Thursday, February 28, 2008

This is not a blog entry (now with content!)

I see that Sonic Youth is coming to play in my city. I lost track of them 15 years ago. Anyone care to opine on whether they're worth seeing (now that they're no longer youth)?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

wish my prose was as smart, sharp, and muscled as yours...

Spiros said...

I'm sure you do. Wish away.

The fact is, I posted something earlier that I decided shouldn't have been posted. Do I deleted the content, but don't know how to delete the damn *entry*.

Dr. Mo said...

Nothing is showing on your blog about there being any entry at all sans content. If you hadn't mentioned it, no one would know at all. Blogger may keep a record for all your posts, even the deleted ones, while those that appear to the readers are those you haven't deleted. It may be the same for comments that the user deletes.

Anyway, I was never a really big fan of Sonic Youth. I appreciated them more in principle, while being more of a funk and groove sort of gal. I don't really see any reason why you should't--out of sheer curiosity--want to see what they are like now (minus the Youth). They could be (a) better than they were, (b) about the same as they were or (c) worse. In any case, it would be interesting to be able to praise them if they have managed by some miracle to become better, praise/blame or be damned perplexed if they have managed to stay the same, or complain bitterly if they have become worse. Given how intriguing your complaints about music are, I, personally, would love to hear the bitter, doom-heralding complaint. But, maybe that's just me. I guess, I just don't see a downside for going to see the show!

Spiros said...

Down-side:
1. Having to contend with 25 year old wannabe hipsters who are attending the show for its "retro" appeal.

2. Having to contend with aging "Youth" pining for the days of college radio and LPs.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I never knew what was so good about college radio.......

I used to listen to *Crucial Chaos*, and *The New Afternoon Show* on WNYU back in the 80's, and WFMU since the late 80's. But I think those are not the best exambles......

Oh fuck it anyway..........

Imipolex_G-Unit said...

re your reason #1

I pretty much don't see bands any more because I pretty much cannot fucking stand people in their twenties anymore.

re SY, they used to be among my faves, but now they make me say "meh".

Back when I was one of those assholes in their twenties, I saw a double-header of SY and Public Enemy in Chicago. Someone in the audience was handing out fliers for anarchism, and also there were rumored to be black people in attendance, so as we left the show we were greeted by Chicago's finest tossing concert-goers into a fleet of paddy-wagons.

Me and my droogies escaped to tell the tale.

Spiros said...

What was good about college radio:
It was possible to hear bands you'd never heard of, on record labels you'd never heard of, playing music of a kind you'd never heard before. A quick, incomplete list of the bands I first heard on college radio:
The Damned
The Minutemen
Killing Joke
Black Flag
Husker Du
Billy Bragg
Bad Brains
Social Distortion

Not too shabby....

Spiros said...

When you say that SY now makes you say "meh," do you mean that the new stuff is "meh," of that the old stuff no longer appeals to you?

Some bands from back in the day age surprisingly well. But most now sound badly dated. My guess would be that SY belongs in the latter category...

Nice story on SY and PE.

Imipolex_G-Unit said...

The "meh" inducement is due largely to their "experimental sound" being pretty much the same as it was 20 years ago. Every one of their records, including the most recent one, includes at least one or two tacks that I think are ok, but I just don't find it as thrilling anymore.

I don't know if I'd say "dated" applies, though.


Except, of course, for the beat poetry "songs" Thurston likes to throw out now and again and the shitty grrl song they let Kim do one of on every album. I swear, she's the fucking Ringo Starr of that band.

Spiros said...

Kim Gordon as Ringo! Nice. I think she should do a cover of "Octopus's Garden." Did you see her in that lame Gus Van Sant film "Last Days"? Not much be way of acting chops, either.

Good point about the "experimental" sounds that's 20 years old.