Project X

Project X By The Book

Michaelangelo Matos | November 14, 2008 - 10:00 am

I admit it: I have a bias against literary novelists who write about music. It has to do with my appetite for immediacy. That’s what I like about pop, and pop writing, and it’s not a tendency always shared by literary fiction writers. So I see detailed explanations of milieu that I take for granted… More »


Project X Would Do Anything For Love, But It Won’t Sing That

Michaelangelo Matos | October 10, 2008 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down top-ten lists from every genre imaginable. In this special Oct. 10 edition of his column–it is 10/10, after all–he breaks down some of the worst lyricsMore »


Project X Hits the Hip-Hop Nostalgia Circuit

Michaelangelo Matos | October 6, 2008 - 11:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down top-ten lists from every genre imaginable. After the jump, he sits through VH1’s latest TV-based listicle, 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs, and finds a few poignant momentsMore »



Project X Gets Lost In The Jungle

Michaelangelo Matos | September 2, 2008 - 3:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down top-ten lists from every genre imaginable. After the jump, he sifts through two rundowns of jungle singles that hint at where the genre’s been and whereMore »


Project X Dances With History Via “Mixmag” And The BBC

Michaelangelo Matos | July 22, 2008 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down top-ten lists from every genre imaginable. After the jump, he sifts through two lists of dance tracks picked by two different segments of the British populace:
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Project X Plays with Some Of “Our Favorite Things”

Michaelangelo Matos | June 20, 2008 - 12:00 pm

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. In this installment, he talks about the way experimental-music quarterly Signal To Noise broke free from the typical listicle template: … More »



A Project X Family Reunion

Michaelangelo Matos | May 22, 2008 - 3:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he sits down with his family for the fourth time to analyze last week’s Billboard Top 10:

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Project X Turns On The AC

Michaelangelo Matos | April 28, 2008 - 4:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. In this installment, he flips the dial to the nation’s Adult Contemporary stations and finds a lotMore »


Project X Tries To <em>Reason</em> With Fuse TV

Michaelangelo Matos | April 8, 2008 - 10:45 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. In this installment, he tries to sort the factual errors from the intentional comedy from the planMore »



Project X Spins Top 35 Rock Lists Compiled By “Spin”

Michaelangelo Matos | March 25, 2008 - 11:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. In this installment, he looks at an issue of Spin from 1990 that attempted to tell rockMore »


Project X Goes Indie (Sort Of)

Michaelangelo Matos | March 12, 2008 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he looks at the Britain’s ever-shifting definition of “indie,” with a BBC chart thatMore »


Project X Gets Festive With The Legacy Of John Peel

Michaelangelo Matos | February 26, 2008 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he looks at the legacy of British broadcaster John Peel’s annual Festive 50 countdown,More »



Project X Goes To England

Michaelangelo Matos | February 18, 2008 - 10:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he looks at the Top 10 UK Singles for the second week of February,More »


Project X Takes Two For The Books

Michaelangelo Matos | January 31, 2008 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he looks at two books aimed at list fanatics, one intermittently entertaining but flawedMore »


Project X Pits The Family Against The Critics

mmatos | January 16, 2008 - 11:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he [hilariously] examines the results of the Idolator Pop Critics Poll Tracks Top 10 withMore »



Project X Takes On A Culture Bully

mmatos | December 31, 2007 - 10:00 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he examines the health of the bootleg mash-up thanks to a list compiling the year’sMore »


Project X Presents <em>Sense and Sensibility</em>, Starring Kim Gordon and “Fact” Magazine

mmatos | December 17, 2007 - 1:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he tries on a pair of very different sensibilities thanks to 2007 Top 10 listsMore »


Project X Gets A Little Bit Country (And Brings The Family Along)

mmatos | November 26, 2007 - 1:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he takes a break from Thanksgiving to sit down with his family and listen toMore »



Project X Goes Looking For Some Replacements

mmatos | November 12, 2007 - 1:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, a list from the 1995 Spin Alternative Record Guide provides a proverbial springboard to explainMore »


Project X Looks For The Good Ol’ Days

mmatos | October 29, 2007 - 1:30 am

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he watches 10 films from the cusp of the 1970s that offer a variety ofMore »


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