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Posted in criticism, music by eddie on January 26, 2009

THE GOLDEN GODS IN THE FLESH

THE GOLDEN GODS IN THE FLESH

It was both unsettling and self-validating: OMG THE NEW YORK TIMES STOLE MY LEAD PARAGRAPH IDEA. Or I stole theirs, as the date of this article is clearly stamped January 16th and my review of the new Animal Collective in the Phoenix was dated January 21st. It’s pretty much a non-issue since the story we reference speaks for itself and I most CERTAINLY DID NOT read their article first, but I figured I might as well bring it to attention and simultaneously make a half-assed attempt to clear my name.  Because here at the Phoenix, accountability matters™. Read that article, by the way.

It’s interesting because it broaches the subject of how one should approach music reviews, or kind of any arts criticism: Do you willfully avoid reading others’ pieces on the same album (or whatever) before your writing to ensure no subconscious plagiarism of ideas? Or do you frantically browse as many reviews as you can to make sure your ideas are original and, if not, change them as such, or to use others’ ideas as a base for your own?

More after the jump.

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