Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crazy Cool Stereolab News

It's too bad this great news had to be marred by the inclusion of such a tedious buzzword:

Sometimes it seems like Deerhunter frontman/Atlas Sound mastermind Bradford Cox is friends with everyone in indie rock. This is a good thing. It leads to cool onstage collaborations and crazy interviews. And now, his affability has enticed Animal Collective's Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) and Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier to chip in with guest shots on the upcoming Atlas Sound LP, dubbed Logos and due out October 20 via Kranky. [emphasis mine]
Huzzahs to forthcoming music featuring the words and vocals of Laetitia Sadier!

As for the buzzword, let's consider the candidates:
  • Cool - Nah. It's tedious enough, but still has some use when issued with due amounts of irony.
  • Crazy - Close but no; it's a vogue usage, one I'd rather see quashed, but there are worse things. Being chained to a two-ton concrete slab and sunk to the bottom of a lake would be worse, for instance.
  • Indie - Ring that bell, we have a winner! I hate this word -- a diminutive of an overused, vacuous term of approbation. "Indie" with respect to what, exactly? And exactly what difference does this "indie"-ness make -- how should the adjective "indie" alter my reception of a work?
This is welcome news for those of us missing Stereolab, among whom must be the person who assembled this monotonous and yet intriguing -- and, for all I know, profoundly "indie" -- video for "Valley Hi!":

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