After 20 years, is Picked to Click still relevant?
This may be the first "music" related editorial to make it in CP in a long time that I can agree with. Though, without P2C how will I know which "new bands" to avoid? Thank you, Mr. Meyer. I'm hoping this is just the beginning of a series of editorials from you.
This is ridiculous. This bitter man is preaching to his own choir. The short list (and the long list) presented is filled with diversity and great musicianship. Not only that, all of them have worked incredibly hard to even be recognized. This is far too bitter for my taste. I hope you won your own popularity contest.
I totally agree with a lot of this, but not really digging all the negativity and the "get off my lawn, kids" sentiment.
It has been a popularity contest for years. Red Pens were a good choice, but there is always a ton of crap bands on there with a lot of friends. Marijuana Deathsquads aren't even a band! Just a bunch of guys with tons of friends...kinda making P2C a true joke. Christy Hunt also knows everybody, and of course they got the most votes. It also looks like some voters were in some of the winning bands. They even voted for themselves! How much bigger of a joke can you be? It is a total popularity contest and all about who you know. There are some well-deserving bands on there as well.
Jim has the right to his opinion. It is true that it is a popularity contest. Where would entertainment be without popularity? If nobody would know or care to talk about something they like, life would be boring! It is also about who the people believe have what it takes to be able to make it to the next level. And let it be known that all the artists that win these type of things — or don't—work really hard to do what they do.
I have been in bands for the last 16 years of my life and creating events for the last 13 years. I have made sacrifices of time, family, and finances to still be doing this. A lot of my peers have moved on and out of music careers to find more sustainable ways of living. Hence, it may seem juvenile to have an event like Picked to Click, but to some it is really exciting. And for the naysayers, getting in Picked to Click helps bands get a little more successful locally. It can really be an important way to finance the start of a career. This is a really good thing in the current state of the music industry. But in reality this is just a small nudge forward in the grand scheme of things. We all have a lot of work to do.
And to "Anonymous": It is true that I know everybody. It took me a lot of personality, manners, and years to get here. I love my city and I'm happy to represent it! And next time you want to say something about someone, have some balls and let yourself be known. I may not agree with Jim Meyer about some of his opinions but I respect that he's not a coward about it.
Christy Hunt (of Pink Mink)
To which I would add: anything Jacques Wait does. Thanks, Christy. I think it's safe to say my piece—though sincere—was a) a provocation, and b) more of a media criticism than a musician slam, although two or three past winners are free to disagree. While I do feel the poll either needs a long rest or a re-think, I know first hand it is a total gas to get mentioned in there. (Thanks for the shout, BTW.) The only thing I am going to apologize for is making you feel like you had to apologize for anything. See you at the listening party when I get off work at 11.
While the article has valid points, 75 percent of people in the Twin Cities still don't know what is going on in the local scene, and at least this feature offers them some starting point to get acquainted with the musicians in their city.
I'm fine with ripping on P2C...lots to rip on, always has been, always will be. But Christy's done a ton for this scene, and definitely shouldn't be the target of anybody's ire.
Really thought-provoking piece, Jim! I agree with a lot of it, though I do feel like doing away with P2C wouldn't be a positive change. Like what Jon says above, it gives 75 percent (or, let's be honest, probably more like 90 percent) of people in the TC a window into local music.
Personally, I think that the best way to shake up the feature would be to make the voting anonymous so people don't think they have to vote for their friends' bands. Great article though—I think that the scene could definitely use more "outsider" music journalism like this.
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