Don't know if you saw this Sunday's New York Times Book Review section, but it had an amusing essay on love and literary taste called "It's Not You, It's Your Books."
Anyone who cares about books has at some point confronted the Pushkin problem: when a missed—or misguided—literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast.
I wondered when reading this if music lovers would 'fess up to the same musical peccadillos in their romantic pursuits. What say you? The essay goes on to say this literary elimination round may be more the domain of women: "Let’s face it—this may be a gender issue. Brainy women are probably more sensitive to literary deal breakers than are brainy men. (Rare is the guy who’d throw a pretty girl out of bed for revealing her imperfect taste in books.) After all, women read more, especially when it comes to fiction." But I am still curious if, on this blog, where elitist taste and hairsplitting is the norm, if anyone has ever ditched on someone after finding out they liked, say, Widespread Panic. And I'm talking early on in the relationship, not after you have, say, a kid together.
For instance. I can't date someone who primarily likes jam bands, because I simply cannot abide. And it's not just the jammy-tastic extended jam-core jamminess of the bands, it's that the typical personality traits and values that accompany fans of it—peace, loving everyone, being "chill" and seeing both sides of every argument—are just so irritating.
But seriously. Isn't letting go of artistic taste as some identifier a part of growing up? Or is that if you were largely shaped by the books and films and records you listened to growing up, that it's critical to meet someone who reaffirms that art-damaged world view? Still, even for someone immersed in a culture of music obsessives, I figured out in high school that I didn't want to broadcast my particular taste on my shirt, backpack or car bumper anymore. So I guess I was surprised to read a piece exploring grown up people saying they ditched on a chick who had a copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being on her bedside table.
That said, there are tastes that raise an eyebrow: no funk at all, too much funk, too much into Green Day, not even able to see what's not terrible about Green Day, no radio-friendly modern-rock guilty pleasures, too much into really watered down radio-friendly modern-rock. Not enough into pop, too much into the wrong pop. Don't get me wrong—these aren't dealbreakers. They're just reasons to withhold sex. Right? Am I right?
1. There's gonna be hot dogs.
2. Ten bands for $5 works out to two bands for a dollar, times five, which I don't think even Krystal can beat in terms of price point. Hopefully, none of the bands will be covered in cheap chili. Or, maybe they will. Either way.
3. Floor-length dashikis will be half off. If you know what I mean.
Since Snowden seem pretty committed to never playing here again, I figure this is about as close as I'm going to get. From the good people, some of whom call Nashville home, who brought you Silver Jew, LMNO and Athens, GA: Inside Out, it's a snappy trailer for We Fun: Atlanta, GA Inside Out. For more info, visit the MySpace page.
Archangel of Cool: Mick Collins of Dirtbombs (Photo by Steve Cross)
The Good Life From Now On: Steve Earle's son Justin struggled with addiction in the shadows of giants—and came out swinging. (Playing CD release on Thursday, 3rd 6 p.m. at Grimey’s and 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge.)
Hello, Goodbye: Patty LeMay and her Spiritual Family Reunion release a debut five years in the making—and it may be their last. (Playing CD release Sunday, 30th at The Basement.)
Honky-Tonk and Heartache: A new Hall of Fame exhibit looks at country music’s most iconic family. (Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy Exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens Friday, 28th and runs through Dec. 31, 2009.)
Killer Instincts: Shelby Lynne’s Dusty Springfield covers are freewheeling in the studio, but thoughtfully refined onstage. (Playing Friday, 28th at Polk Theater.)
Scenecast Episode 125 is an audio oasis for a world in turmoil. Presidential election, financial meltdown and the run up to our most hypocritical Olympics since 1936 won’t hinder a sweet breeze from Minton Sparks, Upside of Envy, The Cab, Cary Ann Hearst, Mike Doughty, Duraluxe, The Weakerthans, Scream Club, Steve MacKay, A.A. Bondy, Minsk, Shawn Mullins, Spiritual Family Reunion, Rudder and more.
In The Spin: The Dirtbombs, Black Lips, Quintron and Ms. Pussycat, The Country Music and more.
Our Critics' Picks: F*ck Cancer Benefit, Cary Ann Hearst, The Weakerthans, AA Bondy, Jason Ringenberg, Minsk & more.
1. Give Be Your Own Pet and/or Universal a break from your wrath.
2. With LOST on a month-long hiatus (Noooo!!!), what else are you going to do with your Thursday night?
3. Warning. Warning. Moment of sincerity upcoming: It's a great cause and features a sweet local lineup.
The Paper Hats2
2 Folded by Willy T.
No offense guys and gals called to the altar of rock, but we know all about your shuffling, transient musician needs. You need low rent on a month-to-month. You need peace and quiet. And yet, you need to be able to make lots of noise while you painstakingly work out that one part over and over and over.
Well lucky for you, Forget Cassettes lead cassette, singer/guitarist Beth Cameron, needs to sublet her musician-friendly pad for a few months. Think of all the dynamic, math-rocky vibes that can be yours for just $850/month.
we are looking to sublet starting may 1 - july 1 (at the earliest - move out date is flexible). this is a one of a kind place, very open, lots of light, 20 foot ceilings, loft bedroom, amazing kitchen & bathroom, very private and in an awesome neighborhood - walking distance to all the great treats east nashville has to offer. all utilities, wireless included in rent. has washer/dryer. need to be okay with 2 dogs running around outside (we share a yard with our amazing landlord). this place is perfect for musicians. can be furnished or unfurnished - though most of our "furniture" consists of music instruments and will be coming with us. email for more pics and any questions.
Contact info after the jump.
We already posted about the Raconteurs' decision to release their second record, Consolers of the Lonely, out of nowhere and in all formats simultaneously, with but a week's notice. It was/is still due out tomorrow, March 25, but it turns out iTunes accidentally leaked the record to US and U.K. consumers over the weekend, making it downloadable for a short time. It's weird, 'cause that's like the one thing the band didn't want to happen.
Really? Really?! Universal has decided that three songs on Be Your Own Pet's sophomore album Get Awkward are too inflammatory to be included on the U.S. release—those international listeners will just have to shoulder the trauma for the rest of us. Check out all the details at Pitchfork Media.
And the record industry wonders why it's becoming irrelevant.
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