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Don’t you guys realize that the “content farms” Carles mentions in his (totally brilliant) HRO piece–you know, the ones that ejaculate “listicles, contrived SEO-inspired Bleacher Report-wave think pieces, and other lame ass content that is… lucrative and successful”–that that’s you?

You don’t seem to acknowledge that you’re complicit in the proverbial “boxing in” of indie music. Your content is totally regressive–listing the top 10 albums and songs for every fucking band in existence is trite, reductive, and totally boxes in art by furiously comparing it to itself ALL the time.

Stereogum: you are the problem.

 -1Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

The number at which she’s placed on the list has no bearing on what I said? Are you willing to argue that people AREN’T miffed about their decision to include her? And that controversy doesn’t attract pageviews? Your snark is admirable but I don’t see your point.

 +1Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

Ok guys. Let’s pause for a second here and admit that this Taylor Swift addition is just another BS ploy on part of Stereogum to piss people off and increase web-traffic. It’s so frustratingly transparent.

If we get pissed off, Stereogum says we’re taking ourselves too seriously. We’re close-minded. We’re biased. We fail to appreciate mainstream pop solely because it’s mainstream.

They respond to our outrage by writing a think-piece about the intersection of pop and indie. “How far is too far?” they’ll ask. “When will the indie-rock ‘bubble’ burst? When will we be free to appreciate art as art?” It’s a hit, a web-traffic Woodstock, and people flock from all corners of the internet to sound off (I smell ad revenue!)

They thus manufacture this faux conflict between those who appreciate Tay Swift for her “pure pop craftsmanship” and those who are “stuck in the past”, trapped by their inherent bias against Top-40 garbage and pathetically latched onto a bygone era when “Indie” didn’t include Swift’s brand of trite, sycophantic crap.

Of course, in reality, 95% of readers disagree with the inclusion of Taylor Swift on this list at all and likely don’t give a shit about her music. But whatever.

So we accuse Stereogum of doing exactly what they’re doing (that is, fishin’ for hits/manufacturing controversy).

“What?” they say. “Why would placing Taylor Swift, an artist whose target demographic is pre-teenagers and whose face appears on many a sixth graders lunch box, higher on our year-end list than Beach House, Death Grips, Ty Segall, Bat For Lashes, Flying Lotus, AnCo, Diiv, Killer Mike, Father John Misty, and many, many other talented artists beloved by our reader base piss said reader base off? Why would randomly placing such an artist onto a list that otherwise panders to our Pitchfork saturated readership make them angry?” They really want to know!

Deny it all you want, Stereogum. You guys know that this shit gets people going. The quality of Swift’s music is not even what gets ‘em though (even though her work absolutely does not demonstrate the same quality, intelligence and emotional depth the work you snubbed to place her so high on your list does), it’s that you guys are an “independent and alternative music news” site (or at least you claim to be in your “About” section) touting the same crap my 14 year old niece loves because 17 Magazine tells her she should. I’m over it.

Yes, this is a rant. But as a daily reader who really loved you guys a few years ago, I’m more sad than angry that I have to shovel through “provocative” crap just to get some news.

You’re now the indie-rock equivalent of the New York Post. Congrats.

 +8Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

Gotta make room for Taylor Swift somehow.

 +7Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

I wouldn’t use ALL of the expletives Wesley used, but I would say that the Tay Swift entry is ironic trendy bullshit.

Then again, at a site for whom hits >>>> actual content, you shouldn’t expect any less. It’s been a drag to watch this site turn into an indie music firebrand/arbitrary list generating machine since the LDR fiasco.

 0Posted on Apr 9th, 2012 | re: What Would Kurt Cobain Be Up To In 2012? (121 comments)

He’d probably roundhouse kick Chaz Bundick

 +3Posted on Jan 20th, 2012 | re: Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 1/15/12 (33 comments)

Lana Del Rey goes for walk, authenticity of said action in question.

Creed? Everclear? Bush? It’s 2012, my friend. And those bands sucked in the 90s, too.

 +3Posted on Dec 7th, 2011 | re: Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2011 (117 comments)

So very right. “Lotus Flower” still rocks the shit.

 0Posted on Dec 5th, 2011 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2011 (415 comments)

Helplessness Blues is #1 for me, too.