Paste Magazine Eats It; Steven Wells Would Be Proud

By Steven Wells
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Dull writers write about dull bands for dull fans who form dull bands and become dull writers. It's like punk in reverse. The perfect shit storm. But now the sun is peaking through the clouds.

Crack open the champagne. Let's go piss on some graves.

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1. steven wells said... on Apr 30, 2008 at 10:30AM

“"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - A.C.”

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2. steven wells said... on Apr 30, 2008 at 09:13PM

“alls I know is they [Harp] took 8 months to pay me for a 600 words review of the Sugarcubes reunion [the bad]....but they didn't edit a fucking thing out of my piece [the good].... but if they're dead, they're dead because no one gives a good goddamn about the music press anymore. period. I mean when was the last time you bought a record [yeah, BOUGHT, hahahah] because of a review you read? it's all dead. the music press, the music business, everything. long live just a bunch of us jamming in our fucking garages because that's pretty much all that's left. UNLESS you're Madonna. Or Paul Simon.”

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3. steven wells said... on May 2, 2008 at 09:12AM

“{ weeping }”

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4. Andrea 'Enthal said... on May 5, 2008 at 11:07AM

“I think this is a load of shit. But take it from someone you may actually respect: "I really am a resolute believer that it's morally wrong to go around saying that 'things were better when...,' particularly when you were doing that thing. When I was younger, I just hated it when I heard people talk that way. It wasn't before I got very much older when people began asking me 'wasn't it better then?' And that's a cowardly way to look at the world. And it's also cruel and disempowering for younger people to constantly tell them that they'll never know the glory you saw. That sounds like a lot of crap. If people think that the time they're living in is dull compared to some mythical time they've heard about, then it's up to them to make it more interesting, or to find what actually is interesting in their own time." -- Greil Marcus, 2004.”

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5. swells said... on May 5, 2008 at 11:28AM

“OK everybody, group hug!”

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6. swells said... on May 5, 2008 at 12:33PM

“And by the way nate, there's plenty of good strong in your face hateful glorious music writing out there on t'internet, easily as wonderfully obnoxious as anything from the 70s or 80s. And all those writers are cheering like fuck at the demise of these shit mags too. Come on, join in, you know you want to. Huzzah! Huzzah!”

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7. Sam Marchan said... on May 5, 2008 at 03:02PM

“sounds like you really learned all the right lessons from Meltzer and the rest. what I get from your prose is: the rock and roll fan club meets here, and of course, you have the righteous angle on all of it. your piece is spectacularly dull and cliched, and a real excercise in your own taste. the process you refer to started in the 1970s. you know, man, whatever shit it is you think is hep, I could say the exact same thing about--if you really like whatever seething shit you think should be championed over Wilco or those No Depression bands, then maybe you should stop writing as well. glad you still hold the punk banner high; that's exactly what No Depression did, except with some cowboy hats.”

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8. swells said... on May 6, 2008 at 05:55AM

“Oh Christ he's at it again”

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9. Fred Mills said... on May 6, 2008 at 11:53AM

“There's always the temptation to pick up the stray veggie object or burger patty in the middle of a food fight such as this, but as a not-disinterested party in manners regarding Harp, prudence suggests I add some factual background, rather than my opinion, to Mr. Wells' lively screed. Sometimes what is not said in an article is as revealing as what is said. Around the tail end of November 2006 I was hired as Harp's Managing Editor, replacing Neil Ferguson -- who, unless I miss my guess, is posting here as "sonofdalglish." During his tenure, Mr. Ferguson brought in several new writers to Harp, one of them being his friend Steven Wells. (You can view a small archive of his Harp writings at Immediately after Mr. Ferguson's departure I sent an email introducing myself to all the people who had previously been writing for him at Harp, Mr. Wells among them. I was informed by my boss that Mr. Wells probably would not want to write for Harp in Mr. Ferguson's absence, but just the same I was free to reach out to any/all of the writers I wanted to work with. There were probably two or three more emails sent out to the Harp roster (soliciting their input, circulating a reviews list, etc.), and sure enough, Mr. Wells never responded so I determined that he wasn't interested and removed him from my email list. Concurrently, and to be honest, somewhat surprisingly, Mr. Ferguson indicated that although the editor job at Harp had not worked out, he bore no grudge and was still interested in writing for the magazine. I quite happily kept him as one of our regular reviewers and he continued to contribute to Harp up through the magazine's demise - archive of his writings at Meanwhile, as noted above, Mr. Wells did not, but I presume that during the time he was writing for Harp it was because he wanted to and not because he was trying to do his friend a favor or that a gun was being held to his head.”

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10. Joolie Bitchill said... on May 6, 2008 at 02:16PM

“SILVER SPRING, Md. -- BLURT is coming. Scott Crawford, founder of HARP, along with Managing Editor Fred Mills and Senior Editor Randy Harward, will unveil BLURT digital magazine and the accompanying BLURT-online website in June. In addition to the Joan As Police Woman cover story, artists featured in the BLURT debut will include My Morning Jacket, Ray Davies, My Brightest Diamond, Sally Shapiro and many others. Brought to you by the creative team behind the lauded HARP magazine (called "America's best music magazine" by NPR's Bob Boilen and "the best music magazine in the country and the one that musicians always read" by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl), BLURT will raise the bar for online modern music and entertainment magazines by combining insightful interviews, dozens of no-holds-barred reviews, and top-notch design standards. Its green-minded, digital-only format will set the standard for how digi-magazines can heighten the consumer experience by offering fully interactive content including videos, MP3s, podcasts and more. The publication will be available free 10 times annually at . "While the print world continues to struggle, launching a magazine in this format allows us to explore the music community just as comprehensively but without many of the handicaps that burdened HARP," says Editor-in-Chief Scott Crawford. "It's a new world out there, but creatively, I've never been more excited about the possibilities." The digi-mag will be hosted at -- soon to be an essential one-stop for enthusiastic music and culture fans with exclusive content including daily news and concert reviews, humor, industry insider and political blogs, exclusive videos and interviews, podcasts, hundreds of reviews, and much, much more. Prepare yourself: Blurt-online goes live this June.”

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11. swells said... on May 6, 2008 at 04:30PM

“A digital Harp! That's awesome! Can I write for it? How much do you pay?”

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12. Clark Gwent said... on May 9, 2008 at 06:10AM

“he's right you know. I blame Scab Sutherland ("brand manager" of NME). Things were never the same after he ruined it”

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13. brandon said... on Sep 3, 2010 at 07:46AM

“what a load of crap. there is nothing worse to read than an article where the writer inserts himself into the story. people read articles to be entertained and keep informed. we don't care that you get revenge on a former employer.”


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