“There aren’t those categories like “punk” or “goth” that you can assign to people anymore. People aren’t interested in figuring out new categories that they can organize themselves around and that’s very bad for the understanding of rock music. Rock music very much involves a social element of scenes and groups that have some kind of sociological impact or import, and the music is an expression of that. At the same time, the music organizes people to move them through to some kind of new expression. For example, you think of Bob Dylan moving people in one direction, and The Who presenting themselves at that time as reflecting an audience and the crazy impulses and attitudes of the youth of their day. “Indie” is totally meaningless. Now it means “different from jock or frat boys.” It’s a category term which people don’t feel the need anymore to define more clearly, or think about defining. Maybe it’s because that’s not how it’s operating. People aren’t consuming music and it’s not being disseminated by means of those categories and with that type of information preprogrammed into it.”—
This is only one of many thoughtful points in a long run of comments edited from a series of interviews conducted recently with Matthew Friedberger. Matthew is very invested in the old ways of things — a model of music culture that existed in the late 60s through the late 90s — and though he’s a bit wistful at times about the paradigm shifts over the past decade, he’s not exactly being a cranky old man about it. He’s mostly noting the changes, what has been lost, and wondering if anything at all is being gained by artists or fans. Things now aren’t all bad, but I think he’s right about the diminishing importance of art and the way artist’s choices are becoming increasingly irrelevant to most people.
Never been on the Hurstbridge line though. Strictly a Craigieburn/Broady, and occasional Werribee kid, not that there’s a lot of difference…
This is the Hurstbridge up until Heidelburg (not-so-coincidentally, the end of the zone 1+2 overlap). The Werribee from Newport inwards is shockingly “so sober” as is all of the Upfield, and the Epping from Preston inwards.
Hipsters on the Belgrave/Lilydale (not including Richmond to Auburn) all still live with their parents and are automatically disqualified.
All I really want to know about the upcoming Scott Pilgrim movie: Who. Is playing. Joseph?
Is Joseph even going to be in the movie? He’d better be, though his absence would still bother me less than Michael Cera.
Yes. I’ve reread v.1-5 sequentially this week and it’s cast some serious doubts on Michael Cera’s casting. Scott is such a dopey, clueless and confident-oblivious character and Cera seems just too… self-aware and awkward to play that. Youth in Revolt convinced me that he could play characters other than himself—albeit schizophrenic versions of himself.