Criticalgoatwar

Best phrase that someone googled to get to this blog: what does dilletantism mean?

Writing about music is a dubious proposition. It’s almost always thankless and time-devouring. It’s generally looked down upon by the musicians it pretends to review; and it’s as easily perceived as mere ad copy to move units rather than some kind of meaningful exegesis. Needless to say I fucking detest most music writing. The bland, artless drivel seems legion; although I fully, sadly acknowledge that it often reflects bland, artless, and bloated music.

I haven’t done much of this kind of writing in the last year or so, concentrating on what I so often have rightly/wrongly considered “real” writing. I don’t know if I will continue music writing either, but at the same time, looking back at this blog after almost forgetting I wrote it I feel slightly inspired again. Certainly there’s been a ton of music released lately that have brought about the kind of self-absorbed flights I call writing here (Portal! Rowe/Lambkin! Column of Heaven!). Either way, I’m not sure if this new writing will conform to the same narrow spectrum I covered here previously, namely the electro-acoustic and noise morass, or spread out more liberally across a broader palette. While no one really cares or needs these place holder accounts of varying varieties of “jeez, it’s been a long time since an update!” — jesus, dude, just fucking write something then — they do kick my own ass into gear, and help define what I feel I need to accomplish. As if there’s anything to be accomplished — what a joke. But I figure, what the hell, let’s see what sticks.

Ok, see you later. Whoever you are.

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4 Responses to “Criticalgoatwar”

  1. Well, here’s a thought – wait for the new Lambkin/Lescalleet to come out and if you like it, write something about it. That might melt the ice, then you can write a few more by the end of the year when you publish the annual best albums list and stuff (I need that for metal recommendations I can trust). After that you keep going.

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