I write a lot about the women who have inspired me to make art -- but there are dudes in this mix, too. Steve Albini's stance on music as an industry, Kurt Cobain's feminism, Henry Rollins' staunch ethos on life as a musician, Mike Watt's positive attitude and workhorse musicianship and even most of Thurston Moore's career (before the dissolution of his relationship with one of the patron saints of modern art as music, Kim Gordon, changed the way I felt about him because I realized he was a lame, regular old guy like everyone else,) were all dudes who have navigated the industry in ways I admired and aspired to be like.
Jena Ardell for the Village Voice. More here. Cool story, dad.
Once upon a time, Dave Grohl was one of these dudes I admired, too. But over the last few years, I have seen him become like every other bro in the archaic pantheon of popular music -- a guitar-wanking, get-off-my-lawn, "there's no good music anymore," mildly sexist rock guy. And it is something I'd like to see a lot less of 2015.More »