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Rock, Rot & Rule

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Michael Azerrad


eMusic editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad is the author of Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (Doubleday, 1993), which remains the definitive Nirvana biography,...more »

Scharpling & Wurster, Rock, Rot & Rule
1999 | Label: Stereolaffs / The Orchard

Eminently quotable, this is perhaps the most incisive demolition of pop music criticism it has ever been my pleasure to bust a gut over. If you're a friend or foe of rock critics, this is essential listening. It's from WFMU DJ Tom Scharpling's hysterical call-in show, the modestly titled "The Best Show on WFMU," and the guest this particular night is a fellow named Ronald Thomas Clontle (actually Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster) who has… read more »

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A perfect hit


Chances are you either know this guy, or you are this guy. Ideal for listening after you've read about 100 music reviews with pretensions to knowing it all.

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Mighty funny


If you've spent you're whole life loving underground er whatever music and have extensive useless knowledge (i.e. yer a music geek)--his satirical writing is a little slice o' heaven.

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Stay with it.


OK, I took the risk because it was just one download. Though it was pretty stupid at first. Then they started taking phone calls from listeners... I hate to use the word Kaufmanesque, but I can't think of a better way to put it. Tony Clifton would be proud.

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Hey Polkatura


You do realize he's not being serious, correct? He's *joking*. All of his mini-reviews are full of BS (Loved the Neko Case one saying that she's lost much since the Velvet Underground). Billsen

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The Cure are English!


I haven't listened to this yet, but I was just reading Clontle's article here on emusic - http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/289_200703.html - and came across the following quote on Bloc Party: "...it's impossible for me to listen to these English newcomers without hearing the indelible mark of post-punk founders the Cure. I'm afraid what we have here is just the latest example of a U.K. band appropriating the sound of one of America's best." Does a guy who supposedly wrote anything "ultimate" on music actually not know that The Cure are not American? What the? Sorry, I know this isn't a review, and I'm being pedantic, but I couldn't find a spot to reply to the article and it was bugging me.

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If you've been lost in a sea of music talk and criticism and no longer know where to turn, I urge you to heed the wisdom of R.T.Clontle as he finally, ultimately, DECISIVELY answers the questions of our time: What is it to rock, to rot, to rule?