Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Best 'New Yorker' Pop Music Articles to Catch Before the Paywall Returns

The New Yorker magazine recently lifted its paywall temporarily, and all articles published since 2007 are available for free until later this year. Since the New Yorker is basically my life force, here are some great pop music-related articles to check out while you can.

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K-Pop group Girls Generation from the New Yorker article "Factory Girls"


Flashing Lights (3/9/09) by Sasha Frere-Jones - A profile of Lily Allen in New York the day her second album, It's Not Me, It's You, is released.

Ask the Author Live: Sasha Frere-Jones on Lady Gaga and Beyoncé (6/17/11) - A question and answer session with the New Yorker's pop music critic regarding an article on Lady Gaga and Beyonce, which is sadly unavailable online. Also, two of the questions are mine!

High Notes  (9/19/11) by Gay Talese  - An account of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's recording session for "The Lady is a Tramp," from Bennett's Grammy-winning album Duets II.

You Belong With Me (10/10/11) by Lizzie Widdicombe  - How Taylor Swift made teen angst into an empire.

The Song Machine (3/26/12) by John Seabrook  - A look at how modern top-line pop music is created, focusing on songwriter Ester Dean and producers Stargate.

Teen Titan  (9/3/12) by Lizzie Widdicombe  - A profile of Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager.

Factory Girls  (10/8/12) by John Seabrook - An intriguing look at how K-Pop works, focusing on Girls Generation.

Berlin Nights  (3/24/13) by Nick Paumgarten - A fascinating look at Berlin's thriving yet exclusive techno scene.

The Doctor is In (10/14/13) by John Seabrook  - A profile of Dr. Luke, including Bonnie McKee's failed solo launch, problems brewing with Ke$ha, and the attempt to jump-start Becky G. 

Reviews (all by Sasha Frere-Jones, New Yorker Pop Music Critic):

Sex Symbols (9/4/06) Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds and Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics

Dancehall Dream  (7/5/10) Robyn's Body Talk, Pt. 1

Screen Shot (2/6/12) Lana Del Rey's Born to Die

The Sound of Success (2/13/12) - Rick Ross

Revelation Road (6/25/12) Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... and Norah JonesLittle Broken Hearts

In the Rough (12/24/12) Rihanna's Unapologetic

Boyz II Man (4/1/13) Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience

Back to Earth (5/27/13) - Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

Royalties  (10/21/13) Lorde's Pure Heroine

The Katy Show (11/18/13) Katy Perry's Prism

Shady and the Lady  (11/25/13) M.I.A.'Matangi and Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Brit Pop  (12/16/13) Britney Spears' Britney Jean

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