Klosterman is awesome. always picks up some quirky insight on pop culture things that escape me sometimes
Don't know if youre into podcasts, but he and bill simmons are pretty tight bros. He does episodes with him regularly and occasionally guest hosts. always entertaining
I have heard some of their podcasts. I like the way that Klosterman writes about music. He doesn't try to describe music with words -- like music reviewers try to do, but which is pretty damn near impossible -- but instead he writes more about the reactions to the music from people, and how the music intertwines with pop culture.
Lester Bangs also didn't try to describe the music so much as he described how the music made him feel. And he was really good at this: Lester Bangs on Astral Weeks
I'm trying to find modern writers that write about music in a way that I really enjoy reading. Like how David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis. I love tennis, and he made it even more fascinating because he was just that talented and he loved tennis as well.
I love music as well, and I realize it's a difficult thing to write about, but there's gotta be somebody out there (besides Klosterman) who is doing it well. I definitely DO NOT enjoy reading your standard album reviews. I find them most unhelpful.