Who's Ripping Me Off Now?

It started off innocently enough. Back in July, Idolator ran an item titled "Please Explain The Appeal of Ray LaMontagne To Me."

Of course, "Please Explain to Me ..." is a regular Post Rock feature, first appearing back in April. But that's a relatively minor transgression.

And sorry, Idolator, we still can't help you with Ray LaMontagne.

On Sept. 30, I posted an item, "Janet Jackson's Trying to Fool Us", in which I partook in some good ol' baseless theorizing, just like a good blogger should. This was right before a long string of postponements on her Rock Witchu Tour became big news. I claimed she was suffering mainly from low ticket sales.

Then, on Oct. 7, Yahoo music blogger Billy Johnson, Jr. posted an item, "Janet Doesn't Wanna Rock Right Now," saying ... well, basically everything I said a week earlier. Except his post got 1,155 comments and mine got 3. But again, I'm willing to let this one slide because it's not like everyone out there in Nothing-Better-To-Do-Land wasn't eventually speculating on this.

But this week was the tipping point.

A couple of items for you to look at.

First, my interview with Love As Laughter, posted on July 16. The first line:

"Love as Laughter is one of those bands that are easy to root for."

Now we have Pitchfork's review of LAL's album "Holy," published on Oct. 15. The first line:

"Love as Laughter have never been tough to root for."

To quote Gob Bluth: Come on!

By David Malitz |  October 17, 2008; 8:50 AM ET Annoyances , Covers , Fakery , Screeds
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Maybe Stephen Colbert will do it to ya next...

Posted by: Hemisphire | October 17, 2008 9:53 AM

sounds like a case of the collective consciousness

Posted by: somadosis | October 17, 2008 11:06 AM

You should start planting purposefully fake items so you can trace them like those guys who got ripped off by Trivial Pursuit.

Posted by: Glenn | October 17, 2008 11:44 AM

I like Glenn's idea. I still think everyone who uses "stellar" in a review is ripping off a '95 review I wrote for Bent (which becamse Harp which is now Blurt).

Posted by: Jet Age Eric | October 17, 2008 12:01 PM

What about the Jono brothers ripping off your fashion sense?

Posted by: Clint | October 17, 2008 2:22 PM

I always thought Pitchfork was more reactive than proactive anyway . . . Just get your peeps to visit your blog before the story becomes "hip" to cover

Posted by: Dude in Tejas | October 17, 2008 3:20 PM

looks like we got a case of the swagger jackers...

Posted by: Dev | October 17, 2008 3:29 PM

Without a doubt, the greatest injustice in the history of the world.

Posted by: Bartholemew | October 17, 2008 3:46 PM

Seriously, J, look in the mirror, take a deep breath, and ask yourself: "what are the odds that any of these people actually read my blog?"

Posted by: Reason | October 17, 2008 3:48 PM

In response, David could start writing reviews of Pitchfork reviews and other articles. A weekly dose of meta-commentary to entertain and enlighten us, with heaping portions of wit and sarcasm.

Posted by: SSMD | October 17, 2008 4:56 PM

You're not really a blogger until other writers start jacking your ideas and copy with no attribution. Welcome to the club.

Posted by: leafblower | October 18, 2008 10:00 AM

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