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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Take on Takeover

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

More to come soon in these parts, but as a quick little ping to your brain-parts: last month, the New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones had this to say about Pittsburgh's Takeover UK. SFJ, whom I like as a writer but disagree with often enough, has pretty much the opposite take on them as compared with mine; I generally think TUK, while perhaps not radical innovators, make decent enough power-pop songs, but their name is kind of goofy.

And of course The Strokes ( or any other number of similar bands of 8-10 years ago) have had a lasting impact on a certain brand of bands in the late '00s. But SFJ pulls his trademark generalization based on summary evidence (while leaving things ambiguous enough such that he could defend himself if called on it) in implying that theirs is some creeping memetic influence inserting itself into the bulk of pop music today.

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