I don’t really know what I’m doing at the moment. This is a spur of the moment idea stemming from a conversation that is currently ongoing, which I’ve decided that I’m going to be an ass and go and take it off into this tangent instead of actually finishing the conversation like a normal person. So hey! What the hell, right? Fuck it, here it goes:
Because I’m an over opinionated, egotistical jackass on the internet with a music library full of shit that I never listen to but have just because other over opinionated, egotistical jackasses have told me that they are, in some way or another, worth my time, I’ve found an outlet in writing about the thing that I love the most (a good IPA is second) on this here website. I enjoy it, but at the same time I think that this very site and those like it, pick your poison — CMG, Pitchfork, Metal Reviews, Punknews etc etc — are inherently fucked because it all stems from taking the individual experience that is listening to a record and pulling it out of context; warping it into a collection of phrases and similes meant on describing something that is, at its core, indescribable. To me the power of music lies completely within the moment. Sure it can be dissected and studied, and there is a time and a place for such scholarly exercises, but that kind of approach completely misses the psychological effect that music has on us. The moment when people start to look at music, be it a song, an album, or a performance, outside of its immediacy is when I jump ship. Sure, you can try to claim it as a cultural identifier, but lets be honest here, music is now nondescript in the lexicon of what culture is, and the only music that has the kind of reach to rekindle that flame is more of a reflection of board rooms and focus groups rather than some sort of cultural zeitgeist. None of the music I listen to has any cultural weight. Its impact lies in how it makes you feel and what it makes you think while you are experiencing it. It’s more than words and noises. It’s an experience. That’s the only way I look at music anymore. So every time you read a review on this site, or on any other, the only words that should be there are, “Listen to it and experience it for yourself. It’s all subjective to your experiences anyways”.