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?uestlove calls Robert Christgau "the last true-blue record critic on earth"

In a fascinating interview with Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson at Westwood's Backbeat Online blog, we learn of ?uestlove's, um, love of former Village Voice rock critic Robert Christgau, calling him the last of his generation:

Christgau is the last true-blue record critic on earth. He gave us an A-plus. That’s pretty much who I make my records for. He’s like the last of that whole Lester Bangs generation of record reviewers, and I still heed his words. He gets my vision, and I’m cool with that. But half these people, they read Pitchfork, and they base half their opinion and quotes on that.

Among the other numerous highlights include his analysis of the current political climate: Most of hip-hop’s generation is like, “Who cares about the political process when people are going to do what they want to do anyway?” I guess it’s their indifferent attitude toward the Republican party, where Bush said, “You don’t have to vote for me for President. I’m still your President.” That line alone, in Michael Moore’s documentary, that’s a quote I heard from everybody under the age of thirty when I was campaigning for Obama. When I asked them, “Why are you not voting?” And they were like, “The political process is already fixed. Why should we spend time voting when they’re just going to choose who they want to choose?” That said, I understand why there’s indifference. But I don’t excuse it. So I’ve got to take a stand. And the news that ?uestlove, after engineering the new Al Green record, will be moving on to Tom Jones (!) in his, um, quest to revive '70s soul stars. [The Daily Swarm]

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?uestlove always seems to have something interesting to say.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Sorry, but every time I see Christgau's name I can only think of how Thurston Moore "killed" him.

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That song was pure hype. From what I hear, Thurston Moore's dick isn't even big enough to kill one of the reviewers from Entertainment Weekly.

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I'm sorry, but Robert Christgau writes horrible reviews. They're not even reviews of the music, they're more like reviews of the politics of the music.

And, for f**k's sakes, he gave Soulja Boy's album an A minus !!!! His justification being that the album has nothing especially dirty or profane. Are you s******g me? That album is the definition of fail!


I think he writes for Blender now.

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love to both ?uestlove and Christgau

good, smart people


Jesus I don't know why i get so heated (on and off) by fking morons on the internet trolling against Xgau but it just really irritates me. He knows what music "is" - the tempo, the consistency, the chords, the words, the atmosphere. He knows that an A- doesn't necessarily mean that it is worse (i.e. less enjoyable) than an A+ - as you can clearly see in his fav albums of the 00's ranking Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III over a few A+'s. That's one I'm sure will spark a few more moronic troll chants from idiots and hip-hop-olites alike - "Lil Wayne is the worst thing to happen to hip-hop in a long time..." ect SUCK MY DCK!! If you can't see (or hear I should say) that Lil Wayne kicks Tu-Pac in the dck then you have no right to even comment on Xgau and I personally ask you to eat my own sht. You knows whats funny is that tomorrow this won't annoy me anymore :p And too people who think he "writed in cryptic" you're just fking stupid and need to read more - he's not spinning anything he's just writing what he was thinking at the time and if that makes him an intelligent person then so be it. Some of his quotes ect are sometimes obscure but he knows whats he's talking about so why the fk should he have to spell it out? :S Seriously I am deluded my the amounts of morons on this planet.


Christgau once said I misquoted him as liking Pitchfork. A Pitchfork writer criticized me in re: the same piece for not listening to Christgau enough. Very rarely have complaints been so blissfully complimentary.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Ethan/nirvana-corporate-rock-whoresjpg.jpg EStan

fck pitchfork.


He is the last true critic, blahzeblah. Him and Mark Prindle. They understand the aesthetic and root thought that goes into songwriting, they understand rock n' roll's origins. An album isn't always a hoot if it sounds like a hoot. You have to contemplate on it..."how will this band affect the future of music strictly as an art form?" Christgau knows this much.


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