Friday, October 16, 2009

get illuminated cause the old state starts to rust

you know me. i hate things that other people like. not to say that once other people start liking something i like i start to hate it but that has happened on occasion. i can't help it. i'm just one of those people that starts to lose interest in something once everyone else is doing it. (yes i see the irony in talking about how much of an individual i am in a blog.) my point is that i have never needed anyone else's opinion to help steer me towards things that i felt were worth my attention. i spend stupid amounts of time scouring the planet for music, films, art, clothing or whatever and if it speaks to my sensibilities, i try and hop on it as fast as i can. i find that when creative things are taken out, paraded and flogged, as they so often are in the mainstream media, they start to lose whatever their original message was very quickly. to sum up my opinion; mainstream = banal and generally crappy. niche interests = a pure gamble that span the gamut of life changing to "holy shit that's awful, burn it burn it now" and are looked on as pretentious. i'll take pretentious gamble over banality thank you very much.

having said that, pitchfork for some strange reason has become the end all be all of music reviews for sometime now and i really don't get it at all. why does the opinion of a handful of johnny come lately, third string scenesters seem to count as the gospel on music these days? i regularly see reviews for music that is fully yesterdays news by the time it gets on their site jammed with words like, "when i got around to listening to their major label debut" which means, "i don't know who these guys are but this cd was dropped on my desk and then i googled them and downloaded their eight album back catalogue so now i have an opinion about them even though i've never seen them live and don't know anyone that has."

yes the argument can be made that most critics are on the third or fourth string list of who gets to discover something these days because most publications won't let them write about the cool new act they saw at some dingy club last wednesday. instead they have to write about what they find in their in-box because it's safe and people have heard of it. i do not however buy this argument because that's a really easy way to get away with a doing the least amount of work possible. this is a website where the staff will write about what they had for dinner the night they listened to an album instead of the actual album because they think they're funny, witty and have the final say on what frat boy douche bags should be listening to.

yes this is a tirade. no i'm not sorry (ok, i'm a little sorry) that you've been swept into my friday afternoon anger management because the upside is that you should go out and buy the new(ish) as tall as lions album, you can't take it with you.

if you haven't heard of them then shame on you. if you have heard of them then why haven't you told the people you know about them? yes this only helps to perpetuate the circle of influence this band has by bringing them closer and closer to a point where people that like to keep our precious bands in our pockets so no one else can get at them are suddenly forced to give them up and move on so mainstream audiences can enjoy their goodness, but really that happened a while ago to these lads and they deserve big crowds of people showing up at their shows. they're a solid group with catchy as hell songs. they might be a little too melancholic at times but that's been the trend for a lot longer than i've been alive so who am i to judge?

this was a messy post. run on sentences. fragments. bleh. i'm tired and can't be bothered to spell check.

go buy some music. it will make both of us feel better.

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