SAT 14 DEC | 01:12 CST
Blogamp is an outrageously great idea. Yet, I remain undecided whether or not to install it here. Some of the stuff I listen to in the privacy of my own home is just plain embarassing.
FRI 13 DEC | 18:09 CST
After reading the redux of this interview with Ryan Adams at Pitchfork and taking into account some of his transgressions in previous months, I've come to the conclusion that no one human being can be this pompous without some matter of help. Surely he's hired a crew of writers and holds daily "jam sessions" to come up with new and exciting ways to act like an asshole. After all, he's got to figure out some way to keep his name in the papers -- because his songs aren't going to do it for him, the fucking ponce.
Smoking. It's a nasty habit, and I've been doing it for far too long. Yesterday, I did a little calculating and figured that over the last ten years and one month (I began in November of 1992), I've smoked approximately 110,400 cigarettes. I smoke about a pack a day now, but I'm averaging 30 per day for calculation purposes because I smoked at least two packs per day when I was a delivery driver in the mid-90's. 110,400!!! That's a lot of cigarettes, people. And even with this new alarming figure to look at, I still don't even want to quit. If that's not the definition of a vice, then I don't know what is...
THU 12 DEC | 18:32 CST
Analog Roam is currently running a poll -- "What is your favorite 60's Bob Dylan album?" My favorite has always been, and probably always will be, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. But what I want to know is, who in the world voted for John Wesley Harding?! Sure, it's got "All Along the Watchtower," but, after that, what do you have left? Lazy Bob, that's what. I'm just assuming someone felt sorry for it.
I'm starting to reconsider my previous stance on year-end album lists. I thought I'd hate them all, but reading them has actually been more fun than expected. So will I do my own? Um...yeah, ok. I probably will. I'm such a damn pushover. I'm not putting any pressure on myself to finish it before the end of the year, though. Maybe it will be a nice surprise all of you in January.
For those of you using Soulseek, I strongly urge you to donate five dollars (at least once) and reap the benefits of privleged use. Instead of staying in queue for four days to download some things, they start downloading within a couple of minutes. And, you have the added benefit of knowing you're helping keep a great service afloat.
WED 11 DEC | 07:56 CST
Stereolab guitarist Mary Hansen has died. R.I.P.
TUE 10 DEC | 18:40 CST
Due to a lull in blogging momentum, it's time to employ a nasty old tactic...LISTS!
The last five dvd's I've checked out from Netflix:
1. CQ (2002)
2. Spider Man (2002)
3. Lantana (2001)
4. Mr. Deeds (2002)
5. Freeway (1996)
The last five cd's or records I've bought:
1. The Rapture Olio 12" (one-sided)
2. LCD Soundsystem Give it Up 7" (two, actually)
3. Paddy Casey Amen (So Be It) cd
4. Bonnie Prince Billy Master and Everyone cd
5. DJ Kicks Compilation: Playgroup cd
The last five books I've read:
1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Charbon
2. The Slippery Slope, Joseph Larkin
3. Actually, those are the only books I've read all year.
Five links you should visit:
1. Michael Jackson "Baby Drop"
2. Strong Bad's E-mail
3. Norman Records
4. Electronic Frontier Foundation
5. Genevieve Gorder
I'm inclined to take Pitchfork's Eric Carr to task over his, er, "review" of the latest Wolf Colonel album, Something Everything, but I just don't have the energy.
SUN 08 DEC | 22:09 CST
Dennis Franchione is, as it turns out, a son of a bitch. I can hardly wait to root for the Longhorns next season.
FRI 06 DEC | 00:33 CST
I'll likely be too busy in the morning to get this all together, so I went ahead with the mp3 update tonight.
The third Bonnie Prince Billy album, Master and Everyone, is set for release at the end of January. Fortunately, I was able get my grubby mits on an advance copy and have been listening to it here and there for the last week or so. Sometimes, taking risks ends in exciting results, but thankfully WIll Oldham continues here with the same formula that has made the previous releases as Bonnie Prince Billy some of the greatest in his oeuvre. Quiet and introspective, often with little more than an acoustic guitar for accompaniment, Oldham spins many a yarn on Master and Everyone. "Three Questions," the track featured here, is, as I see it, unjustly buried at the tail end of the album.
