jess harvell

A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star)

As you might have noticed, this is a bittersweet week around here; because of budget cuts, we’ve had to say goodbye to pretty much all the Idolator contributing writers, from columnists to daily bloggers. The site is going to go on as a solo project of sorts, although the news cycle might run at a…

Maura | April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

One More List Before We Go: The Top 12 Idolator Posts Of 2008

As you may have gathered, I’m raring to close the book on 2008, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t run down some of the site’s highlights during what was a pretty dreary year overall. After the jump, behold a pretty subjective top 12 of the year (thanks to our technological limbo I can’t run…

Maura | December 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

Music Writing: Hazardous To Your Well-Being

And I don’t just mean your mental state (although that certainly gets its knocks)! The Guardian today looks at the long, glorious history of musicians and fans giving back to those people who dare criticize the music they love. And by “giving back,” I mean “physically attacking, sometimes with knives.” I can’t tell if these…

Maura | January 8, 2008 - 3:40 am

The Vault: Life Without Buildings Envisions A World Without Quonset Huts And Lean-Tos

Scottish band Life Without Buildings broke up in 2002, before they could really benefit from being an early-adopter in indie rock’s renewed 21st-century postpunk arms race.

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 12:35 pm

Beth Ditto Poses Nude on the Cover of NME, Internet Readies Seventh-Grade Fat Jokes

As you may have heard, Gossip singer Beth Ditto has displayed the majesty that her momma gave her on the cover of the NME this week. So wait, a few years ago, nudie shots of Ditto were confined to the lesbian sex mag On Our Backs and now she’s being anointed the “Queen of Cool”

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 12:05 pm

It’s The Return Of Pick Of The Fork!

Yes, for one time only we are reviving one of our wackest most beloved features, where we dig up the gonzoest of the gonzo writing at Internet indie-rock tastemaker site Pitchfork.

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 11:00 am

Brooklyn Academy Of Music To New York City: “No Sufjan, No Credibility”

Adorable, baseball-capped yupster and indie-rock money printing machine Sufjan Stevens has been awarded a commission at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 25th annual “Next Wave Festival,” which starts in October.

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 10:35 am

Do Be “Cruel”

What the blogs were posting, uh, a year ago: Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom has been running his Bostworld blog for a few years now, each post rummaging around in Bostrom’s attic-cluttered noggin and pulling out one of his idiosyncratic obsessions: yellowing ’50s newspaper articles about Ike…

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 10:00 am

Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing

Hello, I’m Jess Harvell. I don’t own a home computer at the moment. I can’t “work an RSS feed.” I have never knowingly looked at Stereogum. I don’t have cable. My knowledge of pop culture these days is almost entirely down to what one of the editors of this site copies and pastes to me…

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 8:45 am

Ride The Pink Pony Of Love

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of wearing a leopard-print dress with Eazy-E in full Native American headdress printed on the bottom right?

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 5:00 am

Stuck On Repeat: Map Of Africa Polish The Mirrors Above Their Beds

Map of Africa is a duo comprised of Thomas Bullock from NYC DJ duo Rub’n’Tug and a rotating cast of “take it sleazy” characters, including left-coast house god DJ Harvey. (Bullock was also a member of A.R.E. Weapons, but we weren’t sure if we should mention that or not.)

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 4:15 am

Pick of the Fork: Your Wordsmiths (Christ, Why Don’t We Just Say “Scribes”?) Revealed

Psyche! The quotes we used were all from Pitchfork! Joke’s on…somebody. We’ll get back to you as to whom–for now, here are the quotes, the reviews they were culled from, and, of course, their authors: …

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 3:45 am

Jackson Family Sells Fringed Jackets, Keeps Crippling Sense of Shame

If you hurry, you still might be able to nab a few deals at the Jackson Family Going Out of Business Sale now happening at Guernsey’s Auction House in New York.

idolguest2 | May 31, 2007 - 2:05 am