Christopher Weingarten is a freelance music critic for several monthlies..Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. I don't know whether to love him or hate him because most of what he says is true...critics are everywhere...look under a banner and you'll find a critic pushing out his three columned blog for his/her 2 cents of info.
I'm sure I would be considered one of the people he throws caustic javelins of hatred at..being a blogger and all...but my critiques are chock full of belly laughs, right? I mean, I do take my rock seriously, and only wanna be friends with those who wanna hang out in the basement and high five each other when a killer song comes blaring out of the tune box during a block party weekend....wait that was 1983..Ok, here....I only wanna be friends with denim tuxedo clad file sharers who try before they buy and are in the know about the best places to download obscure album cover art for their "libraries".
I love good criticism as much as the next well rounded rock snob, but I know when to stop taking myself too seriously as well. Sure I'd like to make a living, traveling around from festival to festival heeing and hawing about some underground all girl metal folk hybrid band...but I'd also like to make fun of myself for having that much time on my hands to care, when people are forming militias in their backyards and poverty get less coverage than the shifty billionaires running the corporations that run the world.....I have to poke fun to keep myself sane. Its not fun just to collect facts and wax philosophical about how great a guitar tone between the second and third verse of a Utopia song was...It is a small thing that I give big love to...this blogging/critic/reviewer thing I have going on. I'd rather help Chris Weingarten than hurt him...Let me know what you think about the state of rock journalism as you hear him talk in this video...do you have a go to critic these days? Or do you just have a go to blog/website to be in the woe or in the know.?