We Read Spin So You Don't Have To!
(from Spin: September 2006)
* Finally somebody addressed the issue of smooth music! In "The Rebirth of Uncool," the magazine discusses the resurgence of interest in soft rock, namely The Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oats, and Steely Dan. Ex-Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha quotes:
"Music that was not cool is now considered cool because it's sincere."
Sincerity aside, another factor in this popularity is based on the popularity of Yacht Rock, easily my favorite thing on the Internet ever. I have been quoted as saying "If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, I would tell you that you should watch Yacht Rock today. It is that important."
Anyway, popular bands like Death Cab for Cutie are starting to cover soft rock favorites, so why not stack your bins with the finest in "lame" music and make a display?
* Also in Spin: Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the new movie American Hardcore , all about the formation of the hardcore punk scene. So, in addition to stocking your bins with Hall & Oates, you may want to think about purchasing some Minutemen, Minor Threat, etc.
* I have nothing more to say about Spin this month. Sophie, from Pop Goes the Library fame, and I plan to do a blogging discussion about how the magazine has changed for the worse. It seems that instead of revolving around music, Spin is becoming more Last Night's Party-esque with pictures of drunk clubbers. More on that later.