Nothing is sacred. CMJ is playing dirty now.
The administration at CMJ have always been pretentious a-holes. Even for the people that get the newstand version (as opposed to the college/music director/industry version) of the mag.
Read the letters to the editor and you'll see many complaints about the lack of service for delivery, arrogant customer service workers and more importantly, a lack of 'truly alternative' band coverage/discovery.
CMJ has become everything that it fought against throughout the 80's and 90's, a slave to corporate radio control. The fucking problem is that rock bands who want to get their music to the open minded masses, namely college radio listeners, are a slave to the sick CMJ system.
That puts the indie rock band at the bottom of this shitty food chain.
We are the plankton.
The future is bright!
Supposedly, a few alternatives to CMJ are going to pop up. But in the meantime, bands need to start looking for alternative routes to find new listeners. That's what we are brainstorming right now.
I guess we could always start a neo-jam band, pass our tapes to some frat brothers and see if they could network and promote us to chapters at other Universities. With the Frat, For the Frat and By the Frat! One rock band under god, with ass paddling and keg parties for all!
I wonder if that'd work?