If you talk to me about my status/future/job as a music critic, one thing you may hear me say is that I’m a music critic who disagrees with music critics. That’s not to say that I’m so overwhelmingly original that no one ever shares my point of view. It’s just that, more often than not, I tend to whole-heartedly disagree with a large portion of others in this “business.”
Usually, I try to stay away from pointing this out on here, because being the busy woman that I am, my declaration of opinion often comes second, and I certainly don’t want to create the illusion that I am taking a point of view on something with the sole purpose of disagreeing or trying to look hip or some such thing. Awhile ago, I wanted to point out how relieved I was when Fluxblog wrote the only review I’d seen not calling Sufjan Stevens’ Illnois a masterpiece and/or the best album of 2005. But by the time I got this thing running, it was far too late.
In my last post, you’ll notice that, in my review of the Two Gallants / Sam Champion / Cold War Kids show, I didn’t write about Sam Champion. This is mostly because I’d seen them before and wasn’t impressed, and on second viewing – well, I still wasn’t impressed, and not being impressed twice is hardly something to write about.
Well, Stereogum went and proved my point. Today, in their review, they write that Sam Champion was the only band that was memorable. Granted, they have a lot more indie cred than I do, so perhaps I should wait to point out this kind of thing before I have more clout, but you can’t blame a girl for trying to differentiate herself early on in a sea of similar looking sharks.
Mrs. D. says:
May 2, 2006
Why would someone take a band like Sam Champion’s first good press and shit talk it on two different blogs? First there was your linked Stereogum comments. Then you dedicate a whole post to saying how much you disagree that people might like the band? It seems like a weird use of time. If you weren’t waiting in line for Killers tickets two years ago you would’ve had a vantage point and seen how far this band has come and will continue to go.
May 2, 2006
I’m not “shit talking” Sam Champion. Honestly, I respect anyone who has the balls to go out there and make music. Their stylings aren’t my thing, but that’s okay. If you actually read this post, you would’ve understood that my point was NOT to point out that I dislike Sam Champion (and I also never said or even implied that I didn’t think people might like them), simply that I tend to disagree with a lot of other bloggers and critics. Also, assuming that I didn’t see Sam Champion before recently is a silly mistake, because I did — when I saw them, it was years ago, back in Seattle at a Barsuk show — I believe it was with John Vanderslice and Death Cab for Cutie at the Paradox in 2001 or 2002, but that was over 4 years ago, so you can’t blame a girl for having a short memory.
Mrs. D. says:
May 3, 2006
Sam Champion wasn’t a band in 2001 and they weren’t in Seattle.
May 3, 2006
then perhaps it was in 2002, but I’m pretty sure when I saw them it was in Seattle… either way, I’ve seen them before, a couple years ago.
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