AdHoc is alright. More or less the same mindset as Altered Zones in terms of what they cover. I don’t think they do as much to promote themselves, though, hence why they haven’t really eclipsed the name recognition as the former site did (and severing ties with Pitchfork doesn’t help.)
Yes, Ott is the owner of the Hail to the Thief review. The guy has a way of keeping his name relevant by rabble-rousing the media, it seems.
Thank you whoever downvoted all of my comments but didn’t downvote ifeelpretty’s even though we’re on the same page.
For further reading, this is a very good deconstruction of all of it that even Ott himself agrees with. It puts all of it into perspective from both sides in a more tame, less emotional way. I would probably say it’s the most rational, mediating voice of the two warring sides yet: http://hexendefinitive.tumblr.com/post/69096242331/no-youre-the-poser
Totally agree. The way I see it is that Ott came of “power” (if you will) during a time when sites like this here Stereogum and Pitchfork started chomping their way into the Rolling Stones and SPINS of the world’s piece of the pie with little to know commercial ad revenue behind their efforts. It was an exciting time to see bedroom indie music blogs overtake their way as influence-makers, forcing the old dogs to the brink of going out of business or restructure massively (ironically, SPIN is the brand that looms over Stereogum these days, so in a sense it’s all very full circle, but then again Rolling Stone and NME are still struggling to evolve.) From what I understand it, his time at Pitchfork ended on a bitter note. Not sure if it was their ad revenue plans that irked him or something else, although I did hear that the reason Altered Zones closed shop was because P4k’s business people told that staff they were going to force ads onto their site. When that site’s editors resisted, they closed the sites doors. Again very ironically, AdHoc — the site ran by the Altered Zones people — has ads on their new incarnation. At any rate, whether it was that or him being a difficult personality isn’t known. But it looks to me like he’s just a scorned individual who has a vendetta against everything that sites like Pitchfork, Stereogum and every one under the SPIN umbrella grew into without him and his ego there to be a part of it. He’s saying that he hates the commercialism of music writing, but it reads to me more like a guy who reacts to being told he isn’t needed or wanted through retaliation instead of moving on with his life. It’s also interesting to me that he’s telling music writers they should just become do-it-yourselfers on Tumblr, when his shtick used to be that these people were the ones ruining music writing.
Not sure if Ott has a perpetual cold. Maybe he’s just perpetually depressed.
Slothdrop, I’ll miss your warm slothy smile and your occasional e-mails. Thanks for being there.
It’s also so messed up that he really lays into people with such a hateful message, and then a second later, he tweets a selfie of himself or him playing with his daughter, as if he’s some “normal” respectful father figure, and it’s like, “No, man. You’re a sociopath…”
It’s a pity, because he is an articulate man who — on video – makes very good points about the music writing game in general, but I really did not like the names that he named in that episode because those were not the names of the actual enemies whatsoever (on top of the fact that he doesn’t want anyone to be able to make a living off of doing what they do, and yet, won’t tell the world what he does for a living while sitting behind his Twitter all day yelling at people while on the company dime.)
I agree that his Twitter beefs were embarrassing and over the past week, they undermined anything of value worth taking away from his videos. I actually engaged him after reading one too many tweets directed at people I respect and know for a fact do their work or make music in earnest, and everyone has been telling me that my spat with him was actually one of the better ones from a sensible standpoint since he eventually ran out of steam by the end of it, started making childish retorts and ultimately, he unfollowed me. He has stated that his Twitter isn’t a real representation of who he is in real life, and that it’s a “message,” but I’m sorry — hiding behind a fucking computer screen doesn’t give you the right to be a certified dick, especially when the attacks are directed at specific individuals.
His goth video was good. I don’t know what is wrong the guy mentally otherwise.
Who is this “James Blake” guy?
I’d love to hear what everyone thinks of Chris Ott / Shallow Rewards’ latest video.
I want Ross and Mish to make babies to and the baby to come out looking and sounding like Meredith Graves.
No mention of SLEEPIES? :|
By the way, Ross has a new side band also working on something for 2014 with Jack Shirley as producer.
I knew I was missing someone from the quarrelsome punk scene. Them and their big double album concept or whatever.
Friends of P(olyvinyl.)
She must have felt compelled to say something after reading my comment a few days ago:
Claimed the _.
Claimed my real name.
Claimed my Internet name.
If I had to make a guess out of what’s heard in the teaser, I’d say the album will be as pop-leaning as the debut but with the crisp crunch of Attack On Memory. Plus his voice changed a little.
This is definitely one of my more anticipated albums of 2k14 alongside hopeful releases by Fucked Up, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, Cold Cave and, duh, CEREMONY.
Maybe it’s my personal bias, but everything Polish people do is fascinating, especially when you throw music into the equation.
Let’s just copy and paste the entire comment section from the Grimes vegan debacle to save ourselves some time.
Crash of Rhinos. Nice. Getting emo here…
My top album is YVETTE’s PROCESS. Baffled not to see Charli XCX on here (RJ, back me up!)
Bon Iver is too high.
Nice representation of all of the diversity in the writing. The Deafheaven cover image is a bit too pink and not as fleshy as it normally is, but that aside, thanks for the year.
Haha dammit, Tom! *scraps draft for reasons of too much similarity in the lead-in*
That guy probably hadn’t washed his hair since Ten was released.
Conspicuous by its absence is Stereogum’s coverage of the other publications’ Best of 2013 lists. Those were always great comment sections. Maybe they’re not going to do it this year because they’re competitors to their brand?
I remember BANKS’ press handlers used to feed me her stuff last year. She’s basically a female Weeknd.
Chance the Rapper has, as of today, been getting big props with the year-end love. SPIN put him at #2 on their 50 Best Albums. Madonna appears to be clawing at wanting to work with him as well, as she was snapped with him at his show.
Every new project from Janet Weiss or Mary Timony or new Portlandia season or S-K reunion sighting only makes me come to accept that Wild Flag might end up being a one-and-done project. The last show they had scheduled was an appearance at two FYF Fests ago, which they cancelled for scheduling reasons (Not saying that I’d prefer Wild Flag over S-K, but I thought we’d have a sophomore effort from them by now.)
More like You & Me both, amiright? Amiright?