Straight from Helsinki to the dancefloor, Ural 13 Diktators create an unholy hybrid of trance, electro, synthpop, and any other digitally-based genre name I may have left out. Their latest album, Techno is Dead, runs the gamut of these extremes in superior fashion. "Blind Love," the most "pop" track on the album, sounds like a doting homage to the work of Giorgio Moroder, and could very well have been an outtake from the sessions in which he and Sparks produced No. 1 in Heaven.
As mentioned a couple days ago, Blur's new single is pretty bizarre (by Blur standards, anyway). Now you get a chance to hear it.
THU 05 DEC | 22:42 CST
The Rub will be inactive for a majority of the weekend while I venture out of town, so I've pulled the current downloads in order to make enough room for new ones to keep you occupied during the downtime. Check back Friday morning.
Have a great weekend...
TUE 03 DEC | 22:37 CST
According to blurtalk.com, Blur's new single, "Don't Bomb When You're the Bomb," will not be included on their forthcoming album. They wanted to release it anonymously for a genuine reaction. The genuine reaction they were looking for is quite varied, based on this ILM thread. Even my own opinion of the track has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other. To say they've headed a different direction would be an understatement, but throughout rock history, unconventional singles by certain bands have turned out to be some of their best work. "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones comes to mind, as well as U2's "The Fly." Time will have the final say for the fate of "Don't Bomb When You're the Bomb," and it may not fare as well as others due to its stark minimalism (melody was not the goal here), but I like it just fine.
MON 02 DEC | 18:49 CST
According to a post on the Guided by Voices bulletin board, RichT from gbv.com reports that the band entered the studio just today to begin recording their next album. Also in GbV-related fodder, Pollard's next solo album, Motel of Fools, is complete and will be released in early 2003 as #26 in the Fading Captain series. I'm really out of the loop, as I haven't heard a solo Pollard album since Waved Out.
Anti-complacency.org, what the f..?! I'm no more a fan of Creed or Scott Stapp than you appear to be, but calling Hillaree Stapp a hero for hitting him in the face with his cellphone is just a little bit weird. Scott divorced Hillaree three years ago due to her out of control drug habit (which, according to some reports, remains out of control) as a means of protecting his young son. Your hero? Think again.
SUN 01 DEC | 23:51 CST
I absolutely hate shopping for Christmas. It's not the crowds I hate, or the traffic, because I usually take care of my business in out of the way places. What I hate is having money in my pocket. Why? Because I have no willpower sometimes, and the specific act of going places to spend it does serious damage to my bank balance. Today, to make myself feel better about all the money I was spending, I picked up a little something for myself...
Dog Day Afternoon, Sidney Lumet's account of a Brooklyn bank heist gone wrong, literally beckoned me into the store (although, I'm sure I was the only person who heard it calling). Some of Al Pacino's best work appears in this film. The devil is completely in the details here. Most of what makes his role so believable (aside from the fact that it's a true story) are his subtle eye movements. The sense of frustration is real -- his finances, his wife, his other wife, the botched robbery, the police, the gathering crowd, and the threat of imprisonment or possible death. I may or may not have noticed this before, but the film has no musical score at all, adding even more to the discomfort of the whole situation. A dog day afternoon, indeed.
Anyway, I still managed to stay under twelve bucks for personal splurging, so I don't feel nearly as guilty as I could have...the second season of The Simpsons was calling out to me as well...
SUN 01 DEC | 00:16 CST
Tadpoles operated underneath my musical radar for their entire existence. After more than a decade together, they disbanded in 2000, leaving behind four full-length albums, a live ep, and a single for the song featured here, "Know Your Ghosts." Drawing influences from places as far and wide as the 13th Floor Elevators, The Ventures, and The Stooges, Tadpoles first appeared in the wave of neo-psychedelia that produced Butthole Surfers and The Flaming Lips in the 80's. Why oh why didn't I discover them earlier? Probably because all but one of their albums were self-released affairs, with little promotion or marketing. Bakery Records, their label, currently has an online-only special running. For a mere , you can pick up all seven of their releases on cd (including a posthumous "best of").
