Indie-Rock Titanic

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Jul 172012
 

I don’t mean to be tasteless, but I think this is a really bad idea and, at the risk of sounding too idealist, kind of the death-knell for indie-rock values. A Coachella cruise sounds like a bit Scharpling and Wurster would come up with to parody the increasingly moneyed alternative music scene. Said bit would definitely culminate with some hilariously gruesome denouement. Hence my headline and photo.

I mean, imagine Woodstock ’99 — but on a boat this time.

And check out some of those prices. I am no Fugazi-style punk-rock purist, to be sure. But this is definitely a step too far in the other direction.

Adding salt to my wounds, one of my favorite bands Pulp — a group that once championed the underdogs, the terminally uncool and underemployed — are headlining. Criminy!

I feel complicit in all this. I too am sometimes easily swayed by nostalgia, by the lure of this or that reunited band. I don’t spend as much time or money as I should on new music. (I’m better than some, not as good as others, in that regard.) I can’t help but wonder if I helped force the music world’s hand. Nobody buys music or goes to shows, so bands are forced to sign up for gimmicks like this.

But on the other hand, I’m really loving the new King Tuff album right now, so thankfully there’s usually someone scrappy and enthusiastic out there to talk me off the ledge and remind me of good things rock music can do.

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  25 Responses to “Indie-Rock Titanic”

  1. hrrundivbakshi

    It turns out that as a result of some strange and frankly tragic events, I will be live and on-site, camping for four full f*cking days, at “Bestival 2012″ on the Isle of Wight in the UK this September. I feel like RTH should find a way to spring for a “wire” or something, just to hear me rant and whine as the week unfolds.

    No, Mr. Mod, I am not kidding. This shit is all too real. Hit me up off-list if this sparks any thoughts, however tragic they may be. HappinessStan, I need your thoughts and prayers!

  2. ladymisskirroyale

    Oats – what do you think of the new Ty Segall? It sounds promising. And I’m counting the days until Tame Impala’s new one comes out. The other disc I’m considering is the new Grass Widow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCV2sfThYA

  3. Deek Langoustine

    I hate to be the one to tell you guys this but….music is dead. The only real music being made now are by acts who struggle to not get signed in a conventional sense, gillian welch, Clutch. Anything that mentions the words “youth”, “industry”, “Kid Rock” and boat cruise is clearly an creation fresh from Satans buthole. It’s not that there aren’t bands and musicians making music that you cant listen too. It’s just that music and what is known as the music industry are as divorced as your parents; It’s like drawing a link between the movie industry and writers….totally separate entities, beings, ideas. Personally Im glad if one more frikkin thing gets monetised on my watch Im gonna consider becoming a communist just out of spite, and no one wants that!

  4. I recall seeing an advert recently for a cruise centered around a concert by Weezer. (not quite the draw Adrian Zmed is, but still).

    All things considered, it’s not much different than playing Atlantic City: a rock band playing in an incongruous venue with a very high ticket price.

  5. Woodstock 99…on a boat. Best comment ever!

  6. Dare ya to burn the lighter and yell “‘For What It’s Worth’! ‘FOR WHAT IT’S WORRRRRTH’!!!” incessantly during James McCartney’s set.

    aloha
    LD

  7. It has occurred to me that it may be time for me to retire my RTH avatar of Jarvis Cocker in protest. Developing.

  8. Tying threads together, it’s been rumored for the last two months that one of the songs on Dylan’s new album is a 19 minute song about the Titanic. If my memory serves me well (just how damn clever am I, further tying in a Bob line?) David Hildago who plays on the album revealed this.

  9. jeangray

    Holy shit! Jus’ listened to that King Tuff album. The Musik’s alright, but his voice was too much to take. Put a hurt on me ears!