Sunday Morning Coming Down #Sixteen


• "No one really ever accused the Lomaxes of thinking small. My impression is that they thought and worked on a tremendous scale, and their visions have often proven to be uncannily prescient. I look forward to watching as John Lomax’s vision of a folk song map of the United States begins to appear before our eyes."  Joshua Caffery curates the Lomax musical collection online, as announced at Folklife Today.

• "Adolescent girls are really invested in the acceptance of their peers,” Simmons says. “But there’s a competitive element to fandom and fan-girling — and screaming is an expression of that fandom. So girls are doing it not only to assert their passion for the band, but to compete with each other and to signal to each other that, ‘This is what I care about.’ It’s part competition, but partly a way to connect. During adolescence for girls, that’s a very complex and important drive.” Chris Richards considers teenage screams for The Washington Post.

• "Just because a girl can hang, doesn't mean she's not a girl anymore, and doesn't sometimes want girl stuff. Where Beyoncé, Miley, Katy, Rihanna and their compatriots are promoting an equally valid but forceful "free to do what I want to" kind of feminism, Lewis is speaking to a more moderate, realistic version of everyday feminism where women are trying to find a balance between the old and the new. Both versions are valid, but Lewis is doing the leg work to prove that more than one kind of feminism can succeed in the image-obsessed, sex-crazed world of music." Chloe Stillwell considers the feminist sensibilities of Jenny Lewis for Music.Mic.

• "At 21 years old, six years after beginning her career and after being repeatedly tipped for huge success, she had pretty much resigned herself to life as a recluse, spending each day in bed, in her pants, eating cake and preparing to sack off ambitions as a pop star for a career as a behind-the-scenes songwriter instead: while she hadn't managed a big hit under her own name, she'd written Icona Pop's worldwide 2013 hit I Love It. "I was kind of just over everything," Charli says drolly. "And then Fancy blew up." Harriet Gibsone tracks the unlikely recent rise of Charli XCX for The Guardian.

• "For every great original work like “Book of Mormon” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” there are several jukebox musicals. Our instinct is to sigh about it, but we shouldn’t. The form is evolving." Sarah Larson mounts a defense of Jukebox Musicals for The New Yorker.

• "Someone asked what I’d been listening to recently and I mentioned Miles Davis.  The reaction from a friend was like, “Oh, jazz, isn’t that just musicians just wanking all over the place?  I don’t get it.”  I was practically heartbroken: a) I feel the music and, trust me, the musicians are not wanking, b) this was derision based on ignorance and c) Miles Davis was more punk than most punks." Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gives rockists advice about how to listen to jazz at the Talkhouse.

• "I’ll call people out — “Yo, don’t troll.” I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that “Fancy,” above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings." Even Questlove thinks Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' is the song of the summer, as he explained to Time.

• "Are You Experienced? is indeed one impossible three-minute pop stroke after another, but why let that desensitize you to the trippy materiality of the world's greatest electric guitarist letting loose with voodoo aforethought all over Electric Ladyland? Why let your loathing of Laurel Canyon's decrepit self-regard put you off the agony and hilarity of Randy Newman's sweated-out bile? Why not relax like Frankie said and let your jaw drop at the Bach-like intricacy of disc three of James Brown's Star Time?" Robert Christgau talks rockism for Barnes & Noble Review.