Thursday, June 4, 2009

Selling Out Alert!

Indie fans are relentless to keep their exclusive, premiere, never-before-heard CD-Rs of obscure-as-fuck bands under wraps in order to maintain a shred of pointless, intangible "indie cred." In other words, it is mindless. Once a blogs-only indie band becomes popular (for an indie band), fans immediately repudiate the band's entire body of work, past, present and future, for reasons unbeknownst to myself.

The most recent example of this is Grizzly Bear. Their fantastic new album, Veckatimest, recently sold over 33,000 copies in its first week, landing it at a lofty #8 position on the Billboard 200 chart. 33,000 may not seem like a lot, but when translated to a time when albums actually sold (circa 1999), that number would be more like seventy-two million (give or take). Regardless, it is an impressive feat for a talented indie band, and there is no reason to discount them for succeeding and for actually selling records in an era of unbridled piracy. Hell, I'm happy that they're making some money. They deserve it. (Don't believe me? Full-blown Veckatimest review is a-coming. Pinky swear.)

SPEAKING OF SELLING OUT, I was just typing in random words into Google one lazy late-night, and eventually, I came across A WEBSITE THAT MENTIONS CASSETTE MUSIQUE™. Indeed, hell is clocking in at a balmy one-below on the Centigrade scale right now. As unbelievably ridiculous as it may seem, this really does exist, albeit in a very strange, unexplained sense. Hilariously enough, it was posted on April Fool's Day. However, all PR is good PR, considering the website hauls in an astounding single-digit traffic rate per month. Some (read: no one) may say that this may be the crucial first step towards full-blown selling out. I say, Keep the cryptic mentioning-in-passing PR coming!

In summation, this post serves absolutely no purpose other than to take up space. Actual content pending.

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