected brush with the mainstream for Wilson’s tome, not to mention the 33 1/3 “book-an-album” series. Las night, Wilson appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss his book, which I am anxious to squeeze… More »


Carl Wilson on Tonight’s ‘The Colbert Report’

Maura | March 4, 2009 - 11:30 am

Tonight on The Colbert Report: Toronto Globe &… More »



Maura | March 4, 2009 - 11:30 am

Tonight on The Colbert Report: Toronto Globe &… More »


James Franco Journeys To The End Of Taste

Mike Barthel | February 23, 2009 - 10:00 am

It was a good night for Idolator faves at the Oscars last night. A.R. Rahman won twice, both for his original score and for the song “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. But you know that already. You might not know about James Franco. … More »


80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

Michaelangelo Matos | December 31, 2008 - 12:45 pm

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump. … More »



No. 25: John Darnielle’s “Master of Reality” And Carl Wilson’s “Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste”

Michaelangelo Matos | December 23, 2008 - 4:00 am

Back when Continuum first announced its 33 1/3 series of short books about classic rock albums, I imagined a veritable explosion of styles and critical approaches that might emerge. Well, not exactly: though the series has included some fiction and some formal experiments, many of the books follow the same basic paths of close-reading, autobiography,… More »


Ann Powers And A Gang Of Bloggers Ask: Whose “Idol” Is It?

Michaelangelo Matos | July 30, 2008 - 5:00 am

Usually, we use The Last Word to round up the all-important, all-summarizing last sentences of the biggest new-music reviews, but this week we’d like to focus attention on responses to Ann Powers’ recent L.A. Times think piece on “poptimism,” a.k.a. critics paying serious attention to mainstream pop music, a.k.a. critics doing (one of) their jobs.More »


The Trouble With Indie Music

Maura | October 19, 2007 - 4:20 am

If you read just one response to Sasha Frere-Jones’ attempt to ramp up his Google Blog Search hits, make it Carl Wilson’s argument in Slate that the problem facing indie–aside from the fact that it’s a “genre” with boundaries that are seemingly defined by the biases and record collections of… More »



Maura | October 19, 2007 - 4:20 am

If you read just one response to Sasha Frere-Jones’ attempt to ramp up his Google Blog Search hits, make it Carl Wilson’s argument in Slate that the problem facing indie–aside from the fact that it’s a “genre” with boundaries that are seemingly defined by the biases and record collections of… More »


“Let’s Talk” About One Of The Most Interesting Music Books You’ll Read This Year

jharv | October 5, 2007 - 4:58 am

Many moons ago (i.e. in March), former Idolator Brian Raftery launched a broadside at the snooty/reactionary response Stereogum had to the idea of the 33 1/3 series of books publishing Carl Wilson’s critical journey into the heart (will go on) of darkness that is Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love. The irony, as a few… More »