Album of the year bitches.

First (M)alt-stream grammy?

Feel like Arcade Fire winning “Album of the Year” at the Grammys last week is probably the biggest moment in ‘indie’ music since Nirvana went to number one on the billboard charts, and even by then Nirvana had left Sub-pop for a major label. On the other hand, Arcade Fire won the award while still with an indie label (Merge) and without any real ‘mainstream’ radio play to speak of. Wonder if this will start to blur the line between indie and main stream.
Kind of funny how many people got fucking pissed about Arcade Fire winning.  Check out all these angry ignant tweets!

Turd alert.

Hard to believe that many people really don’t know Arcade Fire? Didn’t they headline the final day of Lollapalooza? Didn’t they sell out Madison Square Fucking Garden, didn’t their album actually go to number 1 on the charts? Seems kind of crazy how many people still only listen to music that is on main stream radio when it is sooo easy to tap into a whole world of whatever type of music you like via the internet. Do that many people really still by CD’s via Wal-Mart? It’s hard for me to believe that people are content to just listen to the 20 or so songs pop radio plays during a given year on a loop. Thinkin’ that might be the musical equivalent to the movie “Super Size me”. That sort of thing can’t be good for you. Feel like I can’t even listen to the same mix twice without being bored.

Also, can we briefly talk about how much Rosie O’donnel sucks? Didn’t think anything said (tweeted) by anyone that irrelevant/fat would piss me off so much. Are people really mad that a band they didnt know won? I mean doesn’t the Grammys at least pretend to be some sort of artistic award? Or is it just supposed to be an award given to some random main stream band that is pulled out of a hat every year? I never placed that much weight in the Grammy until this win, so maybe the latter is true. I mean the whole concept of the Grammy’s has always seemed like if  people that can hardly read coloring books got to give out the Pullitzer. Not really sure what albums are on Rosie’s radar? Probably, American idol medleys or something. Whatever goes well with eating and being obnoxious I guess.

Part of me LOVES that the only people that normally care about the grammy’s were super dissapointed that Arcade Fire won. It’s almost like the same reaction I’d have if America won the World Cup.  Bragging rights are crazy fun when the opposition is super intense about something that’s just a joke to you. It’s not like I needed the Grammy validation to be told that was the best album of the year, but Hell ya it’s fun to have.

I’ve heard people say that now the term ‘indie’ is dead. Seemed viable for a minute, at least in the sense that indie bands no longer have the uphill struggle to be recognized by large communities of people for their art. But, after reading all of the Grammy’s fall out, there is still clearly a major divide between ‘indie’ and mainstream.  I think as a term, indie’ still probably holds major weight as meaning a sound that is different from the main stream.

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Is indie dead?
Do the Grammy’s ‘mean’ anything?
Will the win make Arcade Fire more or less popular?
Do Grammy viewers correlate highly people that eat funyons?
If you could drop something on Rosie O’Donnel what would it be?
Was the win bigger for indie music or Canada?
Do you think the Grammy voters read my ‘best albums of 2010’ list?
Who is Arcade Fire?

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Album of the year bitches.

  1. emily

    well…I AM excited about it and we all know my opinion the most important

  2. Megan

    Yes x2348787593 to the second to last paragraph.

    I’m super stoked the Arcade Fire won and got the recognition they deserve as one of the most talented bands of our generation. Also, people are so pissed because they had never heard of them that I still get to feel pretentious about knowing who they are/they haven’t crossed into the mainstream so I can still feel pretentious about liking them. Best of both worlds, my friend!

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