Soundcheck asks the loaded question, staging the next round in the "everyone's a critic" vs. "no one's a critic" neverending title bout. Irrelevant, irreplaceable, both, none of the above, I don't know. I'm not sure it's really worth that much sweat, either, not in the way the question is currently being framed. I think the job, role, hobby, fetish, whatever it is has shifted. It's less gatekeeper, more curator. There's just too much, both in breadth and depth. I'd say what the grassroots armchair off-the-shelfers do is absolutely necessary for the salaried wordsmiths. Rolling Stone can do the Dylan worship without any support, but who's going to make sure Bon Iver goes from self-released to #29 in less than a year?
The whole "holiday shopping for myself" excuse is wearing pretty thin...
Also, I've reevaluated: I think Sound Fix is a pretty good record store. And Academy, too, I guess.
Anduin | Forever Waiting | Smtg Ltd | Purple Swirl Animal Collective | Feels | Fat Cat | Black 2xLP Bush, Kate | Hounds of Love | EMI | Black Cold Cave | The Trees Grew Emotions and Died | Dais | Black | 427/500 Der Teenage Panzerkorps | Harmful Emotions | Siltbreeze | Black | Cut & Paste Artwork Fennesz | Black Sea | Touch | Black Fleet Foxes | S/T | Sub Pop | Black 2xLP Hercules and Love Affair | S/T | DFA/EMI | Black 2xLP Sic Alps | U.S. EZ | Siltbreeze | Black
Positives: Putz and K-Rod make things look goooood in the late innings come April. Negatives: Madoff, give Wilpon his fucking money back.
Real victory for the week: finding that Pink Reason EP, dick-swastika edition (it's a real charmer). Didn't think that would happen for a while. Real bust for the week: Why didn't I pick up that Cold Cave?
Blank Dogs | Stuck Inside the World | Daggerman | Black Condominium | Pupils | Self-Released | Black Dead Luke | Record One | Sacred Bones | Black Dead Luke | Record Two | Sacred Bones | Black Dead Luke | Running Scared | Sweet Rot | Black Drunken Barn Dance | A Winter's Tale b/w Evelyn Wears a Tiara| Leroy St. | White Men's Recovery Project | Normal Man | Gravity | Black Pink Reason | Throw It Away | Criminal IQ | Black Pretty & Nice | Tora, Tora, Tora | Leroy St. | Black | 2nd Test Press, 4/10
Animals & Men | Never Bought, Never Sold | Mississippi | Black Drunkdriver | Born Pregnant | Parts Unknown | Black Invasion | S/T | La Vida Es Un Mus | Black Los Llamarada | Take the Sky | S-S | Black Los Llamarada | The Exploding Now | S-S | Black Pretty & Nice | Pink & Blue | Leroy St. | Translucent Blue Sex Vid | Communal Living | Dom America | Black Sods | Recordings 78-79 | Kong Paere | Yellow Marble