Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Indie Record Company Folds
The indie record company Touch and Go Records is going out of business. Whether one follows the kind of music they promote or not, this is worth a check-out as it's symptomatic of much that is going on with indie arts.
Tip of the hat to Carrie over at NPR's monitormix for her very good post.
CB's reaction said it best:
"I read the news about Touch and Go today. I was sitting in a restaurant and I checked my phone and gasped; my friend actually asked what was wrong. Something is wrong. We are careening toward a paucity of experience and a paucity of means with which to evaluate music. I mean, can we really engage with art on a Web site and in a vacuum, without ever bothering to contextualize it or make it coherent with our lives or form a community around the work? If we never move beyond the ephemeral and facile nature of music Web sites -- and let's not lie to ourselves, that's where it ends for a lot of us these days -- then that makes us worse than blind consumers; it makes us dabblers. We have become musical tourists. And tourism is the laziest form of experience, because it is spoonfed and sold to us. Tourism cannot and should not replace the physical energy, the critical thinking and the tiresome but ultimately edifying road of adventure, and thus also of life."