I am completely out of touch with what’s going on culturally. Never thought that I wouldn’t at least know basic stuff (what’s being watched on TV, who’s topping the music charts?). I always thought when I was a kid that I couldn’t understand how my parents couldn’t at least identify what I felt was very important stuff to know. Now that I’m older I’m at least as bad as they are. The top selling album is beerbongs & bentleys (sic) by Post Malone. Did you know that? Would you be able to identify any songs that he sings? What’s his genre, anyway? Rap, pop, dance? I heard (on purpose) a Post Malone song the other day – I still can’t answer the question. I think it’s what passes for popular music today – kinda rap, kinda pop, sorta dance-y, and totally unmemorable. Someone was trying to convince me that it’s all just pop – meaningless, fun music. Well, it’s certainly meaningless, but not fun to my ears. Hard pass.
And the top TV shows? How about the Big Bang Theory and the Good Doctor? I don’t watch either, and except that I believe that it’s a medical drama, could not tell you anything about the show the Good Doctor. Just checked – the Good Doctor looks like an updated Doogie Howser. Am I close? Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. I do watch some TV – but I don’t think that I see any regular network TV shows.
Have we as a culture become isolated and given over everything to the young? Probably not – I think that has been happening since popular culture came into being. I paid closer attention to things when my son was younger (had to have an idea of what he was consuming), but that time has long vanished, and I’ve been able to let slip that which is unimportant, which means popular culture. It feels good, to tell you the truth.
I still listen to new music, though – just not what the kids are into, and I feature a bunch of new stuff on today’s podcast, so let’s dig into the new sounds of Liz Phair, Belly, Eleanor Friedberger, Speedy Ortiz, David Byrne, Neko Case, Shakey Graves, the Who, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan & the Band, Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, the Everly Brothers, and Rockpile (ok, the last 8 songs aren’t “new” as such).
This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.