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Monday, October 05, 2009

is this really what you want

Novelist/poet Tao Lin and Carles of popular weblog Hipster Runoff sent over the first track from their conceptual, potentially blasphemous new 'sound project,' "Jesus Christ." (the indie band). "Is This Really What You Want?" sounds kind of like a less epic M83 or more meaningful version of The Teenagers, or maybe everything you hoped "Horchata" or the new Phoenix (Animal Collective remix) would be. Except that these bros are possibly just kidding/trying to generate a meme, I'm not really sure. Tao Lin tells us, "The EP is a soundscape journey through the challenges of a modern relationship."

"jesus christ." (the indie band) :: is this really what you want?

From their "official press blurb": "Jesus Christ." (the indie band)'s tentatively titled Is This Really What You Want? EP is 'slated' for a Fall release. The two childhood friends spent 1 month recording the EP in Tao's studio apartment. It will be available digitally, physically, and emotionally."


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Blogger Nate said...

when pitchfork gives this a track review, jesus christ will finally have 'made it'

also, this is actually amazing

8:37 PM  
Anonymous as;dlfk said...


8:42 PM  
Blogger jc said...


8:47 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

is anyone else convinced that carles is tao lin?

8:53 PM  
Blogger Anton P. S. said...

I didn't think I could take a band seriously with the audacity to call themselves that, but this song is really good.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Al said...

I think Carles is Tao Lin in the way that Tony Clifton was Bob Zmuda.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carles is not Tao Lin. Tao Lin is Carles.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Zachary German said...


9:28 PM  
Anonymous mightyghey said...

gorilla vs bear = tao lin + carles+sweet leaf tea x fried chicken cones & PBR.

no emotions. just expressions.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

This is like the best blog I've ever stumbled upon. Thanks oh so much.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

so stoked for jesus christ (the indie band). want to blast this song from my dad's prius, get some girlies and smoke it up with carles yall

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I 'kinda think' that Carles is the bro who burned the I Am Carles shirt, and that he has Tao & @BebeZeva also post for HRO. But that's 'just a theory.'

9:51 PM  
Anonymous sarahspy said...

i think they did a pretty good job

9:59 PM  
Anonymous a bro said...

Hey Alex,


10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

carles bro, just want 2 say, so proud of u. thinkin abt when u were 'just another bro on the net.'
p.s. whos the zany bro on the cover. 'grizzly bear'ds big in 2k10?

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think carls is a few ppl

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crlserton is a blog

11:10 PM  
Blogger rollerskatejamms said...

I know for a fact that Tao Lin isn't carles. I know people who know the real Carles.

They are good friends though.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

what Brian said

11:22 PM  
Anonymous peerbro said...

This is best. Just, so best.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tao lin has contradicted himself in interviews on his relationship to carles. add that to the uncanny similarities in style...carles has to be tao lin.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

CRLS is the new blog worthy chill-wave band.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it seems kind of cowardly to make music and then basically be able to say it was all a joke if people don't like it, or also just shit on people if they do like it by saying its a joke

11:58 PM  
Blogger android said...

i think theyre diff people, but that bebe zeva girl is in on hro and i think tao also writes hro sometimes. this song is surprising.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous FGGTchata said...

I know it's trendy to love Jesus and hate Vampire Weekend, but "Horchata" is probably the stupidest song I've heard in a very, very long time.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is supposed to be 'ironic' and 'meaningful', but it's actually pretty good.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous HeyThatsMyShoe said...

'Chill' 'bro'

1:11 AM  
Blogger MusicForGlaciers said...

Heh - I like it too. Screw it if they're serious or not.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Gardenhead said...

This is absolute GASH...it's terrible.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Zachary German said...


8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am tao lin.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous panoptican said...

jesus christ.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even though this song is a super boring 'meme', it's the best song ever since jesus (santa) wrote it.

jesus = carles = biggie smallz

come to think of it, is there a greater 'meme' than jesus christ/shiva/azlan/buddha/will ferrell?

the world is 'so over' messiahs.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this bro seems pretty chill...

