LA Weekly published their list of 20 Worst Hipster Bands, which is sure to be the ultimate troll blog post for the next few days. And with any well-thought-out troll comes a heated discussion on the merits of said post. I can bet at least three of these artists land on all of your iPods out there (or whatever device you use to listen to music), so I am sure just about all of you have something to say. Keep in mind the initial text that starts of this article:
Who are these hipsters we see each day in the streets, on our Tumblr feeds, and on the local news? And why are so many in bands? It’s not the mere existence of hipster groups that distresses us — some of our best friends are hipsters, after all — it’s their lemming-like tendency to, if you’ll pardon a mixed metaphor, ape each other.
On its surface hipsterdom seems to be an individuality-grab, but most of today’s 20 and 30-something bands from Silver Lake and Williamsburg sound shockingly similar. They’re all playing variations of retro garage and soul music — or bringing glockenspiels and choirs on incestuous nationwide tours — all the while clad in vintage garb likely infested with lice. We’re not saying that they should be outlawed by, like, Congress or something. Just that they should be avoided. Here then, is our field guide to the worst offenders.
Do you think that what LA Weekly is saying is far off, or does it actually hold some merit? Are these bands, many of which are signed to major label deals, contrived versions of music that came before them? Or is this all in the name of music progression and evolution? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Below is the full list, which can be read with a summary over at LA Weekly.
20 The Black Keys
19 TV On The Radio
18 Sleigh Bells
15 Death Cab For Cutie
13 The Decemberists
11 Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
10 White Rabbits
09 Beach House
08 The Airborne Toxic Event
07 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
05 Grizzly Bear
04 Bright Eyes
03 Arcade Fire
01 Bon Iver