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Wired’s “Rippy Awards”: Tired, Expired

Topics: Music | 3 CommentsBy admin | January 28, 2009

Wired.com has proven once again that having been very hip and cutting edge at one point doesn’t mean you’re very hip and cutting edge now. But I’ll give them an ‘A’ for conceptualization regarding their First Annual Rippy Music Awards. The piece suggests that someone should fill the gaping hole in music awards that programs [...]

Wired.com has proven once again that having been very hip and cutting edge at one point doesn’t mean you’re very hip and cutting edge now. But I’ll give them an ‘A’ for conceptualization regarding their First Annual Rippy Music Awards. The piece suggests that someone should fill the gaping hole in music awards that programs like the Grammy Awards fail to fill. Unfortunately, Wired also fails to do so in the piece linked to, but it’s nice to see that a major media outlet has at least mentioned the problem. This has been a disappointment for me for a while; the last time I actually watched the American Music Awards for instance, was when Jamiroquai was big. Few of the people I know who love music (except the wacked out audiophiles who have $100,000.00 turntables) actually pop in physical media, listen to it, and tune into MTV to see the video. And with the plethora of music sites out there, the option to preview material by torrenting, and a wealth of YouTube content, who would? Wired is definitely onto something here, but unfortunately their coverage is a little weak. They spread about a paragraph’s worth of content over twelve pages with weirdly incongruent images, they failed to embed any music or video files, and they didn’t even mention mashups as a key category. I really don’t like writing negative pieces like this, that’s what critics are for. But please, Wired. I used to love you. Anybody have a suggestion for a more up-to-date music award? I mean, besides Pitchfork Media’s Top 50 Lists?

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  1. Posted by Dojo Nick on 01.29.09 12:04 am

    Ian, there are so many problems with trying to come up with a relevant music award, I hardly know where to start. Any media that “broadcasts,” including satellite radio, has to pay the bills, so even the most outre Sirius channels become hackneyed in a few weeks. Start following the mashups, and one quickly becomes aware that the most popular stuff gets overplayed – it would win the award show, but the mashup geeks are already listening to something else. What we need are more sharp-eared cultural commentaries like yours that turn us on to the latest hit by a band we’ve never before heard of. So…. what are you listening to lately?

  2. Posted by admin on 01.29.09 10:37 am

    Well, since you’re asking…I’m still wading through the Pitchfork Top 50 of 2008, but lately, it depends on my mood. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive is kind of cool for a straightforward rock/pop feel. The downtempo/ambient stuff I’ve been liking includes Air France – No Way Down , Flying Lotus Los Angeles , and Fennesz – Black Sea . For poppier stuff I’ve been liking Vampire Weekend and Lykke Li – Youth Novels . Still deciding whether I like The Walkmen – You & Me, and both Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna and Santogold – Santogold keep surprising me on repeated listens…

  3. Posted by Dojo Nick on 01.29.09 11:39 pm

    I liked The Walkmen, You & Me, especially the Dylan-esque Seven Years of Holidays. Santogold is a good effort, but I’m not sure I’d listen to any of the tunes more than once.

    Hey, take a listen to Stepping Stone on Aimee Duffy’s Rockferry. Perfect orchestration, tight beat, and some pretty soulful singing for a Welsh girl.