Charles Aaron

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    In Defense Of Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl had a good time at the Grammys on Sunday. The Foo Fighters won pretty much every rock-oriented award possible, he reminded everyone that he's got the power-ballad game on lock, and he even got to show off his sweet Slayer T-shirt. Once again, everything came up Grohl. The most likable man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    The Onion Wants a Pulitzer Prize; New York Post Puts Up iPad Paywall

    ​In today's edition of Press Clips, our daily media column, the seriously unserious comedians at "America's Finest News Source" do the "I get no respect" routine, kicking off a campaign to score journalism's highest prize, while some more traditional reporters obscure their work, perhaps unint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The Great Radiohead Postmortem: Is The Entire World Live-Tweeting About The King of Limbs At The Same Time Such A Terrible Thing?

    So maybe you heard that Radiohead put out a new album, The King of Limbs, on Friday, one day earlier than planned, a gift that triggered a "live-Tweeting my first listen" torrent of unprecedented volume and ferocity, a glut of Internet-borne insta-opinions that seemed at odds with the band's reput ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Pazz & Jop 2010 Is Live. (Spoiler: Kanye Won.)

    ​It will come as no great surprise that Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy reigned supreme in this year's edition of Pazz & Jop, the Voice's 38-year-old critics' poll, this year welcoming 708 voters who emphatically agreed on both the year's best album and the best song (that'd be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Presenting "Curmudgeons Of Rock," The Best/Most Ridiculous CMJ Panel Of All Time

    ​CMJ is next week, in the likely event that snuck up on you, so as you map out your schedule (factoring in Friday's Marnie Stern-starring Voice day party, of course), note also the finest panel of the week, going down Wednesday at 2 p.m. It is called "Curmudgeons of Rock." I am involved. I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Reasons To Be Happy You're Not at Bonnaroo: 2010 Twitter Edition

    Like a million? Braver men and women than us have foundered in the muddy, marijuana-soaked waters of Bonnaroo, the annual four-day music/camping festival on the grassy flats of Manchester, Tennessee. And though there is Jay-Z, and the Gaslight Anthem, there are also predatory drug dealers, swelter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    The Guru Respect Mix and Other Worthwhile Tributes to the Gang Starr MC

    ​DJ Wonder went in on Angela Yee's show today, unleashing a half hour, 24 track tribute to Guru, the ailing Gang Starr MC and rap icon who is reportedly in a New York hospital today, undergoing surgery after a heart attack yesterday. It's great, but then, of course it is. There's a reason Gang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    And Now for Some Iranian Protest Rap

    If you're like me there's a huge cognitive dissonance to the fact that Twitter, in this country basically a fad, a time-suck, an easy late-night-talk-show-monologue shorthand for the oversharing vapidity of Kids These Days, has actually been enormously important in documenting the Iran election c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Week in Review: Gosford Park Trap Music

    In the week we said "My President is Black" in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn't Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the aftergl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Pazz & Jop Bonus: "I'm Not Charles Aaron"

    Stealing Charles Aaron's identity to heap praise on Nickelback is against everything we stand for. Now that our 2008 critical fete is on the books and another year of behind-the-scenes tumult is behind us, we can find the humor in traumatic technical errors that only inspired teeth-gnashing and ga ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2009

    Way More Important Things to Worry About

    How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all

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    May 9, 2008