Fortunately, I caught The Warlocks from the beginning. 2000's self-titled ep and last year's Rise and Fall were both rambling exercises in feedback and acidic experimentation. 2002 saw the release of another ep and album, both named Phoenix. The newer material is more focused, which only emphasizes the energy of which the band is capable. "Baby Blue," featured on the both the ep and album, is the best single from 1968 you've never heard. An obvious point of reference would be The Velvet Underground (who were also named The Warlocks early on), but they are so much more than just a group of rip-off artists. As a live act, they must be seen to be believed. Swirling guitars and two pounding drummers will leave your ears ringing for days, and their holier than thou swagger will make you kneel before their altar. The Warlocks are probably saving rock n' roll, but they couldn't care less.
SAT 30 NOV | 19:18 CST
Beware the rant: Pre-ordering on half.com is a great idea. It saves you the trouble of checking in everyday to see if someone has listed an item you're looking for. You set the price you want to pay, and if a seller agrees to that price, you get charged and soon receive the item in the mail. Now here is where the system gets flawed. I pre-ordered the Minority Report 2-DVD set, knowing that it doesn't even get released until December 17th. Today, I get an email from half.com telling the order has been filled, and I've been charged accordingly. When I go to check out the details, I find I've been suckered: "SHIPS NOW! Low-quality import, 1 disc, unsealed tho new. AS IS. English." Firstly, I don't want to own anything that's prominently advertised as being low-quality. Secondly, my order was for the 2-disc US release (because I like special features). Thirdly, I've read about this "legitimate" Asian import, and learned that the quality is on par with that of a used VHS tape. Why on earth would this seller think that I, or anyone else, would want this? So, be on the lookout for rogue entrepreneur Taryn56. I feel a bit better after checking out the feedback rating and seeing that refunds are issued, but this is something I should not have been billed for in the first place.
SAT 30 NOV | 18:10 CST
Yuri Gagarin, the first man launched into space, is The Rub's new cover model. The idea came after looking through a lot of Soviet propaganda posters online in an effort to adapt one into a new design. Nothing came of that idea, but listening to PJ Harvey's Rid of Me album , specifically the track "Yuri-G," provided the inspiration for the current design overhaul. When he made the historic voyage into space, he was only 27 years old. I'm 28 now, and soon to be 29. What have I done that would compare to the accomplishments of Yuri Gagarin? Well, I'll keep thinking about that one for a while...
This just in! Our friend Jen at Nonstop Pop demonstrates for us how to open a sealed vinyl LP. All those years of using my thumbnail...damn, who knew?
SAT 30 NOV | 13:22 CST
I've never found Liz Phair as fascinating as some other people, and always thought she didn't sound like she was trying hard enough (see the whole of Exile in Guyville for a good example). That's why I haven't been anxiously awaiting anything new from her, even though I did enjoy the "Down" video earlier this year. But now, according to the site Supernova, a new song has been leaked by way of a Captiol Records promo cd. No further information has been revealed about a possible album release date, but the track is available for download.
This may sound blasphemous to some readers, but the track "Take a Look" is better than a lot of what I've heard her do in the past. Granted, it's very adult contemporary and suburban in its approach, but isn't Liz Phair a comtemporary adult these days? The influence of the Sheryl Crow/Liz Phair Mututal Admiration Society plays obviously into the sound and structure of the track, but is that so bad? For a long time, Liz Phair's songs have been missing some extra element, and "Take a Look" seems to have found it.
Strong Bad on web design. Be sure to click the link at the end of the segment to see the website in question...
THU 28 NOV | 16:14 CST
Unlike most other Americans who enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family, I look forward to an entire day of peace and quiet. My roommate's left and won't be returning until Sunday, leaving me plenty of time to do uninterrupted laundry detail, work on (and hopefully complete) a mix cd that, if good enough, will find its way into the hands of a few lucky people, and watch so much football I'll have to eventually tape my eyelids open. For this generous amount of solitude, I give thanks.
TUE 26 NOV | 23:02 CST
Close Your Eyes has a poll. Who doesn't love a fun poll? This time, it's your favorite album of 1980 (um, from a pre-selected array of choices). Sorry people, REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity isn't an option.
I don't want to give away my vote, but I've been listening to Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth a lot for the last two or three days and, in my current frame of mind, it's the best album of that year. It's a real kick in the ass that I only just heard it for the first time. Just another case of knowing the name of a band for years, seeing the cd in the store and passing it over for something else on several occasions, and then finally hearing it and realizing it's better than you'd even imagined.
Late addition: The Soundtrack of Our Lives are performing tonight on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Stay tuned...
