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“Can we somehow break out of the sell-five-thousand-record ghetto and create a company where artists could earn a living doing their art.”

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There’s a fascinating interview with the founders of Sub Pop here that is currently featured in Pitchfork.

Edit: I’m almost done with the piece now. There’s an exchange towards the end that I really dig.

Pitchfork: The rise of indie culture and how it’s more visible now– is it comparable in any way to the grunge hysteria of the 90s?

BP: [pause] It’s different. It’s matured into a really…it’s a cool scene, there’s a lot of a diversity. You look at the festival you’re putting together, there’s a lot of diversity there and a lot of people going to see it. I don’t think it has the insane buzz of what was going on in Seattle. At the same time, there’s so much material out there and it’s a really healthy industry, people have jobs selling records and making records and promoting them. Because there is so much material, I don’t think it’s having the same cultural impact as the late-70s punk rock scene. If you walked into Wax Trax in 1978, 79, the whole vibe was so against the grain that it was revolutionary.

Indie rock is very healthy, there’s a lot of diversity and a lot of creativity, but it does not have the revolutionary spirit of the late-70s punk scene in regards to design and politics and fashion and stuff like that. I really miss that, and I’m looking forward to a youth musical cultural scene that’s a little more revolutionary, where indie bands aren’t vying for McDonald’s commercial spots. I think, politically, the scene’s got pretty watered down. There are economic opportunities for many people, but I don’t think, artistically, it’s as revolutionary as that particular period.

Pitchfork: How do you feel about all the licensing that’s going on now, speaking of McDonald’s commercials?

BP: I can fully understand [that] artists want to be able to pay their bills. As a fan of art, and art as a way to shift dialogue and address cultural issues, there’s a part of me that’s really, really saddened by that and can’t really relate to it. I’m really kind of shocked at how there’s so much…beneath the surface, there’s so much political turmoil going on in this country and it’s not really being addressed by a lot of artists. I think in times of crisis it’s the artists’ responsibility to dig a little deeper. It’s time for a new punk rock revolution– a whole new take on it, but one that goes a little deeper than creatively written relationship songs and McDonald’s commercials.

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Written by M

July 7, 2008 at 11:51 pm

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  1. That was a great interview

    Jacob Z

    July 10, 2008 at 9:38 pm


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