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?