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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Pitchfork/Sound Team Update III

Update: Received a very nice e-mail from Scott McDonald of Autopia Music, a competing music website. The note reads:
I think it's becoming more important than ever that people like yourself are speaking out against these bullshit Pitchfork reviews. I honestly don't love the new Sound Team album, but it's a pretty solid debut (and they are so good live!). When a source like Pitchfork, who have an incredible amount of power on what the music industry/music fans think about bands, post lame reviews like this it's too obvious that the writer needs to be put in check. I hope more people, and blogs, are doing the exact same thing you are about this matter.


Scott McDonald
Not only that, there's a brief on Autopia about Pitchfork's terrible reviews, with a link to Life of Zane. "Hop on board" the post concludes. Good idea. Thanks, Scott.


Blogger Cibbuano said...

the autopia link goes nowhere.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

Should be fixed.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous divad said...


Did you ever happen to live at 1208 Enfield at one point or another? You used to walk a little pug, I believe it was.

If so, I used to live above the mailboxes in 204.

Anyway, your correspondence with M. Hogan's as important as it is entertaining.

Dude needs to own up to his irresponsible attack.

Until that happens, trust that I'll do my best to contribute to the blitz this little crisis warrants.


10:14 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

Thanks for the support, divad. Go for it!

I never lived on Enfield, unfortunately--good location. If I ever get a pug I'll dress him up in a little sweater that denounces bad album reviews.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really suprised that Hogan got back to you after that whiny superfan's complaint email you sent. I would have ignored you.

I think it's cute that all your little friends are patting you on the back, but in truth, your email was even more incoherent and incomprehensible than the review, and you succed in nothing, except sounding like a bratty three-year-old screaming "BUT I'M RIGHT. I'M RIGHT! ME! ME! ME!"

2:14 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

I love that it's always the Anonymous posters who are the biggest assholes.

Show me where I was being whiny, incoherent, or incomprehensible. I never insulted him, and I always stuck to the subject. Yeah, I like the band--why shouldn't I complain when I think someone's got it wrong? At least Hogan's got enough decency to start a dialogue.

How did I sound bratty? When did I ever say I was right?

For the record, I don't know any of the people who've complimented these posts.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Madge said...

It always is the anonymous posters that have the least to say.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


After seeing Sound Team’s impressive CMJ debut two years ago and then hearing the outline of what was to become “Movie Monster,” StarTime tried ardently to sign the group to the label. Alas, Capitol got the band and helped them produce an absolutely incredible record. “Movie Monster,” SoundTeam’s debut, is one of the best albums StarTime has heard in a long time and it looks like the hardworking band will be getting some well-deserved attention. That said, an exceptionally mean-spirited and, we think, highly inaccurate review was posted on the influential Pitchfork website a few days ago. StarTime, who has been often helped by Pitchfork’s favorable coverage, doesn’t argue with its reviewers’ right to champion or trash anything. We just want to counter that we think “Movie Monster” is a masterpiece and should be bought as soon as possible.


6:34 PM  
Anonymous a fellow music blogger said...

Yeah, whatever, I'm posting anonymously. Sorry if it chaps your hide. I hate it when people do so on my blog as well, but I'd rather not reveal my identity for fear of nasty repercussions. I've already been jacked once by pissy Arctic Monkeys fans, meathead Hockey Night fans, psycho followers of The Little Ones, etc. and I'm not all that interested in finding out if the Sound Team posse is of the same bent.

Anyway, I hope you're happy that your little whine-fest is garnering all kind of attention around the blogosphere. I'll have to remember that the next time I need some attention.

For the record, I didn't SAY you said you were right, I merely informing you of my interpretation of your original email. And yeah, it was totally incoherent. If you like I can take my editor's red pen to it for you; I especially love the decline into exasperated finger-pointing and name-calling in the denoument of your bluster.

10:54 AM  

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