February 13, 2012

Gosh, Darling, I'm So Sorry

From the New York Times: A Prayer, a Celebration and a Coronation

The music industry gathered in L.A. last night for the Grammys, their annual evening of spectacularly expensive performances by pop artists combined with irritating pretense that the integrity of their art is more important than commercial success by everyone else.

Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters received five awards for the album “Wasting Light”... The album, which was the first No. 1 album for Foo Fighters, was recorded on analog equipment in a garage and was in the running for album of the year.

“We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine,” Mr. Grohl said as the group accepted the Grammy for best rock performance. “It shows the human element of making music is what’s most important.”
No, Dave Grohl, it shows that you're Dave freaking Grohl and that, along with an interesting gimmick, you have a potent formula for commercial success.

The awards for best alternative album and for best new artist went to Bon Iver... the brainchild of the songwriter Justin Vernon. Mr. Vernon, who declined to perform, said, “When I started to make songs I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I’m a little bit uncomfortable up here.”
Oh, fuck off, Justin Vernon. It's okay: we will still respect you as a musician if you perform at the Grammys. The only difference you will notice is that not all the girls trying to sleep with you afterwards will be wearing hipster glasses.

Honestly. They're almost as bad as poets.

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