04 April 2011

8 i'm not like that


the average age of my friend demographic has, lately, dramatically decreased. i'm aware that sounds goshawful condescending and i'm basing it solely on the scientific fact that none of their lives were dramatically changed by the 2001 release of the strokes first album. this fundamental difference wasn't obvious until i recently came into the strokes' newest album and had myriad Deep Thoughts that i was unable to discuss with anyone because my question of "do you like the strokes?" was met with "eh" faces all around.

this is making me sound entirely more gung-ho about the strokes than i actually am, but i'm unaccustomed to loneliness in music. books, yes, since odds are not a single one of you is ever going to read wayne koestenbaum's philosophical pop cult critical masterpiece jackie under my skin, which- i have been arguing since 1995- is the only jackie book anyone need ever read. because it is awesome. and life-changing. and taught me everything i ever needed to know about writing and reading. but that's the beside the point...

we expect music to be communal in a way that books simply are not, and it's frustrating when this doesn't hold true. in college, it seems to happen organically, but as we get older, not so much. all my concert friends have skipped town and dougo is no longer a mile away, so i am left alone with a barrel of Deep Thoughts on whether i like angles more than any recent album because it is just that accessible or because it's comically derivative. i don't know. but i wanna talk about it.

so, dear world, do you like the strokes?

8 comments:

Les Savy Ferd said...

Their first single off that new album is playing on the FM alt-radio station out this-a-way and I dig, i dig.

I was pleasantly surprised by the song since I have not thought about the Strokes in some time. I heard they put on a helluva show at SXSW (That was hard to get into, so apparently, still popular with some people, eh?) but I only ever really think about them when my iPod, set to random, deems one of their debut album's tracks worth selectifying.

because that is the only album I own (although I have heard all of the songs off of the second one).

Long story short (phew) I'm not sure I will ever buy the new album but I turn the radio up loud in the Jeep whenever that new jam comes on.

(Btw, FM radio in Albany is bizarro cool. The strokes, radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, the national, etc etc, where were these radio stations in my youth?)

oline said...

ah, yes, that was the one that first caught my attention on the album. i really do think it's really, really good, but i'm also pretty sure i think that because it reminds me of extremely early u2, when they didn't know how to play their instruments. casablancas has some moments that are just comically bono and then there's one song that defies description as anything other than pure wham. which seems wrong. but is also somehow really good. bah. it was probably also unwise-however inadvertently- to use this album to soundtrack my reading of a history of ethnic cleansing.

Les Savy Ferd said...

i think you would be in much dire-r psychological straits if you did have the perfect go-to soundtrack for the history of ethnic cleansing.

Although is it weird of me if i said that Devotchka might work? Something about the melancholy and the wailing?

oline said...

devotchka or beirut. or that bright eyes concert where there were no drums and the dude who sounded like will farrell kept screaming "this one's for celia." that was an appropriately dire psychological strait.

Linda said...

I liked when he did that Boombox song with Andy Samberg. Does that help?

Les Savy Ferd said...

those or...

...wait for it...

MAKE BELIEVE.

oline said...

nooooooooooooooooooooooo. why would you do that? i had finally succeeded in blocking that out.

BUT, throw this in your did you know? box, make believe broke up because our guy Mr. Cough Meds didn't like the "rockstar lifestyle." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Believe_(band)

Les Savy Ferd said...

well, he does seem to have too fragile a constitution for the rock n roll lifestyle.