Feb 12th, 2008 // 36 Comments

parisbeefheart.jpgHey, remember that guy we called out for his article entitled “The Top 10 Albums That Every Music Snob Name Checks”, the one where you thought piling on in the comments section and calling him out for his lazy jabs at “hipsters” would make him and his publisher rethink ever printing another article recycling the always fresh “music snobs listen to music like this” premise? Oops, you were just playing into his hands: “[Music snobs are] the only people who would take to the forums and blogs to bash a story on music snobbery because the albums weren’t obscure enough.” And so now he’s back with “10 Even Snobbier Albums”! So, uh, feel free to snark on this one as well, but do remember that Web 2.0 is kind of like the evil Obi-Wan Kenobi. [Gibson]

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  1. loudersoft

    Maybe I’m a snob, but the idea that anyone would take him seriously blows my mind.

  2. Michaelangelo Matos

    For those of you unfamiliar with the duo, Scharpling and Wurster are essentially the Jerky Boys for the indie-snob sect.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the duo, Scharpling and Wurster are essentially the Jerky Boys for the indie-snob sect.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the duo, Scharpling and Wurster are essentially the Jerky Boys for the indie-snob sect.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the duo, Scharpling and Wurster are essentially the Jerky Boys for the indie-snob sect.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the duo, Scharpling and Wurster are essentially the Jerky Boys for the indie-snob sect.

  3. Dickdogfood

    That would actually be John Trubee, wouldn’t it?

  4. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    He blogs for Gibson?

    Yeah. That about sells it all.

    Utterly ridiculous.

  5. brasstax

    This guy has staked out a really interesting position. His writing is so frustratingly contemptuous of not just music snobbery, but music, yet it’s impossible to call him on anything because that just makes his argument stronger.

    I really wish I’d thought to do it FIRST!

  6. Anonymous

    @brasstax: Oh this album?
    Haven’t you heard this? Yeah, I’ve had it for a while now. I thought it was cool at first, but now I can see how derivative it is. But if you haven’t even heard it, there’s really no point in even discussing it, is there?

  7. iantenna

    where does this dude do his record shopping? 45 bucks for on the beach? it’s good but it ain’t that good.

  8. Ned Raggett

    @Michaelangelo Matos: Sectarian strife.

  9. Lax Danja House

    So the first list wasn’t the top ten? I don’t know about you chaps, but I simply cannot tolerate hyperbole on my internets.

  10. Ned Raggett

    @lax_dangerhouse: Write a stern letter of complaint to the Times in London, old man. It’ll do you a world of good.

  11. JudgeFudge

    I think this actually might be Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody writing under a pen name. There’s just nothing hipper than being too modest to like the hip stuff.

  12. heyzeus

    Jonah Bayer, you are that which you despise. And you know it.

  13. Lax Danja House

    @JudgeFudge: honest to blog?

  14. PopIsNotDead

    We were on this yesterday, and actually got Jonah to comment on our blog post about his first article.

    Burst Labs

    I have to admit, I at least feel like he knows how pointless his article is this time.

  15. Feh Am Legend

    Okay, come on, wasn’t this all covered by Music Snob’s Dictionary (or whatever) in Vanity Fair like six years ago?

  16. mike a

    OK, Jess/Maura, which one of you is moonlighting? This is just too easy.

  17. Anonymous

    Hipsters don’t play Kiss on the jukebox, even ironically. When is Toto finally going to get the wink wink respect they so rightly deserve?

    Come on.

    “somethin’ somethin’ somethin’ AAAAAfricaaa”

  18. SuperUnison

    I like this list better because “Pink Flag” is genuineley that good. I always bring that one out whenever someone talks about The Ramones or the Sex Pistols.

    @JudgeFudge: Quit going Carlos Mencia on my shit ([idolator.com]). I made that joke almost two weeks ago about the last list. Are you just getting around to jacking “milkshake” stuff from “There Will Be Blood” as well?

  19. SuperUnison

    @JudgeFudge: Quit jackin’ my jive! [idolator.com]

  20. the rich girls are weeping

    I’ve seen this asshat on the subway, I think. Or, you know, some other “music journalist” who looks just like him. UGH.

