I can't believe this woman is writing for pitchfork.
The immense rage I am feeling I want to just wash over me like a wet towel.
The unbearable naivete of Sarah Sahim
To me the article shows an immense lack of scope on her part. It also proves once again that the idea of "genres" is often more destructive than helpful.
She refines her concept of "indie" music to solely traditional rock and roll styles-and also sticks to just the United States when there are handfuls of inventive people of all backgrounds making music around the world.
She completely ignores the independent hip hop scene. An article called "The Unbearable Blackness of Hip Hop" could be written and say the exact same things about that genre. Groups like Run the Jewels, Death Grips and Shabazz Palaces are just as revered and integral to the indie scene as Belle and Sebastian.
She is completely ignorant of the idea that music comes from a place of culture, experiences and familiarity. A Black kid growing up in Brooklyn isn't going to hear his parents playing Dylan and the Stones and won't be spinning Radiohead and Sonic Youth. They're more likely to be surrounded by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest. Of course there will be those who seek out different stuff and there are examples of those kinds of artists such as MIA who is mentioned in her article
All of this is besides the sad fact that it is financially more feasible for racial minorities (who are on average worse off than majorities) to pick up a microphone and beat making software than a drum kit and electric guitar.
Of course the tweet is the nail in the coffin. Think pieces about diversity, representation etc are always good to have in any industry and culture, even if many people disagree with the points made. These discussions need to be had. But when a writer faces any attempt at debate with "Yes, I got people angry!" instead of proceeding to engage in mature discourse, that crumbles any points they were trying to make-legitimate or not.
this dude didnt say anything racist though and her response was childish and misappropriated
>An article called "The Unbearable Blackness of Hip Hop" could be written and say the exact same things about that genre
>Groups like Run the Jewels, Death Grips and Shabazz Palaces are just as revered and integral to the indie scene as Belle and Sebastian.
This is also bullshit, especially because half of RTJ and most of DG is white
sorry, that was risky. Wouldnt want you doxxed but this woman happily will ...
As a non-white indie fan, I think it's always good to see people candidly talk about race and music, but I'm not really sure what this article accomplishes. Do MIA and Heems really consider themselves to be part of the same musical world as Belle & Sebastian? *shrug*