In interesting article over at pitchfork. read it here. For those of you who don't know, pitchfork is a music site, kinda like the mother of all indie music sites. I've been pretty impressed with them for a while now, well, with their writing anyway. The quality of their writing kind of makes up for the fact that they seem generally underwhelmed about all of the albums they review. This article is written by Nitsuh Abebe.
It's good, it's kind of an examination of how my generation thinks about popular/indie music in general, and how we decide if something is 'real' or 'pretentious', or whatever. Part of what I find fascinating about art, and music especially, is how there are so many other things going on in each song that really has nothing to do with the song at all. It's what it sounds like, what it's trying to sound like, what came before from the artist, and what time period/social environment this song is being created in.
I liked it almost all the way to the end, which I didn't like at all. Abebe goes along, talking about how we box music into different social classes, pretentious cliches, etc, but then he dihes out this AWFUL youtube video of this band Parenthetical Girls who I have never heard of before but who I now hate, thank you very much. After watching this video I literally felt physically sick. I honestly couldn't even finish it. This is a load of indie crap, dare I say, pretentious, nonsense. So congratulations, Mr.Abebe, you have made your point. The music I listen to and the things I associate with that music are usually one and the same.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go write some songs on my piano, walk around in the farmers market, go to record store, and then the thrift store. I mean, thats what Zooey Deshanel does everyday! How does she find the time to be so indie and also make cute little songs about cotton? wow...