Published on April 26, 2014
WHY DOESN’TTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ SOUND LIKE BROOKLYN? Aram Sinnreich Rutgers University School of Communication & Information ! EMP Pop Conference April 25, 2014
BROOKLYN’S MUSICAL LEGACY
SELLINGTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ NY Magazine, 2009 NYTimes, 2014Bklyn Mag, 2014 NY Mag, 2013Vice Mag, 2012
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Grizzly Bear
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ MGMT
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Dirty Projectors
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Parquet Courts
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Vampire Weekend
TRACKING INFLUENCES Grizzly Bear Elliott Smith (Omaha) Mercury Rev (Buffalo) Neutral Milk Hotel (Athens) MGMT Flaming Lips (Oklahoma) Sparks (LA) David Bowie (UK) Dirty Projectors Black Flag (Cali) Brian Eno (UK) Fela Kuti (Nigeria) Vampire Weekend XTC (UK) Peter Gabriel (UK) Spoon (Austin) Source: Music Bloodline, Rovi
THE GREAT MIGRATION Ben Goldwasser, MGMT Ed Droste, Grizzly Bear Amber Coffman, Dirty Projectors Andrew Savage, Parquet Courts Rostam Batmanglij, Vampire Weekend
THE BIGGER PICTURE: DEMOGRAPHICS 2000-2010: Brooklyn's population grew by 39,000 people. • White population grew by 38,774 • Asian population grew by 75,838. • Black population shrank by -49,517 White growth Asian growth Black and Latino growth
THE BIGGER PICTURE: ECONOMICS Rising rents, 2004-2012
RISING RENTS = SHRINKING BUDGETS
THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
Rise of the ‘Brooklyn Sound’ THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
WHAT DOES ‘RETRO’ MEAN? Antibalas Sharon Jones/Dap-KingsLee Fields/Expressions
THANK YOU. Aram Sinnreich Rutgers University School of Communication & Information ! EMP Pop Conference April 25, 2014 ! Twitter: @aram firstname.lastname@example.org
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