Just Saying: Dirty Projectors in ’09

Brooklyn Vegan asked Sohrab Habibion of Obits to sum up 2009.  One question in particular got my interest:

What’s the best and worst thing about being in a band in NYC in 2009?
The fact that people think Dirty Projectors are culturally important.

Of many of the bigger “hype” albums of the year, Bitte Orca was one I genuinely enjoyed.  Not sure where Dave Longstreth and his crew are going to take it from here, but the album is strong and deserves the praise it received.

But then I got to thinking, Obits counts a guy from Drive Like Jehu among their ranks (not to mention Habibion was in the fantastic band Edsel), and asked myself, “is it possible for a guy to be right just due to his association with seminal bands from the early 90’s?”

Confused.