I know four of these. Does that make me cool, an a-hole, or a cool a-hole? (via Priceonomics)
Hipsters love music, but they hate other people's music. Like a bird whose eggs have been touched by humans, they will even abandon long-beloved bands once suburbanites start to like it. Well, the brainy nerds (and self-professed gang of "bike-riding, IPA-sipping, vinyl-listening, Mission-loving hipsters") over at Priceonomics decided to look deeper into this trend and discover exactly where the line is drawn between acceptable hipster music and pointless mainstream trash.
Naturally, they turned to Pitchfork, the "video" to traditional music magazines' "radio star." Pitchfork is the definitive reviewer for hipsters, but its street cred also draws an alarming number of normies. Normies, as we all know, like to go on Facebook to tell other normies about cool new bands, thus ruining bands for all the real fans.
On the other hand, if a band is really good, hipsters will tolerate having to share them with a few more lame-os. So the folks at Priceonomics drew a linear regression line that predicts how many Facebook shares you could expect an album to get based on their Pitchfork score. If a band lands above this line, they're sell-outs playing to mouthbreathers. If the band is below the line, they're, like, the only real thing in music right now.
They also created a list of the top 25 hipster bands and the top 25 best-reviewed mainstream bands (the so-called "Beer Me, Bro" Index). I've selected the top five from each here, but you should go over to Priceonomics and see the rest, as well as read more about how they performed this study.
Um, I only know 3 of these. I'm either really cool or getting older. (via)
Are These New Puritans a bizarro version of The New Pornographers? (via)
Finally, not to brag (jk, definitely to brag): my buddy Buzzy was Vampire Weekend's manager in college. So, you know, the line to touch me starts over here.
But, if a few hundred more people shared their album on Facebook, I would have to disown my 15-year friendship with Buzzy because as you can see, Vampire Weekend is really close to becoming mainstream. Now, if he was Julia Holter's manager, I could rest safely knowing that even I will probably never really know who that is. How cool would that be?
Do people say "cool" still?
(by Johnny McNulty)