Hah, best comment yet

On the Metric review I did, from some lady or gentleman (?) named Akira:

You should probably focus less on what you had for breakfast and what the weather was like, and more on the gig. Given that you’d blagged your way in with the promise of a review, the least you could do it put some effort into it.

I wasted my time reading this.

Cut to the chase, nobody cares.”

In fairness to me, I did not write about my breakfast (or lack of) in that review. And the first line of the review reads “Here we go! This is most likely to be a lengthy, disorganized ’review’. Be forewarned. “. Just sayin’. And also, I did not blag my way in with a promise of a review. I was given a photopass to take photos, and I’m pretty sure I took some of my favourite photos  I’ve ever taken that night. SEE:

I’m proud of those photos. Yeah, man!

Sorry to be defensive. I never try to be objective in my reviews, and I like to fluff them out with what the weather was like and my degree of hunger. I call it ‘setting the scene’. Because music is such a large slice in the pie chart of my life, I am quite happy to treat this blog more as a diary of sorts, rather than a cold impartial review site. So, apologies to those who do not like my blog, instead, why not visit The Line Of Best Fit? Lots of tasty reviews that do not touch upon the weather or breakfast, it features snaps and words by friends of mine who are much more articulate and structured than I am. I read TLOBF alot, lots of great writing. But if you like my style (or lack of?) then thanks for reading. I’ve gotten to meet lots of sweet folk at shows who have read my blog or seen my photos and I like to think that I have introduced people to some music that they perhaps would not have heard otherwise. And so, dear reader, I hope I have not wasted your time and I do hope you like to read my thoughts on music and everything.

16 Responses to Hah, best comment yet

  1. aljuk May 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    Breakfast is the king/queen of meals! I love your blog, it’s a daily read.

  2. aljuk May 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    ps. those Metric pics are to die for!

    • anikainlondon May 27, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks! I had so much fun shooting that night.

  3. The Daily Growl May 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    Yeah, fuck ‘em. For me, your blog is all about the photos. And the vicarious gig experiences (which helps with not being able to get out to nearly as many gigs as I used to). And the enthusiasm.

    You’re right – if people want expertly crafted reviews, they can visit sites that do that sort of thing. That’s not what blogs are about. They’re personal things, and those blogs that try too hard to be like journalists can’t help but look a bit sad. Too many bloggers take themselves too seriously. For me, it’s a hobby. Your blog is great. The reviews may not be New Yorker pieces, but that’s not the point.

    Phew. I think I took this comment a bit too seriously…

    Keep up the good work.

    • anikainlondon May 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

      Right on! Thanks for the kind words Tim.

  4. crazybobbles May 28, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    well your “Sophomore” count is pretty low so maybe add that a few more times? :D

    For me obviously reading your articles is fun because i’m usually in them, but i dunno, i hardly ever really read a proper gig review these days since everyone’s in such a hasty state most of the time, places like digg.com show that trend by the fact that they have an “image” section which appeals to people more because it’s just easier looking at photos and pictures with quick and witty punchlines than actually thrawling through an article. it’s just how people are becoming these days, not enough time reading due to the crazy influx of articles and whatnot.

    but yeah, would be a shit article if you had no photos, but you always come out with ace photos that for a person who’s been to that same gig, would appreciate more. some articles just do one photo per review and to me it just never seems enough.. anyway, rant over, on with next task haha

    • anikainlondon May 28, 2009 at 7:54 am #

      heh, I will chuck in ‘sophomore’ a few times from now on and POW! We will suddenly have top notch style writing :D

      And yeah, most reviews just give long winded biographies of the band and write about their albums and say stuff like ‘love child of [band] and [band]‘, I just write about whether I loved it or not. And (I shall tentatively say) MOST of the time I am grammatically correct and my spelling is decent (thanks, spellcheck). Except from when I type in LOLspeak. Oops. I can write more review-style if I wanted but it takes longer and comes less naturally, and there 872438423727840242380 other review websites that can say ‘[band] sound as though they are the lovechild of [band] and [band] and have released their first album on [label]. Their lush textured instrumentation carries itself throughout their follow up to [year]‘s debut, and in this sophomore effort the band vicariously channel their diverse influences, which include [band] and [city]‘s [band]“. BORING.

      • Crazybobbles May 28, 2009 at 8:34 am #

        mmm Sophomore :) suddenly i feel drawn towards your comments. I also think with the number of gigs you go to alone it justifies that you simply write in a style you’re more comfortable of. still finding it funny how you’ve tasted how it feels to work, goto gig and write reviews. sooooooo easy to totally buckle up and not be able to blog :( i miss blogging

  5. fulltext May 28, 2009 at 4:03 am #

    Keep up the good work and don’t change a thing.

    Being yourself is what makes your blog so special and popular. I love the little mundane details about your food (or lack thereof), OJ, getting lost, long walks, etc.

    Also, bring back Creepy Spanish Guy! (no offense, Bobbles)

    • crazybobbles May 28, 2009 at 6:53 am #

      But what about me :(

    • anikainlondon May 28, 2009 at 7:27 am #

      Thanks Fulltext! Well, the thing with CSG is he actually introduced himself to me and says hi to me now, so now I know I know his name I can’t really call him CSG anymore…. need more characters! I haven’t seen The Rock in over a month.

  6. Lynn May 28, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    Oh my God!! Just read that knobber’s comment and wanted to post a reply to it but didn’t cos I realised it would make me one of those idiots who argues on the interweb.

    Ignore them. This site is brill.

    Hmmft. x

    • anikainlondon May 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks Lynn! xx

  7. Chalky May 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Who would bother taking the time to type out such a venomous comment? Most people would just go elsewhere if they didn’t find what they were looking for on a blog but I guess there’s always one who feels they know better! Keep doing what makes you happy Anika, there’s always someone who’s jealous or who wants to spread a little negativity and they are always best ignored.

    • anikainlondon May 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

      Thanks Chalky :) I haven’t seen you in soooo long, look forward to our next mutual gig :) xx

  8. Chongy May 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Anika, please flourish your blogs with daily updates on your breakfast and weather please.

    k thx


    On a more serious note, please don’t let their comment hurt you in any way – it’s rubbish. Hope it didn’t ruin your day. Keep doing exactly what you are doing.

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