2/10/2005

Hey Publicists!

Put some release dates on these one-sheets! Please.

I can listen to the music and come up with my own adjectives to describe it.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a dirty little secret: publicists don't like revealing release dates because then you'll know when something it 'too old' to review.

9:58 PM  
Blogger [promocopy Robot] said...

It's pretty plain why this is being done. But does it not occur to said publicists that the release date of a given album will likely be on the band's/label's website or in some other conspicuous spot on the web?

One of the problems I have with this end of music promotion in general is that publicists are rewarded by lazy reviewers who write exactly what they are told to write; or, in this case, by reviewers who do not put down any info they are not given by the publicist. Not putting release dates on the one-sheet is just the premise to this argument against manipulation by calculating publicists.

I, of course, have to blame a lame, uninformed review on the reviewer. But shouldn't publicists--aside from the fact that the job is to sell product--want something other than a lame, uninformed review? Publicists write about the music they rep as if it were art, so why not just make it easier for a reviewer to deal with the music in an informed way that will give it the respect it supposedly deserves?

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's kind of funny, Because this type of rewarding laziness has also spread into the political discourse; where lazy journalists are rewarded by politicos for reporting exactly what they say, with no critical insight.

7:28 AM  
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