Someone’s crunched the numbers! Now we know which bands we should be into and which ones are too popular to be hip. Who knew Boards of Canada was for the bros?
So, the first scientific criterion for identifying a hipster band is that Pitchfork likes them. Pitchfork reviewers like a lot of mainstream music, however, so that’s not enough. The second criterion is that not many people should like that band. The music must be obscure so that people can say, “My favorite band is X, you’ve probably never heard of them.”
To measure obscurity, we looked at the number of Facebook likes the Pitchfork review received. All else being equal, we expected a hipster band to get fewer Facebook shares than a non-hipster band with the same score.
For a given Pitchfork Review Score, the trend line uses a linear regression to predict how many Facebook likes you’d expect the album to receive given its critical acclaim.
By our criteria, the further below the line a blue dot is, the more hipster the band. (It’s high quality but obscure.) Dots above the line represent more mainstream (not hipster) bands.
See the full breakdown, band by band, below: [Read more...]
Her new record I Never Learn is out May 6. Here’s what she says about it:
Every song on the album is a power ballad. Like one of those old radio stations. This is a slow dance; a slow burner.
I wrote ["No Rest for the Wicked"] in Sweden when I was packing up my shit, and I’d just gotten out of a relationship and it was a horrible time. I just had the hurt, shame, sadness, guilt, longing. In the verse, I’m referring to myself pleading guilty but I’m referring to all of us.
Check out the video for the melancholy first single ‘Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone’ below: [Read more...]
The wait is almost over. They’ve been promising concerts since 2012, and we’ll finally get some in March at Bushwick’s The Wick — a 4,000-square-foot beer hall and concert space:
3/27 Keiji Haino
4/5 Unsound Festival at The Bunker w/ Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles of Demdike Stare + more
4/17 & 4/20 New York’s Alright 2014 w/ Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Dawn of Humans, DiE, Contingent + more
Here’s Keiji Haino at Issue Project Room 04/17/2013: [Read more...]