Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands

Inspired by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band stereotypes. It is a common fact that Cormac McCarthy readers are men who don’t eat cream cheese, but what about those who listen to The XX on repeat and The Flaming Lips on hallucinogens? They need labels, too. After the jump, in collaboration with contributer Jeff Luppino-Esposito, we lay down the reckless… Read More

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Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands, Part 2

We thought no one left unscathed after Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands: Part 1. Fortunately, we were very, very wrong. Last time, we called out Vampire Weekend fans for their ever-subtle Pete & Pete pickup lines, but this time we’ve taken the invective even farther. (Well, hello, Sleigh Bells fans!) Again, in collaboration with Jeff Luppino-Esposito and in tribute to Internet genius Lauren Leto and her “Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Authors,” we rebel against the misguided notion that stereotyping isn’t an awesome idea. … Read More

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Why Damon Dash Is the Anti-Warhol

When fallen Roc-A-Fella records CEO, Damon Dash, reinvented himself as a DIY show thrower/art gallery debutant this past year, Gothamist wondered, “Is Damon Dash Today’s Andy Warhol?” He has his own “factory” in Tribeca, the self-titled Dash Gallery. Instead of welcoming Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger, he’s had Mos Def, the Cool Kids, and Swizz Beatz. And, last night, rather than Edie Sedgwick, Dash had a (very loosely) comparative female by his side, Erykah Badu, who co-hosted the gallery’s reception party for its newest exhibition, The Voice That Arms Itself To Be Heard. Many of the pieces by artist Kyle Goen were, incidentally, made through Warhol-favored screen printing, too. But Andy Warhol, Dash is not. … Read More

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Music Review Cliché Bingo: Collect All 4!

Here, before you, sits the atmospheric, ethereal lovechild of clichéd music reviews and bingo. No doubt it elicits a nostalgic vibe: You’ve witnessed many of these catchy gems of words and phrases before. (And perhaps you’ve already seen the compelling, nuanced tour de force that is Book Review Cliché Bingo.) Writers have a penchant for using clichés — they are irresistible. They have infectiously crooned their way into the critical soundscape, specifically in the visceral, post-lo-fi-chillwave-gaze world we live in. Now you can pseudo-experience it all, in bingo form. It’s like playing bingo… on acid. … Read More

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Danny Perez Talks Wombs, Angry Mamas, and the Philosophy Behind “ODDSAC”

“To me, this was a normal movie, to me this is a movie I’d watch with someone,” says director Danny Perez of his first feature film, ODDSAC, a visual album co-created with Animal Collective. “I realize to the average person that it’s probably extreme.” One scene features a family camping in the woods. “Or out there.” The marshmallows expand, oozing viciously from their mouths. “Or weird.” A forlorn vampire, like a disfigured beauty-drained Edward Cullen, lurks behind the trees. “Or whatever.” He plunges his teeth first into the little boy, a curly-haired redhead.

All this is just five minutes of ODDSAC. But such is the madness that occurs when one is responsible for translating the brain-bursting, spitter spatter electronics of Animal Collective. Currently touring the country with his movie, Danny sat down with us to chat wombs, angry mamas, and cinematic philosophy. … Read More

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Seeds of Peace: A Day in the Life of a Hummus Judge

There comes a time in a boy’s life when he must, above all obstacles, rise to the occasion and become a man. For me, that time was Thursday: I was an honorary hummus judge. Organized by the marvelous Maureen Sullivan, “The Hummus Taste-Off” was a small portion of the Seeds of Peace charity spectaculaire, the 12th Annual Peace Market. There, tucked into the Meatpacking District’s M2 venue, two belly dancers trembled their tummies in silky repetition, balancing a plate of flickering candles atop their heads. Another one casually rested a scimitar above her hair. I sat there, in my own little canopy at corner of the room, and gorged on warm, luscious hummus. … Read More

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Liars on “Sisterworld,” Bret Easton Ellis, and Playing Dead

Unlike Barbados, Sisterworld is not a place you can actively visit, for you may have already created your own. Or, at least, that’s what we’ve gleaned from talking to Liars, the shape shifting, Radiohead-endorsed art rockers. Their upcoming fifth album, Sisterworld (out March 9th) finds the band shipwrecked on unknown territory: At the Liars website, the group members are clothed like Raggedy Andy, scattered amid copies of themselves, and wandering on a lifeless beach; in their new music video, “Scissor,” they are lost at sea, mercilessly pelted with ovular rocks, released by palms unknown. On an album that shifts between numbing guitar chugs and violins that edge mournfully against grooving drums, these cryptic, anxious images seem fitting.

We chatted with Liars’ Aaron Hemphill to dig into the mystery that is Sisterworld, including Bret Easton Ellis’ influence on the album and what it was like to play dead in a music video. … Read More

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Beach House Decodes “Norway,” Introduces 5 Baltimore Bands

Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand is a woman of many trades. She is a wordsmith inspired by the imaginary “shape” of an individual lyric, a keyboardist who crafts woozily whimsical flutters of notes, and — as we most recently discovered — a fur tree maker. In the wake of her band’s acclaimed third release, Teen Dream, we had the pleasure of chatting with Legrand about these aforementioned skills and more, finally confirming the meaning behind the single, “Norway,” and introducing us to five great bands from her Baltimore home that we may not have heard of. Oh, and Selleck Waterfall Sandwich also made its way into the mix. … Read More

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Moving Beyond “Empire State of Mind”: The Big Apple in Six Words

We do not live in the same New York as Jay-Z. His anthem, “Empire State of Mind,” speaks of New York as a “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” with “big lights that inspire you,” an apt description of a well-lit parking lot. Fortunately, last Sunday’s “Big Apple in Six Words” panel discussion at 92nd Street Y has allowed us to reclaim New York from the non-specific lyricism of Jay-Z. A more naunced description of the city comes from panelist and The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World author A.J. Jacobs: “Duane Reade, Citibank, Duane Reade, Citibank.” … Read More

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How to Fake Like You’ve Listened to Animal Collective

After the massive success of “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Indie Bands,” we take another cue from the great Lauren Leto, this time inspired by her article on “How to Fake Like You’ve Read Dostoevsky.” Much like the knowledge that “Dostoevsky got exiled to Siberia because he’s a badass motherf*cker” will get you through your significant other’s MFA mixer, this handy dandy guide on Animal Collective will enable you to engage with the most rabid and literate of Animal Collective fans. Let the faking… Read More

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