Seems like a weird thing to say, beau.
The point being made here, I think, is that Grizzly Bear is a band who reached the level of popularity that they have without making money, and that matters. When you think about that in context it means that musicians must start doing all sorts of unusual things that we collectively gripe about just to survive, like putting songs in commercials. (e.g. Ian MacKaye’s new band is playing Coachella this year.) If you lived through the 1990′s, corporate affiliations were a faux-pas, but these days you would just sound anachronistic to talk about it, when even MacKaye himself might tell you to put a sock in it.
Not sure if this is an endorsement of this band’s music or not, but either way it seems weird to me that people have not owned up to the fact that, with few exceptions, there is nothing inherently subversive about the music being created these days (lest to exclude it from late night television). If there was, we would probably still have subcultures in lieu of the endless co-option of music from bands whose main aim is to formulate, release an e.p., have a song in a Volkswagen commercial and break up before the year is out.
I remember listening to Down after coming from staid young teen corporate rock predilections and thinking it was the weirdest (i.e. best) thing I had ever heard in my life to that point- a feeling which, whether I realize it or not, I am still trying to capture while listening to new music and rarely do.
Maybe that cover is Grass Widow’s attempt to point out the futility of album covers in an age where everything is downloaded en mass (uh, relatively speaking). Orr: maybe they thought it was cool. Or maybe you shouldn’t judge digitally downloaded albums by their album covers, Michael Bell. If this (record) is anything like the last one, it is going 2 rule!!
That is because your taste in music may possibly be bad. -Way to Overreact On The Internet.