Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is urging fans not to limit their consumption of music to the internet because he's convinced the web is no substitute for buying real records and reading rock magazines.
The folk rocker fears many devotees who spend their time online are "inundated with garbage" and are more likely to dismiss new bands after reading short reviews on Twitter.com instead of poring over long print articles about new music.
He tells Britain's The Independent, "If you choose to pay attention to music on the internet, it can be overwhelming. You can get inundated with garbage. And it's still not the best way to hear music. I still prefer recommendations from friends...
"You'd think there would be all these 50-page articles (online) examining the records, but now all you get are 'Tweet'-sized reviews. There are many more opinions, but not necessarily more thought-out opinions."
Pecknold also believes fans now miss out on the experience of buying a record and holding it in their hands, adding, "If you think about the memories you have, they're about so much more than you get on a computer: things like... what it smelt like and tactile things. But if you are just looking at a computer screen, it's just this void of information. Will I look back and think about the way the computer screen looked...?"