Vultures

hodgeprofAs previously mentioned, I’m posting regularly over on True/Slant. For instance, here’s a link to my Oral History of the Curb-Stomping Scene in American History X. Or how about playing the Roles John Hodgman Would Have Dominated game?

And I update my Twitter page far more frequently than this page, which I’m mostly using now as a hub for information about my books and archives of things I’ve written (and, obviously, for breaking news). And I am still producing text for Spin magazine at a constant pace, including this new interview with the singer Maxwell.

And I’m writing occasionally about music for The Faster Times. In fact, I just posted something a few minutes ago about the explosion of supergroups in 2009. Here’s an excerpt of the full article:

1. For a band to be considered a supergroup, it must feature at least two well-known musicians. And unfamous members of well-known bands don’t count. We need successful solo artists or actual well-known members of well-known bands. How to define well-known? Gut check. For instance, in the Dead Weather example above: Dean Fertita, the rhythm guitarist of Queens of the Stone Age doesn’t fit the bill, but Jack White (duh) and Alison Mosshart, the lead singer of the Kills, do. I mean, Fertita is awesome. But could you pick him out of a police lineup?

2. The more well-known the well-known musicians involved are, the more supergroup-y the band is. A good litmus test here is Tinted Windows. Sure, it has Iha. But Zwan had Billy Corgan. Hence, Zwan trumps Tinted Windows, at least on the supergroup scale.

3. Equality matters. If one member is significantly more famous than everyone else, the supergroup smacks of a side project.

This, on the same day that it was announced that Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones have formed a supergroup called Them Crooked Vultures.

Anyway, you know where to find me!

WHY I’M ANGRY TODAY
I can’t get the 3 Doors Down song from the Geico cavemen bowling ad out of my head.

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2 thoughts on “Vultures

  1. thats crazy sellers why dont you write a song and then i could download that and write aout my problems then we would be alike

  2. Gotta dissagree with you about Zwan and Tinted Windows. Zwan was just BC. Tinted has Iha, that dude who wrote That Thing You Do, that kid who sang mmmmm and the frickin drummer from Cheap Trick. Honestly what more could a growing boy need?

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