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Nice article, I agree totally and in fact have been saying this for years. It seems obvious that music doesn't generate the same buzz or serve the same social bonding function that it did years ago, the way new trendy restaurants do now. Tyler doesn't come right out and say it, but he hints at a possible reason why: dining is an inherently social activity and leads naturally to conversation and (sometimes) connection. Music can do that too, but for nearly 20 years it's been consumed primarily, or at least significantly, in a solitary way via earbuds/iPod or a streaming service. Technology also makes it more possible than ever to develop and feed one's own idiosyncratic musical taste rather than simply listen and react to what's being broadcast on conventional sources. Music has therefore become more personalized and customized and less social and communal. The ironic thing is that music lovers are living in a golden age. We can access almost any type of music past or present instantly and at little or no cost. Nevertheless, because listening to and enjoying music has become so individualized, music has lost much of its cultural power and influence.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2017 on File Under: Interesting at Yeah Right
Nice link to Bloodshot! Lots of good bands on that label. The Meat Purveyors do a great cover themselves, of "the Madonna Trilogy,". Not on YouTube, but worth checking out!
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2015 on Cool Cover Alert at Yeah Right
Nice -thanks AK!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on Song of the Week at Yeah Right
Sounds like a wild show. Did he play "Eyes Without a Face"? Totally under-rated song - a mostly forgotten classic. Could be your next SOW, if you're looking for suggestions....
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2015 on Concert Review: Billy Idol at Yeah Right
AK, you really think this is a good list? The NFL is the second most ant-libertarian series ever? There are hundreds of more statist programs. Even Star Trek isn't that bad. This list started OK but obviously sailed way above the shark before it concluded.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2014 on Anti-libertarian TV Shows at Yeah Right
I'm sure this news makes Allison very happy. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Yeah Right
This is one cool dog...nice video too, which makes me wish it was summer. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Yeah Right
Nigel Tufnel must be in eleventh Heaven, since today is 11/11/11. Of course Nigel knew how to take it to 11 before it was cool.... PS Who can guess the hour that this was posted? Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at Yeah Right
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Yeah Right
Why didn't someone tell me Loretta Lynn was touring with SCOTS? Sounds like a killer show - any DC-based readers happen to catch it? Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at Yeah Right
We are the ones he has been waiting for. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at Yeah Right
Nice article about two new albums almost certain to be part of my "best of 2011" list. The first is "Bad Ingredients" from Scott Biram, who is the honey badger of American roots music. His feral sonic aggression won't be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Yeah Right
Did you ever wish there was a Shazam-like app to identify birds? Well now there is. (H/T Ann A). Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Yeah Right
In lieu of an AK-style, detailed concert review, let me just say I concur with this review of last night's Wilco show, with Nick Lowe opening. It was amazing, breathtaking even, with Wilco at it's most abstract and experimental, Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Yeah Right
Remember Paul, from the World Cup? Here is another entertaining tale of wildlife intersecting with sports, in last night's Cards-Phillies game. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Yeah Right
So you knew about Coppola, but what about Boz Scaggs? Behold 10 Lords of Wine and Song. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Yeah Right
If you remember that fine mockumentary of the 1960s folk music scene, you'll quickly see the resemblance to this cornball, and highly sanitized, video of the protests that - believe it or not - are still taking place everyday on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Yeah Right
OK, I think this list is kinda stupid, because it doesn't control for the education levels of people that migrate into or out of different cities, which is critical for assessing their relative brainpower. However, after having lived in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Yeah Right
Like the Amish criminal community. (H/T The Corner) Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Yeah Right
Ron Paul is not quite as cutting edge as some people think. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Yeah Right
From Amazon's 100 Albums for $5, are this one and this one. There is a surprising amount of overlap between the two. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Yeah Right
Oh yes. This one even seems to be dancing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Yeah Right
Nice retrospective. And just for old-times sake, here is the video that kicked it all off. We can't rewind, we've gone too far.. Update: Looks like this is what was actually shown first...which I knew. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Yeah Right
Ouch, this story is very cruel to the Bears (Batman definitely won't like the gratuitous slurs about Cutler). Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Yeah Right