Thursday, February 24, 2011
I've been listening to the New York Times Popcast for a couple of months now, and it's quite good. The usual host is Ben Sisario, a music journalist for the Times. He talks about music with Times music critics, including Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen, and Ben Ratliff.
It's fun to listen to because it allows the critics to reflect on their opinions and to rationalize them in a conversation. You can literally hear them piecing their thoughts together, and it's relieving to find that they have regrets and hesitations, too. Reviews don't seem so final after you've listened in on one of these Popcasts.
Today, the Popcast aired its first Jazzcast in what is hoped to be a monthly feature on jazz. It's basically a fifteen minute or so conversation between Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff. But they're both very smart and quick and you'll learn a lot from them. I did--and do, every time I read their articles. Check it out here.