Publication info Leipzig, Quelle and Meyer, 1913.
New York Botanical Garden
Reading through Christgau’s consumer record guide and I was surprised by how much I responded to his little review blurbs. Short, to the point, writing that actually engages with the work and doesn’t reek of stan culture. A world away from the editorial slackening that has overtaken “savvy” (mainstream-lite) music publications. Not-all-that-left field artists emerging from the underground get smeared with a bunch of facile, sometimes racist comparisons (FKA Twigs comes to mind). This is accompanied by sacrosanct treatment of popstars whose marketing precedes the quality of their work and whose PR teams have managed to fashion them as Important Artists (Beyonce - fast becoming the commodity to which otherwise intelligent people have an unquestioning and violent attachment). Fucking boring. You’d think there were a handful of women alive making music today.