It seems like a lot of Stereogum’s content is aimed at ridiculing Rolling Stone Magazine’s “old man” editorial and music list content, and after a while it becomes a bit trite – it’s like you’re hanging on their every move. Why worry so much about it? This is a publication that covers Snooki and up to the minute reality TV information. They’ve become a gossip magazine, and Stereogum is, too, by association. Why does Stereogum need to keep tabs, looking over their shoulder? The “cooler, younger cousin” but only works for a short time.
Why not just be the “bigger man” and write some good pieces yourselves. You have a lot of smart writers. This is a useless piece. Do your own list and include whoever you want.
Is There Anybody Out There?
Mastodon – Curl of the Burl
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Welcome to the Machine
Under The Fur
Metallica – And Justice For All…
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” suddenly hijacking the airwaves around the time when I was 11-12 showed me that the unexpected could in fact happen. Possibilities were open, and somehow more open than I had been brought up to think. The emotions in the album had strong parallels to the way a lot of young people were feeling at the time, and it’s not something that can be legitimately trivialized. I know that Nirvana’s music helped me through many very difficult & challenging times. Most artists arguably serve this purpose to some degree. But if we’re really honest about it, Nirvana REALLY served this purpose for a lot of people, and with a recklessly honest and artistic spirit the whole way through.
Many artists such as Korn and Marilyn Manson market to young demographics, but as the years go by it comes across as more of a business choice than anything else. Nirvana were the real deal, and you got the sense that they wouldn’t have kept doing the same thing just to pander to any demographic.
There is a lot of music I’ve left behind, but I still listen to Nirvana, and “Nevermind”. I’m NOT too cool for it. If “In Bloom” comes on the radio, I turn it up. Way up. And it makes me pretty great to be alive.