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7 Most Popular Editors’ Blogs of 2008


When they’re not busy churning out the pages of the magazine, SPIN’s editors take a few minutes to offer an online-only angle for on hot topics of the moment. Check out each editor’s most popular blog entry below, and delve into MGMT remixes, the Twilight saga, lame pop stars, tender man love, and more!DOUG BROD:

7 Thoughts About Against Me! Live

“When guitarist James Bowman sang Tegan Quin’s lines on ‘Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart,’ the band proved once and for all that it is possible for a guy to take on the female half of a duet and not sound ridiculous. That said, I’m eagerly awaiting Neil Diamond’s remake of ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,’ featuring Tom Jones.” Read >>


The Last ‘Chinese Democracy’ Blog Post Ever, Probably

“The album is the aural equivalent of a CGI-stuffed blockbuster from Skywalker Ranch — wall-to-wall explosions, but no real sense of danger. Bells and whistles and orchestras and pianos and dramatic crescendos abound on a litany of would-be epic songs — November drizzles, all emoting, no emotion — none of which are bad enough to be laughable or memorable enough to be a worthwhile payoff.” Read >>


The Top 25 MGMT Remixes

“Ever since Freelance Hellraiser got the Internet’s nutz in a twist with 2001’s “A Stroke of Genius” — a seamless mash-up of the Strokes’ “Hard to Explain” and Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” — the ultimate, 21st Century tribute to the It rock band of the year has been an endless barrage of (mostly) unauthorized mash-ups, remixes, covers, and alternate versions. And without a doubt, this year’s chosen mashees are SPIN’s November cover boychiks MGMT.” Read >>


Why I Hate Katy Perry

“I must ask, in Perry’s parlance, WTF? Why is she popular? Why did MTV ask her host the Europe Music Awards last week? And, more importantly, why did they let her wear a red football uniform and straddle an atomic bomb-size tube of cherry Chapstick? Why are people buying her album and not Zooey Deschanel’s?” Read >>


How I Got Hooked On ‘Twilight’

“As far as depictions of humane vampires go, this is no Buffy. But it’s way better than True Blood. Personally, though, I miss the type of vampire who would to lure you into a cave, trick you into drinking ‘wine,’ and expect you to fly around listening to cheesy goth music while terrorizing a sleepy beach town.” Read >>


An Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen

“I know you’ve sold a bajillion records, but everyone knows that America is ready for change, and you, New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, are America. I think Ronald Reagan said something like that once. Ronald Reagan is a great American hero with an airport named after him. Quid pro quo, you need to change.” Read >>


In Defense of Tender Man Love

“Is there anyone left who hasn’t been converted to the charms of platonic bro-love genre comedy? Was there anyone who wasn’t touched and tickled by the sleeping-bag affection of Superbad or the final diner scene in Pineapple Express? Humor may make Apatowian bro-ffection easier to swallow, but it’s the honest, un-self-conscious sweetness that makes it loveable.” Read >>