Whether this picture is a joke or not is irrelevant. It's one of the finest artifacts of 2010 music making its way across the internet. 125 years from now, when musicologists are trying to ascertain what to make of the nation's Americana-obsessed indie scene of 2010, they will need not look any further than this photo of Head and the Heart.
See the wicker? The flannel pillow? The rocker? Vaguely America indie acts want nothing more than to give the appearance that their music is the product of a bunch of friends who live in a commune in the woods, foraging for food during the day, and hunkering down around the fire at night, plucking guitars with fingers that stick with sap and are callused from the day's wood chopping. In reality, the record was probably made between stops at H&M and Urban Outfitters and the occasional visit to Linda's.
Let's consider the following:
-- The taxidermy: Nothing says Ballard-inspired hipster folk like a pair of antlers on the wall. Doesn't the insufferably liberal, PBR-drinking set realize that it's the NRA-subscribing Republicans who secured our right to the assault rifle that brought Bambi's father into this photo, not to mention their favorite watering hole on the Hill?
-- Bassist Chris Zasche is holding a bellows
, traditionally used to fan the flames of a roaring fire. In the woods. In a cabin. But, um, where's the fire? Wood-burning fireplace in a room with wall-to-wall carpet and not a brick of hearth??? OK, maybe that's why there's a BROOM IN THE CORNER!!! You're sweeping up the carpet???? Or was that there waiting to be packed with the Mac on your weekend trip to grandma's cold, wood-floored cabin to get started on the next album's demos????
-- American flag used as drapes: Ironic patriotism has yet to reach its apex. Look out, 2011.
-- Wait, is that a Nintendo 64 under the blinds?!?!?!?!?!?!