About Charlie Bertsch

Charlie Bertsch is Zeek's Music Editor. Previously, he was Music Editor at Tikkun. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, Punk Planet, the New Times weeklies and other publications, including the pioneering internet publication Bad Subjects: Political Education For Everyday Life, which he helped to found back in 1993. He has taught literature, film and cultural theory at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. At present, he is working on two book projects, one that considers the fate of cultural criticism in the era of social networking and another that examines the "documentary impulse" in film and literature since Modernism.

All That Is Rock Melts Into Hope

By June 20, 2009

Fifteen years ago, the alternative music press was fixated on the idea of  “post-rock.” Whether that label was applied to artists that featured guitar, bass and drums – like the Chicago band Tortoise, whose excellent new album Beacons of Ancestorship … Read More

The Noise of Middle Age

By June 12, 2009

Advance word on Sonic Youth’s latest record The Eternal was mixed. Some listeners praised it for picking up where its predecessor Rather Ripped left off, disciplining the band’s tendency for extended improvisation in single-length, propulsive tracks that pay sufficient tribute … Read More

American Mizrahi

By June 5, 2009

Considering the religious allusion in the title of Inbar Bakal’s debut album and the fact that this child of Yemenite and Iraqi parents was raised in a traditional househould that had little in common with the faux Southern Californian cultural … Read More

Enterprise Solution: Star Trek and President Barack Obama

By May 29, 2009

Long before the promotional campaign for the new Star Trek film started in earnest, commentators had already discerned an uncanny similarity between the personalities of Spock and Barack Obama. Calm in the face of anger, collected when others are scattered, … Read More

A Binational Solution

By May 12, 2009

When a group that hasn’t achieved big mainstream success releases a compilation record, they’re usually trying to capitalize on a sense that their time has come. That makes the decision to lead off Carne Masada: Quite Possibly the Very Best … Read More

Infinite Playlist

By May 8, 2009

Discussing the 2008 film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist for Nextbook, Stuart Klawans noted a discrepancy between the way the film was advertised and what it actually contains. “The promotional campaign for Nick & Norah mostly wants to sell you … Read More

Moving To the Beat

By May 1, 2009

Let’s Stay Together The receptions held at scholarly conferences tend to be short and not too sweet. They serve more as a staging ground for splinter groups that will head out on the town later than as celebrations in their … Read More

Monotonix, live at Club Congress, Tucson, Arizona, 3/25/09

By April 15, 2009

“L’chai-im!,” the boozy voices blare, “L’chai-im!” The surging mass is a sea of open mouths and raised arms. But the solidarity is overwhelmingly cheerful. Even those who came reluctantly or in a mood to judge have succumbed. No matter how … Read More