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Do you agree?
A few thoughts: http://seaninsound.tumblr.com/post/13122843731/the-music-press-is-in-danger-of-becoming-a
but that whole thing about "music is just about having fun"... that's ridiculous.
scale shouldn't matter. it's just about whether it's good or not and if it does SOMETHING/ANYTHING to the individual writing about it. and if it does very little, perhaps there shouldn't be a deconstruction of why but an excuse to use the word count to enthuse about things that do the same thing but better inyourhumbleopinion.
not that i really like 'humble' writing and i do tend to favour the jumble approach.
context is important tho, no music is made or listened to in some vacuum.
As the (great) George Michael once said: "Listen without prejudice".
Or as the (great) George Michael once said: "Listen without prejudice."
LET THE MASTER SPEAK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo1ONZPAJrI
which simply said "Listen without speakers"
of the fiery, intellectual, drunk-on-power music journalist, I can't help feeling cheated. not a good time to be a music nerd with a love for decent music criticism (and lingering aspirations to write some of your own).
the nadir of modern music writing = the little album review in the entertainment section on the Beeb's red button. laughable stuff, really is. praises everything like it's something epochal. very sixth form.
I cherish every Mark Richardson or Tom Ewing column I read these days, it feels like proper columns like theirs, written by truly enlightened music lovers about genuinely interesting things, are a dying breed. same goes for DiS columns (Articulate Silences especially, despite the excessive Barn Owl worship...) , Quietus features...
it'd be nice if national papers would take more pride in their music sections.
maybe that is what i was getting at.
do you read Mr Ewing's P4K columns too?
I believe he also works in marketing? he has a very interesting perspective on things. he always makes me think, keeps me on my toes...I liked the article he wrote concerning Abba...never thought I'd be rethinking Abba.
Mostly because he makes it very clear he's writing about his personal responce to music, and put's it in context of how he's consuming it (time, place, mood, etc.) It's a good reminder that I enjoy some music more when I'm not being a snob and trying to figure out what it's 'doing' and let it affect or be affected by my mood.
Most music scenes are lapped up by teenagers who are too young to get properly involved, but most infuential mainstream editors/columnists etc are in their 40s or so, hence why scenes from a few decades ago are built up to have been something they weren't.
Very recently there was even a little surge of articles about the Blitz club and the new romantics and all that bollocks, everything is ripe for re-evaluation and myth-making by people who are in a position to do so. And there does seem to be a vague 25 years rule: 60s nostalgists were everywhere in the late80s/early90s, the wave of terrible indie in the early 00s was in thrall to post-punk. Obviously revivals of everything are going on all the time, but they only tend to 'capture the public imagination' ie get written about once they have some cheerleaders in high places.
Anyway, I didn't read your blog post so this may all be unrelated, sorry. Pop will eat itself and so on and so forth.
But the endless self analysis of music journalism is a bit tiring.
- With newspaper or print music journalists I'd think you've got HR constraints, there's only so many staff expected to cover many genres and styles but working to editorial content (They've got to do something about the Rhianna record). Bob's on holiday, Jane is at the festival, Alex - you've got to write about something you don't give a shit about. There isn't an infinite amount of enthusiastic experts on the payroll like the webs and someone has to turn something in to keep their job.
- What's the criteria for evaluating a record? Give the same guy the Mastodon, Rustie and Rhianna record and he should apply the same criteria across all records or adapt to the style? I reckon the Rhianna record is probably gash by the criteria held by most DiS readers, so we give it to a Rhianna fan to review instead? Or shall we see how it makes an individual feel and be subject to what their emotions are at any given time.
Anyway, I agree with the Eve article to an extent - if you haven't got anything to say then shut the fuck up and let someone else have a say. Like on DiS when someone goes crazy for a record, someone else hates the shit out of it and 20 people go meh, it's ok. Those 20 people should bait the haterz and loverz until they spill their guts out and fight to the death over the matter and then we'll find out the truth and get a bit more insight into the music.
basically: no. what you've got is a lot of people in the music press who were going to the hacienda a lot in their youth. they're at that age. late 30s, early 40s.
in 4 years time, it'll be "is Britpop Nostalgia killing the music press". rinse and repeat
and i'd take both of those over Everett True anyway