I’m not a big proponent of bands having to pay their dues before they get popular, but I think this short trajectory nonsense is a career killer and also a music killer. People can blame mp3s if they want for the state of the industry, but the fact that fans are constantly having to find a new band to like because their favorite mp3 of the day came from a band that existed for six months on the internet and in some loft space in Bushwick is utterly ridiculous. Eventually you grow up and you don’t have time to be a maven like when you were 22. And chances are, your favorite band when you were 22 doesn’t exist when you’re thirty-something.
It’s why I have a warm spot in my heart for bands like The National, Beirut, TV On The Radio, New Pornographers, etc. You can count on them making great music every few years….
Derek Evers, Impose Magazine
My take is that, for better or worse, the scene is changing, and now instead of kids who just want to be a part of an awesome scene throwing awesome shows, most bands feels entitled, especially if they have a “booking agent” or “manager.” With that comes a different set of ideals, goals, and ultimately, a weakening of the independent community in Brooklyn. It’s no coincidence that this comes at a time when the industry is no longer “broken” as it was during the last five amazing years in this borough. But the DIY punk of the 1980s eventually morphed into hair metal by the end of the decade, so why would we assume our scene would be any different?
Jessica Suarez, Stereogum
People are trying to force a scene or big movement when there isn’t one, or seeing patterns where there are no patterns. Sometimes things are fractured, and that’s good! Or else we end up with more ridiculous genre names and micro trends.
Pete D’Angelo, Ernest Jenning Record Co.
We’re lucky. Complaining about anything seems stupid, but I guess one of the most annoying things is how hard it is to see through the bullshit and figure out what bands are hype and what bands are actually incredible. Every time you think you have it figured out, you’re proven wrong—that band with the stupid name and bad attitude is actually incredible. That band you thought was going to crush your soul with brilliance is just some emperor’s new clothes garbage that everyone’s afraid to say is awful. Oh, and the outfits. Have you seen some of the outfits?
Jose Luis Garcia, The Beets
What’s with all these $10 shows? I know we’re in some sort of recession, but I remember when everything was six bucks. Am I just being cheap? It seems like a deterrent for people to see new bands, me included. I know bands need to get paid, I’m in a band, of course, and we have expenses. But honestly the expenses haven’t changed in the past three years. Soo… fix that? As for music trends, I don’t really follow. But better band names please.
Carlye Wisel and Donald Rasmussen of Big Ugly Yellow Couch
We recognize that we’re unbelievably lucky to even have this much music available to us at our disposal and don’t want to sound like complainy complainersons, but the role that hype has played, particularly in the blogosphere, can be rather daunting. Chris Weingarten was the first to really speak out about “firsties,” and we can’t help but notice that the nature of exclusives paired with an “I had it before you” mentality sometimes gets in the way of what should be the bottom line of music blogs—spreading the word about artists you love, not taking claim to posting an mp3 stream three weeks before Pitchfork. It’s something we’ve been working hard to combat with our site, as we only shoot couch sessions with bands we absolutely, truly adore, but to be able to stick to that sentiment and not be influenced by the hype has been difficult, and at some times, a real challenge.