An Apology To Camper And 2 Questions For Readers
Any one who knows me or reads Hypebot regularly knows that I'm far from being the kind of mean and angry music guy who goes all Lefsetz on people. So it was a bit of a shock when none other than Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven's extremely talented leader David Lowery started calling me a "dumb ass", "drool-cupish" (I'm still not sure what that is, but I'll bet it's not nice.") and worse in the comments section of a post I wrote about his band CVB soliciting fan donations for a showcase at SXSW. I did give the band "credit for coming up with a novel approach ($100 to sponsor each song in their set) plus a fun payback for the fans"; but I also questioned if it was the best use of the artist / fan relationship.
To be fair, what set Lowery off the most was that I misread some of the band's plea to fans. I thought he was trying to raise $7000 and to be accurate they were only asking for $3500. But, while I respect that CVB knows their fans better than I do and has every right to ask them for anything they want, somehow going to SXSW to be one of 5000 bands performing didn't seem to me to fit in the same category as, for example, donating to help record an album that you get a copy of to enjoy forever. So, having said all of that, I do want to sincerely apologize to David Lowery and the wonderful Camper Van Beethoven for my mistake.
- What do you think of CVB's request for funds to go to SXSW?
- And, with full acknowledgment that we're all just trying to figure out what works and what doesn't in the new music industry landscape, should I continue to call 'em as I see 'em – good or bad; right or wrong?