Category Archives: Scribes Sounding Off

Scribes Sounding Off: Most Rocking Comix 2010

Rock music, science fiction, and comic books were the cultural aliens and rocket ships of the 1950s — fantasies created out of paranoia and power, all about the ‘different’ and ‘the future’ — and all creatively evolved out of pulpy origins into addictions for transcendence by every day people. Not just fans; but soon, fandomRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: What We Did Isn’t Secret Anymore, or The Very Best Proto-Post-Punk Books of 2010

Everybody I know who loves great music books adored the post-punk Bible Rip It Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds when it came out a few years ago. It simply captured a complex era which keeps inspiring bands and writers since the first flames of punk rock were lit beneath the asses of danceRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Slurping Up The 70s

In the previous installment of SSO, we looked at how 80s-defined punk rock imagery affected movies of (mostly) that time period — in the glorious coffee table tome Destroy All Movies!! Now we’re going to go back in time and broaden our scope to stare at some wonky but wonderful LP jackets, and listen againRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Yeah, Clint, I’m Feeling Damned Lucky

Real punk had always been a cultural slow-ball. A mistimed pitch meant to fumble the normals, it succeeded in flaring up the next cultural generation with anti-authoritarian impulses sending the current one a-scatter. Those who fear ambiguity and irony might get institutional patronage to stomp on its shaved head — the narcs and undercover copsRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: A Marvelous Manifesto for the United States of Americana

Veteran music critic (and KEXP DJ) Kurt B. Reighley had a confession to make to Seattle Weekly readers back in 2001. “I love country music,” he wrote. “I wasn’t country when country wasn’t cool” he admitted, “and I’m not truly country now — but I love the music just the same.” Nearly a decade sinceRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Going Book Berserk 101

I used to teach a workshop in “street level” (DIY) rock journalism at Seattle’s wonderful literary resource the Richard Hugo House, and like many other self-taught reviewing rabble, I always recommended finding writing you love first and figuring out why you enjoy it so much. Because the works of those writers are actually your bestRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Lit for a Kamikaze Summer!

If you’re going to do any reading in this heating-up season, already luciferous with excoriating bi-coastal sunshine, the texts must be on seductive topics and handled with maximum potential for kicks. The three recently published books on music below have kept me bouncing back and forth between their multi-voiced or richly unique narratives. From howRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: David Byrne and the Dadaist Disco of Song and Circumstance

“The world is a song,” but as most artists know, to sing it requires periods of intense preparation. This is a book about that for those who enjoy the Talking Heads-deep back catalogue concert documentary Ride, Rise, Roar at SIFF this year and his enthusiastic appearance in Beyond Ipanema, and yearn for more exposition fromRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: A Brief Unity of Time in Vortex

The Experience Music Project’s Pop Conference is coming up in just a few days, and as someone who has attended this annual gathering for many years, it always gets me thinking about what French “urbanist” philosopher Paul Virilio describes as the “art of the accident.” Every year at this event I hear academics and journalistsRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Get Your Pop Con On

Hey, check these out: “Embrace The Martian: Hip-Hop, Outer Space, and Post-Gangster Subjectivity” “Good Golly, Why Mali? Solving The Mystery of the Dominance of Malian Popular Music” “On Lady GaGa, Disability, and the Technology of Stardom” “Total Sonic Annihilation” “Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture” “Hank Shocklee… And The ‘Organized Noise’ Sound Culture of Public Enemy’sRead more…

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