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Re: “Damn hipsters: Is Atlanta falling prey to its indie cachet?

Why is Atlanta music still seeking outside affirmation?

This decade has been marked with validation for Atlanta music.
Maybe a healthy dose of humble pie is more suiting.

Forget the beguiling gamut of self-promoted “scene” musicians in this city who already recieve way more press time then they deserve from hipster columnists. The metal-indie-experimental-punk-whatever bands do not speak for the identity of this city. They are generally comprised of Atlanta outsiders, reloceted from the booneys, perpetrating styles already established in a more sincere form elsewhere.

Atlanta is spoken for by individuals like Andre, Ludacris, Cee-Lo, and Lil Jon. These individuals have been the pioneers who have really defined Atlanta. To elaborate; Crunk is now an international trademark, Outkast injected a fresh creative dose into pop culture, Ludacris is the real mouth of the south, and Gnarles Barkley still continues to blend new styles and soul. These individuals work hard and have had a sincere hunger to express themselves (and actually grew up within city limits).

The most appalling attitude from Radford’s article, however, is in the interview of Shannon Mulvaney. He claims to have had “to go as far away as Europe to play shows” in the context of a complaint against the lack of regional support. How privileged must your life be to consider traveling to Europe anything less than extraordinary? If you’re going to Eurpore to play music, you should be humbled. And consider for a moment, that you are not so entitled.

Black Lips and Mastadon have recieved absolutely as much credit as they deserve (plus all of the incestious scenster head humping filling their heads). The music is largely very generic and appeals to a limited audience. What more can you expect?




Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2009 at 5:54 PM

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