Today In Ill-Advised Attempts to Summarize Youth Culture: “There’s Only One Viable Avant-Garde Art Form Nowadays, And It’s Called Indie Rock”


Our Dylan, in action.

So this is making the rounds lately, and aside from that first quote (the first line of the piece, following a please-young-people-don’t-kill-me disclaimer), key sentiments include:

* “Three stages were surrounded by hipsters, and for a short while I actually hung out with Devendra Banhart, the Bob Dylan heir apparent of this age.”

* “Indie music rose during the great rock famine that stretched between Nirvana’s demise and the sudden explosion of garage bands like The Hives, The Vines, and the White Stripes.”

* “For some reason, there’s often a banjo involved…”

* “…and truly avant-garde bands like Animal Collective, The Unicorns, and Grizzly Bear…”

* “Its movie star avatars are Zooey Deschanel and Jason Schwartzman.”

* “I saw Arcade Fire at L.A.’s Troubadour for $15 four years ago, practically standing in the band’s lap, with Beck staring open-mouthed next to me.”

Stick around for “A Baker’s Dozen Indie CDs You Ought to Own” (Spoon: “the best straightforward rock since the Stones’ heyday”) and Other Bands That Matter (Das Racist, totally dissed!).

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