MON 25 NOV | 19:29 CST
By now, you've probably seen the letter to Rolling Stone that is attributed to Joan Jett. It wasn't written by her, but by a fan and/or associate named Maya Price. As poorly worded and reactionary as the letter is, I'd think Joan would be taking a more proactive role in clearing up the confusion.
MON 25 NOV | 00:02 CST
Prince & the Revolution - "Pop Life" (1985): I may have heard other Prince songs before I heard "Pop Life," but it was the one that hooked me. Long before I knew about psychedelia or funk, I knew I liked the sound of Around the World In a Day. At age 11, the line "whatcha puttin' in your nose?" seemed humorous to me, as I had absolutely no idea what cocaine was. I first heard the song on a boombox set up in my friend Rick's backyard. This was still a good two years before I was allowed to buy music of my own, so I went through the somewhat arduous process of setting up my own boombox next to his and pressing "record." For the entire length of the album, I closed off the perimeter around the wooden table where the two radios sat insisting on complete silence from Rick, my brother, and any other kids that were playing nearby that day. Even at that age, I knew it was a poor method for obtaining music, but I had no other way. It was worth it, though, because every night for weeks, I'd listen to "Pop Life" (at low volume, of course) as I drifted off to sleep. Getting turned on to Around the World In a Day eventually led to an appreciation for the era of music it was intended to mimic...the psychedelic 60's. And, for that, I'll be forever grateful.
SUN 24 NOV | 21:17 CST
There are too many records! I'm taking some down. I don't feel like waiting that long for the page to load everytime I come here (which I do often, because I use this place for links rather than a "favorites" folder in Internet Explorer). Say goodbye to 15 of them...
Otherness blew (link via Just Joshin'). Update: Be sure to read Jess' rebuttal on the matter. Having dealt online with Vic over the years, I've learned a couple of things. He's most definitely not a stalker, but he is a whiz with the search engines. If you have skeletons of any kind in your closet, he will find them and make an effort to humiliate you.
Many thanks to Tim O. Thompson for pointing out the track used in the new Volkswagen commercial is by ELO. I've been meaning to look into the music of the Electric Light Orchestra for years and years, but hearing "Mr. Blue Sky" was just the kick in the pants I needed.
SUN 24 NOV | 12:52 CST
The DFA co-founder, James Murphy, is not only one of the men behind the boards for current hotshit acts like the Rapture and Black Dice, but he's also putting out his own tracks under the name LCD Soundsystem. Earlier this year, "Losing My Edge" spread through underground circles with the quickness, due in part to its sensible use of beat and verse, but mostly because of lyrics with which curmudgeonly music geeks could identify. Murphy has already proven he knows when to strike while the iron is hot, so get ready for "Give it Up." A most worthy follow-up, songs like this prove the single is still a viable format. According to Boomkat, there are only 1,000 of these being pressed, so shake a tail feather!
If you're looking for jangly guitar-pop in its purest sense, look no further than the Dentists. In the mid-90's, I stumbled across their major-label US albums and enjoyed them a great deal. Earlier this year, for reasons unknown, I took it upon myself to investigate further into their back catalog. Dressed, a compilation of their earliest ep's, is as good as any release from the entire genre, and criminally overlooked for far too long. Smart, crisp, and bright, the Dentists deserve your attention. "I Had an Excellent Dream" is a perfect entry point.
SUN 24 NOV | 00:40 CST
To your right, there are 25 small album covers. These are albums which I've found quite enjoyable over the course of the year. In fact, there are quite a few more than 25 albums I've found enjoyable this year, but these came to mind today. The more I look at the assortment of covers, though, the more I think I may need to exercise my right to weed out. Firstly, 25 images take a while to load when you arrive at this site. Secondly, I already have the suspicion that I won't be listening to some of these at this time next year (or even in a few months). Maybe I'll just keep removing pictures one by one until I settle on the year's best release...and it will stand alone, the sole survivor of my fickle wrath.
I wondered what it was going to take to get linked from Nate's blog. As it turns out, a simple hotheaded tirade about the state of the indie scene for the past five years was all that was required. Actually, I've been saying the exact same things all along, but he was just waiting for a punchy summary.
FRI 22 NOV | 19:07 CST
Okay, so the prospect of blogging songs that weave together my musical identity seems like, the more that I dwell on it, quite a daunting task. Where do I start? At the beginning? What I'm most fond of right now? Picking and choosing at random? I don't know. Starting at the beginning makes the most sense right now, but it might not be the course I stay on in the future.
