Agh you guys you guys
V*****e W*****d’s whole “appropriation” thing is a marketing technique. They are deliberately baiting you. If what you want is for them to not be successful, you should stop talking about them. I mean, good lord, they started their second album with a couplet rhyming “horchata” with “balaclava.” When Nirvana did it they called it “Serve the Servants” and we thought it was awesome. Now we are old and grumpy and feel we need to defend things. Which is fine! But it’s OK. Let it go. We had this argument. They used it to get attention, and it worked, and now they don’t really need us anymore, but it’s always nice to be talked about.
I say this because I like their music. But I don’t like being baited. So I don’t like seeing you guys being successfully baited, because it reminds me that the band is trying to bait people. This makes the music less enjoyable for me, because I start to feel manipulated, and I really do enjoy it. Why? Mike Powell’s review on Pitchfork mostly nails it, but I don’t really want to say anything else about it, because it is awfully shrill in here. And I still don’t like that they feel they need to bait people—well, more specifically, people like me—but I like their music enough that I can get over it. But I still don’t like to be reminded of it. So stop falling for it, OK?