The Bluffer’s Guide to Stylus

By: Todd Burns

Posted 10/29/2007 - 02:17:05 AM by bassman08:
 God damnit.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 04:19:24 AM by meatbreak:
 Ah bollocks. I was enjoying that.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 05:52:37 AM by florenz6:
 A great exercise for letting things go
Posted 10/29/2007 - 06:31:21 AM by MikeAtkinson:
 A couple more highlights, which were flagged up on the ILM memorial thread over the weekend and stand up as well now as they did then:
Nick Southall: Soulseeking
Marcello Carlin: Consummation of consumption
Posted 10/29/2007 - 08:04:16 AM by PeteGuy:
 Aww, gutted.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 08:20:17 AM by johnedowney:
 On the bright side, I might actually get some papers done now.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 09:10:55 AM by smezzer:
 *pours 40 on the ground*
Posted 10/29/2007 - 09:43:09 AM by J_R_K_:
 why did music have to die last week? todd is moving on to dedicate himself to multiplayer mariokart on the n64
Posted 10/29/2007 - 10:12:25 AM by Zurich:
 Bummer day for the internet, thanks for all the good years.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 11:45:49 AM by Zarklephaser:
 OMG I was called out as a top commenter?? WOW! That's pretty cool, I never would have expected that! Thanks Stylus, I love you too. One more thing that would be *fantastic* in this retrospective, or at some point: It'd be great to have a Bluffer's Guide to reading Stylus writers after Stylus closes. I've already got links for certain blogs and sites, and know where to find a few of the writers in the coming months: Southall, Passantino, Soto, and a couple others I'm forgetting.. So, where can I find the rest of you guys?
Posted 10/29/2007 - 12:25:58 PM by syurix:
 Stylus was, hands down, my favorite music site. That said, some of the reasons this was so that didn't make the list: "Caught At a Distance" An amazing essay on the first wave of emo/post hardcore. Stuff from "Seconds" that I kind of love. And one indulgence that I probably shouldn't have defended when it came out: Stylus is fucking dead/Long live Stylus.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 12:54:19 PM by motelmoka:
 I'm really hoping this is one of those farewells a la Robert Smith. I know I don't agree with 65% of the reviews on here but stylus was my favorite review site of them all, visited this place almost daily whereas I only gave pitchfork (just to name one of them) a visit every two weeks or so... I'm really going to miss you all. Godspeed stylus staff.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 01:57:10 PM by ghillz:
 I stumbled on Stylus when I was about 13/14, I don't even know how. It was my cool older brother with the massive record collection. Thank you.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 02:36:15 PM by Zarklephaser:
 Oh wow, I just realized the name-links at the bottom go to individual blogs and such. I figured they linked to Stylus staff pages or something. Way to go, that's exactly what I was looking for! Thanks again.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 03:34:38 PM by Kerguelen:
 Thank you all for a great few years. Stylus was the best music review site out there, by far. Yes there's a lot of typical indie rock here, but there's just so much more breadth of styles covered than anywhere else. And unlike the other sites, Stylus just gave insightful and interesting reviews, and mostly avoided trying to play indie tastemaker. Best of luck in the future!
Posted 10/29/2007 - 03:46:45 PM by ZakAce:
 I am really gonna miss Stylus. The only site to: review Fat Freddy's Drop and Goldenhorse. review Eurovision. talk about music compression in an accessible and influential way. write awesome articles (even Pitchfork couldn't compete with the sheer awesomeness of Stop Making Sense vs. The Last Waltz). have Dom Passantino. As much as he is an asshat, he's one helluva funny asshat. Hats off to Dom! And there's just too much good stuff in Stylus. WHY?!!
Posted 10/29/2007 - 03:49:09 PM by adentice:
 I'm really sad you guys are closing. Not much more I can do than agree with the other posters - you guys were the best internet music site bar none - breadth of coverage, interesting and talented writers (including the posters!), and great themes. Damn, my music following will never quite be the same again.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 04:21:26 PM by PowerRanger:
