Blah Blah Blah

Sep 24th, 2008 // 4 Comments

If you have time to kill and a broadband connection and an unexplained desire to hear me spout off even more than I already do, why not watch these panels that presented on the future of music journalism, the meaning(lessness?) of “indie,” and music-discovery sites? To further entice you into clicking, I will tell you that they are hosted by former Subterranean VJ Jim Shearer and feature such luminaries as Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork, Michael Azerrad, and the dude who created Muxtape. (OK, I’m going to go hide in the corner now.) []


  1. Anonymous

    cool. i was worried i wouldnt be able to watch these because i live in canada, but now it seems like IFC will only bar me from watching clips from the henry rollins show for that reason.

  2. MayhemintheHood

    Cool stuff there. You’re a celebrity.

    I am interested by the discussion of “what is independent music in 2008?” but it can be kind of draining to hear the word “indie” so many times in the span of about 10 minutes. Also, Ryan Schreiber says that people that listen to “indie” music don’t care what’s considered “indie”. I think that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  3. Anonymous

    i was particularly interested in the “where music journalism is headed” part of the panel, especially the first part about music blogs. i recently started a music blog myself, and in less than a month, i was contacted by a PR company ([]) to interview one of their artists (one whose album i had reviewed). i was sceptical at first, but i also thought that if they happened to be legit then i should just take the opportunity while i have it. so i wrote up some questions and fired them off to the representative who had approached me in the first place. weeks go by, and i heard nothing from them. in fact, it’s been months now (we first corresponded in july) and i’ve not received my responses… but i did receive their press releases. i’ve written the person i had initial correspondence with, and in all his responses, he assures me that it should “be another day or so…”

    at this point i’m certain that they just wanted me to write about their artists in exchange for this interview, or while i naively waited for responses that were never going to come. i would’ve written about a band or two, but all the bands they sent me were complete shite. i didn’t think that blasting their artists would help my rapport with them, so i just didn’t bother.

    jesus, i’ve written more than i thought i would. sorry, i don’t even know if this is the correct place to put this comment. i just watched the video and thought i’d chime in about my experiences with PR companies, and their attitudes toward blogs.

    question to maura: have you ever dealt with press here publicity before in your time writing here?

  4. RaptorAvatar

    These are actually pretty good. I haven’t seen the latest one yet.

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