Anyone read Sasha Frere-Jones‘ highly polarizing article in the latest New Yorker about the "whiteness" of indie-rock ?
While I agree with many points made in the piece, I don’t like that Frere-Jones seems to define “blackness” in music as solely American rhythm & blues, funk and soul. What about the pan-globalism (and pro-Africanism) that permeated the krautrock of the ’70s, and subsequently influenced Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and the grandpa of adenoidal indie-rock, David Byrne?
Also, the Young Lions of the ’70s jazz world were very keen on incorporating the elements of 20th century avant-classical into their improvised “beat” music. Sasha is an excellent writer, but this reductionism raises an eyebrow. Why no mention of the indie-disco-electro craze of a few years back? That shit was all about rhythm. Well, that and peg jeans and bangs.
Yo, Sash — indie-rock (whatever the heck that even means) ain’t just Arcade Fire. Actually, I’m thinking of starting a swing-thrash-zydeco band. Who wants in?
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