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More loud and funky shit please.
there has been quite a bit of that,especially in the last 2 years which is what the review implies, but that its just not as marketable/popular as the folky stuff.
But he seems to be struggling to name even a handful, and I'd wager that the ones he does mention have been around a good 3 to 5 years now and are equally mainstream in the indie world.
I don't think a charity record of good, loud rock and innovative electronic music could even fill a single disc right now, let alone two.
i blame the fans. The internet seems to be filled with bland, MOR indie kids who are happy with a pleasant sound, who seem to find the idea of "rock" vaguely embarrassing, who plough exactly the same furrows constantly. Surprisingly enough, the internet is full of dweebs. And that's the thing - this new mainstream we find ourselves sitting in is internet driven and internet supported, and much like the majority of mainstreams it's bland and unadventurous, gravitating towards the "universally pleasing". Which would seem to be identifolk
and it's bullshit to say that the internet is biased towards pleasant MOR indie rock. You only have to look at the ridiculous popularity of loud, brash electo house stuff on the blogs to see that isn't true.
but it doesn't mean that the internet doesn't lean more towards MOR indie. Have a look at virtually every end of year list for proof
but hearing them all together and some of them at there most tepid was an eye opener to how wishy washy some of the Indie stuff is at the moment..
I can handle about 5 or 6 of the tracks in a row, then need a break.
God I miss 2000-2002...
Pitchfork even mentions a few. They're just not on this compilation!
"...the idea that rock is less central than folk music in underground North American music is not only really weird but a very new phenomenon"
I feel like the last 5 years or so of top ten list of the years global musical output have by and large been made up of these more subtle, folk-esque records. I know there are a few acts out there peddling good, interesting, louder stuff (FOTL, Kong, Holy Fuck, Juan Maclean, Aesop Rock, Trail of Dead, Shellac, Boris etc) but they're very much in a minority and pretty hard to find.
Whilst 'dance' music popped up for a bit when bands like Klaxxons & Franz Ferdinand got it some column inches, by and large I just feel like we're due an almighty backlash soon.
Hopefully the recession will help, as hardship usually ties in nicely with poignant rock music. I just thought that the writers comments were interesting.
I totally see what you're saying charliepanayi, and as ever I've rambled and likely not made the point that's lurking in my head somewhere. I just pray we get some music that makes me sit bolt upright sometime soon and think "Holy fuck, what the hell hell is this?"
you can really determine Pitchfork want to change the whole sphere of popular alternative music from a sentence near the end of an 8.6 review.
And in any case, of course they aren't on there. It's curated by The National, so they're going to pick largely from their own surroundings.