In a way it makes perfect sense. An aging, obsolete media should go down with an aging, obsolete critic at the helm. But at a certain point we should appeal to the civic duty of the Sun Times to provide its public with a music critic at least tangentially conversant in what is going on in his chosen medium. We've never been a fan of Jim Derogatis.....from his clearly-left-halfway-through show reviews to his stalkerish hatred for Lollapalooza and C3 Productions...but at a certain point no one with an honest bone in their body can defend this nonsense.
To wit: Derogatis' "Top 10 Shows of 2008" List for the Sun Times. Including such cutting edge stalwarts as AC/DC, Robyn Hitchcock, and Neil Young, the list reads like a playlist from a classic rock station. The average age is 53 years old, and there isn't a single band with a member under age 30. Outside of Flight of the Concords (probably appropriate that his #2 show of the year is a comedy band) and Jay Z, the youngest to make the list is age 44.
Not too hard to see why daily newspapers have lost their readership.