Thursday, August 28, 2008

Blurt Online - Filling in the Gaps

After the music magazine Harp folded shortly following this year's South by Southwest festival, a gap formed between the indie-dominated blogosphere, highly selective music publications such as Fader and Pitchfork and, well, the rest of the music world. An exaggeration no doubt, as there are still pubs out there such as Paste and Filter. Yet, with marketing budgets shrinking who knows what print publication will crash next.

While I'm sure many a music fan took little notice of Harp's absence, one can not help but wonder how many small Americana or triple-A leaning albums slipped by under the radar. Well, here to pick up the slack is Blurt-online started by Scott Crawford and other members of the Harp staff. They offer a wide range of comprehensive reviews and music news. It's been a pleasant surprise reading through their relatively large cache of recent reviews and picking up on records that would have gone by the wayside. At the very least, it gives you a nice comparison point the next time you're ready to head out and pick up a new record dubbed, "Best New Music" by Pitchfork. We put it on our blog roll, and you should too.

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