Three Imaginary Girls

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In High Fidelity John Cusack admits, his "guts have shit for brains." Well, I'm starting to feel the same way. Starting in my preteen years I learned not to trust the trends in music. That was before I found a niche in the "indie scene."

I got immersed in elitism and music blogs. My take of popular opinion was skewed, thinking since a majority of the indie community had a buzz around something, it meant the whole world had that buzz. Because of this paranoia/need to feel original, I've avoided blog buzz bands…usually regretting it later.

First it was with Band of Horses; I snagged an advanced Sub Pop copy of Everything All the Time three months early, but shunned it until the following summer due to an overwhelming hype.


It has turned out to be one of my favorite albums.


Then there was Grizzly Bear's Yellow House. There was so much talk and hype and buzz. It made me sick. Blah blah blah "Knife" blah blah blah. I wrote them off quick.


It has turned out to be one of my favorite albums.


Others have fallen victim as well: Tapes n' Tapes' The Loon, Midlake's The Trials Of Van Occupanther, TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain, and Feist's The Reminder.


I love all of them.


I've been quick to steer clear of the Fleet Foxes bandwagon but tonight I gave both Ragged Wood and the Sun Giant EP a listen, and I was thoroughly pleased. ChrisB, I'm sorry If I let you down.


Good music is good music.


It's easy to want to be original. Even if you "give in" to music trends, you're still not giving into the majority and/or losing your own personal identity as a music enthusiast. Sometimes that's easy to forget. At least for me, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

Why do I feel like this was like a hipster's version of Doctor Phil?


Anyone make the mistake of writing off bands and regretting it later?