Every hipster from here to Hoxton is mad at Holly Baxter right now.
Why? Because the Guardian writer and Vagenda co-founder took a pop at superstar producer Dev Hynes a day after everything he owns - including a pet puppy called Cupid - burned in a house fire.
In her poorly timed piece, she took aim at the musician for a GoFundMe crowd funding campaign he had nothing to do with. Started by his girlfriend's mother without his knowing, it asked fans to donate money to help Hynes and his partner replace what they had lost in blaze. Like many, he was without contents insurance, so the overhaul would cost him thousands.
As a superstar producer, money is something he does have. So when the funds reached the $25,000 mark, he decided to give all the donations away to charity and publicly declared so. Because he’s a nice guy like that.
But that didn't stop Baxter from using the insensitive example to write an entire article condemning the use of crowd funding by people to drum up cash for what she sees as frivolous causes, like weddings and music videos, despite the fact her own 'publication' Vagenda used the very same method the fund the launch of their website (No, really. They did. See it here).
It was originally titled 'Why my wallet doesn't care that Dev Hynes' puppy burned in a fire', but, after a barrage of complaints, was later changed to a far less inflammatory 'Why celebrity crowdfunding has little appeal'.
"Unfortunately, my purse remained as closed as my meanie heart," she writes. "Because crowdfunding is not about rewarding those who once gave to charity with a luxury wedding.
"Equally, it is not about replacing Dev Hynes's lost clothes or paying for a replacement pedigree puppy. What Hynes lost in his recordings can only be reproduced with meticulous time and effort. That's something I'm willing to pay for. Hynes's designer jeans and the honour of working for the Mamet sisters? Not so much"
Read the article in full here - if you can stand the baffling lack of any argument whatsoever. And the bile.
Naturally, Baxter's "meanie heart" spawned waves of anger from Hynes fans, Guardian readers and, you know, decent human beings who condemned the writer for her utter lack of compassion and hypocrisy. It also sparked a backlash from Hynes himself, who upon reading it, declared he would never give the Guardian a moment of his time. Ever again.
Hey @guardian. I did an interview with you a couple weeks ago please pull it from all publications, never write about me ever again. Thanks.Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) December 19, 2013
A number of edits were made to the piece following a slew of complaints, and Baxter herself apologised to Hynes over Twitter.
But not before a hilarious sequence of responses were made over the entire episode. Our favourite of which has to be this one by famously caustic celebrity blog Holy Moly, which finishes with the killer line:
"Merry bloody Christmas, Cheryl Cole thinks you're a shitbag"
What an appalling article! How insensitive and heartless !!Cheryl Cole (@CherylCole) December 19, 2013
But you can always count on old faithful Twitter to come up trumps, and true to form, it did. Here are some of the stand-out tweets on Dev Hynes V Guardian:
Will Holly Baxter fund my 'creative project' (she's all for funding creatives, after all): Portrait of a White Feminist made with sausagesFlavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices) December 20, 2013
if - http://t.co/JtPwz0O8P3 - this is journalism then i'm done with the world. Oh and Holly baxter, maybe look at my latest blog post.Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) December 19, 2013
Holly Baxter you should be ashamed of yourself. Bitchy, vile and totally insensitive commentsJessie Ware (@Jessie_Ware) December 19, 2013
That Dev Hynes Guardian feature now thunderstorms over North London. Looks like God rather likes puppies and that Blood Orange album.Sam Diss (@SamDiss) December 19, 2013
lol at that holly baxter article. I literally have no idea what her opinion is or what the point of that article wasBen Marshall (@benjomarshall) December 20, 2013
Musicians pick their favourite albums of 2013
Musicians pick their favourite albums of 2013
1/15 Felix White from The Maccabees chose 'More Light' by Primal Scream
I love that Primal Scream can write a song like 'It’s Alright, It’s OK' on their 10th album. Its motif - that it’s forgivable to make mistakes - I find genuinely reassuring, like the only teacher at school you like taking you aside and telling you something that you’ll remember forever. 'Walking with the Beast' is one of the best things they've ever done. Great album sleeve too.
2/15 Dan Smith from Bastille chose 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde
I think Lorde employs some of the most engaging, witty and interesting lyrics of the year, but they’re totally backed up by good songwriting and subtly brilliant hooks. Joel Little’s production is spacious when it needs to be but lush and complex at points as well, complementing the album’s laconic feel. Even though it’s really obvious to mention her age, it’s undeniably impressive to hear what she’s achieved and exciting to imagine what she might come up with next.
