WHY DOESN’TTHE
‘BROOKLYN SOUND’	

SOUND LIKE BROOKLYN?
Aram Sinnreich
Rutgers University	

School of Communication & Infor...
BROOKLYN’S MUSICAL LEGACY
SELLINGTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
NY Magazine, 2009
NYTimes, 2014Bklyn Mag, 2014
NY Mag, 2013Vice Mag, 2012
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
Grizzly Bear
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
MGMT
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
Dirty Projectors
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
Parquet Courts
IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’
Vampire Weekend
TRACKING INFLUENCES
Grizzly
Bear
Elliott Smith (Omaha)	

Mercury Rev (Buffalo)	

Neutral Milk Hotel (Athens)
MGMT
Flaming ...
THE GREAT MIGRATION
Ben Goldwasser,
MGMT
Ed Droste,
Grizzly Bear
Amber Coffman,
Dirty Projectors
Andrew Savage,
Parquet Co...
THE BIGGER PICTURE: DEMOGRAPHICS
2000-2010:
Brooklyn's population grew by 39,000 people. 	

• White population grew by 38,...
THE BIGGER PICTURE: ECONOMICS
Rising rents, 2004-2012
RISING RENTS = SHRINKING BUDGETS
THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR 	

THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
Rise of the	

‘Brooklyn Sound’
THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR 	

THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
WHAT DOES ‘RETRO’ MEAN?
Antibalas Sharon Jones/Dap-KingsLee Fields/Expressions
THE BACKLASH
THANK YOU.
Aram Sinnreich
Rutgers University	

School of Communication & Information	

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EMP Pop Conference
April 25, 2014...
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Why Doesn't the 'Brooklyn Sound' Sound Like Brooklyn?

  1. 1. WHY DOESN’TTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ SOUND LIKE BROOKLYN? Aram Sinnreich Rutgers University School of Communication & Information ! EMP Pop Conference April 25, 2014
  2. 2. BROOKLYN’S MUSICAL LEGACY
  3. 3. SELLINGTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ NY Magazine, 2009 NYTimes, 2014Bklyn Mag, 2014 NY Mag, 2013Vice Mag, 2012
  4. 4. IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Grizzly Bear
  5. 5. IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ MGMT
  6. 6. IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Dirty Projectors
  7. 7. IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Parquet Courts
  8. 8. IN SEARCH OFTHE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ Vampire Weekend
  9. 9. TRACKING INFLUENCES Grizzly Bear Elliott Smith (Omaha) Mercury Rev (Buffalo) Neutral Milk Hotel (Athens) MGMT Flaming Lips (Oklahoma) Sparks (LA) David Bowie (UK) Dirty
 Projectors Black Flag (Cali) Brian Eno (UK) Fela Kuti (Nigeria) Vampire Weekend XTC (UK) Peter Gabriel (UK) Spoon (Austin) Source: Music Bloodline, Rovi
  10. 10. THE GREAT MIGRATION Ben Goldwasser, MGMT Ed Droste, Grizzly Bear Amber Coffman, Dirty Projectors Andrew Savage, Parquet Courts Rostam Batmanglij, Vampire Weekend
  11. 11. THE BIGGER PICTURE: DEMOGRAPHICS 2000-2010: Brooklyn's population grew by 39,000 people. • White population grew by 38,774 • Asian population grew by 75,838. • Black population shrank by -49,517 White growth Asian growth Black and Latino growth
  12. 12. THE BIGGER PICTURE: ECONOMICS Rising rents, 2004-2012
  13. 13. RISING RENTS = SHRINKING BUDGETS
  14. 14. THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
  15. 15. Rise of the ‘Brooklyn Sound’ THE ‘BROOKLYN SOUND’ OR THE ‘SEGREGATION SOUND’?
  16. 16. WHAT DOES ‘RETRO’ MEAN? Antibalas Sharon Jones/Dap-KingsLee Fields/Expressions
  17. 17. THE BACKLASH
  18. 18. THANK YOU. Aram Sinnreich Rutgers University School of Communication & Information ! EMP Pop Conference April 25, 2014 ! Twitter: @aram sinn@rutgers.edu

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