10 Funniest Indie-Rock Twitters
It’s not enough to just listen to music and catch your favorite artists onstage these days. Real fans follow their favorites on Twitter to get even more insight into the men and women behind the music. Some use social media as a marketing platform to get the word out about their upcoming releases and shows, but the best accounts come from the artists who use Twitter as a means to bestow the world with their random and goofy-as-hell 140-character thoughts. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorites who’ve made a seamless transition from accomplished musicians to Twitter banter pros.
It probably hasn’t come as much of a surprise that Superchunk and Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster has taken to Twitter with ease, considering he’s already demonstrated his comedic prowess on his more than 10 years worth of guest appearances on ‘The Best Show on WFMU With Tom Scharpling.’ He condenses that natural wit into 140-character quips on everything from his qualms with ukulele-laden music to his ridiculous play on words, like the sample tweet below.
Why can't I find Glad It's Night and the Pimps on iTunes?
— Jon Wurster (@jonwurster) April 13, 2014
I'm submitting Chipotle's "From farm to face" campaign as the worst thing of today.
— Jon Wurster (@jonwurster) April 13, 2014
Speaking of the Mountain Goats, John Darnielle has also carved out his own place among Twitter indie stars by composing thoughtful and often hilarious posts. His tweets cover everything from reproductive rights to his fondness for death metal and — of course — Justin Bieber.
dance like lots of people are watching and thinking about how you're so hot they can't even stand it and it's about to make them cry
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) October 18, 2012
lol at all you dudes whining about the friend zone, I'm up here in the friend zone with all these cool friends bein all friendly and stuff
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) June 21, 2013
Neko Case's keen honesty has always been at play in her music, and it’s certainly not missing from her Twitter feed. Humor isn’t absent from her music either (Case in point: her ruminations on the ‘80s and its puffy sleeves in her latest release’s ‘I’m From Nowhere’), but on her Twitter, it prevails. Especially in her many tweets about animals, specifically her own beloved pets.
What a text from a horse looks like.. pic.twitter.com/i31dNBMHlB
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) April 13, 2014
Wiping your elderly dog's butt really brings things into focus.
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) April 1, 2014
Carrie Brownsein sheds her many ‘Portlandia’ personas on her Twitter, but maintains plenty of snark. The one-time Sleater-Kinney guitarist delivers seemingly mundane observations with the signature cleverness that has made her and Fred Armisen’s IFC comedy a hit — uncovering the absolute absurdity of hipster-fied communities and everyday interactions.
A constellation of delusions: just told my dog that people seemed to like the photo I'd posted of her on Instagram.
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) March 31, 2014
The woman on the train drinking white wine and loudly but casually saying "dental dam" was more haunting than the screaming baby.
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) March 4, 2014
We’re pretty smitten with Aimee Mann the musician as well as Aimee Mann the Twitter savant. The singer-songwriter doesn’t even need the entire 140 characters to make us laugh at her clever updates and her regular back-and-forth with Ted Leo, which has since spurred a new musical endeavor, the Both.
I was just startled by hearing @tedleo fully pronounce the "th" in "clothes."
— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) April 5, 2014
Infinity pools are great, if you always wanted to feel like you were about to fall over the edge of a cliff while you were swimming.
— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) April 2, 2014
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig’s inane and almost impenetrable tweets may just take the cake when it comes to indie-rocker Twitter presences — after all, there’s a whole blog dedicated to documenting his best 140-character compositions. His often unnecessarily abbreviated Internet speak makes us chuckle, but it also has a way of pointing to youth’s obsession with the technology dominating their day-to-days -- like that time he asked his followers to type his name before bowing before their devices.
can't believe kids are still using calculators. shouldn't u be able 2 use a TI-83 app on ur mobile device & post ur graphs on tumblr by now?
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) March 20, 2014
no one ever talks abt how the NYC police commissioner is named R. Kelly
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) June 15, 2013
Though Austin-based Harlem have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012, we didn't want to overlook their uproarious Twitter account, which helped contribute to their status as lo-fi indie favorites. As a result of their break, they haven’t tweeted on the HarlemWhateverr handle in a while, but we wanted to be sure to include some of their standout tweets.
which browser is better, Gogol Chromeo or Fleetfox?
— Harlem (@HarlemWhateverr) April 20, 2012
if i worked at Starbucks, i'd try to start a thing where whenever anything went wrong, we'd say "aw, frap"
— Harlem (@HarlemWhateverr) March 30, 2012
The Black Keys drummer has become a Twitter star in his own right, what with his habit for starting Internet wars with beloved pop stars -- Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber being the most notable feuds. The former started with an innocuous tweet wherein Carney inaccurately, but quite deliberately, called the singer Madonna. The latter — well, it’s Justin Bieber, so there’s plenty of droopy, leopard-print-pant fodder to work with. In both instances, however, Carney was attacked by the pop stars’ devout followings. Did that quiet the Akron drummer? Of course not.
It's like seasonally depressed outside. M I right?
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) February 4, 2014
My twitter today has turned into a virtual Claire's Accessories.
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) February 12, 2013
From his significant animal rights work to the occasional Twitter battle with right-wing cable news hosts, Ryan Adams has curated an engaging presence on the social network. Just check out his proposal for transforming ‘Sex and the City’ into a sci-fi epic for its third big-screen installment.
Jim Morrison would have had so many cats by now.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) July 3, 2013
Carrie sits down at her mac book pro, gazing out of her star destroyer and types... "Can a Sith Lord be overdressed?" #SexandTheCity3
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 12, 2014
New Pornographers singer-songwriter A.C. Newman’s Twitter feed is filled with clever posts, including multi-tweet digressions on cutting down trees with axes and criticisms of Best Buy’s support team.
I tweet about my life. Whether cutting down a tree or watching CBS Sunday Morning, it all comes flooding out.
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) April 12, 2014
Ever notice how toddlers over-pronounce the D in iPad? Some things never change.
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) April 7, 2014