I don't know much about music and I don't have a large music vocabulary - once you get past "bassline" I am reduced to saying things like "It was very squeaky yet melodic somehow, you know?" I would like some sources for critical writing about more complicated modern music.
Although my parents are big classical music nerds, I've never found "classic" classical music of the Bach/Beethoven/Brahms variety very accessible or interesting. Up until a few years ago, I definitely preferred basically the alternative music of the eighties - the Mekons, old punk music, early Elvis Costello, maybe some more experimental stuff like the Pop Group or Rip Rig & Panic - often bands influenced by experimental music and free jazz.
In the past five years or so, I've gotten more interested in more complicated music performed by people with more classical training - but I have no vocabulary to describe or explain it! I would really like some online or printed critical resources that talk about free jazz, minimalist music and...um...stuff like that. (See what I mean about no vocabulary?) I am particularly interested in critical writing about particular works, reviews, commentary, etc.
Like, today I'm listening to Wim Mertens' Jardin Clos
and A Man of No Fortune, and With A Name To Come
. I like one more than the other and think one is a little better, but I have no vocabulary to explain why. I would also like to read some critical appraisal of both pieces. But where? My google-fu is failing me when I get past Wikipedia.
Relevant stuff I like and want to know more about (and feel free to recommend me more): Wim Mertens, Don Cherry, Elodie Lauten's Death of Don Juan
, Arthur Russell, Miles Davis's electric stuff on Panthalessa
, John Zorn, Ludus, Albert Ayler, free jazz generally, Marc and the Mambas Torment and Toreros
, Glenn Gould's recordings.