11:36 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I never thought I would say this, but this is actually quite good... .
I also think that Tao Lin is CRLS and/or that @BebeZeva and Tao Lin also post on HRO... OR MAYBE CRLS IS SOME1 WE ALL KNOW. MAYBE THE WAVVES BRO IS CRLS. lol

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesn't it occur to any of you that you all sorta worship Carles, think of him with infinitely good graces. even though he has severe flaws, you overlook them with unwavering empathy. he's your messiah.

hence, "jesus christ."

once again he's fucking with all of you, because he knows he can.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i forgot to add how this stars like an M83 ripoff and ends with Carles showing us why he shouldn't be singing. it's pretty terrible, seriously guys. don't allow yourselves to get caught up in this.

and please realize that with your unadulterated, blind praise of carles, you're destroying what it is that makes us hipsters unique. he's codifying the whole damn hipster way of life when there wasn't even a "hipster way of life" before, isn't that a little, i dunno, messed up?

1:28 PM  
Blogger ryan manning said...


1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am Carles. U r Carles. We are Carles.

1:57 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

i like it

2:23 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

"and please realize that with your unadulterated, blind praise of carles, you're destroying what it is that makes us hipsters unique. he's codifying the whole damn hipster way of life when there wasn't even a "hipster way of life" before, isn't that a little, i dunno, messed up?"

are you serious? first off: it's unlikely hipster runoff/carles is writing for "hipsters." if he is, i think the intention is not to "codify the whole damn hipster way of life" but to make you snap out of it. hipster runoff is a joke and you are the punchline by admitting you take HRO seriously as a blog about/documenting a "way of life" rather than commentary.
second: "us hipsters unique?" SO many problems with that statement. why would you label yourself a hipster? don't you realize that has so much negative connotation? connoting most importantly that a hipster is the opposite of unique!!!! H8 YALL

anyone else please shoot me an email with ideas about carles' identity whether its tao lin "bebe" etc. and why

2:57 PM  
Blogger Erik Stinson said...

thought 'this is actually really meaningful'

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf is this? im gonna go get some pizza

5:08 PM  
Blogger chris moran said...

love it

5:15 PM  
Anonymous ULTRAKILLBOT said...

Not bad! Derivative? Of course. Ironic? Probably. Did it surprise me with it's cohesion and direction! Hell yeah. There might be something to Jesus Christ (the indie band). COLOR ME EXCITED.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

seems we were 'expecting less'
then we got 'a lil bit more'
so we ended up thinking we got 'a lot'


that didn't turn out as legible as i thought it would

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Dillon said...

this guy(s) a shit bag and this song is garbage

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a portion of the monologued-part of this song comes from a tao lin poem called "some of my happiest moments in life occur on AOL instant messenger", from a book of poems called "you are a little bit happier than i am". which is funny, and either is or is not carles pointing out that he is tao lin, or vice-versa. it's probably good not to spend too much time thinking about these things, though; inter-web mystery personas are on the cusp, and are fading out of fashion, like so much 'bloghouse' ephemera. which either makes the foray of carles (tao lin) into a genre of music which is typically produced by 'mysterious' people in their bedrooms that much more annoying or genius. one or the other, i imagine.

-anonymous mystery comment as an invocation of carles

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Jdizzle said...

hilarious. Carles is starting to become 'historically significant,' if he even believes in history [via postmodern critique of metanarratives.]

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus...yer all f@#king sheep.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

after reading all the comments, I actually expected it to be halfway decent. Sounds like a 13 year old got a cracked copy of ableton live. Horrible.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea who Carles is, but I liked this.

11:10 AM  
Blogger the.audio.phile said...


9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

carles is a white kid who went to tulane.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proof positive that fame is proff that people are gullible.

Carry on, my good sheep.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



8:00 AM  
Blogger Jordan Castro said...


8:54 AM  
Blogger Cobweb said...

I think they successfully one-upped the Justice brand.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Tyler said...

I think if I had to make this band's MySpace their three genre descriptors would be Christ-like/Chillwave/Emo

6:05 AM  

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