3/15 Anna Calvi chose 'Push the Sky Away' by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
There’s a hymnal quality to this record, it’s hypnotic and calm in a way that seems incredibly new for the Bad Seeds. Cave's lyrics seem like streams of consciousness, the sort of stories you might imagine as you drift into sleep. I love the production of this record too, it sounds like an amazing band, in a room, playing beautiful music together. Which is what it is.
4/15 Yannis Philippakis from Foals chose 'Demos' by Jai Paul
My album of the year is the collection of songs by Jai Paul that surfaced online earlier this year. The confusion surrounding the release does nothing to diminish the power and vision of the music. It sounds simultaneously exotic and British, timeless and futuristic. His voice and production skills are inimitable and each track is a pop gem.
5/15 Conor O’Brien from Villagers chose 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas' by Courtney Barnett
This is music which is so completely unpretentious. It's recorded perfectly and the band really adds to the songs. Courtney opened up for us on our last Australian tour and it’s been a real pleasure to watch her slowly come to the attention of the world and the universe and beyond.
6/15 Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons chose 'Lonerism' by Tame Impala
Not only is this album incredible sonically and melodically, but it also is just a glimpse at how amazing Tame Impala’s live show is. The band and I went and saw them recently and were blown away. They are wonderful dudes as well which is a plus. My close second place goes to James Blake’s 'Overgrown'. His voice is one of the best of this generation in my opinion.
7/15 Antony Hegarty from Antony and the Johnsons chose 'Disquiet' by Paul Corley
This environmental record has worn its way into my heart. A series of lilting piano melodies move amorphously through subtle soundscapes. It’s the kind of thing I can leave on all afternoon, it settles around me like a mist. It’s just beautiful; a balm for the mind.
8/15 Ed Harcourt chose 'Modern Vampires Of The City' by Vampire Weekend
I know this is an obvious choice and Ezra Koenig sometimes writes lyrics that can seem a little too clever, but here they’re witty and poetic; the production is so inventive and modern and it seems like they've shaken off the Paul Simon obsession and come into their own. A truly lovely record.
9/15 Ben Little from Wild Beasts chose 'Yeezus' by Kanye West
Initially I was a little confused by the rawness and sparseness but eventually really grew to appreciate the concept of the record, a man wanting to be the controller rather than the controlled. Clearly not intended as background music but instead demanding full attention, Yeezus is full of confrontation, ignorant wit and balls-out confidence.
10/15 Frank Turner chose 'By The Lamplight' by Larry and His Flask
I spent the end of last year and the start of this touring with this band around the release of this album but I genuinely think it’s a thing of wonder. It captures the sheer insanity, the mad energy rush, of their seven-piece punk-bluegrass live show, but also lets the subtlety of their songwriting and harmonies come to the fore. 'The Battle for Clear Sight' is the song of the year for me by some distance.
11/15 Ghostpoet chose 'Pull My Hair Back' by Jessy Lanza
I liked a lot of albums this year. The album I enjoyed listening to the most would probably be this one. I’m in love with her voice, the production throughout and it's on [record label] Hyperdub. What’s not to love?
12/15 Rufus Wainwright chose 'Sing Me The Songs: Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle'
Not just because I’m biased (Kate McGarrigle was my mother) but also because I believe these are some of the best songs ever written. Performances by Norah Jones, Linda Thompson and Antony Hegarty to name but a few make this collection a singer’s paradise.
13/15 Miles Kane chose 'Victim Of Love' by Charles Bradley
This album has been the soundtrack of my year; travelling around on tour and in the dressing room. The song 'Love Bug Blues' when played loud always get me in the mood to go out on stage and have it. A great soul voice and lyrics that come from the heart - you just can’t beat it.
14/15 Amir Amor from Rudimental chose 'Tribute' by John Newman
It’s refreshing to see someone carrying the torch for Northern Soul, and it’s not style over substance here. He has written some truly powerful music and has the voice of an old soul. It’s definitely one of my favourite records. He’s come a long way since we met him in a pub a few years back.
15/15 Jan Scott Wilkinson from British Sea Power chose 'Pearl Mystic' by Hookworms
They remind me a little of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Velvet Underground which is nice but it does'’t sound like it's been made from a clever list of influences or belongs in the past - it just sounds like they're having a wonderful time playing. When I hear it, I think, 'blimey, this is pretty groovy for Leeds', then feel slightly jealous and wish I could join in the fun.