Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Zero:



The number of actual corrections offered by Russ Hallauer of Ghostmeat Records in response to Flagpole Magazine Music Editor Chris Hassiotis' "11 hasty, uninformed remarks".

26 - Actual total of remarks made by Chris Hassiotis in offending original article.

15 - Number of Chris Hassiotis' remarks we must assume have not been determined hasty or uninformed by Russ Hallauer of Ghostmeat Records.

57 - the percentile of remarks Chris Hassiotis was apparently able to get right based off one last minute question emailed to Ghostmeat Records.

I wish I knew which 11 remarks Mr. Hallauer found particulary hasty and uninformed...but I am glad to see that thick skin on display.

14 comments:

S.A.W.B. said...

The only real crime here is that the Bearfoot Hookers are being given disc space. Has the Athens Music scene fallen this far, this fast?

VDOPM said...

The only real crime here is that the Flagpole is still being given circulation. Has the Athens Music scene continued falling this far, this fast?

/fixed

Patrick Armstrong said...

Man, why y'all gotta hate all up on my peeps?

S.A.W.B. said...

Because we're conservative, therefore, we hate.

VDOPM said...

Because I've seen the Flagpole put some really heinous crap in their publication - on purpose - simply because the band they reviewed was "too corporate" (we're talking a band that, in reality, went nowhere and had no major label cupport) or because the band wasn't hippie granola patchouli-stink enough for them.

Or, they said so-and-so band was awesome, great, wonderful, etc. - not because they play great music, but because they peddle "lip gloss with mica" that they made at home at their shows.

I guess they're good for finding out which bars to avoid when they put up the Upcoming Shows listing.

And last, but not least:
At least they like[d] Knight Seeker...

S.A.W.B. said...

They like(d) Knight Seeker because half the band works/worked for the Flagpole. Kinda like how the Flagpole swung from the collective Hayride sack while Ballard was still there...

VDOPM said...

Regardless of their reasoning, that's the only reason Knight Seeker got press and I'm pretty much thankful for the chance to squawk out "The Trooper" and "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" - and even "Enter Sandman" to a champagne covered fan... ;)

Dante said...

Dante's brother (whose identity will not be revealed here) is part of the Athens music scene and has found a long time ago that cowtowing to the Flagpole's political and cultural slants goes a whole lot further towards good reviews than actually putting out good music.

VDOPM said...

You sir, are correct! We have a winner! Well, it's not that most music magazines/papers aren't the same way, but if you're going to conform to the non-conformist music rag...at least make it a worthy one. Heh.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Heckfire, I remember back in the day that I thought the bands I listened to weren't getting enough ink. So, I just started writing reviews and chasing people for interviews. Then I started sending these works in on email and, lo and behold, Flagpole (Hassiotis in partikkular) started publishing them! They even paid me to do it.

I was floored.

The first thing I do if I ever make it back to the Classic City is go out, watch a band, get a drunken quote from the drummer, take a picture and fire up the ol' email.

Dante said...

"Flagpole (Hassiotis in partikkular) started publishing them! They even paid me to do it."

Gee, with their strict hiring policies and all, I'm just shocked that reviewers can get away with panning or praising bands based of things other than their music and/or performance.

"at least make it a worthy one"

Come on, now. Pandering to the Flagpole is a warmup for getting good press in the Loaf. As much as I may dispise Creative Loafing, it's a pretty significant mag around here.

Dante said...

And just to be clear, I'm not implying Pat can't write good reviews. Just the impression I get is that the Flagpole hired him in a pretty flippant manner.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Well, I'm glad you think I'm an OK writer after all...I was worried there for a minute.

But no, they never 'hired' me, they just started publishing a few of the articles I sent them. I was absolutely 'freelance.'

I tell this story not to criticize the Flagpole, but to demonstrate that you, the reader, determine your own level of involvement. I wanted some different bands to get some ink, so I chased these people down and watched more bands and wrote articles. I didn't wait around for the Flagpole to send somebody, I went out and did it, and sent it to the Flagpole. I guess they didn't think I sucked, cause the stuff started showing up in print.

It wasn't a hiring process, it was an editorial one.

And I never had to pass a political or cultural kiss up test to get it done, either.

hillary said...

Also, I might point out that Flagpole published a positive review of the latest Ashlee Simpson CD last year (by me!), which isn't exactly rabidly anti-corporate.