What gives with New York Post’s music coverage? Back in 2012 Dan Aquilante, chief music critic since 1985, quit to write syndicated stories (apparently not the greatest idea of all time, nothing much came of it) and was replaced by two pretty good music writers Hardeep Phul and Michaelangelo Matos. I tend to disagree with them more than agree but they are both definitely pros.
Or would be except they aren’t in the paper all that often. The Tuesday new music release post went for a page to half a page to a the stamp size it currently is; it has been relegated to the website.
I am guessing, just guessing, that the dynamic duo maybe ruffling a few feathers. They certainly don’t play anything close to the Aquilante game, if they don’t like you it doesn’t matter how big you are, they’ll rip you to pieces. You’d think Col would be happy with it after all of Dan’s asskissing (Dan’s review of This Is It is probably the single worst piece of rock criticism I have ever read in a publication as huge as NYP), he has a couple of really knowledgable guys in but apparently not.
Now, music criticism absolutely takes a back seat to TV, lifestyle, fashion: just about every light read. And really, if you want proof music is not the cultural barometer it once was, look no further.
Meanwhile, the only tab that counts for music is Jim Farber and the New York Daily News.
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