So the Willamette Week posted their Best New Band of 2008 thingy.
The 400 people asked to vote for the BEST NEW BAND in Portland were "selected by our diligent team of local music scientist"... So does that mean they consider themselves disciples of the scientific method? They think themselves accurate? Or are they just going to share the blame with every booker, PR dude, and Label in town?
In the era of Web 2.0 they couldn't just post a poll on their blog or website asking the ACTUAL MUSIC GOERS OF PORTLAND OREGON?!?!??! What a huge disappointment to be told who the best band in Portland is by the industry instead of the fans. It's not like they don't have the technology.
Anyway, congratulations to The Builders and the Butchers. I'm sure they deserve the the honor if they got the most votes from the chosen 400.
"Despite its name, Best New Band isn't really about rankings; it's about recognition - a chance to give props to the artist who've knocked the socks off local music fans*" -- Amy Mccullough
How awesome would it be if the Willamette Week had turned the decision over to the people who PAY go to shows and BUY THE CD's...
Because I am depressed here's a cute picture from Ape Shapes last show Summer 2007
* label heads, venue owners, bookers, PR people, etc.