moments before the wind.

October 19, 2006

leaving on a big jet

Filed under: authenticity, business, indie, music, news, reviews, writing — alimarcus @ 6:26 pm

Trouble at The Stranger. A music-related advertising person was caught writing music reviews under a penname. This person along with the music editor of the mag resigned because of it. Editorial and advertising are supposed to be totally separate, journalistic integrity and all that, but Jen Graves’ piece, which is sort of an apology and sort of a defense, standing up for The Stranger‘s right to walk the line b/c of their rebellious nature. Which is total BS, for two reasons. One, The Stranger is not punk rock, and the fact that they think they are only takes away from their ability to really publish good writing, which does happen, but not nearly often enough. And two, every publication blurs the line somewhere. Integrity is like restaurant health codes: even if the food that arrives at your table looks exsquisite, you have no idea what was going on backstage. And most people don’t want to know, they just want to believe it’s kosher. Calling a spade a spade, which The Stranger thinks they’re so good at doing, doesn’t clean the kitchen counter, if you know what I mean.

 I don’t have a personal vendetta against The Stranger, I just don’t like their ‘tude. I even went there for a meeting once, and met this guy who’s now the tarnished music editor. He was a really nice guy, and so were the other folks. They sure didn’t seem to act the way their writing sounds. It made me stop and wonder, about what the weight of people’s expectations can really do. I wonder who the new editor will be.

1 Comment »

  1. Hello
    I’m a resident of dallas and i wanted to tell you about a young kid thats fairly new on the music scene. He’s called Robbie D Love and writes music ranging from soft mellow hippie love ach songs, to Jimi Hendrix like rythyms and fiery lyrics. He’s been playing alot of shows around dallas and recorded his first cd all by himself. I really like the way he dresses. Some of his song can be very honest and stripped down like the saddle creek efforts of Bright Eyes and The Good Life. The bass, guitar, and paino are his instruments of choice. He mixes his african american roots with the skater culture of the 70’s and 80’s. If you would like to here his music, or see his style, just go to

    Thanx for reading this,

    Comment by robert — October 25, 2006 @ 9:19 am

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