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a bit more than others as he's been an artist (drummed for the first three parts n labor records) and tried to run his own magazine, it was sort of apparent from his drumming style that he may have had ADD :D so the format of really short reviews is great, it's a bit like writing a haiku per record I can imagine! He's great at soundbites too: "Fucking Death Cab For Cutie is a marketing strategy at this point"
He was meant to be writing a book about Public Enemy, wish he'd bloody well get on with that...
I can't work out if it's deliberate, though, they're just unhelpful soundbites with an air of arrogance to them, they've virtually all between 5 and 7 and hang heavy with this air of seen-it-all dismissiveness. But I think possibly the point is that they're anti-music journalism?
But he is the guy who saw every single band at the Mike Patton AT, so fair play.
"With a record I like, I’ll obviously listen to the whole thing. But with the records I don’t like, occasionally I won’t make it to the end. People say that you have to absorb the entirety of the artist’s work to really get to the centre of it. But that’s an idea perpetuated by struggling artists, the really bad ones that think that critics should treat them like the special snowflakes they are."
although I guess I didn't really know how to refer to those kind of bands before aside from putting them under the huge umbrella of 'psych',
The idea that crowd sourcing killed indie rock is lolsome though.
but he seems, uhm, like us: someone who's passionate about music, so fair play.
*"People have awful taste in music." Hehehe. No shit, Mr Green Day.
I'll say this about my own experience, writing the occasional review for DiS and blog entries at Prefix, which is the exact opposite of 140 character journalism: Writing is a valuable skill even if it doesn't pay. Music journos aren't the only ones struggling. The Internet has crushed the value of writers. You think musicians have it tough. Ha! I see adverts all the time: Professional writer wanted...pays $12 an hour. Seriously. Starbucks attendents make $12/hr. But putting together a thoughtful, full-length review trains a person's critical thinking, researching, eye-for-detail abilities. I'm a lot smarter today than I was before I came to DiS. And here's the punchline. Some publications do still pay. I made $500 the other day for an article on men's suits. I can't quit my day job, cos it worked out to pay about, uhm, $12/hr, but it was a helluva lot more rewarding than working at Starbucks.