The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Bryant.
And, in the same sad vein, departed NME critic Steven Wells’s first and last column for this website.
Plus Femi Kuti on the end of his nightclub, the Shrine, and the beginning of Obama, Fredrik Colting (a/k/a John David California) on getting sued over his J.D. Salinger sequel 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, DJ Spooky on his Rebirth of a Nation revival at MOMA, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on the forthcoming Mars Volta record Octahedron and his own Cryptomnesia, and reviews of Little Joy at Bowery Ballroom, Dinosaur Jr. at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the New York Dolls at the same space, a few days earlier.
We solved the mystery of the t-shirt Thurston Moore sported on Jimmy Fallon, got rejected from the Vampire Weekend cover band VW Bugs, caught R. Kelly in an unintentional confession, provided an official Heavy Rotation playlist, discovered a rare Lily Allen-related tool, got down with Your Gold Teeth II at Marianne Boesky, and yeah, there’s more, it’s all below, we’ll be back on Monday.