About “Hear, Hear!”
Hear, Hear! is the blogged brainchild of Jonathan Sanders (“kroessman”), a music critic who has been freelancing around the Internet since 2000, writing for the now-defunct Gods of Music as well as for the Indiana Daily Student, the Ball State Daily News and for Stereo Subversion. Armed with a degree in Magazine Journalism from Ball State and a voracious taste for all forms of music, Sanders plans to use Hear, Hear! as a place to showcase what’s going on in all corners of the pop music world, in all genres from alternative to blues, folk to punk and everything in between. There’s a lot more to pop than what you’ll hear on the radio, and it’s time to expose what’s really great about music.
One thing you won’t find here are scores. Ten years writing about music has jaded Sanders to the idea of “scoring” music. There’s something really frustrating about writing 800 to 1,000 words about a band’s music and then having to distill it down to an arbitrary number. That’s a big part of why many musicians dismiss music criticism as “those who can’t do, write about it.” This is a blog where music can be discussed from every angle, and the words written here are written from a perspective which holds respect for all the artists — whether the end result of their toil is a good one is worth more than just a number between one and ten.
Discussion is encouraged here. Responses to articles will all be posted, and will be moderated only for spam and for general respect. No flaming, please. Beyond that, have at it! And if you have music you’d like Sanders to hear, whether you’re a musician, a member of the music industry, or just a fan in general, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Cardoza (djmrfrank) is our most recent addition to the “Hear! Hear!” stable of writers. He describes himself as follows: “A traveler, a writer, beer consumer, baseball card collecting, music loving, cinema addict with a predilection for pin-ups and staying up to see the sun rise. A musical nomad who has a fondness for foreign chanteuse, and hard driving desert rock…with a mix of old school hip hop and hyper ska. Currently residing in Olympia, Washington, he stays up late on Saturday Night playing music on KAOS Community Radio Station 89.3FM for the late night insomniacs.”
Matt Sanderlin (“M”) is a Mass Communications / Journalism major at the University of Montevallo, and has written previously for music criticism blogs such as Silent Sound Waves and The Headphone Transmissions. Though writing about music is one of his specialities, Matt also spends a large part of his time writing and performing his own music. (His first full-length solo album, Lovelorn, was released to digital music stores on November 30, 2010.) Matt has also studied music theory, music composition, and performance arts during his high school and college education.
Corey Thibodeaux (“Corey”) is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas where he was a sports writer. He tries to listen to three to five new albums a week. “My taste in music is all over the map,” he says. “My Last.fm profile will show you that I am a little unorthodox, because I make a point to listen to everything, even if I know it’s going to be crap. But that’s the beauty in it.”
Matt Holden (“mwholden3690″) is currently a student at Ball State University studying magazine journalism and creative writing. He’s lived in the midwest, as well as London and New York City. “Music for me is more than just an interest or a hobby,” he says. ”Unlike other mediums I think music is the only one that permeates every aspect of life. No matter the situation, music can apply. If you remove music from other forms of entertainment I would argue that would remove the tension and the suspense from those works. I do not claim to be omnipotent when it comes to music, but I will say that in my opinion the only bad music is the kind that is on mute.”
Madison Faulkner (madisonfaulkner) is a creative writing student from southwest Missouri. Growing up, she was immersed in the classic rock scene by her Father, listening to everything from the Faces to Joni Mitchell. Now, as a fully functioning and contributing member of rock society, she spends her time listening to bands such as the Silversun Pickups and the Black Keys. Madison is obsessed with all things literary and musical and hopes to one day make enough money writing about the two in order to support her habit…of music and literature, that is.
Tyler Parker is a senior in high school, dual enrolling at Indian River State College. “Photography and music take up a huge chunk of my life and I think doing concert photography is a great way to express both of my passions,” he says. “Hopefully I’ll improve myself along the way, and I can’t wait to write more concert reviews!”
Tony Paese is a third-year student at UW-Madison studying English and creative writing. His first introduction to music was his dad’s classic rock collection as a kid, but since then his tastes have grown to include modern indie rock and pop, punk and grunge, old jazz records, folk, and even some rap and hip hop. He is probably the ultimate hipster when it comes to music, so remember – that song you really like… I heard it way before the band was famous.