Sleep was rare for me this week – a shimmering oasis on a sea of sand paper, ready to cut my very eyes with its slashful fury at any unwatchful moment. Luckily I had, as always, some truly outstanding articles by the best and brightest Blogcritics to keep me up, perked, poised, and prepared to pontificate on moment's notice.
Be careful, for what lies below is bound to keep you awake!
Music Editor Connie Phillips chose:
Interview: The Gossip by Modern Pea Pod
Zach Hoskins represents his Modern Pea Pod well this week with this in-depth and comprehensive interview with The Gossip. He asks provocative questions and provides a bit of a history to make the article a truly interesting read.
Concert Review: Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger Burn Up Hollywood's Avalon by Eric Berlin
Thanks, Eric, for giving all your readers a front row seat at this show and for writing a colorful and detailed review!
TV/Film Editor Joan Hunt chose:
CD Review: Bob Brozman - Blues Reflex by gypsyman
Very persuasive, respectful review of a CD that's now on its way into my collection.
SciTech Editor Lisa McKay chose:
CD Review: Klezmer Travels The World - David Glukh International Ensemble by gypsyman
Any assessment of a work of art is always enhanced by the cultural context that the reviewer brings to the table. The intrepid (and learned) gypsyman lays out a review that is noteworthy for the historical framework within which it places its subject matter. I learned a lot about the history and evolution of klezmer, and now I want to hear this CD.
Blogcritic Stephen V Funk chose:
CD Review: Vulnerable - Marvin Gaye by Robert Lashley
A well-written overview of the story behind this "lost" album and of course the album itself. This introduced me to a Marvin Gaye album I never even knew about and, most importantly, made me want to hear it.
Books Editor Warren Kelly chose:
Book Review: The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker by gypsyman
I love it when a book review goes into characterizations, showing how the way the author writes his characters contributes to the book as a whole. It sounds like this book is deep in characterization anyway, and gypsyman really shows how that makes the book better.
Frustration: Being With a Small Publisher by Ray Wong
Congratulate Ray on having his book published! And congratulate him even more because he took a tough road to publication — small press. This piece should be required in every creative writing class, so that people know what to expect.