Tag Archives: Maura Johnston

Best of the Hot 100, 2012

There seems to be general agreement that 2012 was not a good year for pop music—musically, commercially, or for those who cover it. I have my doubts about this (I have my doubts about the whole concept of good and … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—8/25/12

As of today, and I hope forever, the Hot 100 Roundup will be running in the Village Voice. I’ll note here when each one goes up, and I’m planning to create an archive for each year. Thanks to Voice music … Continue reading

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Market Forces

While Simon Reynolds and Maura Johnston have both offered elegant, convincing theories as to why catalog sales have been beating current product over the last few months, Jay Frank at FutureHit.DNA offers a simpler, market-driven solution. [Catalolg sales] have been … Continue reading

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Peter Rosenberg’s “Disco Sucks” Moment

There’s something about a public dustup in which everyone appears in the wrong that leads to a sense of morbid hilarity, even if the issues involved are ultimately more important than they appear. That’s the feeling I got from the … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Although I welcomed the arrival of Popdust, I’ve been a little put off by the reality—a little too jokey and snarky, a little too concerned with trivialities. Any new endeavor needs time to find itself, though, and the site has … Continue reading

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Stop this train

Maura Johnston and Christopher R. Weingarten eviscerate “Hey, Soul Sister”. I had no idea it was based on a fantasy of hippie chicks dancing around a bonfire at Burning Man, and I can’t possibly describe how much more that makes … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—8/29/10

Administrative note: For the sake of clarity, I decided to change the name of this column so people dropping in from Venus will know what they’re getting from the start. Part of the reason is purely mercenary; I figure it … Continue reading

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