Daily Archives: June 15, 2008

No Art Required

The Paper of Record’s DeNeen L. Brown on R. Kelly’s acquittal on 14 counts of various kiddie-porn-related charges in Chicago:

“His work has pushed the limits of what was tasteful and what was comical, moving from ballads to farce. His multi-episode ‘Trapped in the Closet’ sex opera has logged millions of hits on YouTube. Watching it, you know it is not high art, but the song and the story pull you in anyway — with the feeling that you are watching people you know, in stories you know intimately.”

I don’t have anything to say about this — I haven’t followed the case, except to the extent that Dave Chapelle got some good satirical mileage out of it. But Kelly, as always, has plenty to say for himself.

Media Mix XI: O Eno, Where Art Thou?

Strong work, Coldplay. That’ll show ’em you’re no mere U2 cover band! That’ll show ’em all.

Dan Tyminski’s a fine, solid, mature record; easy to like, almost impossible to get very excited about. But good. Read all — er, a little more — about it.