Posted in music on December 19, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Chromewaves

A sad day in music blog land: one of the first, Chromewaves, called it quits today after 13 years. Which is a long time to do this. Especially when the whole time it was just one guy doing it -- Toronto resident Frank Yang, who posted almost every day for Chromewaves' entire run. Says Frank in today's final post:

This is not a decision that I've taken lightly. I've basically spent the past year waiting/hoping for the spark of musical discovery and impulse/compulsion to share to reignite, but it simply hasn't. Know that early drafts of this post were very different and very pointed - I planned wonderful rants about commodification, listification, commercialization, devaluation, trivialization, all kinds of -ations - but while therapeutic, were not the note I wanted to go out on. Music and blogging and music blogging have been very, very good to me, but I fear that were I to keep at it that gratitude would further curdle into resentment and cynicism and this thing that I've built, that has defined and directed so much of my life this past decade plus and am very proud of would suffer for it.

Already I feel the quality of what I do has diminished relative to its peak and I don't want to stay around too long, like the pro athlete who doesn't know when to quit and needs either a torn hamstring or demotion to the minors to get the message. And so I've played out this season - I think we're done with 2013 things - and am hanging it up. I am certain that I will miss many, many things about being an active and constant voice in the conversation about new music, but shouting at and over the ever-deafening din of the music hype echo chamber to fewer and fewer ears won't be one of them. The machine can't stop, won't stop, and I need to get off.

I've known Frank for a while and he's genuinely one of the nicest guys in the blogosphere (do they even say that anymore?). No doubt he'll still be listening to tons of music and going to shows, but giving his typing fingers a much-deserved rest. We'll miss you Chromewaves.

Stream the song that gave Chromewaves its name below...

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Ride - "Chrome Waves"

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Comments (8)

o hai. thanks.

Posted by frank | December 19, 2013 12:28 PM

bitch move

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:37 PM

Thanks Frank your blog was great and I loved scouring it for music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:51 PM

Wow, I haven't heard of that blog in years. I knew Frank as f2yang over at fenderforum.com. We were regulars in the indie rock thread.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:04 PM

Same time as The Best Show. Death comes in threes. WHO IS THE NEXT 13 YEAR INSTITUTION TO BIT IT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:08 PM

I will miss this blog. Frank is passionate and a great supporter of fine Canadian music, without any smug self-importance. His links to streams, dls and videos will also be missed. Thanks for all.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:19 PM

Never heard of it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:49 PM

1:08 ... you?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:04 PM

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