If I were to take a mentor sentence from this text, I would use, "In a scathing but accurate Pitchfork review, the writer Jayson Greene called the post-reunion Pixies material 'an increasingly mournful asterisk affixed to a beloved legacy.'" One idea I have taken from this article is that I can apply the appeal of unpolished sound and youthful writing (like in White Blood Cells). It also shows a great example of how to examine a band's entire discography and compare earlier music to later music. It offers a wonderful music critique as to why Surfer Rosa is as great as it is, including all major outside, writing, and musical influences. I could examine which music or musicians influenced the White Stripes or The Black Keys and how they have influences music afterwards.
Drawing off of my previous idea of incorporating sound bytes of songs to enhance the experience of my essay, Ken Tucker gives me a good idea as to how to transition between them seamlessly. Furthermore, the review is concise but hard-hitting in its prudent analysis, which is preferably how I’d like to auditorially present my essay. There are also some good ideas on how to analyze songs properly and present those ideas effectively, so I could use this is a mentor text. If I were to not compare The White Stripes and The Black Keys, I’d like to use a format similar to this review to review White Blood Cells. While Ken Tucker only analyzed individual songs in this interview, I’d like to analyze the songs and then apply an overarching theme to the album and explain the importance of that theme, as well as how it is displayed throughout the album.
Music is very hard to describe sound, and this article provides me with several clear examples of how to describe appealing sound and instrumentation in albums. It also gives me good evidence in regards to actual quality of music and not personal bias. It uses examples like scorching and marinating to describe the guitar; this among several of the other adjectives used could be applied to the White Stripes. There are also several instances in this article in which they focus on a quality single or two that brings up the quality of the rest of the filler songs on the album, which would be a smart approach to analyzing and comparing The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Also comparing the amount of filler in each bands discography is a smart approach to determine the quality of their music as a whole.
The main idea I have taken from this article is that I could make my essay a visual comparison between The Black Keys and The White Stripes. However, I could also add many sound clips to make an auditory comparison between each after presenting the evidence (critical acclaim and commercial success) of each band. Even better, throughout my written essay I could embed audio clips and maybe even make an info graphic to go with it. I could even make a video/podcast that compares each of them separately then makes a sound conclusion. However, since so much of the argument is based on personal preference, I will have to find very effective evidence and examples of songs to include in my essay.
If I were to not do a comparison between The Black Keys and The White Stripes, I would definitely do an album analysis of White Blood Cells. In this article they analyze the meaning behind possibly the silliest and most vapid song on the album, yet they make it the most meaningful. It is a way of viewing and analyzing differently - analyzing personally that is - that I could apply to my own analysis. The shortest and least appealing song on the album becomes the best and most meaningful song out of all of them. It is a reflection of The White Stripes career decline - when they were in their little room, they had something good.
This article gives me a good idea of how to format my paper in a different and interesting style. I would how the music of The White Stripes and The Black Keys is successful through a list format: each analyzing a different component of their success. In the end, I would use these lists as my paragraphs with evidence to determine ultimately which band is more successful, instead of debunking the success of the other one. Another interesting idea that stems from this article is how The White Stripes’ and Black Keys’ music has influenced culture as a whole. I could also examine how each has changed music as a whole.
This article presents a very interesting approach to my subject: I could apply psychology to the comparison between The White Stripes and The Black Keys. How we interpret music and how it can influence our beliefs could be applied to take a moral argument between The Black Keys and The White Stripes. I could also use much of the information to prove the effectiveness of the music between The Black Keys and The White Stripes. I could examine the psychological reasons behind liking certain music. Also I could write about which is more uplifting vs which band is more dark or has more trivial meaning.
This article gives me a very creative idea to possibly present my ideas as an infographic. I could make an infographie comparing The White Stripes’ sound to The Black Keys’ sound. After that, I could use that information to present a sound summary that determines which is better based upon the evidence I have regarding their sound. I could also make a separate part of the info graphic that compares critical and commercial success of both bands. The infographic presented provides many effective tools for arguing and avoiding logical fallacies, which I will also use in my essay.
The main idea taken from this article is how to properly deconstruct an argument and then present your own. For instance, I could evaluate an argument saying that The White Stripes are bad, deconstruct the logic behind that argument, then present my own argument. There are even several instances in which the author goes through and explains exactly why an argument is wrong, like an equivocation, which could be applied to deconstructing a critical argument on The White Stripes. I could also reverse the process in which I produce an argument that is hard to deconstruct because I know which certain kinds of arguments to avoid. Overall, this article gives me several ideas in very specific presentation and wording of my argument that will be presented in my paper.
From this article, I’d like to imitate the general personal and intimate first person style of writing. The writer clearly displays the profound effect that music had on her life. Probably the most interesting idea to come from this article is the idea that the rejection of the mainstream is what made Nirvana so mainstream in the first place. How lonerism and being rejected from society is in a sense a society itself. I could also possibly take the route of how idolizing celebrities can be detrimental to one’s values or even mental health.