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I love listening to albums that I haven't listened to in a while; ones that in my mind are very decent albums with some very good songs; and rediscovering a bloody AMAZING record.

Last night and this morning I listed to They Might Be Giants. There are a few throwaway songs that are interesting only because they're weird and different; "Toddler Hiway", for example. But gawdamn, there are some good songs on there. Like "The Day", and "Absolutely Bill's Mood". And that's not even counting all the old faves, like "Puppet Head" and "She's An Angel" (perhaps the only TMBG love song that doesn't have a tragic ending -- assuming that no one ever found out, and he didn't end up throwing his body off a building) and "Don't Let's Start" ("everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful" -- genius!).

I don't listen to music like I used to. The reason these albums get rediscovered is because I only really listen to music in my car, and I don't carry all my CD's with me, so a select 24 or so get stuck in the book in my car and cycled through again and again until I finally remember to take my travel book up to my aparment and switch out the discs.

I think maybe I'm old and set in my ways, as far as music goes. Isn't that awful? But I just don' t have the patience to listen to new music. The only new albums I buy are when artists I know I like release new ones; and half the time I don't have the patience to listen to them. I think I listened to The Fragile, like, once. And Kid A, while I like it, is really quite unsingable, which means it's not much suited to be my driving-around soundtrack.

Back in high school, I listened to music constantly: I think because I hid in my room a lot, doing a little homework and talking a lot on the phone, much like most teenagers. When I did watch TV, it was usually MTV, which I swear used to play videos once.

Nowadays, it's MY living room, with no infuriating parents or brother, so I can sit in it and watch TV without distraction. I don't have homework to do, I don't read enough, and I can't sleep very well with music on. MTV sucks, and Rolling Stone is too big, so I have *no* idea what's going on in the music world. I used to know everything. Even -- particularly -- about artists I didn't like. So that I could tell you exactly WHY Alanis Morrisette should be shot in the eye. Now I'm ignorant about Christina Aguliera's background. I still know she should be shot in the eye, but I haven't bothered to learn about her (ongoing) childhood. I couldn't give two shits. And besides all that bubblegum crap, which everybody hates anyway, the music that kids have to listen to today is not my cup of tea. Kids these days! With their loud guitars and all that screaming. Limp Biz-kit? Give me a break. I sound like my grandpa. I don't care. I'm going to make a very good crotchety old lady.

My point was left by the wayside somewhere around the second paragraph, but that's all right. It's lunch time. The weekend's almost here. Time for my apple. Later.


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Apr. 8th, 2001 08:56 pm (UTC)
Current music is sad. I mean, when you were in high school, back in, what, 1934?, indie rock was suddenly blowing up into pop, and pop cheese was kind of pushed aside. As far as I can tell, it was this really weird time in pop music.... I mean, remember when the Stone Temple Pilots were the lame middle-of-the-road band that dorks were into? I'd kill to even have them on the radio now.

I think everybody's just listening to whatever they were into like five years ago- I keep listening to Hum, and Placebo, and I just discovered the Pixies, who broke up like when I was four. I bet in a couple years somebody makes a dope record and good music will be on the radio. (Maybe it'll happen with the new Weezer record.) In the meantime, like Spacehog,

Hey, since you got to digress, do I? Another problem with music right now is that so much of the stuff that counts as 'underground' is really bad, poorly recorded bands that want desperately to be Weezer. Man, I fucking hate emo. "whine whine whine, shitty guitar shitty guitar shitty guitar, girls hate me, warble warble." Fuck you. Weezer's good, you're not, get over it.

Ultimately, I guess the point is, at least you haven't found yourself getting into Linkin Park or the Backstreet Boys or some interim substitute for good music. Think of it as integrity, instead of crothetiness- it's less painful.
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