Buffeted by two equally implacable forces, the advertising department and the hand of God, the 22nd or 23rd Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll got off to a depressing start, and not just because the Blizzard of ’96 immobilized New York on our earliest due date since Clay Felker ruled this precinct of Alternia. One of the odd luxuries of our annual retrospective is that it really is one. Where other critics are compelled to sum up a year that hasn’t ended yet, our voters commonly spend the fallow weeks of early January finding out which of their fondly remembered or recently embraced favorites stands up to one-on-one comparison and repeated listening. For me it’s always a pleasant respite —an excuse to have fun and call it work on a job that too often demands the opposite. This January, however, it felt rushed, forced, pinched, its only blessed moments the night I converted my wife to Eric Bachmann (who he, you wonder, as well you might in this ominously private … [Read more...] about 1995 Pazz & Jop: Lost in the Soundscape
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The shoo-in winner of the 21st or 22nd Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll is hardly a shock, except perhaps to those who’ve declared the nifty little pop band Green Day a sign of the zeitgeist. Most wily young alternacrits had handicapped Hole’s Live Through This at No. 1 months ago, and without much to-do about her gender. One reason Liz Phair’s status as our first female victor in 19 years was so momentous was that it signaled the very change in rock’s sexual politics that renders Courtney Love’s status as our second consecutive female victor relatively incidental. Her gender is integral to her appeal — at the core of what she says and how she says it, essential by definition to her descents into the madness of sexism. But it’s no longer headline news in a milieu where female artists may finally have achieved a measure of permanent respect. Zeitgeistwise, Love signifies as a bohemian — totally identified with a subculture she scolds, … [Read more...] about 1994 Pazz & Jop: Hegemony Sez Who? Does ‘Alternative Rock’ Rule or Rool?
By Marc Levy Sunday, November 4, 2018Monday from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Admission is $3. Lee Briccetti, whose latest book is “Blue Guide,” reads with Danny Lawless, author of the recently released collection “The Gun My Sister Killed Herself With.” Information is here. Tuesday A Woman’s Way at StorySpace: True Tales of Unsung Heroines from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at The Story Space, 113 College Ave., Powder House Square, Somerville. Admission is $5. Along with open story-telling slots comes author Lynn Noel, co-founder of the AFTerHours Adult Folktale Telling Series, with tales of Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, born around 980, who sailed in an open boat from Iceland to Newfoundland; Eleanor Creesy, the navigator of record-setting clipper ship Flying Cloud in the 1850s; and other unsung heroines. Information is here. Wednesday International Comedy Night with Amer Zahr from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith … [Read more...] about A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: CSO ‘West Side Story,’ Hassle Fest and more
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Andor Brodeur Globe Correspondent November 01, 2018 Want the Globe’s top picks for what to see and do each weekend e-mailed straight to you? Sign up for the Weekender newsletter here. Ahoy from (whoa, how did this happen?) the tippity-top of November, Weekenders! This is just like that climactic scene in “Better Off Dead,” where we’re atop the proverbial K-12 of 2018, carving down the slope at breakneck speed toward the new year on just a single ski and just trying to keep upright. I’ll leave it to you and your therapist to determine the symbology of the furious paperboy in this metaphor, but suffice it to say he’s hot on your heels!So before all of your remaining weekends are gobbled up by you and your kids and your friends and your family and your friends’ kids’ families, don’t forget to … [Read more...] about The Weekender: Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Homecoming,’ and the king of Queen
Ry Cooder’s prodigious accomplishments as a guitarist, producer, film scorer, and ambassador for music from around the globe are such that it’s easy to overlook all he’s done as a solo artist. The native Californian makes a rare Philadelphia appearance on Tuesday at the Mann Center on a bill with Emmylou Harris in support of his superb gospel-fired new album The Prodigal Son (Fantasy *** 1/2). His band will include vocal trio the Hamiltones. Cooder played with Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, and Captain Beefheart in the 1960s, shaped the Rolling Stones’ sound on Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers, and has scored more than a dozen movies, including Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas in 1985. In the 1990s, he helped bring Cuban music to the world by producing the mega-selling Buena Vista Social Club, and he collaborated with fellow virtuosos such as African guitarist Ali Farka Toure and Hindustani classical musician V.M. Bhatt. But Cooder has also had an impressive solo … [Read more...] about Ry Cooder, one of the great guitarists of all time, will give his first Philadelphia performance in decades