Can we as a society officially mark this performance as the whitest and most awkward thing that has ever happened on a stage?
Every single thing about this is god-awfully wrong, and the results are disastrously cringing. Northwest poster-boy-for-seasonal-depression Ben Gibbard’s introduction and dancing. Jenny Lewis strutting around, chest-on-display-to-the-world, doing a Dolly Parton country starlet performance of an indie-pop ballad. Dntel acting like he’s playing music, when he’s likley pushing a button…
And most importantly, it all comes off as insanely boring! :O
The Sleepy Jackson were so good! Though in terms of being commercially appealing, Empire wins hands down. As long as Luke Steele and his incredible voice keep making music, it’s bound to be catchy and sound fantastic. That said, this song isn’t as catchy as Walking on a Dream, but it’s still great and will destroy at festivals.
Am I crazy for thinking Grizzly Bear are the Eagles our generation? Breathtakingly beautiful while also insanely boring? A diehard fan base that’s about to down-vote the living hell out of me? Yes, yes, and absolutely!
Devendra, why do you look so sad?
Yes yes yes!
Seriously, I’m all for chillwave and a bit of electronica, but where the hell is the rock? The closest thing on this list is the Drums, which is probably why they’re ranked so high. Why hasn’t Stereogum and NME picked up on bands like Twin Berlin, the Static Jacks, or even the Films? They are all much much catchier than the bands displayed here, and actually have ability to play real instruments, unlike the absurd amount of electronica represented. Anyone with a mac can hum a catchy melody into garage band and put a beat behind it, but I like my music with a guitar or two…
Just like Pitchfork kinda did with Altered States, Stereogum should have a separate website for electronic-based music and concentrate more on real bands emerging. I’m not saying electronic music is bad, but this 80s comeback movement, while still better than most of the 80s itself, is getting kinda lame. Just my opinion, kids, and if you like my opinion, check out my blog where I report on all the new rock that this (and most) websites are missing. racecarspacecar.wordpress.com THANKS FOR READING! sorry for the shameless plug, but it went well with my thoughts…