Friday, July 29, 2005

"Your Band Sucks" on

It's too late for me to write a coherent synopsis of this semi-regular column but, if you like your music criticism served up with biting hilarity (and honestly, who doesn't?), you'll get a kick out of this. You don't even have to be a music fan to appreciate this guy's writing or comic sensibilities. Here's a sample from the "They Might Be Giants" article:

They Might Be Giants have always had an appeal to children similar to that of a van full of puppies, so it was only natural that they would break their fall by grabbing onto the lowest rung of the rickety rope ladder hanging from the helicopter of fame: children’s records. In 2002, they released No!, a collection of insidious mind-programming tools designed to turn your children into friendless nebbishes; they followed it up this year with “Here Come the ABCs,” which I will admit to not having heard, even though it takes some of the credibility out of my assessment that it sucks (then again, at some point we have to just learn from experience and develop a natural prejudice; if someone said to me, “hey Dave, the Nazis are back!” I’d say “hey, fuck those guys” without waiting around to see if they were different this time).

For whatever reason his style just cracks me up. Anyway, the articles are long and the archive is a treasure trove, so make sure you have plenty of time to waste (like, say, at work) before getting sucked in...


Anonymous said...

There's a similar website but for Television that you'd love called Television Without Pity.

Hilarious, well written stuff but on the TV side. :P

J Ballot said...

"Spare the Snark, Spoil the Networks"- fantastic! I almost sprayed coffee all over my monitor reading some of the capsule descriptions of the shows.

AWESOME suggestion -- thanks!