The Atlantic Wire has been running the “Media Diet” series February 2010, having interviewed Terry Gross, Eric Schmidt from Google, Gawker founder Nick Denton, Ann Coulter, Al Sharpton… a lot of smart people. In the most recent entry, the New York Times’ Public Editor (a sort of critical fox in the hen house) described her musical taste in addition to her Twitter habits:
I’m a big popular music fan, so I’m always sort of just looking for the next great band that I’m going to love. It’s not necessarily radio or something like that. It’s the album I fall in love with. I’ve been listening to Jack White’s album, Blunderbuss. That’s the one that’s on my regular rotation right now.
I’ve been very interested in a few Canadian bands that you probably haven’t heard of, but the Tragically Hip and the Lowest of the Low. Because I was in this proximity to Toronto, I was into new music in Toronto. Let’s see, who else? Certainly I’m a big fan of Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, nothing shocking or surprising there, but I kind of span quite a few decades. A whole other genre I’ve been listening to a lot is neo-soul and R&B. I especially like Raphael Saadiq, Mayer Hawthorne, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. The Miseducation of Lauren Hill is something I don’t seem to get tired of. I’m also a fan of Citizen Cope, the blues-folk-soul singer-songwriter, particularly his album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings.
But I’ve definitely continued to search for new music as well. I use Pandora, of course, like everyone. But I also like Paste and Grooveshark. And the stalwart Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly magazines still do a great job.