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Friday, July 30, 2004
A few notes on The Mae Shi:
1) I think it's fair to say that one of the things musicblogs are concerned with is exposing and/or avoiding the kind of backslapping bullshit the hard-copy music press is known for, partially by putting music fans in direct, peer-level contact with music journos. It's also fair to say that a large part of the appeal of MP3 blogs comes from the impression that their curators have just happened upon the song in question. But I assume that most bloggers heard about the Mae Shi the same way I did, i.e. by having them send me an e-mail asking if I wanted a copy of the CD. So is it fair not to note this in a post about them? When information about a band comes directly from a label or promoter or the band itself, is it really in the spirit of a musicblog not to note that? I'm really asking this, because mainly I don't care, but I know that some people really do. And I'm certainly not doubting that the music had a genuine appeal. But it does seem to be something worth considering.
2) That said, the mix that Sean links to really is quite good. At its best, it's clearly free-associating, with obvious links between the songs. (Sorta like the Random 100.) The various resonances between hi-hat offbeat sounds in track 14 is particularly nice.
3) Did I miss the part where Thurston Moore decreed that all noise rock album covers have to be pastel? I mean, come on, folks.
ADDENDUM: 4) It was very cute that the band (or, I suppose, some remarkably DIY-aping publicist) sent me a burn of the album. Gotta love that. Also gotta love that they intentionally sent their stuff to MP3blogs! Although I guess when you have 30+ tracks, you can afford to give away a few.