Most Blocland staffers are veterans of da’Gum. We’ve all experienced the horror of a full on comment shitstorm, the desperate retreat across no-mans land in the wake of an ill timed pun, the duck ‘n’ cover from a Solo or Cheap Suit napalming. We’ve all woken in the midst of the night shivering at the things we’ve read and questioning the things we’ve written. We’ve all stared into that heart of darkness, forced to confront the truth of our own comments and said “Dear God, is this all I am?” I think this entitles us to take a certain pride in ourselves at Blocland, our integrity was hard fought and hard won. We may talk a lot of shit (we do), but it’s our shit, not secondhand TMZ shit or P4K shit, or Gum shit. We don’t need to signal boost every clueless twitter rant, circle jerk or celebrity bowel movement. And we don’t need to signal boost James Fucking Murphy.
Now I don’t really care if JFM is a bit of a dick, his musical obsessiveness boarders on the OCD so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is, however I do care about the cumulative negative effect that every one of his twatterings is having on my relationship to LCD. I liked LCD, in may ways I still do. ‘All My Friends’, ‘On Repeat’ and ‘I Can Change’ still sit very highly in my estimation, however suffering the likes of da’Gum reporting on JFM’s every piece of butt dribble makes this more precarious with each passing day. For the love of god just shut up!
Whilst on a recent recon mission over at da’Gum, one of the senior Bloclanders, posted how they wished that LCD had just dropped their new record, unannounced. Would that they had! We’d all be feeling a lot more charitable, maybe even a little excited. Damnit! We probably would have collectively shat ourselves. Now, I just don’t want to hear anymore of this terminally fumbled, ‘over exposed’ album roll out. And I barely care about the music that’s going to be on it…..surely that was originally the point.
(Ditto WoD and Arcade Fire album roll outs (although I’ve never cared about the later so couldn’t give a fuck what they do but I appreciate others may), and ditto Gum’s insistence on posting every dipshit celebrity political endorsement).
Disclaimer: All Murphys pictured in this article are in no way affiliated to JFM, LCD, Gum or Blocland, please respect that there are others who live with this name. One of them is a fucking good guitarist.