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From the NY Times:

Looking to a Sneaker for a Band’s Big Break

My 2 cents:

This stinks more than a teenager’s 9 month-old pair of Converses! Selling out used to mean allowing your music to be used to advertise brands but to have the brands themselves pay for the recording is beyond cynical. It’s great that artist’s will get to own the rights to the music but how exactly are the bands who apply online going to be chosen by the Nike/Converse marketing department? No doubt a band’s potential, based on demos, their website and so forth will have an influence and thus bands will get to learn what \”works\” for Converse and what doesn’t. A demo full of anti-corporate, anti-sweatshop content would likely be looked over. So the Converse label is not likely to produce the next iteration of The Clash. While one would like to think that this could backfire I’m afraid that is wishful thinking reserved for the over-30 set. The horrible truth is that with job prospects worse than ever for young people a favored fantasy for them all is a \”career\” in music by whatever means necessary. Gone are the days where rock and pop was edgy, which is to say it offended the established adult order. Who takes music seriously anymore as a vector for transgressive political or philosophical thought? The social value of music as an agent of change has been debased and thanks to QE2 the USD is next. Can a citizenry that no longer produces anything physical get by on simply selling empty dreams to each other? Methinks we are about to find out.

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Post Pavement Indie Rock makes my blood boil.. I’ve been trying to articulate an argument as to why for years now…to say “it sucks” is not sufficient. The following song is a good starting point.

The lyrics to “Kill The Buddha” came to me in one afternoon back in 2006 while sitting at Montreal’s (in)famous Open Da Night café… where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Win and Régine sipping a latté if you’re inclined to be excited by such things…

Kill the Buddha

Beautiful people
Make me kind of sick
‘Cause if you’re born beautiful
You’re born to be a prick
You wear your fathers’ clothes
You spit on the floor
You hold your head up high
As you walk through the door

I can’t take it! I can’t take it! I can’t take it!
Can’t take it anymore!

If you meet the Buddha on the road,
Kill him!
If you meet the Buddha on the road,
Kill him!

Open day and night
Makes me want to puke
I’m looking for a fight
Maybe build a nuke

The look in your eyes
So fucking satisfied
The wine is delicious
Everything’s so precious

I can’t take it! I can’t take it! I can’t take it!
Can’t take it anymore!

If you meet the Buddha on the road,
Kill him!
If you meet the Buddha on the road
Kill him!

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