Friday, January 19, 2007

help me out

Hey everyone, I recently finished "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" which I highly recommend. Now, what book should I read next?
Either "All Families are Psychotic" by Douglas Coupland (I read "Hey Nostrodamus" and it was great)--or-- "The Plague" by Albert Camus (I read "The Stranger" by Camus and it was a strange book, depressing in an odd way)

Tonight I went to a local show in Norfolk with a friend of mine. The bands were OK I guess, I didn't pay much attention. I sat at the bar and drank two beers while watching tennis on the Bar TV and talking music with my friend. Much of concerned Pearl Jam and what an amazing record "Yield" is, and also we smiled like geeks over the fact that Wilco's next album is going to be released on May 15th--my birthday! Score.

Oh, and another question...Should bands be called out for preaching a cause which they contradict merely be being a band. What happens when a band with a cause and a desire to get their message out to as many people as possible, run into situations which might compromise their cause a little, but at the same time, they will be able to get thier message out to that many more people by using avenues provided by corporations that may go against and practice what they are lashing out against. I saw Rise Against on MTV today, a band who is very politically motivated, and I started thinking about it. Some people might critisize Rise Against, but I think that would be unfair to a degree. Thoughts? I'm reminded of a song quote: "And yes I recognize the irony, the system I oppose affords me the luxury o biting the hand that feeds, and that is exactley why privaledged f*cks like me, should feel obliged to whine and kick and scream till everyone's got everything they need." That is from a band called Propagandhi..I used to love them and they have done an amazing job sticking to their idealogical guns. Bands who are identified by a socio-political cause, lashing out against mindless consumerism, trampsing around on MTV catering to a demographic who mindlessly consumes. I suppose it always becomes and issue, there are always compromises involved when exposing oneself to a larger audience, if you wish to stay in the limelight of that larger audience. Bands who speak against that ever so Machiavellian way of adhering to the financial "bottom line" as merely every major record label does. Hmm...politics is dangerous. (I don't use spell check, who cares)

3 Comments:

Blogger Grover said...

I recently read the book "Mister God, This is Anna."
it's really an amazing book, not that long, I finished it in two evenings, and I am not much of a reader.
Not sure it's the kind of book you like, but it definitly touched me. It's a great story and it really made me think..

hehe, yay for watching tennis!
"we smiled like geeks" haha got to love that, sorry. lol.

5:01 AM

 
Blogger kassie said...

I think it is good when bands let the public know what they are about. It just becomes a problem when their fans blindly follow their cause simply because they are whole-heartedly devoted to the band and not to the cause.

10:55 PM

 
Anonymous annie koceja said...

i'd tap that.
oh yes.

11:57 PM

 

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