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Jody Rosen

  1. no respect week
    From Journey to Beyoncé: The 150 Greatest Schlock Songs Ever“The melodic rapture, like the romantic and sexual rapture it thematizes, is untrammeled, boundless, endless.”
  2. no respect week
    Jody Rosen: In Defense of Schlock MusicBig corny windswept sentimentality might just be the thing that pop does best.
  3. profile
    Meet Benji Hughes, the Best Songwriter You’ve Never Heard OfHe sleeps in a studio closet, and he’s putting the finishing touches on four new albums.
  4. music
    Listen to Jody Rosen’s New York Pop PlaylistSongs about New York, and about archetypal New York folkways and experiences.
  5. music
    The Encyclopedia of New York Pop MusicAn impressionistic, anecdotal, suggestive, but by definition incomplete survey of the past 100 years of New York pop.
  6. music
    The Town That Put the Pop in Music: A Look Back at 100 Years of New York SoundsFrom Tin Pan Alley to Hollis, Queens, the Brill Building to Bushwick, Electric Lady Studios to Lady Gaga.
  7. radio vulture
    Rosen: In Defense of Pop CriticismTed Gioia is a smart, serious, hugely accomplished critic, music historian, and pianist — who has just published an asinine article.
  8. music review
    Rosen: Beck’s Morning Phase Is Expertly Made, But a Terminal BummerIt’s not clear what exactly Beck is bummed out about, but he is bummed indeed.
  9. the way i am
    The Way We Live Now, by David BrooksWe live in a unique moment.
  10. radio vulture
    Rosen: Flea Played Air Bass at the Super Bowl“That guitar is plugged into NOTHING.”
  11. radio vulture
    Rosen: Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl Ads Were ProtestsYou can call Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl advertisements whatever you like, but the only accurate descriptor is Dylanesque.
  12. radio vulture
    Rosen: Bruno Mars Is No Super Bowl UnderdogMars is a pro, as polished a musician and performer as anyone in pop’s upper echelons.
  13. obits
    Jody Rosen: There Was No ‘I’ in Pete SeegerPete Seeger, who died yesterday at 94, was for many decades the most famous folk singer on earth, although to call him a star seems absurd. 
  14. radio vulture
    Rosen on the Grammys: An Incoherent, Kanye-less SlogWhat’s up with all the pianos?
  15. music review
    Rosen: Eric Church Smashes Bro-Country Clichés on The OutsidersHis new album is his best yet.
  16. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen: Calm Down About Justin Bieber’s ArrestThe most surprising thing about the news of Justin Bieber’s arrest on DUI charges is that it’s surprising at all.
  17. tv
    Rosen: Blandings Is the Antidote to Downton AbbeyBlandings is the opéra bouffe version of Downton.
  18. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen on Beyoncé: Close to a MasterpieceImma let you finish, but Beyoncé just made seventeen of the best videos of all time.
  19. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Snap Judgments on Beyoncé’s Surprise New AlbumExpect a full review next week, but our critic’s overall feeling after a couple of listens: on balance, a very fine record.
  20. radio vulture
    Rosen on Joni Mitchell’s Worst Song — and the Greatest Video EverWhat is she doing to that poor cat?
  21. radio vulture
    Rosen on R. Kelly’s Black Panties: The King of R&B Reclaims His TurfKelly has Windexed the ceiling mirror and set the oscillating Spanish Fly atomizer on turbo.
  22. year in culture 2013
    Jody Rosen’s Top 100 Songs of 2013Congrats, Miley.
  23. year in culture 2013
    Jody Rosen’s 10 Best Pop Albums of 2013Including Brandy Clark, Kanye West, Haim, and more.
  24. radio vulture
    Rosen on Britney Spears’s DOA Britney JeanBritney Spears may be the most boring person on the planet. 
  25. vulture lists
    10 Great Folk Albums Released This YearLaura Marling, William Tyler, Valerie June, and more.
  26. radio vulture
    Rosen: Why James Franco and Seth Rogen’s ‘Bound 2’ Parody SucksThe only thing “Bound 3” added to “Bound 2” was Seth Rogen’s man-pelt.
  27. radio vulture
    Rosen on Lady Gaga’s Weak Sales (and Weaker Album)Where are the tunes?
  28. radio vulture
    Rosen on Kanye’s Yeezus Show at Barclays CenterThe 60-foot LED screen stole the show. Sorry, Jesus.
  29. profile
    Platinum Underdog: Why Taylor Swift Is the Biggest Pop Star in the WorldSitting with Swift in her homebody Nashville penthouse, it’s not hard to see how her perpetual insider-outsider persona has helped make her bigger than any of her peers with records this fall.
  30. end of culture
    10 Great Full-Length Concerts Available on YouTubeJames Brown in Boston, Aretha Franklin in Amsterdam, Run-DMC in New York, and more.
  31. end of culture
    60 Great Albums You Probably Haven’t HeardFrom Joni James to Prinzhorn Dance School.
  32. radio vulture
    Rosen on Josh Groban’s Mysterious AppealThe guy sells nookie.
  33. radio vulture
    Rosen on Alan Jackson, the Most Relaxed Star in CountryIf Alan Jackson has ever broken a sweat, he’s never done it in a recording studio.
  34. obits
    Rosen Remembers Lou Reed, a Pop Star for AdultsReed believed that a rock lyric could accommodate ideas as grand and meaty as literature.
  35. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Vic Mensa and Taylor SwiftVic Mensa isn’t as smart as his name suggests, but he’s a clever fellow.
  36. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen on Katy Perry’s Half-Baked Prism: Dr. Luke Let Her DownThe songs on Prism feel both overdetermined and underdone.
  37. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen: Happy 87th Birthday, Chuck Berry!He’s the greatest of rock and roll’s many founders.
  38. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Justin Bieber, Ninjaman, and MotörheadJustin Bieber is a stealth classicist.
  39. radio vulture
    Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Pusha T, Prince, and Crystal Antlers“Grits and gravy / Cheese, eggs, and jam / Can nobody cook it like you, girl / No ma’am!”
  40. radio vulture
    Rosen on One of the Best Dance Tracks of 2013There’s nobody in pop like Micachu.
  41. radio vulture
    Rosen on Miley Cyrus’s BangerzThe “Miley Cyrus controversy” is not a sideshow. It is the show itself.
  42. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Haim, Danny Brown, and Lindi OrtegaDanny Brown can rap his butt off.
  43. radio vulture
    Rosen on Justin Timberlake’s Bloated, Tedious 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2Somebody get this man an editor.
  44. radio vulture
    Rosen on Breaking Bad and Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’The 1972 hit was a high-middlebrow choice.
  45. music
    Rosen on Sleigh Bells’ New SoundThis record stands apart from its predecessors, sonically and otherwise.
  46. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: CHVRCHES, Context, and ThundercatGive the Scottish trio CHVRCHES bonus connoisseurship points.
  47. radio vulture
    Music Review: Drake’s Nothing Was the SameBefore Drake, rappers were like Jay Z: braggarts. Drake is a humblebraggart.
  48. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Britney Spears, Four Tet, Chrisette MicheleGive Britney Spears credit: while rival pop divas shape-shift, she’s holding fast to a crudely effective style.
  49. music
    Brad Paisley on What He Learned From ‘Accidental Racist’“You can’t personalize the conversation about this subject in the way I tried to in the song. I was naïve about that.”
  50. chat room
    Questlove on His New Album With Elvis Costello“Yes, [’Blurred Lines’] is douchey, in a kind of a fun way.”
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