Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Intro: Indian

I stole the idea for the name of this blog from the well known music blog Gorilla vs. Bear, but the name gave me the idea for a MP3/music blog that's a bit different.

Back before music blogs and MP3 aggregators, when it was just radio (and TV), everyone knew that only a tiny fraction of the the music that gets recorded ever got any airplay. So deep down you knew there was a whole world of music out there -- but unless you really went out of your way you'd never be exposed to it. Nowdays, it's not that hard to find a lot more music than what gets played on the radio.

But almost all music sites and blogs are are dedicated to "Indie Music" -- ie. what Pitchfork writes about. Maybe that's just representative of the people who would have a music blog -- who knows ?

So for a definite non-scenster like me it's a weird paradox. On one hand there's so much music available I can't decide what I want to listen to, and I might not even be able to find what I like. So the internet of music feels like an Island of Indie music hell where it's hit or miss and you spend a lot more time trying to find music (that you like) and a lot less time appreciating any of it. And probably you don't give a lot of decent music a fair shake because you have way too much on your hard drive.

It's like the ago old conundrum when trying to decide where to go out. Having to decide between the Homefield Advantage or the Change of Scenery. But, if you stick to the familiar you'll be missing out on something potentially good.

Hopefully that's where the Jew comes in. The Jew listens to, buys, collects, downloads and sees a lot of music, and I'm eager to see what he comes up with.

My thought is that Jew vs. Indian will be a lively debate between those perspectives.

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