October 26th, 2003

And after I went out of my way to be nice to him.

Joe from This Is Really Happening takes an extremely misinformed little swipe at me today, apparently in an attempt to prop up Kristen’s blog (see my posts about the word indie and Kristen’s take on Death Cab For Cutie’s name) without anything resembling disclosure of what’s behind his loyalty there. Odd, since not only did I say nice things about Joe’s blog when I did my Blog Beat interview way back, but because one would think there were room enough for all variety of voices out here in blogdom. But, you know, whatever.

I do feel compelled to repeat here what I said elsewhere about this subject (which is, in essence, that Joe feels, my failure to trumpet Twinemen’s recent show in Hamp makes me uncool). My response is this:

Isn’t it odd how sometimes someone can seem to be behind you when what’s really going on is that you’re about to be lapped?

Here’s a Valley Advocate column on Twinemen/Morphine

And another, earlier, Bombpop column with a review of Twinemen’s debut record.

Here’s my 2002 Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot, which includes my pick of that record as one of the 10 best of last year.

Here’s a page from Twinemen’s Web site with that same Advocate review from last year, just for kicks.

Joe, please note that this string goes back to July of 2002. Maybe by next October or November, you’ll start to get Califone and BSS. When you do, remember to take a look over you shoulder to see what’s coming up for you in 2005.

By the way, I’m not saying I’ve moved on from Twinemen. Hardly. They’re a great band, and I look forward to writing about their next record. But I can’t write a Twinemen-only column, especially not when there are other bands out there with great new records out that shouldn’t be ignored.

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