What Is This Shit?

My name is The Wrock Snob, and I am here to make you Feel Sad About The Things You Like.

A very good question.  This shit is the most loathsome of all shits, an indie music blog.  However, this blog is not about just any old indie music, but wizard rock, and if you don’t know what that is, then I’m really surprised you found this place.  I am a huge fan of wizard rock – so much of a fan, that I believe that it could be the best genre out there, and thus, am very critical of it.  It’s tough love, basically.  It is very difficult to find negative opinions of any sort of wizard rock coming from wizard rock fans, and this is a lack that I believe is hurting the genre as a whole.  I’m not a troll, and this site isn’t purely to make fun of wizard rock, but I believe a hard examination of the music is something that is missing, because we’re all one happy lovey-dovey Hufflepuffy community and we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

But if wrock is to grow as a genre, and continue past the release of the last film, and even the Scottish Book, there need to be more people taking a critical eye to it.  I’m not saying I’m the only person for the job, but I’m the only one so far to volunteer.  Also, a note about dissension: I absolutely love it if you disagree with me.  Nobody’s opinion is inherently more valid than anyone else’s, and a desire for more debate beyond which is the hottest Ministry of Magic boy was the impetus for me to create this site.  However, I would ask that you keep your tone as civil and respectful as mine is (which is, frankly, not very).  If you outright flame, or be a total squib-licking asshat, your comments will not be removed, but mercilessly mocked.

That said, I welcome any feedback of any sort – if you wish to contact me, you can send me an email at wrocksnob@gmail.com


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wrocknquidditch
    May 17, 2010 @ 11:06:17

    I really respect that you’re ready to challenge the community into some critical thinking. I think that the wrock community can still be about love and the “hufflepuffy” things even if individually we all have different opinions and independent thought. I also appreciate that it seems you are doing this with the best interests of the community in mind. I’ve seen a few blogs around with some pretty…. honest… critiques and reviews, and I really look forward to reading what you have to say. I think many of us are overly cautious about critiquing the music itself….and I think that stems from our desire to encourage participation and openness and wonderful things… but there is plenty of room for both….there are many thriving and happy musical communities in the world that STILL encourage love and participation and many of the wizard rock ideals that also have room for critique.

    I think some constructive criticism is bound to push everyone to improve and put additional thought into what they put out into the world. I think it also challenges wrock fans to not JUST love their favorite musicians because they love them, but to decide for themselves what it is they like about that music and realize that it’s okay to not like something, and that not liking something in particular does NOT mean you can’t still love the people or the band or the music as a whole.

    I look forward to reading what you have here in the future. 🙂


  2. siriusismyhero
    May 22, 2010 @ 13:47:17

    When I first found your blog, I wasn’t sure about the whole thing, but the more I think about it, and the more I read your posts, the more I’m really looking forward to what you have to say. I think what you’re doing here – critiquing the genre – is a very good thing, because you’re right, a lot of people don’t critique the music. I think this will open up even more conversation about the music and the community itself, and I think it will strengthen the community as a whole.


  3. Kristina
    May 22, 2010 @ 13:50:04

    Well, I mean, it’s obviously Luke.


    Okay, back to seriousness. :p


  4. Albus Lupin
    May 22, 2010 @ 14:34:24

    Methinks the Wrock Snob is taking himself tad too seriously…..


  5. Professor Filk
    May 26, 2010 @ 13:44:22

    I must pose some questions…

    Do you have “levels” of harshness? What I mean is will you be harsher with the artists who have been in the wrock scene longer than those who are new to the genre?

    And as a follow up, will you be as harsh of a critic to those who are under the of 18?

    As a fandom, we are nurturing and caring and take care to encourage those around us, so will you think before you speak? Will you take someone’s sensitivities into consideration? Or will you be an ass just to be an ass? I agree with you wanting to turn wrock into something bigger than it currently is, however this is not mainstream music business machine and you must know that you run the risk of doing the opposite of what you wish to achieve.


    • wrocksnob
      May 26, 2010 @ 19:56:44

      If an artist asks me to review their album, no matter how long they’ve been in wrock, or how old they are, I will review the album with (possibly brutal) honesty. However, if they are a younger/newer/smaller/not as good band, I will warn them beforehand, if they’d like to reconsider. However, if I’m doing something that will bring me within reviewing range of smaller bands that didn’t ask me to review them (for example, if I’m doing a retrospective of the Wizard Rock EP of the Month club), I will take the aforementioned things into account. For example, there are a few albums by small bands in the EP club that I really didn’t like, but I don’t necessarily need to spend a thousand words eviscerating something someone made mostly for fun a year or two ago. But if an artist wants in-depth critical analysis, then that’s exactly what I’ll give to them.


  6. Randi
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 22:45:13

    Hey All mighty snob,
    As a musician for seven years, I really love your reviews. No crap, tell it like it is.
    And I appreciate that in a genre as loose as wizard rock. Although sometimes the stupidity is the best part of the song.
    Just wanted to say you make me laugh anytime I read anything of yours.

    Much love,
    Randi of Love Wrocks (I love signing off like that)


  7. Stephani
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:22:35

    Thank you for doing this 🙂 I have a suggestion for a song for you: Slytherclaw by Dawlish and the Archies. A good way to find songs is just listen to wrockBOX when it’s working 🙂


  8. Humor News
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 08:01:07

    Very nice very nice stuff you have on ur blog your above excellence


  9. South beach
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 19:43:11

    thanks ur parents for having you


  10. Kimberely Brantingham
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 13:42:14

    You are my inhalation, I own few web logs and infrequently run out from post :). “Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” by William Shakespeare.


    May 17, 2013 @ 09:34:12

    A round of applause for your blog.Thanks Again. Really Cool.


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