The Week in Music Writing: The Way We Make Hit Songs Now


We present this free compilation of music writing that Voice writers are into this week, all by writers we presume were paid for their efforts.

Pop’s YouTube Economy: “Harlem Shake,” “Thrift Shop,” and the way we make hits now. [Grantland]

On the Legacy of Houston’s DJ Screw: Andrew Nosnitsky goes deep in his Pitchfork column Hall of Game. [Pitchfork]

David Thorpe’s Big Hurt Column for Boston’s The Phoenix this week about Madonna, Instagram, Marilyn Manson and offensive content: [The Phoenix]

Ben Shapiro of Noisey interviews the guy who wrote that “What What In the Butt” song because, well, of course. [Noisey]

For Pitchfork, Lindsay Zoladz writes a beautiful review of the buzziest record out there right now, Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt. [Pitchfork]

Tom Breihan premature evaluates David Bowie’s next record, The Next Day. [Stereogum]

Choking on the Splinters: Taking Stock of Beck’s Career Twenty Years After Loser. [Grantland]

Reintroducting Ashley Monroe, Country’s Great Trad Hope. [Nashville Scene]

The enduring power and soul of bluesman Freddie King. [The Chicago Reader]

They Might Be Giants, Back in the Land of Adults. [The New Yorker]

The Definitive Guide to the Music of The Big Lebowski. [L.A. Weekly]