Wanted to tweet something snarky about this, thought I’d attempt to write something a little more productive. If you saw this feud go off yesterday, Chris 1000TimesYes said:
Toro Y Moi shamelessly bandwagons on twitter trend, music blogs shamelessly play along because it means Google traffic. #2011
As I noted the other day in my Odd Future/swag post, look, another white person who listens to and writes about largely non hip-hop, calling out another white person who listens to and writes about largely non hip-hop for liking/endorsing (a Toro Y Moi remix of) Odd Future! Except Chris GvsB routinely writes about rap, puts it in his year-end lists, OFWGKTA are right in his taste wheelhouse, etc. etc. and the point is, we have one “critic” essentially telling another: “You only like this because it’s trendy, YOU INDIE ROCK POSEUR,” which is about the most insulting, condescending thing an adult music person can say to another. Come on, dude. #2011? Try #1994.
It should be noted that 1000TimesYes’ taste is markedly different from just about anything popular (or good!) in the indie world these days, whether that’s Toro Y Moi or The National, and nobody seems to question whether he genuinely likes Linkin Park or if he’s purposely being a contrarian cynic trying to get attention (or Google traffic) to continue being an in-demand freelancer. (Let’s not get into the discussion of how potentially bitter he is about the critical and commercial failure of his own indie-rock project, Parts and Labor, which has to sting when you’re writing about flashy young things with label interest and Best New Musics, right? I’m just saying.)