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“Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in – its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present. “

Amen to that White Rainbow

“Today’s world of fetishistic micro-genre slavery is really disheartening to me. It’s natural in the glut of music we are all constantly presented to want to filter it down and categorize it all, but that is so much less important to me than opening my ears to all that’s out there. The great thing about music today is that we can completely switch off the mass-media shit the major labels try to shove at us, but we can also switch off the mass-media shit the indie labels and mega-blogs try to shove at us and just go get whatever the fuck we want. Find some crazy shit! It’s out there!

Because of the mass appeal of indie music and DIY music culture there is this gold-rush sense that bands can just “play the game” and get ahead. and I think that a lot of the time the music suffers from all of the posing, all of the games that are played to “make it”. There’s a million kids out there with samplers, loop pedals, mixers, a hoodie, a synth head bobbing and putting their shit up on soundcloud and bandcamp. It gets nauseating. Its like the shitty glam scene on Sunset Blvd circa 1987 transported onto the internet and its all bullshit indie bands of all stripes, making a quick splash, getting buzz for 4 months then being completely forgotten about and its all the antithesis of anything I find sacred in music as an art form and a way of life.

Back in 1991 nirvana came out and kicked all that shit to the curb. or G&R did from within. Either way, it was a shitty gold-rush like we have now and I’m just waiting for something or someone to just blow the whole tired thing up. Think of all the upset indie kids! They’ll be this generation’s version of that guy that pines for the “golden era” of crappy LA hair bands. A dumb sit-com joke in 15 years.

It just feels like people would rather fit in to a certain school or passing trend rather than listen wide and create freely, and to me, those are the main tenants of true independent music culture!”