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I remember when I determined that a group of my closest friends and I looked like an indie band whenever we stepped out in public. It was important for us to all have an 'individual look', but still have a relevant, cohesive group aesthetic. This group of alts are showing off what 2k9 and beyond will be all about. It's like the authentic alt aesthetic has finally 'arrived' and has a new group of torch carriers to bring on a Golden Age of Authenticity. Now that we understand the value of a group, and how our personal brands merge to make us a commodity, the entire 'alt scene' can work together to convert more mainstreamers to 'our side.'
Basically, whenever you are with a group of friends, you should want people to mistake you for a band/blogger-circle-jerk/scooter gang/DJ duo/etc. You have to inspire people to want to be your friend. You have to inspire people 2 want 2 b u.
From a previous meaningful post:
When people say ‘u look like ur in a band’, it means that you are some one who is on the cutting edge of culture from the perception of some1 who doesn’t know much about modern culture, but would like to learn more abt it from u (since u l00k pretty interesting and creative). “Looking like you’re in a band” isn’t a look for every one. The people who will admire you are usually entry-level alts or mainstreamers-who-are-infatuated-with-alternative culture (and listen to a lot of mainstream indie rock circa 2k4.5)
Wonder if my friends want a group brand like Interpol...
Or if they want a group brand more like Millionaires...
Not sure which 1 would get us more 'authentic, relevant attention.'
Might just get a group brand like Heaven's Gate...
Or maybe just the Jonestown cult bros...
// Is my group of closest friends worth dying for?
// or are they just 'an extension of my personal brand who are expendable in the long run'?
We live in a world where things change every day. One day u r famous, the next day no1 knows who u r. One day u r a viral internet meme...the next day ur just another person who uses the internet too much and understands the concept of a 'meme.'
I just wanted to know what happened to stuff from the past. Some of the stuff we should miss. Some of the stuff we shouldn't miss 2 much.
WHATEVER HAPPENED 2:
The band that dressed up in suits (the Interpolice)
The Zany Female Jewish Comedian
The Postal Services
The guy who played 'The Terminating"
Mark Hunter, Photographer for thecobrasnake.com, before he 'changed'
Conan O'Brien style humor
The song with the whistling about not caring about young people
What happened 2 the days when we used 2 all get along and only care about partying 4 the sake of partying? Back before money, reputation, and personal brands were on the line. Will things ever be authentic again?
The guy from the band ZanyTown (Crazie)
The nice guy from Friends
The Fat guy from SNL who was on drugs
The modern philosopher/minimalist web designer/human internet meme, Jakob Loadwick
The Flight of the Quirk-chords
Girls with personal brands that emulated Lisa Loeb
The sillie bass player from The Fred Durst Band (FDB)
People who go to music festivals 2 see Jack Johnson
SRSLY yall...what ever happened 2 all of this stuff?
Is society getting better or worse?
Does the internet make things less meaningful?
I've always wondered what Interpol would sound like if they went acoustic, and replaced the lead singer's deep vocals with a female.
Check out this cover of "NYC."
She does a good job of expressing Interpol's cryptic yet meaningful lyrics.
As every1 already knows/has accepted, Interpol's only good album was their first one "Turn on the Bright Lights", but for some reason people are still into them and keep pretending that they are 'relevant' or something. They try to brand themselves as 'dark', which is I guess why they had Salem remix one of their songs.
Honestly didn't listen to much of this song, just a few seconds and thought, "Yep. That's Salem. Yeah. That is Paul Banks deep ass voice."
Is this song 'amazing' or just the typical Salem gimmicky darkwave rapegaze mp3?
Is Salem 'darker' than Interpol?
Will this remix 'help' or 'hurt' Salem's career?
R u worried abt Salem [via they look like they are dying right b4 our eyes]?
Can Interpol 'become relevant' again, or is it just time for them to be euthanized?
Has rapegaze gone 'mainstream'?
TV on the Radio 'unveiled' their album art in JPG format just because they wanted to force another blog post out of the blogosphere. Anyways, a pretty boring album cover...
I guess the only way to make it interesting is to claim that it ripped off pre-existing album cover(s).
Maybe it ripped off "Turn on the Bright Lights", the classic indie album by Interpol. Seems 2 have only reds and black colors.
U gotta wonder if Interpol is gonna 'sue the eff' out of TV on the Radios?
Based on this album art, can we safely say that this album is 'effing terrible'?
Do u <3 TV on the Radio, or are they 'effing annoying' blah blah blah bloo music?
Did they rip off an album cover that u can think of?
Does TVOTR need to 'get their own colours'?
