Posted by: Dominic Umile | 02/12/2009

Reading (and unintentional WSJ humor)

Issue 33

A friend of mine contributes to one of the few consistently well-done music publications out there — Wax Poetics is an NYC-based bi-monthly journal that offers impeccably crafted insight on hip hop new and old, as well as on various other genres of popular music.

The latest issue is all-Philadelphia, with extensive pieces on Questlove, Philly’s jazz history, and more. Bonus: Dip into the online archives and check out the piece from November about GZA’s Liquid Swords LP. Best of all, the Wax Poetics editorial staff makes no apologies for loving and buying vinyl, which brings me to the mention of another noteworthy story I read last night.

The February edition of the Brooklyn Rail newspaper features a smart piece on the importance of record stores, because “There is a value to owning a tangible musical artifact, much as there is a value to owning a book,” writes Charles Poladian. Don’t miss it.

There is also a buyer’s guide of sorts for headphones in the new issue of Mix Magazine. Check the a helpful but tech-y PDF chart, too. My Sony studio ‘phones died long ago and I need some reasonably ($100?) priced new ones that will allow me to immerse myself in Scuba’s A Mutual Antipathy as much as they’ll allow for proper absorption of the Roberta Flack album I just picked up. Hit me up with suggestions.

Lastly, for HUMOR…

The Wall Street Journal’s Op-Ed page (or, print media’s arm of the country’s neoconservative war hawks) features an inadvertently hilarious remark today that Glenn Greenwald highlights over at Salon:

We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors.

Sure, the staffers on the pro-neoconservative, pro-war, Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper’s Opinion Page are unaware of the particulars of Bush-era reporter screening, even as they’ve been recently laid out by Ari Fleischer. Hysterical. Media Matters has a great deal more on the subject.

It’s no surprise that the paper which ran this editorial about Abu Ghraib might have fiction to dispense on what was an excellently handled press conference the other night, but we don’t go to people like Peggy Noonan for keen observations on national politics.



  1. “Parsimonious” and “interlocuters”?? Let’s hope Bush didn’t read the WSJ or he would have needed a dictionary to go along with that seating chart.

  2. Zing! “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

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