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Day: October 14, 2009

Speak of the devil

Speak of the devil

So, after I emoted last week about how Sufjan Stevens probably isn’t rolling around in a Bentley like Slim Thug, he actually complained about it (sort of):

“I definitely feel like, ‘What is the point? What’s the point of making music anymore?’ I feel that the album no longer has a stronghold or has any real bearing any more. The physical format is obsolete; the CD is obsolete and the LP is kinda nostalgic. So, I think the album is suffering and that’s how I’ve always created — I work with these conceptual albums in the long-form. And I’m wondering, what’s the value of my work once these forms are obsolete and everyone’s just downloading music?”Sufjan Stevens

Why?  Because you’re supposed to be doing it for yourself, not for us.  When you start making music to please other people after making a few good albums you turn into Coldplay.  You might not have a Bentley, Sufjan, but I know you’ve got your own recording studio – and cd-burners are cheap… so make your concept album.. what is stopping you?

buffalo bulls

buffalo bulls

Anybody ever notice how Buffalo Daughter’s New Rock sounds exactly like Sonic Youth’s Bull in the Heather?  Sonic Youth actually sounds more organized and “pop” ish of the two, which sounds really weird to say about Sonic Youth.   Surely this can’t be an accident as Buffalo Daughter was highly influenced by Sonic Youth and Bull in the Heather came out 4 years before New Rock.