Broken Social Scene and Feist are local, quirky, imaginative and "independent." Of course you remember independent music? Long tail before it got a cool name? Perez Hilton is grasping, global, an aggregator but derivative and highly dependent on the craziness of others. (But still highly popular and influential)
If I base my comments on a scant 100-odd words, it seems that Feist is well aware of the influence of celebrity bloggers - and their fickle nature.
Perez Hilton has certainly been kind to you this year.
Yeah! When will that dime turn? You know Dragonette? I was having drinks with them in London, which is where they live now. And Dan Kurtz actually produced my very first record in '98. So we're old, old friends. So I went out for a drink with him and Martina [Sorbara] and they had some friend there and we're all just hanging out. And after about an hour I said to the friend, "Hey, what do you do?" And he said, "Oh, well, I have this blog, this gossip blog." And he asks me what I do and I say, "I'm a singer, I've got some records out."
I didn't know who he was from a hole in the ground. I'd never heard his name before and he had never heard mine. But the next day, I heard from about 70,000 people going "Oh my God!" and all of a sudden I understood the context of who this guy with green hair was. And that was Perez Hilton, of course.
The next day, he did a blast saying "Check out this girl's video," and that was six months ago. I'm bemused and grateful that stuff is on some people's radar. It's certainly not on mine. But I can understand it means something to someone.
If I'm reading that last line accurately, that's the "long tail" telling us that the "wider tail" doesn't really play a large part in her daily life.
Independent is as independent does ... and her decisions aren't confined by the frames defined by a larger and more "popular" voice. h/t to Large Hearted Boy
[tags] Feist, gossip blogs, long tail [/tags]