Is TVOTR just a cool dad noise band, or do they were Arcade-Fire-Grammy-worthy albums?
Can TV on The Radio become the next Esperanza Spalding?
Hey it's me
U don't know me?
Oh yeah. I am the Carlos D bass playing replacement in the popular 2k0s buzzband:
Yeah. I know, I know
I'm wearing a suit
I'm just trying 2 fit in, ya know?
The band has a high-end personal brand
so I went ahead and got a new suit at JC Penney's
Why do they wear suits?
I gotta be honest, the gimmick hasn't been helping their last couple of albums
but at the end of the day
mad overgrounders come out to support the band
and I'm not arguing with the paycheck
I better go practice some easy ass Interpol basslines
Glad u could get to know me
I guess I understand why Carlos D left the band
But what are u gonna do
All Buzzbands go 2 heaven
The Pajo Bro
Do yall miss Carlos D?
If u joined Interpol, would u wear a suit 2 try to fit in, or just chill in cargos?
Do u think Interpol 'forced him' to dress in mens formalwear?
How did Interpol manage to 'ruin their music' but still have a 'successful career'?
Interpol had one 'great' album several blog decades ago, and they have released a string of mediocre albums since that album entitled "Turn on the Bright Lights yall, srsly! Can't see in here. Kinda dim [via a metaphor]" It seems like the entire indiesphere was waited and waited for them to 'recapture the magic' of that first album, but I think this 4.6 represents every1 'giving up', no longer expecting a repeat of the "Turn on the Bright Lights" formula. Seems like they might have set the model that MGMT will follow or something.
Here is the intro of the article that basically says, "remember when interpol used 2 be sweet. Love those guys. It's really gonna hurt 2 pan this album, but some1's gotta do it."
The impressive thing about Interpol has always been the refinement of their sound, its remarkable sense of purpose. Sure, when the band debuted, a huge share of conversation revolved around the other acts they sounded like. But no matter how familiar any of the parts were, the band had welded them together into a whole that was instantly recognizable and easy to grasp-- they'd carved out the simple, narrow box of how an Interpol song worked, and they could put it across clearly, quickly, and thrillingly.
It seems like this album is an in-depth look in2 Interpol's existential crisis as a dying buzzband. Seems 'dark' and 'reflective'.
That sound is compelling enough to keep someone searching for a secret payoff to this record, some dark heart to sink into. The problems here, though, aren't in execution-- they're more existential. Cross over into the wrecked second half, and every song makes this sound more like an album that's not really ready to seethe, not really cathartic, not really full of painful hopeless beauty or any of those other things that make bleak records worthwhile. With every listen it just sounds like more of a fucking drag. For a moment, "All of the Ways" seems like it's prepared to lean into its own feelings of helplessness, and turn into the kind of desolate, bottomless song that feels good to fall into-- but then Banks can't help trying to sing it into something grand, trudging hopelessly through the same old routine.
Maybe Interpol shoulda stopped wearing suits cuz their fan base grew up, and they looked like young professionals in middle mgmt.
R u happy that Pitchfork finally euthanized Interpol so that we don't have to keep reading?
Who is next? Broken Social Scene? Animal Collective?
Is Interpol 'over'?
Does Interpol even 'sell records 2 mainstreamers'?
Is Interpol for failed cool dads?
Do yall miss Interpols?
Have things 'swirled down the shitter' since Carlos D left?
What other legacy buzzbands need to be 'euthanized'?
Should I take a ride on the Kevorkian wave?
Not sure what Interpol's deal is. They release 1 'definitive indie' album back like 10 years ago, but have sorta pooped around for a while, not really delivering. They possibly still 'sell a lot of albums' though, but I'm not sure who buys them. Feel like there's a lot of people who are 'still waiting for them to recapture the magic.' Unfortunately, I think The National might have 'phased them out', taking advantage of their niche/core fan base of bros who want deep, dark indie rock with a deep voiced bro.
N e ways, Interpol has a new video for the song "Lights." Song is pretty boring. Video is basically 1 of those 'trying 2 hard' conceptual videos that doesn't mean anything, but is trying to portray a dark, metaphorical vibe. Eventually, some girl starts spitting out white liquid, which we can 'only assume' is semen, or a conceptual interpretation of a man's seed.
Not really sure what to think.
Overall pretty boring, but I guess the 'cum' coming out of the mouth + eyes got my attention. Really makes me wonder if 'swallowing' or 'spitting' is more authentic.
Do yall like Interpol?
Do 'deep' videos like this even mean anything in our modern world?
Do u think they should have just made a snuff film video?