 I'm sad to see you go. I've loved this place.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 05:18:39 PM by grandbanks:
 I'll go on and say that this sucks, but totally understandable. A thankless task all the way around. As anyone who bothers reading my crap can attest to, I could go on and on, so I will attempt to restrain myself. Uh, thanks. Sometimes shit just needs to die, for better or worse. I'll probably post some more thoughts in the next couple of days. Thanks for the dubious "favorite commenter" tag, it has caused me as much pain as anyone, believe me.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 05:37:44 PM by saltlick:
 This is terrible news. I'm yet another person who prefers this site over Pitchfork. Even when I didn't really care about any of the day's reviews, there was usually an article that would pique my interest. This was much more than the usual "eclectic indie review site". You guys really had your own niche. Goodbye, good luck, and thank you. :)
Posted 10/29/2007 - 06:22:44 PM by eldarko:
 Gutted. Never even saw it coming. You were a brilliant sounding-block, a wise mentor, a truthful companion, a wizened tutor, an ever-resourceful partner. Ultimately, you were a good friend - someone I came to every day and learned a little bit more about myself through your companionship. Dammit, you'll be hugely missed...
Posted 10/29/2007 - 06:49:49 PM by refnulf:
 to echo bassman08, god damnit indeed. i've been reading stylus daily for nearly 18 odd months now, so though i can't comment on any 'growth' i might've witnessed, i must say that everything about stylus was fantastic and interesting (throw in some assorted superlatives aswell). its a terrible shame now that we'll have to traverse the web for anything as good as stylus. kudos from pakistan; hope good luck visits you regularly from here on
Posted 10/29/2007 - 06:54:42 PM by JohnCameron:
 I didn't end my time at Stylus on the greatest of terms but I stayed a faithful reader. I'll miss this site something terrible.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 06:56:35 PM by alasdair_d:
 I'm quite catatonic right now ... Losing Oink was bad enough, but losing Oink and Stylus in the space of a week is just absurd. It would be nice if this turns out to be a case the Velvet Undergrounds, where everyone who reads the site goes on to start a droll pop culture blog of their own. We'll see. Later, guys.
Posted 10/29/2007 - 09:08:55 PM by jeremyyoung:
 Dammit, there goes my favourite music website. Very sad to hear that you'll be closing. I hope to see some spin-off websites from your very talented writers :)
Posted 10/29/2007 - 10:42:32 PM by Takomora:
 I must say I'm sad to see Stylus go.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 01:31:06 AM by krosshoff:
 much love and many thanks to todd et. al. stylus has been a staple for me for the last 3 years or so - though my time as a writer here was brief and undistinguished, and i've only commented infrequently (one particularly impassioned instance is - touchingly - indirectly included in this round-up by way of sylvester's "everything's great" piece), i have been far more diligent and devoted as a reader, and i've laughed a lot and learned even more as a result. xo.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 01:50:44 AM by joeyjeremiah:
 you're shutting down? No way! Oh that is a real shame, I'm totally gutted. Stylus has been my favourite music site for about two-and-a-half years. No more singles jukebox!!!!!!! :(
Posted 10/30/2007 - 02:08:33 AM by friendlyatom:
 I'll miss this site.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 02:14:54 AM by jed666:
 stylus, I miss you already. I've had so many songs that I've been kicking around in my head as various seconds articles though I just couldn't get my lazy ass to actually sit down and write them. At the very least, thank you for getting me to think about what I actually notice in songs that I like and I wish the best to you all.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 03:27:46 AM by florenz6:
 ...Part of the end game is copying great articles and reviews as something you can come back to...
Posted 10/30/2007 - 03:30:45 AM by florenz6:
 ... another thing is thinking about some imaginary friends among the commentators in on some distant parts of the world, and you´don´t even have their email adress...
Posted 10/30/2007 - 05:36:45 AM by meatbreak:
 Yeah Flo, not for lack of asking though, eh?

So now I've had the night to sleep on it I can be a bit more measured. I'm so gutted that Stylus is closing, it's been a lot of fun reading and I can echo Grand Banks's sentiments over commenting on this site too - the pain and joy! I've learned a lot Stylus, thank you, you've given me new perspectives and new ulcers. I just don't have the same affection for any other music site. Thanks for the commenters mention too, I am flattered - and goddamnit if you didn't link to the one article where my posts are the most well meaning but most poorly executed. Haha. Told you to keep your eyes on Blood Red Shoes, they totally decimated Reading festival this year.

I will miss you

Posted 10/30/2007 - 09:12:42 AM by MEKsLP:
 you muthafuckers thank you for leaving me alone and by myself on this cold dead earth.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 12:02:33 PM by johnedowney:
 I still think that my argument with a Mars Volta fanboy in the review of "Amputechture" was both a highlight and a lowlight in my life.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 01:12:16 PM by meatbreak:
 Woah - I just re-read it all. That was more intense than the Liars review farrago I got embroiled in a few weeks ago. Awww yeah, I'm going to miss this badly.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 02:14:17 PM by krosshoff:
 no love for TheDisexists huh? i always thought she/they/it was pretty endearingly preposterous. ah well.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 02:46:31 PM by bassman08:
 How about Ian Mathers' "Top Ten Pronunciations"?
Posted 10/30/2007 - 03:09:10 PM by brente:
 dammit, this was the best site. my favorite for movie and music recommendations. many of my absolute favorites from the past few years i found here first (junior boys, two lone swordsmen, goldmund, isolee, kelley polar, jamie lidell, under byen, guillemots, joan as police woman, amateurs). and your movie section was unparalleled. you will all be missed.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 04:38:03 PM by pinkrobo:
 So long Stylus. Thanks for all the fish.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 07:44:51 AM by hendrik:
 Oh well...Stylus is/was my favourite website ever. You'll all be missed...thank you so much for all the years though - and props for going out on a high. Farewell you guys.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 09:15:46 AM by Clingerpratt:
 what's ned raggett going to do now? he won't have his scraping the barrell column to keep him occupied while on the computer.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 09:38:44 AM by averyisland:
 and then there were 3: pitchfork, lost at sea, coke machine glow. stylus rounded out this quadrant of colorful, opinionated zines that also bring the k-nowledge. will be sorely missed.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 11:56:49 AM by syurix:
 I second alasdair_d. At the very least one of us should be able to come up with something more interesting than fucking Idolator.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:18:33 PM by florenz6:
 This is for meatbreak, grandbanks, wcperry (where are you, by the way?)and any from the writer´s scene who wants to contact me (as a German music journalist): 0049-(1)78-4743878. This number will be invalid by the end of November.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:36:13 PM by cwperry:
 florenz6: Here I am! Thanks for the best wishes--same to you. Hope to see you on a comment board somewhere, possibly on Popmatters.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 11:44:56 PM by AKMoose:
 Beyond depressing. I've gotten way more enjoyment out of this site than my sporadic posting indicates, and know as many of your usernames as I do Stylus authors. Take care, everyone, and please never take the archives down. Someone get on making a permanent back-up of that or something.
Posted 11/01/2007 - 06:50:10 PM by gloden:
 I would like to personally thank Mr. Todd Burns, who gave me the opportunity to start producing real music writing and provided all the unknown writers with a venue for their fanboy scribblings. It's been a great read these past few years and I'll be sad to see the site go.
Posted 11/02/2007 - 10:12:18 AM by bassman08:
 Are the archives going to be up for a while? I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself if I can't go back and look at stuff like the "Top Ten Underrated Tecmo Super Bowl Players" every now and again...
Posted 11/02/2007 - 10:47:34 AM by florenz6:
 Yes, it would be nice if someone from the old (meanwhile nearly legendary) Stylus crew would tell us, if these archives will become a living memorial site or vanish from one day to another. To be sure, jesus (!!!), i copied about fifty of my favourite articles/reviews...even such wonderful and witty "nonsense" like the best Top Ten Chase Scenes:)
Posted 11/02/2007 - 08:27:45 PM by bj_randolph:
 Oh wow, I made the Guide! Thanks for giving me a shot, Todd. Sorry about the missed deadlines. Thanks all the writers and commenters I argued with. There's a lot less godd music writing in the Internet as of today. By the way, please tell me you're leaving up the archive. Where do I donate for the server space?
Posted 11/05/2007 - 12:37:47 PM by GlassAnimalBoy:
 I've been meaning to post a comment for a few days now, but I kept getting sidetracked by all the attractive links on this page. Great job everyone. I will miss this site very much. Good luck to everyone involved with the site, and thank you for helping to cultivate my inner and outer music nerd for so many years. -Mike
Posted 11/06/2007 - 10:00:27 PM by downloadsofist:
 R.I.P. Great job, all of you, you will be missed.
Posted 11/07/2007 - 09:54:19 PM by clem_bastow:
 I'd like to second Gabe's comment; thanks to Todd for giving me the chance to start my music criticism career in earnest. SupSonic for my personal 'commenter of the decade' call, btw.
Posted 11/30/2007 - 03:46:06 AM by eldarko:
 It's only been a month and, maaan, I'm really missin' this site.....
Posted 01/21/2008 - 04:14:54 PM by GlassAnimalBoy:
 Do you think you could please come back to life for just long enough for someone to review Cloverfield? I feel like someone over there probably has something really sharp to say about it. Thanks.