Right now MTV is airing their annual Video Music Awards and I’m watching via Twitter. I have no clue who the artists are besides the ones who even an old lady in the middle of Ohio would recognize. Oh, Kanye West – he’s that boy married to the sex tape girl. Okay, so I’m not that out of touch, but damn if I’m not sure what a Little Mix is. Anyways, while the world seems to be caring about West for president and jumping on the bandwagon of a director who passed away, I’m listening to a couple of tracks from a band I won’t even pretend to understand – at least when it comes to knowing how to pronounce their name. mm/yyyy is long from the VMA stage but who knows, maybe indie will be all the rage instead of a county turned phenomenon and their hipster meets garage band sound will be what the kids are into.
Some kids will love this. The kind who grab typewriters from local flea markets but never use them because they can’t bare to step away from their latest Apple product. Those are the people I feel would gravitate towards this music. “Most Ghosts” would have girls finding mm/yyyy more than impressive, while dudes would find a way to relate to more than the surface of what they heard. They’d dig deep within the lyrics and wonder what they meant when they went on about a “mouth full of bees.” When put up against “American Novel” I felt the unliving was the better choice. It, ironically, had more life to it. The spirit of that one sang long after I turned it down to hear my own thoughts on the subject at hand.
Being of a certain age where I feel a little too out of touch with the mainstream scene, I can relish in the fact that albums from newer artists like mm/yyyy continue to land in my inbox. I may never understand what a Little Mix is, but I do kind of get why the kids would be into mm/yyyy’s 07/2015. It’s indie ways are encased in a nicely wrapped package, like you bought it from the flea market – but in this care you won’t let it go to waste like that typewriter that’s for show.
Recently One Direction announced they were going to take a break and being a teeny bopper from back in the day, and anytime Backstreet Boys are around, I wanted to talk about that this week. Then Taylor Swift hit LA like a brick and I couldn’t help but switch gears. I’m going to just come out and say I think there is some conspiracy behind that girl. Not to knock her talent, but something fishy is going on. She seemed to have some sort of residency at Staples Center and over the course of what seemed like a month she was joined on stage by everyone from Kobe Bryant to Justin Timberlake. I think I even Marilyn Monroe rose from the dead to make it out.
Here’s my theory, and I’ll just get right to it – her life/career is a the longest Make-a-Wish ever. I did say it was expensive at first, but the expenses are paid for by her album sales and whatnot. That’s the only logical explanation for her being the coolest girl in class when it comes to celebrities. Of course I’m just kidding, but really – does everyone still feel bad for her over the whole Kanye thing? I think they’re both over it and have been spotted together since. Plus, I heard she may be the one presenting him with the VMA Vanguard Award this weekend…MTV would be smart to play that card. She’ll be in town since her tour is in San Diego the night before and doesn’t pick back up until Labor Day weekend.
While I continue to investigate the life of Taylor Swift, I want you to check out the videos that stood out among the rest this week. There’s some rock from back when I was a mere middle school student figuring out puberty, some odd but cool vibes from Nadia Nair, some good ol’ fashioned punk and even a couple of pop treats in the mix.
September has so much going on. Looking at my picks it seems the the Troubadour is the place to be now that school is back underway. When you want to avoid homework or life in general, hit up the killer shows they got going on and since there was so much this month I wanted to shout out some shows that didn’t make the list but were too good to leave out all together – Ducktails because um, woo-ooo! Also, she may be hated on but I’ll always have a soft spot for Ariana Grande. Also in town in September is some blasts from the past; Ricky Martin and Boyz II Men.
Now onto the ones who I definitely think you should head out to.