Will Interpol's next album 'tank' commercially + critically?
What is more authentic: 'swallowing' or 'spitting'?
Interpol is a former indie band that turned into some alt rock band. They had a 'really relevant first album', but then sorta just pooped around for a few albums, coasting on the strength of their brand.
Apparently the bro named Carlos D from Interpol quit the band and won't be 'going on tour' with them. Wonder if that means he thinks the new album sucks, or if he is just tired of being in a band. Wonder if he thinks the 'ship is sinking' and he just wants to hop off before it is too late.
As some of you have surely heard, Interpol has completed it's new album.
It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, and mixed with Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery, London.
The four of us poured our collective heart into this music and we are very proud and excited to share it.
It's a heavy record. But we're feeling limber; and we're going to carry it all around the world for you.
Touring begins this summer, so check here soon for announcements and show dates.
There is more:
Sadly, Carlos will not be joining us.
After the completion of the album, Carlos informed the rest of us that he would be leaving the band. He has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals. This separation is amicable, and we whole-heartedly wish him great happiness and success. We will remain, as always, deeply respectful fans of this blazingly talented individual.
We can tell you that we have some very exciting new recruits joining us on the road. So stay tuned - we will promptly be revealing the identities of these illustrious players.
We eagerly await the opportunity to reconvene with you all
- the greatest fans known to Rock.
R u gonna miss his mustache / facial hair / conceptual hair part swoop?
If u had a painting of Carlos D in ur house, would his eyes follow u around the room where ever u moved?
Is Interpol's next album going to 'revive' the past?
Did Carlos D 'know something that we don't know'?
Do u think he just got bored of being on tour?
Once you are a successful buzzband, what other challenges can life throw at u?
Who is ur favourite member of Interpol?
should Interpol change their name now that they have a new lineup?
Should we throw a 'going away party' 4 Carlos D at Chuck E. Cheese?
Is Interpol's new album going to be better / less pretentious than the new Arcade Fire album?
Do bands ever really break up on good terms?
Interpol apparently has a new album coming out soon, so they are beginning the album cycle process. Many Interpol fans believe that they will never be able to 'recapture the magic' of their hit indie album Turn on the Bright Lights. Apparently, they have had about 3 albums, but a few of them were loaded with poo poo songs, so they sort of lost relevancy for the past 5+ years. Wonder if they have a chance to 'come back' and ascend to the top of the indiesphere.
Do u like their new logo? Should all bands have a 'bad ass' branded identity? Do you feel like you are about to consume a whole new Interpol?
Stream "Lights" from this youtube embed.
Do u like their new MP3?
Does their music still sound 1 dimensional in a good/bad way?
Did The National replace Interpol?
Did Interpol replace Joy Division?
Do u feel like Interpol has devolved into an 'alt rock' band with a hollow identity?
Here is some artsy widget where you enter your email address + date of birth in order to receive the 'free download.' Wonder who their brand is supposed to appeal 2.
Wonder if the record company will keep my information 4ever.
Is Interpol's upcoming album going to be culturally relevant, or will it just be an overmarketed, over-covered release that isn't even that good?
What does Interpol mean 2 u?
What is your fave Interpol song of all time?
Do u miss the golden days of indie?
You might remember Interpol as one of the first highly critically acclaimed indie bands that was absorbed into 'the mainstream machine', then never made another album that meant as much to as many people as their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights. Can't believe they are 'opening up' for U2 more than a decade after they are relevant. This seems like a 'huge error' or perhaps Interpol is looking to 'squash' all of the other 'indie' releases this year with 'sick crazy' album sales.
Interpol seems to be a divisive band/idea in the mp3 blogosphere. Popular music website Pitchfork Media went 'on record' as calling their 2007 album Our Love To Admire a 'shit sandwich' in a recent blurb. In 2007, P4k gave this record a 6.0, even before the inflated rankings of the chillwave era.
U2 has built a massive 'claw' under which the band performs on tour. This stage setup is meant to fill huge football stadiums, generate mad sales, and theoretically offer the fan a unique concert-going experience.
It seems to be a 'larger than life' experience meant to change the lives' of mainstreamers having a meaningful time. Probably people who go to a concert once every 10 years. One concert can attract more fans than an indie band could attract on their entire 20 date tour.
We cannot confirm that Interpol is still relevant. We cannot confirm that their new album will be 'worth covering'/blogging about.
In addition, U2 will bring The Fray and Lenny Kravitz on tour on their mega stage.
Do u think Bono listens 2 interpol?
Was this union brought about by high powered PR agents?
Does Bono need to listen 2 more blog rock + chill wave + ternative?