If you want me, won't you take me home? I'm lost in the cracks between the paving stones
Death Cab for Cutie lovers, restrain yourselves. The new album, Plans, has been leaked to the Internet, and you can now download standout tracks like "Crooked Teeth" anywhere.
I got this news from Stereogum, and while I was there, I couldn't resist checking out the comment section. As usual, it was full of whiny hipsters jacking off about how much DCFC sucks now that they're popular. This kind of thing pisses me off more than you can imagine, so of course I wrote a comment of my own. And of course, some pretentious ass decided to respond. Here's our friendly little exchange.
See, this is just what I love about indie kids. They will sell what's left of their souls for a shitty basement recording of a band's first EP, but god forbid they should enjoy the same band's expertly mixed and produced major-label studio album. Because clearly, major label = bad and increasing popularity = worse. Never mind that DCFC has always been a pop band, even before they were popular, and that they have not changed their attitude or approach to music since they started - the only thing they've ever cared about is making the best songs possible. Ignore the odds of a group like this getting "less interesting" as they mature and develop their sound. Completely dismiss the fact that if some "buzzworthy" new Pitchfork darling of a band came out with THIS EXACT RECORD you would be all over it like Kevin Federline on a bag of Cheetos. No, you just keep spouting your ignorant, indie-snobby opinions about how the quality of a band's output is inversely proportional to the number of other people who listen to that band. Then go listen to your secret copy of "Futures" (ironically, of course).
Posted by: Sarah at August 9, 2005 12:12 PM
Oh, Sarah, I know you've got it bad for Mr. Gibbard and all, but it doesn't make the music any better. Have you heard anything from Death Cab's rock & roll era? Were you listening to them then? Perhaps you came late to them thanks to an appearance on the O.C. or maybe a shining recommend in "Allure." In any case, they were a great band once and you should really check out their early stuff so you have something next to which to compare the fluff they're making now. It's as if they've said, "We want to pinpoint and corner the 14-19 year-old female market, "and ran with it. This is maturation?
Posted by: narcpress at August 9, 2005 12:48 PM
I've been listening to Death Cab since high school, and I probably have every song they've ever recorded. But, you know, don't let that stop you from making condescending assumptions about me.
Posted by: Sarah at August 9, 2005 02:23 PM
Score: Me, 1. Anonymous fucktard, 0.
In other music news, I'm currently loving Fluxblog. I found this great song there - "Sodium Light" by David Wrench - and it's so eighties fab. That's where the title lyric comes from, if you care.