Friday, September 17, 2010

LInks & Bits for 9/17/10

The Curious Case of La Roux's Elly Jackson (AfterEllen)
AfterEllen's Trish Bendix has written a great piece on Elly Jackson, the frontwoman for La Roux, with a lot said about her androgynous appearance and the media's fascination with her sexuality.

Know Who's A Genius? (Dharma Pancakes)
I'm temporarily lifting my ban on Ke$sha as Deeky's post got me thinking. Maybe there's some delicious uncaught irony within the whole "party girl" persona: "Ke$ha is, I am convinced, an extended performace art piece on the nature of consumable pop personalities, manufactured music, and sex as commodity. Every auto-tuned note, every pop culture reference in the lyrics, the oversatured, over-the-top video, the childish sing-song melody: it is all a brilliant critique skewering the American celebrity machine..."

Pitchfork's editors have posted their 200 Greatest Songs of the 90s. Say what you want about Pitchfork, but for the most part, their lists are pretty diverse and varied, at least compared to their contemporaries.

I'm currently obsessed with Liz's 1001 Albums. Liz is a 25-year-old with exactly sixty-seven songs on her iPod, so she took it upon herself to listen her way through Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die -- one per day. As someone who's lived the last twenty-years of her life in "record snob" world, I love reading about other peoples' experiences discovering the "classics." (Even if I cringed a little when she compared Patti Smith to Pink.)

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