philly 'n things
infographic courtesy of Stereogum
So, apparently I can't go out of town for a couple of days without Rolling Stone accusing us "geeks who control the music blogosphere" of "destroy(ing) the bands they love" in the new Hot Issue (hey guys, Fergie = not so hot). Does anyone else think that mainstream publications are starting to give blogs way too much credit (and by extension, way too much blame) by overestimating the impact that the blogosphere has on a band's career? I also think it was especially funny that, according to the chart, my "raving about a Cold War Kids show in Dallas" was the highpoint of the band's career, and that signing a fucking record deal marks the beginning of their decline in popularity. Talk about flawed logic. Oh, and Said the Gramophone not liking Tapes 'n Tapes means their "bubble has burst." Ah well, what can you do?
Also, Diplo threw up a new M.I.A. song when I was gone. In case you missed it:
M.I.A. XR 2 mp3
In case you were wondering (I know, you weren't) we were in Philly for a couple days. It was my first time there, and that city is great. One of the highlights was watching the b-boys in Rittenhouse Square; those dudes were insane. I shot a pretty cool video of them, with some old school Black Sheep and LL Cool J playing on their boombox. Some other things I learned about Philly: they have a lot of kickass sneaker boutiques, and they really hate T.O. Here are some photos:
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