Thursday, June 24, 2004
Return of College Rock
An article in PopMatters asks if the resurgence of 80's and 90's college and art rock bands (Pixies, Mission of Burma, Morrissey) is good for music. I ask: Were the resurgences of Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn good for music? When I throw Murmur or Surfer Rosa or Daydream Nation into the CD player, I hear music as edgy and fresh as anything on the radio today. Let's give them their airplay, and throw in a good dose of Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, and the Strokes, and a sprinkling of the true underground to whet our appetites for more. Good music begets good music, and crap begets crap.