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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Seattle Weekly’s New Music Editor

Posted by on March 29 at 12:46 PM

The Stranger has learned that one of its own freelancers, Brian J. Barr, will be replacing Michaelangelo Matos as Seattle Weekly’s music editor. Barr recently wrote a strong feature on rising local rockers Band of Horses for The Stranger. Besides freelancing for this paper, he also has contributed to The Believer, Harp, and Arthur. I wish Barr well, and look forward to a long, bitter editorial rivalry with him.


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Bummer. The music section (at least in terms of quality) was the one part of the Weekly that was far and above that of The Stranger (see Da Capo's annual best-rock-writing books and Kathleen Wilson's archive for evidence).

This last post makes no fucking sense.

Hurrah for Brian! At last, a worthy foe... um, colleague. Break a leg, BB.

If Barr can help make The Seattle Weekly put folks like the Sun City Girls and Seattle Gospel as cover stories as Matos did, I'll be impressed. I've read Barr's review in the Stranger. I have a feeling those cover stories are not going to happen anymore. Oh well. You were kinda fun for a while there, musically speaking, Seattle Weekly.

"the music section (at least in terms of quality) was the one part of the Weekly that was far and above that of The Stranger (see Da Capo's annual best-rock-writing books and Kathleen Wilson's archive for evidence)."

As if Kathleen Wilson = entire Stranger music writing output.

As if Da Capo's best-rock writing books = the ultimate barometer of music journalism relevancy. Most SW music writing under Matos was circle-jerk prose mainly intended to impress other music critics. If ever an alt weekly's music editor were more out of touch w/ what's actually happening in his/her city's scene, I've yet to witness it.

if the section under Matos had been circle-jerk prose, what should we expect from someone on the Eggers bandwagon?

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