Pat Benetar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (1980): This is honestly the first rock song I heard that I still remember hearing 22 years later. As a kid, I had a pretty religious upbringing and "secular" music, especially of the rock variety, wasn't let into the house. I heard "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" on a tv commercial for a local radio station (WAAY in Huntsville, AL). Something about the way Benetar emphasized her vocal inflection on the word "hit" and the great, power-chorded guitar hook secured a spot in my head for long enough to sneak over a friend's house some years later and begin listening to the radio for similar material. Looking back on the song now, it's still a milestone for the progression of women on the pop charts. It's thuggish, standoffish, and serious enough to make anyone take notice, but it never has a sense of self-importance.
That's it. That's the song that started it all for me. I wonder how different my path would be if I'd started with Van McCoy's "The Hustle."
FRI 22 NOV | 18:10 CST
Go ahead and steal music. There's no way to stop you.
Okay, I download a lot. Much more now than I did when Napster was running at full steam, and even more than when Audiogalaxy was fully functional. And, yes, I buy less. Why? Because I get to hear new albums before forking over eighteen dollars to some snot-nosed cashier at Megastore-R-Us. Of course that's not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but it is an inflated amount for a shiny disc with digital signals that does nothing but spin around and around. If I'm going to pay that much for so little, EVERY SINGLE SONG had better be worth owning.
With downloading, you can just delete what you don't want to keep and make room on your hard drive for better material.
I do still buy cd's, though I go out of my way to buy used, promotional, or otherwise cheap copies of things I want to own. If it sucks, hey...I'm out six bucks. Those are mistakes I can afford to make.
The record industry's current problems would be easy to solve...
1. Stop pouring money into big budget videos and radio payola (i.e. Clear Channel) for such a small group of artists, and instead spread the wealth among the entire roster allowing some lesser known bands to develop a fanbase.
2. Also, by wasting much less money, cd prices can come back down like the public has been promised since 1993. Ten dollars is more than fair (if not still very inflated if you stop and think about what you're actually buying).
3. For people who are content to listen to mp3's, make your label's ENTIRE catalog available for download at a reasonable fee or modest subscription rate. This includes out of print material, extra tracks from singles, and maybe even internet only recordings.
4. Quit using focus groups for every move the company makes; have some faith in your a&r departments and take some chances! Sadly, a classic album like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon wouldn't get released on Capitol Records these days, but rather some small psych label based in an out of the way city.
What's next? I'm running out of ideas quickly around here. I've just about beat this topic into submission in past months, and I don't have the moxy to search around for interesting news or stories. So, starting soon, I'm going to blog songs that got me to where I am today in my appreciation of music and helped mold my listening habits. It's not something I plan doing every day, but a few songs each week at least. Actually, it's more of a challenge for me than it is a relaxing pastime. Shame on me for claiming to maintain a music based weblog, because writing about music sure does turn out to be a chore.
THU 21 NOV | 18:39 CST
As the end of the year draws closer and closer, I'm starting to wonder if any of the online magazines and fellow bloggers' "best of" lists will significantly differ from one another. Sea Change is a shoe-in for most people, as is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. A lot of people really like Murray Street and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, too. And for every inclusion of Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, someone else is picking Turn on the Bright Lights (or both). A lot of good music was released this year, but the "best of" pool seems incredibly claustrophobic.
I'd be much more interested in lists that are full of albums I haven't even heard (or heard of) yet.
THU 21 NOV | 08:45 CST
Ponder this one: "Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."
Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc, 1989
TUE 19 NOV | 00:44 CST
Dusted reviews S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.: I echo those sentiments.
And now for something completely different: Gummybear Sex.
MON 18 NOV | 18:21 CST
Mp3's by request? Yes. Well, just this once. As a favor to Lacey, I've uploaded Some Velvet Sidewalk's "Mousetrap" (recently featured in Jackass: The Movie) from their album Shipwrecked. Her gain is your gain too, assuming you were looking for the song.
