Carl Wilson

writer

Biography

  • u2, songs of innocence

    'Songs of Innocence' Review: U2 Talk to Ghosts and Avoid Becoming One

    As one media outlet or another undoubtedly has yelled at you by now, on Tuesday U2 and Apple confirmed that 2014 will go down as a year of more innovation in music distribution than in music making. They've conspired to surprise-"gift" the 38-year-old Irish band's new album Songs of Innocence unto a half-billion iTunes subscribers, whether we want it or not. I bet next month Taylor Swift will announce that her album 1989 will simply be found under everybody's pillows one morning, in partnership with the iTooth Fairy.So there Songs of Innocence hangs, eager to be plucked, a fruit so unforbidden as to be practically mandatory.

  • Ty Segall's 'Manipulator' Is the Album of the Year*

    Ty Segall's 'Manipulator' Is the Album of the Year*

    Is California rocker Ty Segall's new double-album Manipulator one of the records of the year? If this were 1974, it might be — on sonics and swagger it would be at least theoretically competitive with the likes of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, the New York Dolls' Too Much Too Soon, Hawkwind's Hall of the Mountain Grill, and Neil Young's On the Beach. That's saying a lot, but it also suggests where Manipulator's fossil fuels start to run dry.It's certainly the most accomplished work in the steadily rising, notoriously musically incontinent career of the 27-year-old phenom of the San Francisco garage-rock scene (recently resettled in L.A.).

  • Carl Wilson 2014 VMAs Beyonce

    Sorry, Not Even a Beyonce Concert Could Save This VMAs

    If there must be an image to sum up the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards that is not Beyoncé standing in silhouette in front of the word FEMINIST in thirty-foot-high lettering — which would be far too optimistic — then it would be Nicki Minaj awkwardly adjusting her choreography on the fly as she clutched at her improperly fastened top to prevent a wardrobe malfunction one suspects could have been much more rawly exposing than Janet Jackson's long-ago, overhyped Superbowl flash.That's because the over- (or rather under-) whelming theme that pervaded the show at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday night was damage control.

  • The Winners and Losers of the Summer of Ass

    The Winners and Losers of the Summer of Ass

    Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda," which came out Tuesday, instantly set a standard for asstrological, butterrific, callipygastic, back-door pop fetishism that might be daunting even to Sir Mix-a-Lot.

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