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Re: “Delta Rae's Carry the Fire

Didn't indie music originally aim to get away from the sort of culture that gives rise to overtly mean, I'm-trying-to-hurt-you reviews like this? I thought indie musicians were revolting against exactly this sort of approach to music. As far as I can tell, Pitchfork (which I mention because of Mr. Currin's position there, and because this review is exactly the sort of thing that Pitchfork likes to publish) has filled the role of the major labels: it's become a taste-making behemoth, a juggernaut that has a hugely disproportionate impact on who succeeds and who fails. Rather than being genuinely independent, musicians these days are instead *quite dependent* upon the approval of writers like Mr. Currin (and his pornographic obsession with being a ----head, to borrow a flourish from his review above). Articles like this are exactly what's wrong with the (indie) music industry. Mr. Currin's review is, as someone put it to me, fighting bull---- with bull----. I mean, he complains about commercialism. Is Pitchfork, the global media epicenter of "hip" music, not an immensely commercial enterprise? It gives bands great reviews and then hosts a concert at which those bands play. Talk about a commercialist conflict of interest!

In sum, remember when Hipster Runoff said something unnecessarily mean-spirited about Bon Iver? And remember what Justin Vernon tweeted in response? If not, here it is:

@hipsterrunoff who are you? You ----ing totally suck. I really dont enjoy your situation. As people/person. #gonnawatchgettysburgnow

His point: if you don't have a specific compelling reason to bring a band down (e.g., they sympathize with Nazis), then don't say anything at all. I don't see why Mr. Vernon's point doesn't apply to this music review by Grayson.

PS. I am not defending Delta Rae. My point is much more general. Personally, I don't care for their music at all -- those songs are so banal, to my ear, that I feel like I've already heard them ~1,000,000,000 times before. I thought Indy Week was supposed to be about building up local bands that they like. Delta Rae has already gotten all the attention they need. So, *why is Indy Week wasting space writing a bad review of Delta Rae when they could be writing a good review of one of the many up-and-coming bands from the area?* Come on, guys.

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Posted by whywouldanicepersonbesomean on 07/26/2012 at 12:10 PM

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