A Long Stay in a Strange “Hotel”

October 5, 2012 • 0
It always confused me when Rolling Stone talked about music as if it were a math test. “Difficult,” “challenging,” “rewarding”: I struggled to see how listening to my iPod could have so much in common with manual labor. Music was music. It didn’t fight back or require hours of study, and if I didn’t like »

When the ratio of ass-kicked to runtime is high

September 21, 2012 • 0
In baseball, it’s called the Mendoza Line. A batting average of .200 is the last checkpoint on the slide into limbo. On the wrong side of that number, you have something to prove, or you’re headed to the bench. And so it is, strangely enough, with music. Something about the 2:00 mark makes us blanch. »