Tim has a guest post up on Robert Christgau’s Substack this week — Bob is turning 80 this month, so his editor Joe Levy asked a few friends/fans/acquaintances to take over for April, in order to give the Dean a month off to celebrate in style.
Joe suggested Tim write about the experience of being reviewed by Bob, which Tim was happy to do. But he also went a bit wider to discuss the overall sceptism a lot of musicians have about the role of critics — a scepticism most members of TMJ do not share, as we self-describe ourselves as frustrated rock critics.
Click the image to read the piece.
No joke: there’s a new donor-only single. This one’s called Remembrance of Things Fast, and the artwork is based on the cover of the Proust novel Tim failed to read all the way through in high-school.
It comes with two b-sides. “She Took it as a Sign” was commissioned by Jennifer Renfroe, while “Bloodfest Records” was commissioned by P.M. Bradshaw. Many thanks to them, and all the donors, who will be getting not just these singles, but a brand spanking new TMJ LP before the year is out.
If you have FOMO because you never heard about, or simply didn’t get around to donating to, the IndieGoGo campaign that made all this music possible, you may still do so here.