–David Lang, music, for “The Little Match Girl Passion,” referring to Dylan’s honorary Pulitzer Prize.
First of all, Bob Dylan received a “special citation,” the first rock musician to receive such a notice. David Lang won the Pulitzer for Music (Lang is a founding member of Bang on a Can, who make contemporary classical music pretty damn interesting, especially when they play things like Discreet Music), and Alex Ross’s exhaustive but enthralling The Rest is Noise (which connects Aphex Twin to twelve-tone music) was a finalist for Non-Fiction.
Dylan’s Visions of Johanna (some British poet once said this was the most important American poem of the 20th century or something like that. After 3 years of poetry school I gotta say it’s damn close…perhaps my very favorite Dylan song?)
Also, how about Liz Phair’s review of a book-Luna’s Dean Wareham’s memoir Black Postcards-in the NYTBR this Sunday? It almost makes up for that ill-advised album she made where she tried to be the Generation X version of Avril Levigne.
Liz Phair: Mesmerizing (click link to download)
Lastly, in high-brow rock world, guess who is blogging about Eno and “Ghosts” now? New Yorker’s smug Sasha Frere-Jones. Um, Sasha, yeah, thanks for that great tip. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, an Eno/Bryne collaboration from the early 80s-woah, a good album? Really! OMG. Who would have thought? Ghosts, not as awesome. Fucking profound.
I’d rather read Phair playing Michiko Kukatani any day! However, knowing that Frere-Jones is probably cranky over his coworker getting a Pulitzer finalist shout-out (Alex Ross writes about classical music for the New Yorker and has done excellent profiles of Bjork and Radiohead for the mag, to boot–oh and his blog is also superb) while he has to write about shit that diy bloggers were covering last week, well, that’s kind of a nice thought for all us anti-Frere-Jones types out there.