Six Types of Music Nerds We Tolerate

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Dave Watt
Much like the dreaded hipster, "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates, and Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker, or anything--nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech boom, the North Brooklyn music explosion, the mainstreaming of Comic Con, Game Of Thrones, etc). But being a hardcore music nerd? Unless you never leave the safe, weirdo beardo confines of Brooklyn, admitting your love for epic doom metal, chiptune, '80s college rock, or avant free jazz could result in a lot of side-eyeing (depending on your audience and attitude, of course).

Anyway, music nerds: Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them, maybe you ARE one. Whatever your relationship with these dollar bin dumpster divers, however, chances are you've met a few. And, much like a music nerd's record collection, the very term itself can be divided into myriad sub-genres. Let's flip through them together, shall we?

See also: Six People to Avoid When Starting a Band

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Dave Watt
The Vinyl-Or-Die Nerd
This guy (or girl) has a vast record collection. Where they go, it goes. Are they moving cross-country? You know they're gonna shell out a few extra Benjamins to get that wide load on the moving van. Are you heading outdoors with Mr. Vinyl? Do yourself a favor and steer them away from the local record store. Once one creeps into their peripheral vision, you'll lose next three hours of your day. To the Vinyl Nerd, if it hasn't been pressed into a wax cylinder, then you may as well not even own it.


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17 comments
G Michael Thomas
G Michael Thomas

There are times when the Village Voice publish articles which are engaging enough, well-written in a broad sense and somewhat memorable. The publication of this article is not one of those times.

Ryan Schutz
Ryan Schutz

John Losavio knows what's up. I was about to identify with the audiophile, until I realized the article wasn't really written by a music nerd.

John Losavio
John Losavio

Any audiophile would sneer in derision at the word "BOSE". Just sayin.

Vik Rai
Vik Rai

I'm so next level tho i dont even read this ish hahhaha

Ben Forshay
Ben Forshay

all your drawings are of white people.. what're you sayin? haa

doomtints
doomtints

Why not tolerate all people, Rachel?  Why not get your own hobbies and stop giving people crap?

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

3, 4 and 5 are the worst.

Chris Watkins
Chris Watkins

Obviously 2, but I've never once heard you talk about your setup in all these years. Though I know you would be the first person I'd seek advice from of I want to drop a good amount of $ on some headphones.

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

I'm okay with 1,2, and 6. The rest I avoid like the plague.

Amy Cameron
Amy Cameron

Adrienne, Jennifer, Chris ...You guys should know which type I am instantly!

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