I'm sure I wouldn't want to punch him but he needs to have some respect for hard working designers who are cranking out quality work and stop slagging them. He comes across as a pretentious jackoff who is clearly extremely ignorant of this world.
I think it's a nice poster. I also would give leeway to letterpress in regards to the medium being a large part of the aesthetic. Meaning I think the letter/woodblocks used make up for any lack of "communicated message." Design doesn't always have to be delivering some high message. Design to fit the need. Some of our posters are thick with detail that applies directly to the band, their aesthetic, their message and their fans. Others just loosely link and are simply colourful visuals to get attention. What rubs me is someone looking down their nose towards folks making posters as if no thought goes into them and we're all just fucking off playing in ink. Some of the smartest solutions ever laid down in design have been submitted to this site. Also the idea that we have no client and do what we want is bullshit. Some of our poster/music jobs have had the highest level of client interaction out of anything we've ever done. We had more direction from Modest Mouse and The Hold Steady than we did from the Obama Campaign.