    You know what’s sad about stuff like this, though? Not that it isn’t “obscure enough” — no his bigotry and classism shines through the “humor.”

    But hey, now I know who to blame for the high class prose that passes for writing in Alternative Press.

    Whatever, guy — drink your coffee in front of Balthazar and have the temerity to bash No Wave. You’re so part of the problem, go back to Cleveland.

  21. Moimeme

    Haha, pwned.

  22. Matt Cibula

    Hate the asshat, not the Cleve.

  23. JudgeFudge

    @SuperUnison: You are totally right, superunison. I am stealing all your shit – no one but you is making Diablo Cody jokes these days.

    You might even say that “I drink all your milkshake”.

  24. the rich girls are weeping

    @Matt Cibula: My bad — nothing against the Cleve. So, will you please, please take him back and let him be a hoity-toity yuppie snob over there?

  25. SuperUnison

    @JudgeFudge: It was the same joke about the same guy, which is what threw me. Whatevs, no grudge. Cultural drainage.

  26. Anonymous

    Anyone else want to hear that Bad Religion album?

    How about Loveless? This guy’s a bozo.

  27. Mordy

    Where, outside obviously High Fidelity, did people get the idea that music “snobs” can’t be enthusiastic about any music? (“Do we like these ones as well? Who knows? Have you ever noticed that hipsters and music snobs will never really, fully commit to liking anything?”) If anything, I’ve noticed that music nerds, myself included, get super enthusiastic about music all the time. That’s, actually, what makes us nerdy. Most of my friends enjoy music, but none of them stop in the middle of a conversation to sing along to a jukebox (or get distracted and just start singing without a jukebox). I’m always in LOVE with a brand new album that I JUST HEARD and all my friends HAVE TO HEAR IT NOW OMGOMGOMG CAN’TCATCHMYBREATH.

  28. Mordy

    Also, if he really wants to send this thing through the roof for the third [inevitable] edition of this column, he should just cite 10 Tzadik albums. I’ll start him off: Yagi Michiyo’s Shizuku, Electric Masada’s At The Mountains Of Madness, and Anthony Coleman’s The Abysmal Richness of the Infinite Proximity of the Same.

  29. AcidReign

        Toto should totally be on that blogger’s list! Steve Luthaker played Gibson guitars back in the 70s, on guitar-driven stuff like “Hold the Line.” That was before he figured out that outfits like Ibanez, Valley Arts, and MusicMan would pay him to play their guitars. “Love isn’t always oh-on tie-yime!

  30. stephenbush

    As good as Pink Flag and Songs About Fucking are, I think a *true* music snob would prefer 154 and Atomizer…

  31. Clevertrousers

    “I like this list better because “Pink Flag” is genuineley that good. I always bring that one out whenever someone talks about The Ramones or the Sex Pistols.” – Yeah, you and everyone else who read Simon Reynolds’ book. LOLz This is the reason I lost interest in white people music 20 years ago.

  32. Clevertrousers

    I thought Scharlping and Wuster were just filler after Ken and Andy’s show on FMU?

  33. SuperUnison

    @Clevertrousers: The best thing about “Rip It Up and Start Again” was that it gave me just enough context to feel snobbish by proxy about a bunch of records that I can’t imagine myself listening to and forming an opinion on. (I’m not sure if I’m kidding or not.)

    “Pink Flag” I actually got into before that book was even written. Can’t say the same for most of “Our Band Could Be Your Life.”

  34. Anonymous

    @stephenbush, don’t you mean Chairs Missing, and Lungs?

    Substitute “liberal” for hipster and it’s just another wingnut blog.

  35. Anonymous

    @Clevertrousers: Yeah! White people music stinks!

  36. KinetiQ

    Somebody call the WAAAAAAAAAH-mbulance!

    Jonah Bayer’s all “neh-neh-NAYEH-nuh strawman fallacy neh-neh-neh” and I’m all “dood ur dumb” I win! lulz.

    And when that doesn’t work? DO IT AGAIN.

    Congratulations! You win one internet! (Not redeemable for actual journalistic integrity or respect.)

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