DISAGREE that music / art should be so relentlessly and consistently ranked and ordered.
This shit is hair metal.
The important thing is another arbitrary list rustles up some page views.
Good article! I was hoping for a list of eight things, but this list of seven is also very good writing about music.
People can defend it how they’d like, but the truth is it’s lazy, hack writing. It means nothing. This list and the copy around it is completely arbitrary.
That dense copy is like a club beating down the simple appreciation of a song.
Reflections? It’s been out for an hour. Give it a minute.
I’m sick of these pointless lists.
Very cool defense of artistic compromise. “Yeah, but we tried to make it obvious!”
Very meaningful list.
This article about the new record by The Knife begins with you talking about how clever you are in rooting out Fugazi references, and how you think this Fugazi reference is more unexpected than another recent Fugazi reference you noticed. I don’t care about you.
Why does an article about music start with the author talking about himself and some bar scene he imagined existed at the college where he didn’t bother to learn anything about writing or journalism?
Stereogum: All Pointless Lists, All Pointless
You make it one full sentence before you begin talking about yourself.
Shit list. Have some dignity.
“A week ago, I was frantically writing a Lil Wayne obituary in my head, frantically refreshing TMZ on my phone while attempting to enjoy the amazing and random-as-fuck Usher/Afghan Whigs set at SXSW.”
In the very first sentence, on the fourth word, you immediately start talking about yourself.
What’s the point?
Don’t worry, “The Pointless Page-View Grab Countdown List with High School Level Copy” trophy is awarded to several stereogum contributors.
Yeah, it turns out there isn’t much thought or genuine critical ability brought to bear on these lists, they’re just cheap page view grabs.
It was a daring gambit to generate page views.
Finally, a feature that focuses on pointless editorializing and personal reflection.
Just link the song, fuck. What are these pointless walls of text?