Thursday, July 3, 2008

From Beginning to End

What was the last time that you put an album on and let it play from beginning to end? Doesn't it seem like the level of consistency has dropped in recent years? In my admittedly novice opinion, these are the only albums since 2000 that are superb throughout:

Coldplay, Parachutes
Jay-Z, The Blueprint
Radiohead, Kid-A
Green Day, American Idiot

What's your take on this? If you agree with me, why do you think the consistency level has dropped? Since the turn of the century, what albums can you honestly say have great tracks from beginning to end?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Good Rant

No, not from me. From Moonrat over at Editorial Ass.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Summer Slowdown

Each year at about this time the publishing industry goes quiet. Business is still done, but for most at a slower pace or smaller scale than the rest of the year. For many of us this means a welcome opportunity to finally catch up on all that reading.

Considering there will be less news, I'll probably be posting once or twice a week for the next month or so. As always, feel free to write in with questions, and I'll try to answer as my schedule allows.

For now, I suggest checking out this intriguing essay in the Washington Post from Twelve publisher Jonathan Karp (registration required).