There's a nice article in last Sunday's LA Times about blogging and buzz in keeping tabs on the best new music. It's right up the same street as my book:
My daily perusal of MySpace and the blogosphere, not to mention the piles of CDs under my desk, was seriously threatening my ability to focus on any one new release. There were just too many to absorb, all with tags attached declaring them the most downloaded, most discussed and most anticipated hit of the minute…
It's become difficult to distinguish between real critical interest and the momentary attention of Web surfers. And it's hard to tell when real fans, not an intern clicking a button, are upping the numbers on interactive websites like MySpace and YouTube.
To get some perspective on my own buzz vertigo, I consulted with pop geeks of all kinds, from the solo bloggers to major-label execs. The conversations left me feeling that, while everything in pop is new, it's old again too.
I actually got a new album sent to me, unsolicited, a few weeks ago, presumably in the hope that I would blog about it. It's the first time that's happened, and I have to admit I was rather flattered. Many thanks to Colin Donald of Futurescape for tipping me off about the article.