R’n’r Confessional: Rock is Dead

Philosophy undergraduate and future critic Richard Meltzer wrote a book in 1967 called The Aesthetics of Rock that looked at the genre inquisitively, critiquing the various social and philosophical concerns of everyone from Martha and the Vandellas to the Beatles.  This was the year that Sgt. Pepper’s forced people to take rock seriously as an … Continue reading

Albums of the Year: 2007

1.  The National — /Boxer/ In a year that saw face-plants from the Shins, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and the other usual suspects, Brooklyn’s National made what is probably the only clear-cut Great record of the year.  When I reviewed Boxer this summer, I called Matt Berninger’s exploration of 21st-Century American disenfranchisement “perfectly controlled and composed … Continue reading