It cannot be a coincidence. On the day of the Independent Labelmarket at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam we see pictures of Richard James Foster amicably drinking beers with label managers of Subroutine Records, helping them at their stand with Narrominded. The next day we get to read a typically positive review on the latest Subroutine release, AC Berkheimer‘s Equation of State, written by – you guess it – Richard Foster for his web residence Incendiary Magazine. Whatever happened to independent rock journalism? Are opinions for sale for the price of cheap beer and the oddly shared cuppa? Or does Incendiary have an interest in Subroutine Records, considering their constant cheer on nearly every release from the Groningen based label, be that Rats On Rafts (heck, these guys at Incendiary are the ones who keep prattling on about their guiding hand in the band’s rise to infamy, while everyone knows this was 3voor12 and Gijsbert Kamer), or Space Siren (where we catch Richard James Foster just a few days later, tweeting that he’s tasting Corno “Mister Space Siren” Zwetsloot’s homebrewn beer) or Nouveau Velo or The Sugarettes… no. Independent press can not be trusted anymore; too interwoven with the labels, the bookers and musicians. These guys left their principles at the door and sold their soul to the industry.