Christopher R. Weingarten, a freelance writer for Rolling Stone, Idolator, et. al., spoke at the “140 Characters Conference” and touched on a lot of pressing issues for music journalism. You can follow his quest to review 1,000 records this year on Twitter @1000timesyes.
Weingarten has an interesting niche with the quantity and quality of reviews at his site, but many of them get lost in the sea of other updates.
Anyway, part of me watches his lecture above, to be sure there’s a lot of interesting ideas culture-wise going on, but for most of its duration thinks this is why people hate music critics, this is why we have tossed your kind aside. It reeks of Nancy Kerrigan screaming “why me” over and over again. In many ways, though he’s probably around my age, it’s like he’s from the generation ahead of me.
But then he talks about the lack of “why” and “because” in our current culture and I can’t help but feel a heavy kinship with him. There is a lot of great writing on music blogs and I suspect he knows where to find the kind of wheat chafing he desires — the kind of thoughtful analysis and critical acumen absent most music writing. But honestly, most music writing has been reduced to album leaks, regurgitating mp3 press releases, and posting videos with snarky comments.
So in that spirit here are five music blogs that are consistently interesting, passionate, well-written, always discovering new bands and worth your time to read. In the parlance of our times, they rise above. Is that the parlance of our times?
- I Am Fuel, You Are Friends by Heather Browne
- Fluxblog by Matthew Perpetua
- Aquarium Drunkard by Justin Gage
- Catbird Seat by Ryan Catbird
- Pretty Much Amazing by Luis Tovar
But the truth is there are a panoply of other music blogs/new media sites that I consider daily reading and would recommend in a heartbeat. No seriously. Trying to cull that list down to five was painstaking and right now I’m like how could I leave off Said the Gramophone or Largehearted Boy or, or, geez my auditory synapses are about to explode. [via MFR]