If you're familiar with The Talkhouse, journalist and Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad's new music site, chances are you came upon it when he managed to get Lou Reed to pen a raving paean to Kanye West's Yeezus. That review, both outrageous and fascinating, turned out to be Reed's final written dispatch to the mortal world—and a strangely fitting dispatch at that. This week, the site managed to nudge its way back into the music presses with an impassioned take on the Arcade Fire's Reflektor, by St. Vincent.
The concept of The Talkhouse, as you've probably surmised it, is so simple it's ludicrous it hasn't been done before: musicians writing about music, typically reviewing new releases. It's no wonder the St. Vincent piece captured some degree of public notice; besides tackling one of the year's biggest records, it's a colorful, caps-lock-addled take, padded out with actual Google searches the writer made while listening ("Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands," "Madonna 'Like a Virgin' bass sound") and bizarrely enthused similes, like such:
THE BASS TONE IN "HERE COMES THE NIGHT TIME" IS SUPER-SICK! PERVERSE-SOUNDING! LIKE A BARGE CAREENING INTO AN ICEBERG! INEVITABLE DOOM!
The review grabs attention because of its author's fame, yes, but it holds onto it because of The Talkhouse's simple, crucial charm: it transforms your favorite artists into fans, inviting them to rave and ramble and froth at the mouth like you.