I think this is the year we reflect on our lives. With anticipated releases from some of our all-time favorite bands, we all sit in anticipation, waiting, to see if said band can pop the cap off our nostalgic good times.
The Daily Reveille finally set their online archive straight with their new server and site, and all my articles are back on the Web. But it's one of my last opinion columns that I reread today before typing this post. It's something that seems pertinent to what I'm about to say.
Yesterday I finished my chapter on The Shape of Punk to Come. In essence, a few people-- and artists-- may hate me because I essentially talk about the irony behind the record (and also how great it is with interviews from David Sandström) and how it spawned a "scene" where the ideas behind the record aren't held in the same light. I don't call anyone out in particular, but more of a group or "you know who you are" type general statement.
One of the things that struck me with Sandström's interview is his love, and still love, for 80's hardcore and the "new school" hardcore, as he called it, of the 90's. He said him and Dennis Lyxzén are still huge fans, and are in fact working together to recreate that sound in a new band. (NO, NOT ANOTHER REFUSED, SO DON'T LOSE YOUR SHIT!)
The point of my last opinion column was how the Internet has opened up an archive of new and old music to discover and rediscover. The idea being that age is important with some music. Adolescence may accept adolescent music and with age and we may "get" other aspects of the musical spectrum.
This is not to say that adolescence doesn't bring about great music. Albums like Blink 182's Dude Ranch and Descendant's Milo Goes to College are best because of the adolescent ideas lyrically and musically. For my greatest example, I shall use Weezer.
Weezer's Weezer (the Blue one!) is one of the greatest albums ever, especially in the 90's. The key to the record is its adolescent approach and swagger. Everything seems innocent and realatable. It's definitive in pre-teen to teenager angst nature. Weezer then "grows up" and gives us Pinkerton, which is my personal favorite, and then something happens. It's like they grew up too much, and maybe we didn't. Later Weezer isn't as approachable to fans of their older catalog because maybe, just maybe, we as fans don't want to grow up with them.
A lot of our favorite artists are releasing albums this year, and I expect many of them to grow with their music, as they grow in age. I'm thankful to still have bands like Thursday and New Found Glory around. It's good to go back and rediscover why I fell in love with them in the first place. With the Internet, I hope I don't get caught up in discovering so many new artists, that I forget about the ones I know and love.
Maybe, just maybe, that U2 album will grow on me, I mean, they did right The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby...so maybe I'm just not grown up enough....
...or maybe Rolling Stone smoked a lot of cocaine before they wrote their review.