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With the dissolution of popular music culture by the Internet, what is it now to be into music genres that aren’t currently popular? Is it still an act of rebellion, or is even that passé?
Mark is joined by composer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel from Camper van Beethoven, philosopher Matt Teichman of the Elucidations podcast, and musician and Internet DJ Steve Petrinko to talk about our relation to the mainstream, the different types of unpopular music (popular 30 years ago vs. never popular avant garde), post-irony, and more.
See Matt’s PPT about genre fandom. Listen to Jonathan and Steve talking about their own music on Mark’s Nakedly Examined Music podcast. Listen to one of Matt’s electronic compositions from college. Listen to Mark and Matt on Matt’s podcast.
Watch Richard Thompson sing “Oops I Did It Again.” Here’s that attempt to give a 2022 remix to the 80s hit “Come On Eileen.”
As recommendations, Jonathan mentioned Venetian Snares, Steve recommended early Weather Report. Read Jonathan’s blog about various versions of The Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star.” Read Pat Metheny picking on Kenny G.
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Conner J. Fields says
It would make my day if you brought on Piero Scaruffi to do something on either Rock Music, Pop Music Before Rock, or Jazz music.
Conner J. Fields says
You should do an episode on David Cronenberg’s Crash!. You can talk about how it is an adaptation of a story by J.G. Ballard. Bring on a Cronenberg expert, and a Ballard expert, if you can. It might take a few weeks to find the people to do it. Maybe give yourself a three week deadline. You should discuss the transgressive elements of Cronenberg, and what transgression means for the uninitiated. Cronenberg’s Transgressive Sci Fi. Maybe Videodrome can be a different film.