one of my greatest submitters, Jon S....."The 40th Anniversary Edition" of the first Ramones album, with a vast galaxy of bonus material. here is what transpired afterwards: One "anonymous" reader commented that the recording quality of the set is poor (see comments, that one is still up, because if it is a legit complaint, I want to know about it, as I had not listened to it yet)......a couple people said it sounded fine, someone else said it was bad, hard to tell who is who since everyone commenting was "anonymous".....OK, I don't allow that kind of shit in my comments section, I've deleted the ones I think NEEDED deleted, but that shit is beside the point. "Anonymous" pissed of Jon S, who announced he would no longer be posting here.
I emailed Jon S to try to smooth things over, I don't know if it will help or not, but I will tell you this. If you piss of one of my team, to the point that he wishes to no longer contribute, then you PISS ME OFF. I am asking nicely, DO NOT act like an ass in the comments section, I've been through it before and it is not going to happen. I'm NOT going to disallow "anonymous" comments, BUT if I have to I will.......because THIS blog is great because of the people who submit INCREDIBLE material to it, not due to people who won't even attach a screen name to their comments.
As for the Ramones effort, I still have not had time to listen......BUT here are my thoughts. First of all, John S is one of my most respected contributors, and he, as WELL AS John N (another of my most respected contributors) both sent the set.......I posted Jon S's simply because I received it first, but I HIGHLY doubt that two contributors of this stature would BOTH send me a defective file.....if I research it and find something IS wrong with the posted edition, I will post the other one, see, a PLAN B!
Not only that, but I see that there are a lot of demos, mono mixes, stuff like that on the set, and it's the FUCKING RAMONES, it isn't Genesis or something.......what do you THINK a mono mix of an early Ramones song is going to sound like? Actually I can't comment on this, as I really HAVEN'T listenened yet, but that isn't the point. Let me spell the point out:
This takes a fucking good bit of work to do this, on a near daily basis, we get great music, new and old, to you folks......my team and I REALLY DO work hard to create quality posts, the kind you WONT find anywhere else......if for ANY reason you find them unsatisfactory, contact me, and if there is a tchnical issue, we'll see what we can do.......if it's just something you don't care for, for GODS SAKE skip it, there is plenty more shit here for you to investigate. Point being, we work hard on this shit, I know I do, and I know the rest of the team does as well.......why piss ANY ONE of us off, and risk lowering the quality of the blog? Hey, do you know where I am at in my life? Fucking 54 years old getting divorced from my wife of 30 years, my son three hours away at college, do you think I need fucking drama over my fucking BLOG? I don't, trust me.......and if you "anonymous" comment makers can't play nice, I will shut this mitherfucker down in a heartbeat, I do NOT need to sort shit out because someone doesn't like something posted here, for whatever reason......for the record, NONE OF US are getting paid for this shit, we are (believe it or not) DOING IT FOR YOU........all we ever ask for is maybe a "thank you" or, even better, a contribution of your own.......but for God's sake, DON'T bitch about the posts......there is NOTHING TO GAIN, and EVERYTHING to lose, including the blog itself. I hope Jon S realizes that his work means a lot to 1000's of people, remember everything he has provided us with, those AMAZING comprehensive posts on Husker Du, The Replacements, Echo & the Bunnymen, Pavement, as well as those great posts on lesser known greats such as Hop Along and Car Seat Headrest........do you WANT to lose stuff like that? I fucking DON'T.......I've asked the man to reconsider, I hope he does, but if he doesn't, it's due to a single asshole who has no idea how to act when receiving something in exchange for nothing (in this case, LESS than nothing, given the moronic remarks).........
OK, here it is........this is how I feel. Jon S's work means A LOT to me, as I have told him, you, and anyone else who will listen. RESPECT his hard work, or, if you must, IGNORE it......but do not fucking criticize him......he works hard, as we all do, to try to make this blog different and (hopefully) better than the others......I hope he continues to contribute, (he had talked about a mega-Sonic Youth post before, I'd love that!), but if he doesn't, its the fault of ONE anonymous asshole who is unappreciative and acts like a 14 year old.
If shit like this continues (and to be fair, in general, it has not been a HUGE problem of late), I will end this
fucking blog in a heartbeat. I usually work 2-3 hours a day on it, that's just ME, and if you don't think I could use that time for something else you are quite wrong.........Jon S, here is a public request from me, please don't stop posting, I apologize to you for the actions of morons who know no better (evidently).......
It is simple. Be COURTEOUS and GRATEFUL to the folks who submit here, they do a magnificent job,I've detailed that before, but they REALLY do, and if you don't appreciate that, you are in the wrong place.........I hope Jon S remains with us, if he doesn't, well, that's what happens when someone who is doing something for YOU is disrespected.
Think this over. I want this blog to continue......I really do.....I will not, however, wage a continuing battle with comment makers who are rude, inconsiderate, unappreciative, and childish.....I don't have to, and I won't. Keep the comments constructive, if there is a technical issue, be CERTAIN to let me know, but to simply bitch for the sake of bitching? No.....I simply don't have the time for that shit.
By the way, Cynthia Watros, who was so badass as Libby on "Lost" decorates this particular post. Thanks, Cynthia!