On Saturday July 25. Notting Hill Arts Club. 4pm.
It's RoTa, innit!
Not a rant, mind.
I do think it's a real shame - a REAL SHAME - that Micachu and Late Of The Pier are not highlighted.
But that's all.
I realise that elementary nepotism plays its part in the appreciation of what is and what isn't a good piece of writing - just as subjectivity plays its part, so too does one's relationship with the individual in question. So, I'm bound to represent on behalf of my circle of esteemed colleagues, those writers I believe to be at the top of their game; and elders in my position are going to counter with their own choices, inevitably critics of their age and social standing, who they've been friends with - or at least a professional associate of - for some years.
So, to summarise: music writing is good and it's not dying anytime soon, and we all have our favourites and enjoy debating on the subject. Yay, us!
Well, look at a publication like the Stool Pigeon and tell me that there aren't writers there - wide-eared and ambitious, with an insatiable appetite for the new, the progressive - who will, before long, be just as celebrated. And you find these writers at (almost) every publication - not as a flood, but certainly in drops.
Nostalgia in music criticism puzzles the hell out of me - it's great to look back and appreciate the work of a writer, but to essentially stand firm and declare that none of the new breed - with their high-speed internet connections, easy-access blogs and instant-fix downloads - are of a comparable quality is madness. Does music not grow each day? Does it not shift, mutate, evolve? It does, and accompanying critique must, too.
Nobody is a legend 'til they've outlived their audience.
People discussing music on the internet.
Bastards discussing being bastard racists on the internet.
I'm not sure there's any parallel to be made here.
...I really won't care if you consider it tragic or not. Just as I don't now. But good on you for fighting whatever this fight is, as pointless as it is. The echo comes back louder and louder as the room empties but on you holler, relentlessly. To have your determination must feel like the most wonderful blessing. Have a good one.
Boost the interactions and the advertisers will come (etc).
Oh, to call upon well-to-do parents: it'd certainly help the month-to-month struggle to pay the bills, cover the rent, and eat anything that isn't a value range-sourced pasta-based meal.
That said, I do have a career in this industry; I am employed full time, and listening to music is, really, what I do for a living. And I do, just about, get by. "Lower rungs of rock writing" - no, I'm not a particularly memorable writer, but I've worked really hard to get somewhere at an editorial level so I'll happily take that over loads of passionately penned but ultimately unpaid work, cheers.
(Wow, you've really provoked a serious response! Congratulations, you.)
You said you'd go easy on me in public.
He is a music writer. He is based in the UK. These things are true. He is respected for his enthusiasm (misplaced though it can be - just listen to the above-praised Dirty North) and commitment to the proverbial cause. But 'one of the best'? No. Not at all. Perhaps that was the case once, but not today. Sorry.
I have lots of respect for John, don't get me wrong. Although I don't think we've ever met, we share a circle of professional colleagues, and I admire how he's stuck to his guns throughout his career. He captures the feel of an experience far better than I can. But there are many who do it better than he does. Young, hungry, desperate writers with passion to spill and ears so finely tuned to tomorrow that they will soon depose the old guard completely.
And they know full well who they are.
...could've done with a sub, this. No offence likes.
I said no.
Don't be silly.
Go sit in the corner and think about what you just said.
and that is it.
IT IS SUPER.
worriedaboutsatan are playing in LONDON, at the Social, on June 22.
With 65daysofstatic (DJs), Rival Consoles and Digitonal.
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...which means Kev was on stage with him... and Sam? I was left holding the baby, by whom I mean Beth from TNV if I remember correctly... splendid Spanish timesss...
It's not as good as ^this^ tho.
I think it's a LOL.
Nah. Just a slightly different perspective on a great album - playful over po-faced, which many a review of this album is. I should know, I wrote one!
...is a legend. I am SO LOOKING FORWARD to the ICA show tonight.
(it's quite a bit like Charles')
Thing is, the Mastodon album wasn't widely promo'd, so chances are it fell tween DiS cracks.
is fantastic. For real.
Ididsummindifferent - http://www.clashmusic.com/feature/singles-round-march-9th
a two-part Prodigy interview here:
It's, like, 9,000 words...
Is a little different...
I honestly think this sits well in their catalogue, which goes...
NUMERO UNO: Jilted Generation
Fat of the Land
Invaders Must Die
The View album isn't ALL bad.*
*PROFESSIONALISM MAKES ME SAY THIS.
Understandable. I'd say it's a better listen than a 5 suggests, but I appreciate that from a fan's perspective it's hardly classic fare.
a really great album. probably his best.
my (not as good) words:
...the gig's free (4pm doors) and there's another interview with the band here:
Is with Brontide and Three Trapped Tigers... plus ME DJing. SKillllzzzz.
You're a cruel man, you.
cover hurts my eyes tho.
other side of the fence now, boyo.
I saw Mr Kate Moss today.
is shit and don't you go forgetting it.
Actually, no. It's not even shit. It's nothing.
No. I have no idea. It is a quality record. You have to put it down to it not making a big enough splash across the industry board, likewise The Week That Was.
Why?'s Alopecia, probably. I think that's the one album I gave a great review to this year that I can firmly stand beside and still feel the same way about. It still surprises, still moves. But I don't play it as much as I did. Still a few times a month I return, but it's not a daily fix anymore!
I think if it was based solely on most plays, it would probably be the Johnny Foreigner album. I must've played the first six/seven songs off that record upwards of 50 times. Must've. Sad? Probably. It cheers me up like no other record has this year. And Cadence Weapon's album - that's great for getting me in a good mood on a bad day.
M83's album is great in parts - I had a real love affair with it in September, just before I got married. But having played it in full again today (unaware that it was ranking first here), it does slump in places, significantly. The highs are mighty, though.
What else? Flying Lotus, No Age, Deerhunter, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rolo Tomassi, Lovvers (not really an album, but phenomenally fiery), Fuck Buttons, TV on the Radio (to the haterzzz: shit off, it IS a great album), Gang Gang Dance... pretty predictable I suppose.
One album that has never clicked: Fleet Foxes. Sorry... them beardie dudes ain't for me.
I mean, you would.
...that I was playing the M83 record when I clicked on this. And it continues to play as I state: it's really not the best album of the year.
A great album with four/five truly standout tracks.
But the best of the bunch? Not for me, squires.
^ wriittted wurdz 2 ^