Sunday, May 2, 2010

Is your favorite indie band selling out?

It's come to my attention as of late that one of my favorite so-called "indie" bands, Grizzly Bear, has been seen and heard frequently in several different un-Grizzly Bear-esque places which smell a lot like selling out. To name a few of said places... they recently composed a song just for a (somewhat trippy) Washington State lottery ad; "Two Weeks" played during the opening scene of last week's episode of Gossip Girl, and "Slow Life" was originally written for the soundtrack of Twilight: New Moon. It's always a bittersweet feeling when a somewhat lesser-known band you enjoy suddenly becomes widely known and begins selling their music to car commercials, angsty teen dramas and the like (cough cough.. Phoenix... Passion Pit... Vampire Weekend... cough..). Not sure whether to be proud of Grizzly Bear for "making it" or scorn them for giving in to The Man. I still dig their music though, and must add that they killed it at Coachella.

A link to the aforementioned lottery ad, just for kicks:

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