God Grew Tired of Us

Record-store eulogies, blogger angst, and other symptoms of a dying industry

First time I heard of the Cold War Kids: Message-board post about how everyone is already over the Cold War Kids.
Christopher R. Weingarten
Brooklyn, New York

As of my writing this, 37 albums had reached #1 in 2006. Five years ago, the number was 26. Ten years ago, 22. With no Thriller or Jagged Little Pill clogging up the charts for weeks at a time, everyone has a shot at the top— especially when the numbers involved are so small. That lack of a blockbuster contributed to the general lack of buzz around music in 2006. People need a Borat or a Grey's Anatomy to motivate themselves to show more than a passing interest. So far as I can tell, music has become the NHL of the entertainment industry. It lags far behind its more popular cousins (movies, TV) and only seems really important to Canadians, Swedes, and a handful of Americans residing in hotspots. Or maybe music is more like vegetables. Whatever the simile, we're fast approaching the point where to like music is to be a music nerd—minor, but motivated.
David Marchese
New York, New York

Technology is winning the battle for content supremacy, just as it always has. The tumult and ineptitude in the music press mirrors what's happening in the music industry at large, as both industries make the infuriating transition from a mature phase to one of decline. The good news is that while the machines that drive the business continue to sputter helplessly, the music itself has never been better.
John Davidson
Atlanta, Georgia

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