Monday, July 30, 2012

Never heard this, or even heard of this, until today. Retro angle: covering one band in the style of another (Stones somewhere between Sticky Fingers and Exile)


  1. Simon, I'm quite worried of these group of "musicians" under the journalistic umbrella term of 'vaporwave' that is coming upperground recently. It seems this is the final stage of the pop devoration unto itself into a decadent auto-referencing of consumer culture music. It's not enough with referencing the 'approved' musical past anymore. I'd like to know your thoughts about this (as you might know, I'm quite concerned about the 'future' of music if there's even one now).

  2. yes i don't quite understand what the "critique" is in vaporwave, i must say

    and musically it's basically bland music played at the wrong speed

    vapidwave, more like!

    i don't know if it's anything to worry about though, it's more like the children of Ferraro and Lopatin, the logical next step

    but it's clearly interesting music to write about and think about and theorize about, possibly more so than actually listen to

    the distroid stuff that Adam H wrote about in Part 2 at Dummy seems more interesting as a purely sonic experience

    what's weird is how retro and late 80s/early 90s the reference points are (cyberpunk, Nick Land, underneath a lot of it I sense also Baudrillard's writings on America and simulation, Arthur Kroker/C-Theory)

  3. I did myself a My Bloody Valentine song (Moon Song) like I was Chris Montez in 1967 and sung in Spanish. Unfortunately it was in 2001 for a paper Spanish fanzine and I can't find right now this recording. Following this link
    you can get a small glimpse of how I'm playing it with my current band, less Montez and more perky. I don't intend to promote myself with this comment and I'm really sorry if is disturbing to anyone. I just thought it could add to the "thread".
    I'm finishing the book, absolutely delightful in itself and even in a curious context I think it contains the best account of Mod Revival and the Northern Soul scene in a few pages. Having been part of both I was used to inner fantasies, too heavy eulogies or two word derisions from outsiders that didn't get it.
    I loved before the Rip It Up book, it's about music I mostly hated back then and I don't like it much more now (I still have the McCartney block in my head), but at least I can "get it".

  4. Thanks Simon! well I guess the pop eating itself phrase is becoming truer than ever, although it hasn't touched yet the 'alternative' trends of the 90's (it's been tried but I haven't seen it rising, probably with bands like The Men, White Lung or Pissed Jeans). But I think it will ultimately implode, I guess this can be seen as a point of saturation within the "post-modernist" way of thinking.

    Maybe another discourse shall happen soon? I hope so