I'm posting this a week late, but all three of these articles are essentially time-insensitive and remain just as great:
First off, Philip Sherburne put forth an epic takedown on ... the sorry state of whistling in pop music? This is the most complete treatment of a minor (and undoubtedly passing) trend in chart pop. My question is, where does all this fit into the recent trend of remixes of folk/acoustic songs getting the dance music remix treatments, like this for example? Both involve blending styles that don't ordinarily belong together, and rely heavily on the novelty element.
On the same day for Pitchfork, Christina Lee wrote about the life and tragic murder of Atlanta's DJ Nando. By the end of this inspiring article, you'll be convinced that Nando was the greatest unsung DJ of this generation. Somehow I had never though about payola being such a major force in strip club programming, but it makes perfect sense.
Finally, Michaelangelo Matos compiled a stunning overview of DJ mixtapes in America. You'd think that this story had been told a thousand times already, considering how important DJ mixes are to the culture, and yet I've never read anything even remotely like it. This article helps fill what seems like a fundamental unwritten gap in the history of electronic music history. There are many familiar names and stories for the longtime fan who remembers buying/copying/"acquiring" these mixes, but there are plenty of obscurities too (I knew maybe -- maybe -- half of this stuff).