Month of January, 2008
Today the Guardian printed a trend piece that featured the latest installment of misapplied response to SFJ's disasterous Arcade Fire piece, called "New literate British bands" in which the writer tried to pin the current trend for indie in afro-pop as intelligent multicultural/fusion and not, sadly, the next phase in the no wave, post punk, new wave, world music late 1970s to mid1980s rehash
I'd like to share my FIRST EVER COVER STORY for an alt weekly, a map of Tom Petty's Los Angeles. This is the third art/writing collaboration I've done with the amazing Scott Gursky and, in many ways, and ideal realization of everything I'd hoped for the project.
Consider this an open call for submissions for the Best Music Writing 2008 edition. I am pleased to report to you that for the 2008 edition of the book I will be working with esteemed writer Nelson George. I look forward to a fruitful spring of reading and consulting with him on this project.
As is the case each year, my friend and collegue Jason Gross has published his Best Music Scribing Awards list, this time at the BMW-endorsed Pop Matters site.
Just read Michael A. Gonzales's writing about Greg Tate, which is really more an assessment of the climate for black writers in the post-Tate generation, since Tate was "the man that 'set it off' for a generation of “'reaky-deke cult-nat' journalists, essayists, painters, screenwriters, directors, et al."