Oh, c'mon Brian, dude. Deal. It's not like Paper Denims suddenly became worse because they became more mainstream (same is happening to Yoko Devereaux, Unis, and especially Cloak, btw. Actually, Paper Denim is going downhill, I think, because Scott Morrison left the company, now that I think about it.) I mean, how many people have pieces from the original Cloak collections, which were all about slim dress shirts and pants and slim coats (rather than their current grungy East Village signature look), or even know about it? But who cares?
I do care (at least enough to post a medium-length rant on an internet forum). I pretty much explained exactly what upsets me about it and I stand by it... Like I said I'm not freaked out about it all day long. I *do* deal, but willingly admit to the fact that I still hate it. I do not agree that the OC is giving promotions to good bands. What FOX does is advertise on indie websites (how and why the websites are willing to show FOX ads evades me) and get kids to email them their latest indie pop mixtapes. This was at least a year ago, they might have some hired hipster in the office now. Then, they take some excellent music (much else of it quite dispicable) and play it while they promote stupidity, superficiality and plastic-life on Thursday nights. I would not use Bloc Party as an example - they're huge in England and it's gonna happen here soon, I've known this from day one. They're being distributed by a major label, and their entire range of music is accessible (and awesome). This is different from Pinback. Since Summer in Abaddon's mainstream acceptance (aka the OC), I'd say ... 75% of people that would say they're a Pinback fan are complete tools who haven't heard (or cared) a thing about Rob Crow's pathetically endearing Star Wars fanboydom, or his collabs with other San Diego bands (The Castanets, Black Heart, etc.), or his freak-pop Optigonally Yours, yet they heard it on the OC, and now it's "cool." Nothing I can do about it - sure. *I know* that I'm not a tool, but I still feel as though my identity is being attacked. And like I said, I'm dealing with it - it doesn't pain each and every day of my life. It's not THAT big of a deal and at the end of the day, "Who cares?" is generally my thought. But I still absolutely have an opinion on the matter.