Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan Talk Internet Music Writing And “Snarky Hipsterism”

In an interview with Pitchfork today, alt-rock heroes Greg and Mark spend some time talking about the genre-sweeping stable of artists at Sub Pop, often home to the both crooners’ endeavors, with and sans bands, and now place of residence for the duo’s rather kick-ass Gutter Twins project. Dulli takes the lead here, confessing to simply ‘liking what he likes’ (“I don’t really associate [my preferences] with towns or movements of label”), before talking about certain sites’ need to be FIRST, backlash, and be snarky. But at least he’s not talking about Stereogum.

GREG DULLI: I listen to new music frequently. Jeff Klein, he plays keyboards in our group, he’s like 29 or 30, he turned me on to Pitchfork and Stereogum and stuff like that. I don’t really read much music stuff but I was aware of this kind of– and I’m going to get killed for saying this– snarky hipsterism, exclusionary thing. It’s like, “We listen to bands that haven’t even formed yet.” That punk rock thing of trying to be cool…

OK, so maybe he is talking about Stereogum.

PITCHFORK: Well, that attitude certainly isn’t anything new, it’s not like the internet invented music snobbery…

GD: …and as soon as some other dude likes what you like you can’t like it anymore. You have to move to the next thing. I just think that’s kind of– and I’m not saying your site or the site you work for is like that– but that’s always a thing that repelled me. I mean I can certainly see a band like Nirvana, like when they started having to play to the kind of guys that beat them up in high school– that was probably shocking. But you make music to move people and you don’t get to pick who you move. You just don’t. It’s exclusionary and elitist and I just never felt that way about music, of all things. The great unifier.

At this point you realize Mark’s been biting his tongue, so he finally gets to drop some knowledge…

P4K: Mark, do you have anything to add?

MARK LANEGAN: [looking at television screen] I was just thinking how big [Boston Celtics forward] Glen Davis was in college. He was humongous. They just had a picture of him in his LSU uniform.

We’ll take your word on that, Mark. And also we’ll take Greg’s “I’m not saying your site is like that” statement to apply to us, too. Because Dulli of all folks knows, we’ve championed him in his many forms for as long as we’ve been here, and that’s not changing anytime soon. We’re all about the love! Unless your name is Jared Leto. There were good points raised by the Twins, though, both with respect to indie rock and basketball. And few on the internet can claim complete innocence: When it comes to band-wagons, people like being first to hop on, and subsequently first to hop off (which has become a joke all its own). So feel free to discuss, agree, or rebut — but be nice, civil, and do not tap your latent snarky hipsterism. Let’s show ‘em how it’s done. At least on this thread.