Is “Brooklynization” Killing Regional Music Scenes? Not This One

What this essay is saying: There is a tidal wave of generic, mushy, apolitical, featureless, Brooklynish music infiltrating the world's stereos.

Over at Washington City Paper, Justin Moyer makes a rather roundabout case that “Brooklynization” — the centralization of bands, media/blogs, labels, vinyl pressing plants, artists, corporate outposts, etc. — is killing the patchwork of regional music scenes across the U.S.

From his own personal experience, the author names more than a dozen bands from his local scene (Washington, D.C.) that split up or moved in the early 2000s as their members hightailed it for NYC. He bemoans the “Brooklyn state of mind,” which he blames for homogenizing the sounds of bands all across the country, citing the example of the Gossip: “When a band from Arkansas starts making wan disco, homegrown character is, consciously or unconsciously, traded for an entrée to the global marketplace,” Moyer writes. “The landscape flattens. The Gossip is in a Brooklyn state of mind.”

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