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Friday, August 24, 2012

LA Weekly Takes Stabs at Hipster Music, Listmaking

Posted by on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Here's a list of shit I'm tired of:

1. Lists.

2. The "hipster" label for everything people don't like, but aren't creative enough to describe any other way.

That said, this is a pretty good run down of bands that I'm just fed up with hearing/reading about. If you can get through the critiques without taking it personal, the writers have made some funny points, even about my beloved Bright Eyes.

LA Weekly goes on a list of the worst weekly magazines, btw.

Short list:

1. Bon IverSo true.
2. tUnE-yArDs — Their music is like a dog whistle to Chuck Klosterman.
3. Arcade Fire — Music writers: use the word "anthemic" one more time, wouldja?
4. Bright Eyes — Dude has been making music since he was like 10, maybe he should take a break?
5. Grizzly Bear — Grizzly bore, am I right?
6. Beirut — You listen to them, because I'm not gonna.
7. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti — We had this already, it was called Robert Smith, he had black hair, was actually interesting, and had a talented band called The Cure.
8. The Airborne Toxic Event — If ever a band name said STAY AWAY, it's this one.
9. Beach House — Yawn. The cucumber sandwich of bands.
10. White Rabbits — Percussion is just one element you can use, guys.
11. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes — A very happy Manson Family special.
12. Pomplamoose — Like a flash mob of suck.
13. The Decemberists — The Hazards Of Loving someone so dramatic.
14. Wavves — No, pop punk is not cool after junior high.
15. Death Cab For CutieBremerton! Woot!
16. MGMT — GFYS.
17. fun. — wrong.
18. Sleigh Bells — I can't really stand to sit through a song of theirs, so I couldn't say.
19. TV On The Radio — Wait, what the? Fuck LA Weekly.
20. The Black Keys — #1 on my "Success: You're Doing It Wrong" list.


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@9 and @17

I find it astounding how both you're comments about a band like TV On The Radio are the most childish, immature, and imbecilic collection of thoughts made to look like an actual opinion. I would tell you guys to get off your high horse but I can tell you both don't have one.
Posted by lilej2 on January 3, 2013 at 3:13 AM · Report this
@12 (Chris Jury) and @17 (Grease Wizard)

I find it astounding at how both of your opinions of a band like TV On The Radio are the most childish, immature, and imbecilic collection thoughts made to look like an actual opinion
Posted by lilej2 on January 3, 2013 at 3:05 AM · Report this
LEE. 19

you're overthinking it. also, how is dedicating even more space to these bands, even to take a piss, an apology? you know what would make up for shitty weekly rags covering shitty flavor of the week bands over local music? covering local music. boom.
Posted by LEE. on August 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM · Report this
How are Rock Cats not #1 on the list?

Posted by Seen 'Em Live. They Sucked. on August 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM · Report this
I like how you took their stupid list and then added even stupider jokes to it. Well done.

PS TV on the Radio sucks.
Posted by Grease Wizard on August 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM · Report this
where was Sufjan on this list?
Posted by gi on August 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM · Report this
@14... i bet they meant Bellingham, though, right? considering the publication and the fact that the band itself was from Bellingham, not Bremerton?
Posted by a different matt on August 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this
matt 14

It's alphabetical by last name, so head for the Gs.
Posted by matt on August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
DonAvocado 13
Think you got Bremerton confused with Bellingham for DCFC, not like WE EVEN CARE UP HERE. STUPID HIPSTERS.
Posted by DonAvocado on August 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
I think these lists act as an apology for the horseshit nature of music writing and writers. Like: Sorry we ran weekly articles about Vampire Weekend for 8 months straight. We kinda got caught up in a thing and acted more like their PR rep than objective music journalists. Oh, and sorry to the local bands who didn't get album reviews or show mentions because we ran out of time and/or space. Our bad.

What I want to see is a list of the 20 best 'Hipster' bands. I'm with Sean on the confusion around that nebulous label. I have always been given to understand that it denotes a person who places undo importance on conforming to the leading edge of fashion and affectation, without any adherence to a particular aesthetic or ethos. So, a band may be made up of 'hipsters', or may appeal to 'hipsters', but since that label doesn't connote any particular sound or way of making music, (or more accurately that sound has changed with changing fashion over the last 75+ years that the term has been around) it is hard for there to be 'hipster' music description that holds any water.
Posted by Chris Jury on August 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 11
man stay based, we're gonna be alright
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on August 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Conor Oberst rules. Love Bright Eyes.

Love DCFC as well.

Don't listen to any of the other bands on this list.

cheers ya'll
Posted by conorisdreamy on August 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
-TV on the Radio are/were fucking awful. I have never understood any of my friends' explanations of why they were not just the worst bullshit ever. Didn't one of their members die of lung cancer or something?
Posted by Chris Jury on August 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Jackson Hathorn 8
a.k.a. I'm too worked up to read @5 and @6.
Posted by Jackson Hathorn on August 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Jackson Hathorn 7
Please elaborate on your "Ariel Pink is a less talented, uninteresting, non black-haired Robert Smith" train of thought.
Posted by Jackson Hathorn on August 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
s.maxim 6
I have to echo word for word #5.

Also, so many of the bands on this list annoy the shit out of me. Soooo many.
Posted by s.maxim on August 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
blip 5
I know Ariel Pink says The Cure is his favorite band, but Haunted Graffiti sounds nothing like them. Not even close!

Other than that, pretty much everything = Yeah.
Posted by blip on August 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
r.chops 4
So who are "the BEST hipster bands?"
Or is that not possible by definition?
Posted by r.chops on August 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
diminished 3
dang. someone is getting old an grumpy.
Posted by diminished on August 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Emily Nokes 2
"The cucumber sandwich of bands" hahaha
Posted by Emily Nokes on August 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Charlie Cash 1
I haven't heard about just about any of these bands...but I haven't been too much into music lately.
Posted by Charlie Cash on August 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this

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