I certainly never thougth about him like that before
Posted by Anton J on 3/19/2012, 1:44 pm, in reply to "Tom Waits as a concept is practically the definition of hipster-ism"
I don't know, everything he's ever done feels heartfelt (in his own special way) and like a sincere attempt at artistic expression, rather than carefully calculated hipster-bait. I'm pretty sure Tom hates hipsters, at least that's the impression I get from his music (I don't read a lot of interviews by artists). |
Personally I don't really care (or know) much about an artist's image, I just know what I hear in the music, and the music of Tom Waits (to my ears) is music from a world where things like Pitchfork could not possibly exist.
: He's a guy who deliberately cultivated a niche
: as the ultimate outsider, a guy who went
: from jazzy orchestrated singer-songwriter
: material to noisy cabaret music sung with
: cookie monster vocals. He's somebody who's
: carefully cultivated a persona of the
: ultimate rock outsider while still keeping
: his feet planted in conventional music just
: enough not to scare people off completely.
: He's basically a Pitchfork wet dream.
: Mind you, I don't especially hold this
: against him. Given the pattern of the kinds
: of people who typically gravitate towards
: him, though, I don't think it's unreasonable
: to conclude that his music is hipster
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