Meant to mention this last week: On the website/blog Cover Stories, Mike Goldstein takes an album cover, and writes about it at length–extraordinary length–including (in some cases) Q&As with the photographers behind those covers. Not all the LPs covered thus far have been to my taste, but it’s a pretty cool idea for a site. The link comes courtesty of the always invaluable Music Press Report, which also features an interview with Goldstein … Continue reading Blog Alert: Cover Stories
Some good thoughts on last wk’s blogger piece: Tom Ewing in Freaky Trigger wonders if social networking distractions like MySpace and Facebook haven’t sapped music bloggers of some of their energy. And new-to-me (which makes us new to each other) blog, Pretty Goes with Pretty wisely notes the irony of the non-interactive e-mail format “since the nature of many of the questions had to do … Continue reading Blogger Interview Follow-ups
Blabbin’ the Night Away: The rockcritics.com Music Blogger Symposium
By Scott Woods
The idea to bring a few music critics together–virtually speaking, that is–to answer some questions about blogging was borne less out of unbridled enthusiasm for the medium than it was out of a mild but growing disenchantment. If it seems a bit premature to declare music blogs dead-in-the-water, it has nonetheless felt in the last couple years like the initial flurry of excitement across the you-know-what-o-sphere has diminished somewhat. Not to suggest that interesting arguments and lively discussions don’t still erupt every now and again. Or that the obsessive-esoteric pursuits of certain bloggers aren’t sometimes fascinating in and of themselves. Or that there is a single newsstand music ‘zine today even half as engaging as the most inane online chatter. But something, and I don’t know what exactly, has shifted on the ground–and not, in my opinion, in the best possible direction. Hence this symposium.
Perhaps it was inevitable that music blogs, after the initial buzz and howl phase (look ma, no word count!) would settle into a deeper, less noisy groove, but too often the settling in has felt like a retreat into the corner. (From a guy who’s abandoned more blogs than he has fingers, trust me, this is not an admonishment so much as a lament.) Like I said, good, interesting things still happen in those corners, even if it does kinda resemble a high school dance, with participants in the various corners of the room doing little more than nodding at (if not altogether avoiding) one another. Or as David Moore from Cure for Bedbugs puts it, “For some reason a kind of individualist mindset has really taken hold in music blogs, like we’re just here to watch the madmen and women raving from a polite distance.”
Steven Ward joins the WordPress fray with Hamburger Midnight – and with any luck he’ll pop his head in here at some point also. Continue reading Hamburger Midnight