H(ear) is an online music column and book consisting of interviews, chapters, and investigations written by Carson Arnold. As a freelance writer for various magazines and liner notes, living in the woods of Vermont, Carson widely encourages one to submit their art, writing or any interesting piece of material that you would like to share. H(ear) is accepting both promos and demos for review or any other valuable music-related subjects. If you wish to make a comment or would like to receive H(ear) weekly by email please contact Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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...This is Paul talking to ya in this column of space at the end of Matt and Peter's year's-best sharings. And my answer is: the true spirit of Crawdaddy is alive in the music writings of Carson Arnold, found at the above web addresses. He has excellent taste and is a keen and sincere listener, and true music lover. Alas, his writings often veer into incoherence just when he seems ready to tell us the secret of the age, what fine music old and new sounds like and means to a discerning 19-year-old who is awake and paying attention at this moment. A few small tastes...Etc. Go read Carson. And let him turn you on to Dead Prez, as he's doing to me, his passion and sense of connection and unwillingness to buy into bullshit are so palpable...There's a tremendous wealth of music-lovin' truthtelling and personal reporting in his Track and Hear writings... I just wish he could write better, but I have a sense and a hope that that will come about naturally as he keeps doing this, puts himself out there and finds that people are reading and listening and so gets motivated to get a handle on how to communicate clearly while speaking freely and poetically...
-- Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!; May 2003; on "Where to Find the Spirit of Crawdaddy! Now That This Skin Is Being Shed."
I totally understand and appreciate what you are doing with H(ear) it's the equivalent of what fanzines used to be about. Freedom. Which is what I thought music was meant to be.
-- Nina Antonia, author of The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon.
...a part of the mystery that only becomes more and more intense and intensive as the days and nights relinquish control and go their own way.
-- Charles Cicirella, on writing liner notes for him.
Carson Arnold is one of the great undiscovered talents of online music journalism. His enthusiasm is absolutely infectious and you'll find yourself always learning something from each of his new columns.
-- Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever
I really admire your energy. And commitment to the independent artist. Good stuff you're doing.
-- Michael Rothenberg, editor of Big Bridge magazine.
....after about an hour you need to take a break, think about the things that he wrote about before diving back in to see where he winds his way next. Simply put, this guy can write and it is a joy to read...Great original stuff so check it out now. You won't be disappointed and you can subscribe to receive his weekly missives so you're guaranteed not to miss any of the fun. Thanks Carson.
-- Mark Boudreau, from the Rock And Roll Report
(collage by Bert Koller) Please send any promos and music for review to: Carson Arnold 1604 River Road Guilford, Vermont 05301 USA
~Plays & Fantasies~ THE INTERVIEW WITH KURT COBAIN MARC BOLAN LIVES IN MILWAUKEE ~Articles & Reviews ~ VELVET REVOLVER: RUNNING ON FUMES PJ HARVEY: TASTES OF POISON JOYRIDING TODAY'S MUSIC DAVID BYRNE: GROWN BACKWARDS AIN'T NO DISCO (IT'S TANGO) DON'T DIE UNTIL YOU CATCH PATTI SMITH LIVE
SONIC YOUTH: THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW NEIL YOUNG: SLEEPS WITH SPANGLES DEAD PREZ: REVOLUTIONARY BUT GANGSTA PATTI SMITH: THE ART OF TRAMPIN' COURTNEY LOVE: A HOW-TO LOVE LOVE...LOVE JOHN FRUSCIANTE: SHADOWS & THINGS BOOTLEGGIN' ZIMMERMAN: NOTES FROM THE FREEWHEELIN' THEFT
BETH GIBBONS AND RUSTIN MAN - OUT OF SEASON THE ONLY BILL HEINE TAPE I OWN SO YOU WANNA BE A DANDY WARHOL, EH? LAST YEAR/ I FOUND A BAND I LOVE MY WINTER RECORDS CLASSICAL MUSICIAN WANTED
ALBUM REVIEWS FROM THE OCEAN AND SANDPIT BRETT SMILEY AND GLAM MAESTRO LADIES AND GENTLEMAN NEIL YOUNG, THE GHOST OF GREENDALE THE SONG OF TODAY IS MAY YOU RETURN HUMMING ALEX WALSH DUCK HUNTING FOR RECORDS IMAGINARY LINER NOTES FOR STEVE YOUNG LIDA HUSIK DIVA OF PAJAMA ROCK BUDDY GUY, LONG HAIR, ACCORDION LEFTOVERS NICO AND THE MARBLE INDEX FAMILY UNFOLD ME INTO THE WINGS I AROSE STEVE GILLETTE AND THUNDER DAYS GREENSLEEVES TO VERNON REID A VIKING OPERA CONCRETE BLONDE: A CONCRETE UPDATE WHEN THE FOGHORN BLOWS WHERE'S SANDY NASSAN? LET US DIE FOR ROCK 'N ROLL FOOTPRINTS OF NICOLAE BRETAN LIVE! AT THE BRATTLEBORO FREE FOLK FESTIVAL...5/3/03 [off-line] GOING INSIDE THE HOUR GLASS- PART II INSIDE AN HOUR GLASS- PART I ELECTRIC SUGAR- The Mitchells' Hear Where You Are R.B.G. WARRIORS- DEAD PREZ'S TURN OFF THE RADIO DINNER AND A WAR 3 WOMEN WITH A HEART OF GOLD Hey Joe TWO ALBUMS THAT ARE EVERYWHERE SOUND FOR SALE? NO ONE CARES NEW MUSIC YOU WERE BORN TO ROCK YOU'LL NEVER BE AN OPERA STAR TO ALL THE SONGS OF DYING SWANS Heavy Metal Compost "STONE FOR" FESTIVAL ~Interviews, Conversations ~ AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID AXELROD A BILL HEINE FEATURE A LARRY BECKETT INTERVIEW AN INTERVIEW WITH BRETT SMILEY STEVE YOUNG -- THE CONVERSATION RUSS TOLMAN SHOOTS SOME GLORY HOLES MATTHEW YOUNG REVISITED AFTER THE REHEARSAL (A Scott Rosenberg Interview) RAINBOW SPLASH (An Interview with Essra Mohawk) MIDNIGHT ANGEL (An Interview With Joshua) Calling Dudley Laufman (An Interview) Sunday At One-Thirty ~ An Interview with Peter Siegel Monday High Noon - An Interview with Dredd Foole
See other music reviews from 2001-2002 at Track Links! never to forget!