Saturday, April 14, 2007
(10:10 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
The Bleeding Edge of Music Trends[This post has been enhanced with the latest episode of Mr. Sprinkles.]
It looks like Feist's indie cred is officially gone: the New York Times is profiling her. Describing the production process for her latest video, the author muses, "What’s a nice indie-rocker doing in a scene like this? Courting a potential mainstream audience while offering something as substantial as it is catchy."
Of course, when it comes to bizarre music coverage, few things can equal the declaration in The New Yorker that Prince is "perhaps the greatest living performer in the pop tradition." Perhaps he is -- but pop "tradition"?
I don't understand why either publication even tries to cover pop music. Their real strength is in classical, opera, ballet, etc., and very few other non-specialty publications give those areas serious coverage. I assume that when glancing at their pop coverage, the readers of both publications can muster little more than a bemused "Huh."