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October 21, 2007



yo ht, thanks for the links here: meant to go read this after our conversation on saturday but might have forgotten. and i agree with you: i found the slate piece to be a thought-out and thought-provoking article. more like what i would assume sfj would have wanted his piece to be.


All the bands you could mention to counter the soul-free indie rock contention and you start with the Whigs? That, my dear, is why you are my fave rave.

Toby Southfield

"And by making that claim within a framework of race just feels like an unrigorous and problematic correlation of blackness = exotic eroticism. "

I don't think he's saying that. I think he find's african-origin rhythms more moving, and more exciting, and more sexy. I think that's more about the rhythms themselves than the fact that a black person is playing them, - although you if you want to, you could reduce all the achievements of african musicians to being a result of the essentialism of their blackness. Personally I agree with Sasha - rhythmically, musicians in Indie bands are bland as hell. He's saying that it's a shame that rock and roll started out so full of rhytmic energy and now it's rhythmically like listening to paint dry - the music is all head and no heart and genitals. You only think that's a condescending attitude if you yourself value the head over the heart or genitals. For a lot of people, it's a serious achievement to make music that appeals to all the human instincts, not just the cerebral ones exclusively.

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  • If Ayn Rand and Walter Benjamin got in a cage fight and then made up over foie gras, single malt scotch and indie pop, you'd have the delightful adventures of "That Was Probably Awkward." Plus or minus the single malt and foie gras, depending on the week's finances. But always the indie pop. Sad, stirring indie pop. And a decent happy hour.

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