Earlier today I was having a conversation via Twitter with Kyle Matteson (@solace) about the A.V. Club’s Best Music of the Decade list. I took issue with the fact that this is a best of the decade list by a sort of indie-pub and there were five bands on the list I’d never, ever heard of. NEVER.
While I’ll be the first to admit I am no musicgeek (no matter how much I long to be one), I am pretty savvy. I usually know what the cool jams are, even if I haven’t actually listened to those jams. I’m down with the kids and their rock and roll.
So yeah, I was calling some shenanigans on that list. If these were the best of the decade, how come this is the first time I’m reading about them?
Here’s why, so many musicbloggers appear to have no editorial eye. Often times they’re too busy touting the latest thing as the best thing ever. And when everything is the best, it’s hard to discern what’s really worthy of your time. Sometimes I swear music blogs are only written for other musicbloggers, because they aren’t for the casual music fan. We can’t keep up. Right now the music folder in Google Reader is sitting at 121 unread items. That’s just from today.
Where are the tastemakers? Because I want to subscribe to those blogs and unsubscribe from all the rest of them. I want the blogs who are consistently offering up opinions and not just reporting on the lastest YouTube video by a cute girl with a ukulele.
Is that too much to ask? Where do you learn about new music?