by Casey Rea
There must be something in the air. Over at Candleblog, a couple of pals are engaged in a frisky debate about a proposed Blogger Code of Conduct. Murf from False 45th and I are having a back and forth about the validity of backing tracks in live performance. I'm not sure I'd call our exchange a debate - I have a feeling we'll end up making nearly the same point.
But I wanted to put the question out there to the rest of you. When does the use of triggered accompaniment become sonic chicanery?
Here's a helpful list of hipster-approved acts who engage in the practice (partial source: Wikipedia). Not that I'm trying to influence you or anything:
The Album Leaf
Death Cab for Cutie
The Go! Team
And so on.... I'm sure you guys can come up with more. No diva-hop or club-tronica, please.