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i'm so bored of pseudo-intellectual internet HATRED junk writing. stop telling us what you hate in overarching and tedious ways, tell us what you like instead.
also, minus points for total misuse of "twee".
this guy sounds like he has never been outside or met another human being AT ALL. has his door and windows been blockaded by all those obscure LPs he still needs to whinge about?
i was going to check, but in all my prejudices, i usually expect people who write like that to be male.
and on firts listen I kind of did and wanted to dismiss it as vapid hipster pap but I kept getting stillness is the move in my head and the rest of the album is alright too. Its probibly one of the better big hip indie releases of the year along with Grizzly Bear, even if I'm finding that album a bit dull.
would never have considered buying the album if it wasn't for the lure of Spotify. It's now firmly included on my "want list".
but my sis played it to me in the car one day and it dug its way in. It might be me despirtaly trying to find anything indie worth getting this year that made me acctualy buy it though we will see how much staying power it has.
That record's one of the few things that's impressed me this year. It's rather ace. That article reads like tiresome over-deconstruction and pigeonholing. A hackneyed windmill-storming exercise in polemic with too much time on your hands.
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I sort of agree with the negatives he picks up about them musically. Yes, they take themselves seriously and yes, they can move from a good thing too soon but I think he's completely missed the point on what they represent. They attract a certain "type", he's right about that. But this reads like a post-midnight write-up after a few too many glasses of wine.
Still, it's got more to it than "defending the indefensible".
she should TRY listening to any other Dirty Projectors record. Its about as far from the "epitome of ephemera" - compared to ANYONE making records on either side of the atlantic at present. Ok - Bitta Orca is a sunshine pop record, and its fair enough since Rise Above was the ideal record to put on on a sunny day when you really wanted to destroy society.
Ok, DP and Grizzly Bear are getting rather a lot of (deserved IMO) recognition, and both have put out their most accessible stuff to date. But to throw the words hipster and twee and compare it to Vampire Weekend is totally missing the point.
And Hipster? um, the earlier DP records (thinking particularly of Slaves' Graves and The Getty Address) would stand out a mile from what this writer is lumping them in with... I mean, nobody else in the US indie circuit is going to make a record for a 10 piece chamber ensemble.
Gah. Maybe she has a point. But she REALLY picked the wrong band to apply it to
Totally - doesn't make the case well at all - DP would be one of the least ephemeral superficial scene-chasing bands of the 2000s.
"With want of anything 'meaningful' to say, the Projectors' question, "is life under the sun just a crazy, crazy dream?" is apparently sufficient. Everyone loves the summer, right? This lyric from 'Stillness Is The Move' not only sums up the terrifying and indulgent apathy of swathes of youth but it's part of a song in which Crystal, no Barbie, no Amber sings over what sounds like Chun Li's intro music — using Street Fighter soundz to press our vulnerable and generation-sensitive buttons."
is beyond ridiculous.
Awful bit of writing.
i suspect she hasn't seen them live (recently), as anyone who has would know that that just isn't true.
ANGRY POLITICAL PROTEST SONGS that actually MEAN SOMETHING
it was vaguely amusing, and he seemed to have some conception of what the word actually means. This article has jumped straight to first place in the ever-expanding list of reasons why I don't read The Quietus.
The article makes it clear that the writer never listed even once to a Dirty Projectors album. So...why write about it?
I really can't wait for this "death of music journalism" thing. Can we shoot for...tomorrow?
because it'll be by someone whose only experience of the actual music is through reading reviews.
what a joke website.
I couldn't disagree more. So all that music that came from the hacienda was really middle class.
I think DP are a great band but some of their lyrics are atrocious. Especially on Bitte Orca.
would you say the same about Talking Heads?
The writer's ire appears to be misplaced and although some of the lyrics on 'Bitte Orca' are cringeworthy at points, it's a broad and sweeping statement to say that this is middle-class folly for the sake of it. Kickin K's comment directly under the article is a very good read and i mostly agree with his statements regarding the bands' output anyway.
I like them but I can totally see hows its middle class music.
This gets trotted out often, but how in the hell is that a valid criticism? What are you saying - a downside is that it's not wilfully dumb? Would really love someone with a clue to explain this "It's middle class music" pejorative.
What I'm saying is that its music that appeals to a predominately middle class audience.
I have no problem with that its simply the demographic it appeals to.
Like Music Halls appealled to a predominantely working class audience at some point in history.
could be taken as an implication that the qualification is an accepted criticism. I think that people just get a bit prickly when class starts getting bandied about.
Unless middle class is some sort of insult?
people shouldnt self hate so much.
The whole "hipsters will listen to any old rubbish if they think it is cool" is in no way an original insight, and whilst it does have some merit in some cases (cough*uffie*cough), I really can't see how it applies to the dirty projectors. I mean honestly, if you are going to go after any band for being shallow and insubstantial, best not to go after the one headed up by the guy who studied composition at Yale. And let's not even get started on the lazy misapplication of the word "twee".
anyone tell me what their setlist consists of lately? I only just got into them, but pretty heavily and have got tickets to see them at scala.
Im assuming, or hoping itll be a good mix of rise above and bitte orca, with a few off the getty address maybe?
at least, they haven't in the 2.5 times I've seen them. It will most likely be mostly 'Bitte Orca' with a little 'Rise Above' and maybe a bit of 'New Attitude EP' (please).
But this is based on what they played in April. Who knows? I mean who actually knows?
I better get the new attitude ep then!