a music blog that criticises music blogs?

A few weeks ago a friend emailed me an article written by Nick Hornby, author of the wonderful novel High Fidelity. In the article Hornby discusses the liberating effect music blogs have had in providing fans with valuable information on discovering new music, thus making the whole searching process far simpler and easier.

Now maybe it’s because of my natural tendency towards pessimism (who am i kidding, it’s exactly why), but after reading the article, i couldn’t help but ponder what the negative aspects of music blogs are? Now don’t get me wrong, I use them myself and the irony isn’t lost on me that this too is a music blog.  However, as with anything that’s new, I think it’s important to recognise the possibly detrimental factors.

The end of the record shop

With the advent of the internet, blogs and online mp3 shopping, who needs a local record store? They are rapidly disappearing. I can think of numerous independent stores that have shut down over the past 5 years in Sydney. Sure a lot of existing ones have diversified, surviving by moving to digital sales themselves, but what about the loss of the human experience? Hornby talks about being intimidated by record stores…honestly mate, grow a pair would you! I for one have fond memories of times spent lost in record shops and am beginning to miss the physical experience as i begin to encounter it less and less.

The devaluation of music

With music now so readily available through a few simple mouse clicks, and with much of it being downloaded illegally from blogs, appreciation has waned. There’s no denying that we now treat music much differently than we used to. You can cherish a record or CD. You don’t really cherish an mp3 file.

There was an interesting study made at the University Of Leicester on how people relate to music more passively now.

Blogs ripping off artists

Despite most blogs now providing music legally or offering samples of tracks for preview or play, many blogs that offer tracks for illegal download still exist – an ongoing problem for artists trying to make a living as musicians.

Even blogs that legally comply with record companies have come under fire recently, with Google shutting some of them down:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/feb/11/google-deletes-music-blogs

It will be interesting to see what happens in the future with regards to music blogging, for at the moment we are still living in such a transitional stage.

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2 Responses to “a music blog that criticises music blogs?”


  1. 1 Dave O'Halloran March 22, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Darn right!! with the advent of online music facilities we are now witnessing what i call ‘the death of musical intimacy’. No longer do you spend hours trawling through piles of vinyl or cds in search of that one track, the name you dont know but you will know it when you hear it. The music scene is starting to resemble the cheap trashiness that seems to be taking over our airwaves and music charts; Quick, cheap, full of innuendo and always sung in “a club” its a poor reflection on society and what we now call music. Its a shame that the days where bands spent months recording music have now taken a back seat to the Ke$sha’s and Lady Ga Ga’s who spit out music in a matter of hours for people who just to rip straight from the net. Besides who would spend there hard earned money on hearing blah blah blah disco stick??? Not me…

  2. 2 henners83 March 22, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Well said Dave!

    I love a good rant.


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