I mean, no way Puddle of Mudd would headline over kid Rock.
Apparently not. Though they are far more interesting, left-of-center, indie-leaning than the likes of War On Drugs, FKA Twigs, Father John Misty and what not, because they once toured on the Vans Warped Tour and were associated with those types of acts, sites like Stereogum continue to ignore them.
What are you talkin about man? Cherry Poppin Daddies are coming back any day now.
Great article Chris and an interesting question that keeps popping up. Love him or hate him, Pete Wentz had a quote that stuck with me recently. I’m paraphrasing a bit but it was something along the lines of “the problem with modern rock is that it doesn’t sound very modern any more” and I think he has a point. For bands that want to stick with the age old guitar-bass-drums formula, all the power to ‘em, but I don’t think most people find it that interesting anymore save for us purists who still cherish that sound (I’m one of them). That being said, as I’ve entered my 30′s, it becomes harder and harder every year for meat-and-potatoes rock bands to truly interest me. Maybe that’s why Fall Out Boy still continues to synch into my subconscious because they blend non-rock (albeit obvious non-rock) elements into their music.
Another issue that I think many Stereogum commenters have with “The Week In Pop” probably stems from the fact that this site started out as an “indie blog” (whatever that means). For some jaded commenters, they probably feel annoyed that the mainstream is creeping onto their turf which used to be one of the few places they could go to read interesting think pieces on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the sort (which, btw, is the only time I ever use interesting and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the same sentence). That’s a totally fair stance albeit a bit tired one. I’m actually really happy with this column as it allows me to pay attention to music I miss since I don’t drive a car, really only hang out in bars that play non-Top 40 (lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) and don’t associate with many Top 40 fans.
Finally, one last take away from the comments on this column. As much as Stereogum readers might trumpet the works of St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Sun Kill Moon and similar artists, they just aren’t what MOST people prefer to listen to and that will likely never change.
Also, who in their right mind is ever exicted for DIIV? Like, do people wake up thinking “MAN, I’m just DYING for some new DIIV today!”
Also, Sky fucking Ferreira before Adele, Tool, Modest Mouse, James Black, My Morning Jacket ?!?!? Ain’t NOBODY got time for that, son.
It’s interesting that with the likes of Nickelback, Creed and those bands, it really shows how Bush was dealt FAR too harshly with. Also, I enjoy their entire catalog (haven’t heard the latest yet). “Letting The Cables Sleep” off The Science Of Things is a nice companion to “Glycerine”.
I think it’s alphabetical (though someone must have fucked up and not realized Interpol starts with an I and therefor should be in front of Modest Mouse).
“ghosts of modern rock radio past”…
Linkin Park, Rise Against and Fall Out Boy all put out (fairly) successful new albums in the past 3-4 years so that comment reeks of “I only pay attention to the corner of the internet that is relevant to my narrow crowd” syndrome (all tastes aside).
System Of A Down and Incubus, while fairly stagnant recording-wise, still do big business on the road. AND, finally, Vance Joy is opening for Stereogum’s beloved Taylor Swift this summer but I’m assuming that was supposed to be snark so whatever.
Sites/properties like Stereogum operate on a business model based on pageviews/clicks. While I’m sure there is a sizable audience that cares about Flying Lotus or whatever “cool” new artists there are, articles relating to new releases big more popular artists will likely still drive more pageviews and discussion. Also, sites that are on the endless chase for the next “cool” and “big thing” often end up exhausting users due to them being overly excited about a new band every two days.
That’s pretty impressive. Wish they’d to that hear in NYC.