Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Week Of Juy 19th Update (or why we bash Sufjan)

The backlash begins. Music bloggers have built Sufjan Stevens into a godlike creature and now it's time to tear him down. Much of this criticism was brought on by the release of Avalanche and the recent article by Thomas Erlwhine here. Interesting articles for and against Sufjan from The Rawking Refuses To Stop!, Bows Plus Arrows, Parking Lot Cities.

Chromewaves has two posts deserving a mention. First he explores some of the ethical problems encountered when dealing with labels and secondly he refutes the New York Times piece about the demise of alt-country.

When a couple of us bloggers got together and started this endeavor there were skeptics and critics that said it would be biased and wouldn't work. We said they were wrong but they were actually right. It's impossible to be human and not be biased. So we're taking turns posting so that any bias is evened out by multiple posters. So I'll admit I'm biased towards Ramona Cordova. His record, The Boy Who Floated Freely, came out last year but apparently it's been reserviced to a handful of mp3 bloggers and more good press is rolling in for this amazing and underappreciated (although he's big in Europe) artist. Goodhodgkins has an excellent write up here. As does Songs To The Siren here (in French).

More music news from the NY Times as they report on the graying of record stores - their owners and customers both. Bloggers don't get blamed directly but new media and the internet are mentioned as factors.


If we all weren't ugly Americans...we could read some of the posts on these excellent foreign mp3 blogs:

La Bogotheque is one of the premier French mp3 blogs. The man behind this site has been putting up amazing mixtapes, championing underdog bands and of late producing concerts and off the wall videos. Check out his site and tell me you don't wish you could speak French.

More French blogs: Blog Up, David F, Songs To The Siren


**New Kids On The Block (newish mp3 blogs that deserve your consideration, patronage and service)**

Cable and Tweed has consistently been bringing it since their inception in January of this year. Recent posts on Jon Auer, Arcade Fire and Kite Flying Society.

The Air Strange began in April 2006 and has been kicking it with a mix of indie news and touring info of particular interest to those in the Quad Cities. What's that you east coasters say. Well it's somewhere in the Midwest I think?!

This weeks rant by Craig from Songs:Illinois/Swedesplease


Blogger Rich said...

Why, thanks for the mention Craig. I didn't even know this page existed!

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