Seriously, BYT features some of the worst writing (even for a blog) that I've seen on a site that manages to nab interviews with some of the hottest musicians who pass through DC. The latest in the grammatical and formatical (that's not a word, but when
This is particularly disheartening because the interview itself wasn't horrible, or so it seemed. The final product, though, was more than wretched -- it was horrendously wretched. (Horrwretched?) Names were misspelled, cities were misidentified, there was no flow and it fell into chaos at the end. In short, it was a gigantic waste of a decent interview, which, as a former music writer, is truly nauseating.
And since I'm unwilling to put in more than a few seconds of research into any endeavor (clearly), I'm going to hope this was this writer's first time formatting an interview, in which case I can relate. My first-ever musician interview was with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst when I was 19. It was horrwretched to say the least, although, even so, not once did I cut him off mid-answer and then proceed to note that in the first few sentences of my write-up...
And that WAS interview is not the only case of BYT writing gone retarded. The typos alone in nearly every article are enough to make a reasonable mind wonder when spellcheck became passe...
But moving on, I must concede (especially since I link to BYT in the sidebar) that not all of BYT is a total waste of ether. Some writers -- and here I'm thinking particularly of John Foster -- understand basic grammar and voice and flow and everything else that goes into crafting something not just decent, but quite awesome. Unfortunately, those types of wordsmiths are outnumbered by what seem like starstruck college coeds hoping to sound cool (see above). Then again, I'm a child of the 1980s, so perhaps these kinds of stream of consciousness, poorly edited (or unedited?) half-paragraphs are cool to the kids nowadays, although for the sake of literacy (and my own relevance), I hope not.
However, when words are not the main focus, I must give BYT due credit. Their photo contributors are truly talented, especially those who cover live shows. They get high marks from The Anti DC Eagle of Freedom for both their quantity and quality. Two talons up!
But back to business. Do you want to write for them? You won't get paid, but you might score some sweet interviews, which is a pretty good benefit. I'll willingly take my name out of the running though not only because I probably just made a bunch of e-enemies, but because my very own pet project of complaining about nearly everything I encounter takes up too much time to think about volunteering to write full sentences for another Web site (although I guess full sentences aren't required...OH SNAP!). Also, the Olympics are still on. Table tennis!