Archive for October, 2008

Especially given that rock & roll more or less started with a white man from Memphis who pre-fame had to say the name of his high school on local radio so the listeners would know he wasn’t black, and with a black man whose guitar had a decided twang to it, it’s striking (except that it’s also entirely commonplace) that nearly all rock genres have been identifiable as black or white. Doo-wop was racially integrated, sometimes even within groups, but that was over by 1961….So I consider it news when suddenly five of the seven or eight albums I’ve gotten into in the last six weeks play against racial type. In order of when I got into them, there’s Black Kids’s Partie Traumatic, Stew’s Passing Strange Original Cast Recording, Kimya Dawson’s Alphabutt, Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals and TV on the Radio’s Dear Science.