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Who The Fuck Is Anyone?

In the end, I guess we’re all just vapor. We dissipate and vanish over time. Some of us linger for a while, like a scent in old clothes, but ultimately we go away. Even the people and things we love the most. Even The Beatles.

It was within a couple of hours of his win for Best New Artist that Justin Vernon found himself the subject of an Internet meme. Or rather, his nom de plume, Bon Iver. It probably wasn’t what he had in mind when he clumsily accepted his award but a good portion of the Twitterverse was asking, “who the fuck is Bon Ivor?” Enough that it’s inspired a Tumblr blog based on many tweeters’ mishearing the name.

While a gang of dopey Twitter geeks wondering who Bonny Bear is and why he beat out J Cole (but really, who is that?)is one thing, there’s something far more disturbing out there. Something that chills my blood and unsettles my soul. There are maybe as many of these dopes asking: Who the Fuck is Paul McCartney?

Now I know that our attentions wane and shift over the years and generational differences can leave gaps and voids between us. But aren’t some things just…known? Aren’t there some facts, events and people who endure and transcend these differences? Surely, Paul Fucking McCartney is one.

It was a few years ago that Sab astonished us all with a report that he was working with an intern who had no idea who Kurt Cobain was. While that was (and is) shocking to me—not only because of Nirvana’s place in the greater cultural hierarchy, but because he hadn’t been dead that long—the idea that ANYONE doesn’t recognize the name of one of only two living Beatles is simply mind blowing.

And yet here we are, watching the constant flow of the Twitter stream wash away the few remaining features of our collective memory. What we’re left with is a fluid and a completely forgettable shape-shift of conversation. And these memories lose their meaning…oh wait, that was the other one.

Lonely at Lollapalooza 2009

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Grant Park, Chicago, August 7-9, 2009

This was my first trip back to Chicago since moving to Portland, Oregon in December 2008. As much as I love Portland, there is a large piece of my heart in that city by the lake. It’s where I was born, it’s where I formed my favorite band, and it’s where my son was born. It’s still my city.

So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I returned to see friends, drink a lot of beer and catch some live rock and fucking roll. I’d been planning and thinking of this trip since before we even moved so you’d think I’d have had all the details ironed out like the Arctic Monkeys‘ fitted shirts. You don’t know me well and the Monkeys no longer wear Fred Perry, but more on that later…

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Fun with Forkcast, Round 12

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: just because it’s been a few months since we’ve done a Forkcast update, it doesn’t mean we haven’t been paying attention. Here’s some good stuff that the Fr0k has given up recently:

Crystal Antlers – “Andrew” from Tentacles, due 04/06/09 in the U.S. and 04/07/09 in Europe on Touch & Go

St. Vincent – “The Strangers” from Actor, due 05/05/09 on 4AD

Bloc Party – “Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)” from “Signs” single, due 04/27/09 on Wichita; also appears on Intimacy Remixed, due 05/11/09

Thunderheist – “Space Cowboy” from Thunderheist, out now on Big Dada

Mika Miko – “I Got a Lot (New New New)” from We Be Xuxa, due 05/04/09 on PPM

Bat For Lashes – “Glass” (Live) original version from Two Suns, due 04/06/09 on Astralwerks

Lots more after the jump…

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Andrew Bird Outsells Animal Collective

The big news out of this week’s album sales is not in the Top Ten (nine of which were already there last week), but just beyond that into the 11-20 range. Specifically:

12. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast (Fat Possum) – 26,000

13. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) – 25,000

16. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP (Jagjaguwar) – 23,000

Noteworthy is the fact that Merriweather Post Pavilion “debuted at No. 38 two weeks ago on the Top Independent Albums chart purely on vinyl sales.” Clearly, they found their “room of bros to buy t-shirts and vinyl albums for bros who don’t have record players.”

If you give a crap, you can see the Top Ten after the jump…

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