After reading Sasha Frere-Jones “A Paler shade of White,” I immediately thought of Arctic Monkeys “Dancing Shoes.” Frere-Jones complains about the lack of rhythm and feeling in indie rock. She, however, only focuses on the more folk-influenced bands like Arcade Fire. She largely ignores a vast number of other indie bands that actually have focus on rhythm and have a level of intensity in equal to rock bands of 70s and 80s. Frere-Jones ignores bands like Arctic Monkeys, the Strokes, and the Vines who were more influenced by the Clash, Oasis, and in the case of Arctic Monkeys, Roots Manuva (a British rapper).
After reading Carl Wilson’s semi-rebuttal to Frere-Jones, I was surprised that he said that indie rockers don’t really sing about sex. It made me think of “Sweater Weather” by the Neighbourhood because they’re obviously singing about sex. That being said, I think that the current generation really doesn’t focus as much on sex as in the 70’s and 80’s because we are much more sexually liberal. We are comfortable with our sexuality enough that we don’t have to sing about it and we don’t treat it as a big deal. Being a generation that had a high number of divorced or single parents, we focus on building meaningful relationships and the folksy indie songs reflect that.People still write and sing about sex, but it isn’t so focused on getting some (not all the time anyway). Excuse me for the “armchair sociology.”