Five Ways To Not Write A Trend Piece On Music Blogs

Maura | May 5, 2008 - 9:30 am

Ah, trend stories, the bane of every journalistic enterprise. On the one hand, they are handy for editors who want to know what “the kids” who will be taking their jobs and houses are up to. On the other hand, they’re generally vacuous glosses on subjects that are way too surface-gleaning to even be called… More » Vs. Videogum: It’s On! (Not Really.)

Maura | April 9, 2008 - 10:30 am

Now that Pitchfork’s video-heavy and Stereogum’s “Television With Even Less Pity Than Television Without Pity” spinoff Videogum have safely launched, we can all see the folly of all the pre-launch “OMG direct competitors?!?” More »

Jess Harvell | March 11, 2008 - 2:00 am

Dear Stereogum, if you promise to never, ever write about hip-hop ever again (ever!)–especially with all the overwrought Wire references, factual errors about samples, misspellings (unless that errant “e” tacked onto Flavaor Flav is some Quayle-era gag I don’t get), fat jokes, and ironic “z’s”… More »

The Ideal Indie Rock Woman: Pale, Malnourished, And With Really Bad Bangs

jharv | December 12, 2007 - 2:46 am

Stereogum released the results of its reader-voted “2007 Gummy Awards” today, and once again the winners in “Ms. Indie Rock” prove that when it comes to wank-mining material, your average indie-rocking male is looking for (gasp!) a skinny white girl with a shaggy haircut. Emphasis on the “skinny.” And did we mention the “white”? Aside… More »

Stereogum’s Worth? A Bubblicious $5 Million

Maura | December 7, 2007 - 9:01 am

The owners of indiecentric blog Stereogum–founder Scott Lapatine, ex-AOL head Bob Pittman, and former MTV digital guru Jason Hirschhorn–have flipped their equity stakes in the site to the music-centric social-networking service Buzznet; in exchange, the three men will get an ownership stake in… More »

Maura | November 6, 2007 - 3:30 am

Head honcho Ryan Schreiber returns to Pitchfork reviewing duties to pen a 1,390-word love letter to Grizzly Bear’s EP that’s sealed with a kiss–in the form of a “Best New Music” commendation, natch–but sadly, even though he writes that he’s not afraid of “looking like Grizzly Bear Fan #1″ in his… More »

“Let’s Talk” About One Of The Most Interesting Music Books You’ll Read This Year

jharv | October 5, 2007 - 4:58 am

Many moons ago (i.e. in March), former Idolator Brian Raftery launched a broadside at the snooty/reactionary response Stereogum had to the idea of the 33 1/3 series of books publishing Carl Wilson’s critical journey into the heart (will go on) of darkness that is Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love. The irony, as a few… More »

When Exactly Did Stereogum’s Comments Section Turn Into The <em>National Review</em>?

jharv | September 20, 2007 - 10:01 am

Whenever Stereogum posts a rap news item or a new hip-hop track/video, the indie-reactionary ire in the comments section always teeters between hilarious and just plain enervating, making our own commenters’ occasional “oh noes, not more rap music!” kvetching seem downright reasonable. But this most recent selection of comments from SG’s simple, non-threatening “hey, KanyeMore »

Dear “Stereogum Readers”: Stop Spamming Us About Dan Deacon

jharv | July 18, 2007 - 4:30 am

Today we have recieved multiple emails from watchful street teamers tipsters alerting us to a friggin’ link Stereogum posted on friggin’ Monday to a pretty embarrassing interview in Ignore Magazine with Baltimore electroni-cat Dan Deacon that features hiiiii-larious inquiries like “How do you… More »

Maura | July 10, 2007 - 3:43 am

Popular music-review Web site plants big wet one on popular indie-rock blog. It’s like watching the high school quarterback and head cheerleader get together, except about 5000% nerdier! More »

Tribute to ‘OK Computer’

Maura | July 10, 2007 - 3:43 am

Popular music-review Web site plants big wet one on popular indie-rock blog. It’s like watching the high school quarterback and head cheerleader get together, except about 5000% nerdier! More »

Even Our Co-Workers Prefer Stereogum

Brian Raftery | May 24, 2007 - 1:38 am

Sigh. Well, you can say this about Gawker Media: In the Bush era, they may be the last organization left that doesn’t resort to knee-jerk cronyism. More »

Let’s Talk About Stereogum

Brian Raftery | March 8, 2007 - 3:14 am

Oh, Stereogum. How much fun it must be to live your lives as if you were still riding in the middle-section of the eighth-grade school-bus, talking down to the other kids because they’re still digging Green Jellö while you’ve moved on to Superchunk. More »

A Music-Blog Identity Crisis: Who Sucked The Fun Out Of Stereogum?

Brian Raftery | January 18, 2007 - 3:48 am

A few years ago, we discovered a fledgling, semi-regularly updated music blog called Stereogum. Written by VH1 employee Scott Lapatine, it quickly became a daily read: Earnest, easily digestible, and charmingly low-fi–much like the music it covered. We loved it. More »

The Blogger Job Board: Like One Of Those “Work From Home” Scams, But With Free CDs

Maura | January 12, 2007 - 11:51 am

If you see a lot of posts on referencing résumé-polishing, it’s because the past few days have seen not one, but two help-wanted ads from music blogs. More »

Year-End Analysis, Part V: Stereogum’s Readers Are More Indie Than You

Maura | December 21, 2006 - 1:19 am

Earlier today, Stereogum released the results of its readers’ poll, newly christened The Gummys; the albums list was topped by The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls In America, with TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear, Joanna Newsom, and The Decemberists rounding out the top five. More »

TV On The Radio Vs. Stereogum’s Commenters: A Handy Primer

Maura | December 12, 2006 - 11:00 am

Firestorm at Stereogum: In their second Karen O demo post, the leaker of the demos confessed, TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek’s damning blog post about the CD-R allegedly being stolen from him was reprinted, and the commenters waved “Live Free (Music) Or Die” flags. More »

Universal Sends Its Legal Team Into Stereogum’s Comment Section

Maura | November 20, 2006 - 11:25 am

Perhaps spurred on by an aghast Bono, Universal Music Group is claiming that Bank of America committed copyright violations when two employees, Ethan Chandler and Jim Debois, performed their synergy-praising cover of “One” that made the Internet rounds last week. More »

Stereogum’s Listening Session Reveals A Slightly Tin Ear

Maura | November 14, 2006 - 3:51 am

Stereogum reposted the new Timbaland/Nelly Furtado/Justin Timberlake joint earlier this afternoon, and the accompanying pan contained this groaner: Not surprisingly, the beat is awesome once it kicks in, but then we’re smacked with Nelly’s vox and umm … why does hip-hop hate melody so much?! More »

$tereogum: So How Much Money We Talking Here?

Brian Raftery | October 30, 2006 - 10:00 am

More $tereogum news over the weekend, this time focusing on how site founder Scott Lapatine’s former boss, Triple H Media head Jason Hirschhorn, helped hook him up with Pilot Group’s deep-pocketed investor Bob Pittman: According to one source, Pittman told Hirschhorn to bring… More »

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