Anonymous asked: I saw your twitter feed criticizing some critics usage of "garage rock" and how it can be a lazy blanket term. Well, what I want to ask you is why is it lazy? What is "garage rock" to you? And yes, why are terms SO important? Granted, calling Joy Division a big band swing band perhaps is not the greatest thing one can say or claim. I'm not necessarily against "terms," but when you start to call people "lazy" about such a wide term like "garage rock," or "lo-fi," a bit unfair and ridiculous, yeh?
It’s only lazy if you use it in a lazy context. There’s nothing wrong with calling something “lo-fi” or “garage rock” if the description is warranted. Something recorded in a good studio isn’t “lo-fi”; good critics would use words that imply the recordings have “lo-fi” qualities but isn’t inherently lo-fi.
Also, I wasn’t criticizing any critic. Bleeding Rainbow was, and I basically responded with my opinion, which is similar to what I wrote above just now.