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The Best Easy Hipster Listening on YouTube

Though I prefer to think of myself as Gen Y, I’m a millennial when it comes to my music habits. I listen to about half of my music on YouTube. Occasionally pop songs, but mainly live shows of my favorite bands.  

Here’s what I can recommend: 

Beirut, Brussels

Beirut is a great live band, but this video has Zach Condon saying, “I’ve given up speaking French in this city.”

Vampire Weekend, Seoul

I’ve seen, or heard while writing press releases, a lot of Vampire Weekend shows. At under 50 minutes, this one is lean, features interviews, a Korean cartoon, and screaming teenages. 

Wilco, Barcelona 

When Jeff Tweedy says, “You guys are the best audience in the world and I’m not just saying that” Catalons should believe him. He doesn’t really care about most other audiences. 

The National, Sydney 

In an interview with Bret Easton Ellis, Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the National, says he drinks too much at shows. That’s evident in this show. 

I always think about how I’m in my room alone writing it, and eventually most people listen to music alone. … So there’s actually a quiet little direct line between writing and listening. It’s a strange bubble of solitude, because you’re linked, but you don’t know each other, yet you’re communicating.

                                                                                                                                  Feist’s new album is coming out on October 4. I can’t tell which I’m more excited for: the record or the profiles of her talking about art. 

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