03 de setembro de 2008 | 06h37
Sasha Frere-Jones (foto), 41, que escreve sobre o mundo da música pop para a New Yorker, deu uma entrevista para o site da Gelf Magazine. Primeira questão: “O que a palavra ‘indie’ significa nos dias de hoje?”. Um trecho da resposta, no original: “I used to joke that it was ‘music by people who can’t sing,’ but that’s clearly not true anymore (consider Neko Case, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Feist, etc.) The only explanation now, if it is even plausible, is that it denotes a social affiliation. Meaning, people who do ‘indie’ things are listening to ‘indie’ music. It is maybe more plausible to think of indie networks and publications—like Pitchfork—defining indie than any specific, formal sound fitting a definition. (There’s no rhythm denoted, like reggae or polka, and no instrumentation, like techno or punk.) Why is M.I.A. indie? She has the No. 5 song in the country. At this point, it’s determined by the discussion. Bloggers decided they loved Clipse, so that somehow became an indie topic.” Boa.