For lack of anything better to fill this space, here's a short list of cd's I bought over the weekend (most of which were a dollar - the cheap bin r00lz!):
Jane Pow - Love It Be It/State
Yazbek - Tock
The Hollow Men - Twisted
Jana McCall - Slumber
Dramarama - Hi-fi Sci-fi
Boyracer - In Full Colour
Television Personalities - Privilege
Tadpoles - Tadpoles Destroy Terrastock - Live
Jale - Dreamcake
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder
The Farm - Spartacus
I'd previously owned almost half of those, but had either traded them back or lost them along the way. And Spartacus is every bit as bad as I remembered it being, but having a copy of "Groovy Train" handy is a necessity.
SUN 17 NOV | 22:36 CST
"My name is Janie Porche and I saved Christmas." Janie, dear. Feel like saving two Christmases in a row? Leave your Powerbook at home and just bring a travel bag. I'm going to be all by myself this year.
Wait, it appears I'm not the only Janie Porche stalker out there. See here and here. You know? Now I feel kind of dirty even being associated with these people. I just thought she was kind of cute.
SUN 17 NOV | 12:30 CST
This is the new, entirely generic look of The Rub. From concept to completion, the design overhaul took about 20 minutes. I've already been asked where to find the picture of Zooey Deschanel that graced the page until now (going through withdrawls, people?). Well, that shot and many others can be found here. She may be featured again in a design one day, but I'm not planning anything yet.
SUN 17 NOV | 01:05 CST
Come On! In late 1999, vocalist Jamie Kaufman pieced together a compilation of tracks (both studio demos and live recordings) from his long defunct New York City band Come On. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Come On was overlooked by the record labels and wallowed in obscurity for their entire four year existence until disbanding in 1980. In hindsight, that's a real shame, because many of the songs on New York City 1976-80 are as good as anything released by the Talking Heads, Richard Hell, or Television, and would have definitely benefitted from a decent recording budget. Still, buried underneath the often murky and bottom-heavy sound of these songs, the ideas manage to transcend the limitations. "Mona Lisa," the first track on the disc, is also the track featured here. Note: according to the Heliocentric web site, Kaufman unearthed some additional recordings and has released another, albeit shorter, compilation entitled Come On II: Disneyland +.
When I first heard Out Hud last year, I could barely wait for a full-length release. Well, it's finally available and it's called S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. I just got it today, and it's everything I expected it might be (and then some). "Hominid Hump," however, is from their 1999 Natural Selection 7" single on GSL. Buy the single, buy the album, and then tell your friends to do the same.
SAT 16 NOV | 12:09 CST
I usually don't like musical revivals. I never had more than a passing admiration for many of the Elephant 6 bands. Kyuss and Fu Manchu's recycled Black Sabbath-isms were mildly entertaining at best.
That's what has made 2002 such an odd year. There have been no less than THREE revival movements that I've been fully able to embrace and support. The most commercial appears to be the garage revival. Some people have been turning their noses up at otherwise very capable bands just because they're coming out of some kind of "movement." The Hives, yeah. They can be overbearing, but they've kicked in the doors of the mainstream for bands like The Datsuns (who, not surprisingly, Pitchfork hates), Division of Laura Lee, the Mooney Suzuki, and many others.
Electroclash is another revival I've followed. Spending my high school years listening to Yaz and Skinny Puppy and all things inbetween, this revival hits the closest to home. I can halfway understand how people my age aren't as willing to jump on board with this one because they heard it all the first time around. But this one's for the kids, anyway. If some 16 year old puts down the new Moby disc and picks up Ladytron, chances are good that he/she will start checking out not only newer non-mainstream artists, but start digging into the past a little, too -- and that's a process I can get behind.
The revival of 2002 that keeps me the most amped and looking forward to hearing new things, though, is the post-punk revival. Liars, Radio 4, Ikara Colt, !!! -- the list could go on and on. These bands are re-casting what has quickly become one of my favorite periods of rock music as a whole. Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph about turning the kids on to things from the past, the post-punk revival has done just that for me. Of course I was already familiar with Gang of Four and P.I.L., but some of the other bands from the period are new to me (Subway Sect, Penetration, The Pop Group, etc). I'm sure I would have eventually dug around enough and come across all this music, but the revival sped up the process.
So, for all the gripers and complainers out there, I want to pose a question. Was the indie scene of 1997-2001 really better than it is right now? If so, why? Because all I heard during those years was a bunch of twee, poetic fluf bands and the "make you wanna stick an icepick in yr ear" strains of emo-influenced rock.