Around the Web is where we see point you in the direction of other great conversations on the internet. Music writing is never hard to find, and these are our favorite pieces from the last week or so.
- Grantland: The Loneliness of the Alt-Rock Anniversary – The inimitable Steve Hyden starts us off by standing up and saying, hey! The Counting Crows’ August and Everything After is just as meaningful as Nirvana’s In Utero! And wouldn’t you know it, music journos got really riled up about it.
- Flavorwire: This Is the Difference Between Nirvana and Counting Crows – If that bold proclamation has you slightly miffed, Tom Hawking is here to give your feelings a voice.
- Flavorwire: Leonard Cohen’s 79 Best Songs for His 79th Birthday – Continuing their roll, Flavorwire went through the exhausting task of power ranking 79 Leonard Cohen songs. I love Leonard Cohen, but there’s no way I could name 79 of his songs I love. I can’t even name 79 foods I like to eat.
- Stereogum: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock – Continuing their roll with great “Deconstructing” pieces, Chris Deville puts into words something we’ve been feeling in the air for a while now about the prevalance of guitar music.
- Village Voice: I Pissed Off Megadeth, My (Former) Favorite Band – This isn’t so much good music writing as it is a nightmare about music writing. Really, the only one who looks bad in this piece is the writer who repeatedly makes clumsy missteps and somehow tries to spin it into being burned. Starts on page 2 because, c’mon, start in media res.