Required skimming: music

Great reads about great listens

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments. When not editing the music section at The Village Voice, Maura Johnston posts compulsively about her new favorite songs, bits that didn’t make it into her articles, and pictures of cats.

a grammar: a glimpse into the brilliant mind of Nitsuh Abebe, the pop critic for New York Magazine and a columnist at Pitchfork.

Blue Lines Revisited: Brit Tom Ewing is a serial blog-starter, but his personal tumblr is a forum for half-thoughts about the music industry that consistently end up being way ahead of their time.

marathonpacks: Eric Harvey is a contributing editor at Pitchfork and a PhD candidate at Indiana University. Expect random scraps from his research and lots of new thinking about the value of music.

The Quietus: This British music website has two principles—no snark, no reverence to the canon of “classics” that came out before 1975—and more great writing about music than can be found in any single magazine today.

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Hazel Sheffield is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @hazelsheffield. Tags: