One of my favorite music blogs is scaling back! Jefito is getting that burnt out feeling from too much time in front of the computer. And from his latest post, he’s thinking of doing less on his blog (which I read everyday)!
He got into a battle with his ISP (which is the same ISP I use) over the mp3s he posts on his site. I don’t know the details, but my guess is that it has to do with having too many mp3s on his site and maybe they got nervous that they were going to be implicated in a lawsuit initiated by the recording industry. Whatever the case, his daily presence will be missed.
Every week, I looked forward to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to…, Cutouts Gone Wild, Listening Booth, and his newest feature: the Friday Mix Tape. He said he’ll still have a few of those features, but he won’t be doing any daily blogging anymore. Sad, but understandable.
Which leads me to one of the most common problems with writing a blog: fatigue. If you’re a quick writer who can easily pound it out, blogging might not be too difficult. However, if you like to take your time and work on a post, blogging can be a tough thing. And when you compound all this with a job, home life, and all the rest, it’s not an easy thing to keep doing day after day, week after week without getting paid. And Jeff does all of this for free. He shares the music, shares his thoughts, engages in dialogue with his readers, does all the artwork, links, troubleshooting, and a bunch of other things that come with running your own blog. And the level of writing is equal to (if not better than) the vast majority of music critics who get paid to write for major publications. His posts have analytical depth, it is clear that he listens to the albums he writes about, and he is often very funny. Whenever I read an Idiot’s Guide, or a Listening Booth feature, I automatically think about how much time it would take me to put something like that together. Guess what? There aren’t enough hours in a day for me to do what he is able to do. And he seems to do it so effortlessly. So while this isn’t goodbye for Jefito, it is an end of an era of sorts. 🙁
Before I sign off, Jefito asked me to do a Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dire Straits a long time ago, and I just never got it together to do it. So, I’ll finally honor my commitment and post one by the weekend.
But in the meantime, as an homage to one of the other features on his blog (i.e., “Bootleg City”), I’ll post the only boot I have. It’s from vault of John Scott — a fellow radio guy — and it’s from one of my favorite bands, XTC. John was part of the recording for Y-95 in Dallas, Texas where John had a radio gig. The back story on this is that this performance never aired on Y-95 (or any other station), so what you’re about to hear is a very rare bootleg!