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according to "the last rock critic standing" Christopher Weingarten.
Very good. If a little ranty.
"The dickhead from some inconsequential band is on stage with some dickhead from another band"
I really like that one. Oh wait, he didn't say that, I did.
It's a truism that "there a pros and cons to all this technology", but I find it a little refreshing to hear someone highlight their negatives.
But what I see/hear in the first few mins is all fairly standard griping. Not that I don't disagree with it - I'm too old (at least, that's my excuse) for navigating my way around various blogs, or even using Hype Machine, so I do subscribe to a 'old' model of music journalism. I love imposing my tastes on a publication - if you read DiS two years ago, maybe you noticed (oh, HI ISIS). But you adapt or die, and this dude doesn't make my sympathise with him. So...
At least he's passionate.
he gets a free pass for his amazing drumming in that inconsequential band he used to be in though.
I guess these points are new to some people; to me it's a lot of nothing-nobody-didn't-already-know, said a little too loudly with some flapping.
But I guess if I needed to blame something for taking bites out of my cheques, the Big Faceless Machine Of The Internet is as good as any.
I don't know about this guy though - adapt or die isn't always a truism for me, and I still think there's a lot of good in what he's saying, even if it is motivated by self preservation.
I think his point can be summed up in saying that music journalism these days is so 'liquid'. There's no continuity: bands, genres and styles get dropped at whim based on this perpetual wave of blog hype, which doesn't create a healthy industry, nor one in which those who are actually good at writing and care about their music enough to actually buy it rather than download a leak or something get a chance to shine.
been quite a lengthy discussion on this already. But yeah interesting for sure
the sooner music jounalism dies the happier I'll be
you should probs get of this site, if you accidentally navigate away from the boards you're probably not gonna like what you see..
only because apparently they were KERAZEY
are not mates with the keys guys but it has always been like that and new zines/publications start up with different tastes but everything just keeps rolling as normal-as albini says 'not everyone is gonna like a band and you don't need to push it down someones throat-the people that will like them will find them sooner or later'.
It'll take a while for people to find wussy/policeteeth/the moaners/mi-gu, but they will.
so no one has to listen to them anymore (old boring hat). Oh the ego death.
Isn't any sea change more about how the blogosphere explosion has democratised this sort of musically charged thinking and existing outlets struggling to keep up so looking for its self-regarding straw man?
But I kind of miss the idea of a tastemaker. And I get his point about how mainstream music journalism piggybacks on the blogosphere, which isn't healthy. And the whole thing about getting there first really annoys me - I'd rather read considered thought out feature style reviews and so on that aren't all about being the first to identify talent.
but I think a lot of people now agree that the me-first element of that as opposed to holding fire until they have a body of work to properly judge them by is actively damaging, and it's not helping the wider image of music bloggers, so much so that it's becoming wider shorthand for a certain type of music and music fan (see the Broken Social Scene review in the Sunday Times today)
and turn into Everett True
the other day, enjoyed/agreed with most of it.
I like Weingarten though. He's consistently entertaining on the ILX board (even if he got annoyed with me for thinking the line 'my bum is on ya lips' in The Real Slim Shady was 'My mum is on ya lips'
like a fassy bitch who's just worried that not enough people are paying attention to him. I don't see any of these things killing music journalism.
If music journalists jump on the wannabe meme bandwagon and the quality drops then it's actually them killing their own industry. Maybe some of these people just need to tough it out, use some integrity and trust in their audience.
So I'll just give a quick recap of my opinion. He's wrong in suggest people only check out familiar stuff on the internet, he's pissed that he doesn't make a profit from being the gatekeeper anymore and thinks his opinion matters more than anyone else's, he thinks listening to his opinion is better than checking out music for yourself, and he writes for publications that have done more to shove mediocre crap down peoples throats than all the meme-following blogs combined. This guy is a little bitch who expresses perfectly how useless he is better than I ever could. PWND!
"how the internet is killing music journalism" is my least favourite sentence that can exist.
the way he lists the publications at the start is dreadful.
And his lisp is annoying.
Think's he's cool cuz he writes for "Rolling Stone" (code 4 baby-boomer circle jerk bullshit "cool-dad" wants to be down with "what the kds r listenin' 2" so he's bumpin' Yeasayer and She&Him out his Toyota hybrid like a DOOOUUUUCHE. Cuz only websites are "blog aggregators" not magazines like RS...that would totally never happen...they don't cover Neon Indian in a display of shameless trend humping...THEY NEVER LOOK AT BLOGS AT ALL) "Spin Magazine" and "Revolver." What the fuck is Revolver?
In the interest of gratuity.
the other thread about this had a slightly different reaction:http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4254594
i added some thoughts here: http://seaninsound.tumblr.com/post/540397305/1000timesyes#notes