Thursday, September 1, 2011

Krugman Gets Hip

I don't relish having to compete with the guy if he turns his economics blog into a music 'n' politics site. But I just love this post:
Meanwhile, my very belated discovery of Arcade Fire punctured my dour baby-boomer belief that nothing good has come out of music since I turned 30 or so. So I’m now on the lookout for post-1990 music I like (hey, I’m serious about that baby-boomer stuff), often finding it by following recommendations from videos of other music I like. As you may have noticed, my tastes run very strongly to indie bands — I don’t think I’m going to fall in love with any of the mega-commercial artists, although you never know. Also, I like live performances a lot better than highly produced videos. 
And every few weeks I discover a new band I really, really like. It’s wonderful — and it’s providing some much needed relief from the dismal stuff that is my business.
More power to him if he's gotten past that ridiculous generational prejudice that inexplicably possesses many of my fellows in the Largest Generation. It makes them sound just like their parents, lamenting how Elvis killed off the Swing Era.

There's even a ridiculous bible of sorts for clueless Boomers who think everything since the first Boston album sucks, except maybe Born in the USA (which was right around when Krugman turned 30). Dave Thompson's I Hate New Music is a cranky, cliche-ridden, poorly-argued rant against damn near anything recorded after 1978. For instance, did you know that Radiohead sounds exactly like Pink Floyd? Me neither. What a maroon, as Bugs Bunny used to say.

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