• Approximately 25 favorite shows

    Ago 25 2009, 1h53 por lessrockmoretok

    (cross-post from my facebook)

    My friend Laura posted 50 shows attended, and I responded with a very quick list of 50. My friend Annie posted 50 shows with comments and mentioned that "50 is not a very big number." She's right, 50 is not that many bands/musicians, and my earlier list was kinda dumb.

    As it happens I had a kind of list on my computer of my favorite live music performances ever, though it was sort of tentative and incomplete, but it even had some web citations and stuff where I found precise dates. So I dug it up and updated it a bit. Here they are, not in any particular order.

    Ween (930 club, 10/28/96)
    We were near the front of the stage, I nearly died of euphoria when I heard "The Blarney Stone" for the first time in my life. This was after their country album and before The Mollusk, some of their awesomest material. They were backed by a bunch of Nashville session players. Amazing.

    Journey & Foreigner (Nissan Pavilion, 7/13/99)
  • The Psychology of Guilty Pleasures: Top Twelve Songs at 3:14

    Nov 20 2008, 19h39 por rockrobster23

    How, exactly, did the concept of "guilt" get attached to enjoyment of music, or any other kind of art? Guilt is something you are supposed to feel when you have done something harmful to yourself or to someone else: you've drunk yourself into a blackout, said something nasty to someone you love, put off cleaning the bathroom, gone on a killing spree, that sort of thing. How did listening to Neil Diamond get put in the same category?

    It's embarrassment more than guilt, I think, and that embarrassment stems from what you think your friends will think. Every peer group creates an unwritten Platonic ideal of coolness, and deviations from that ideal are to be mocked. Trying to live up to someone else’s Platonic ideal, however, is not only difficult, it’s dishonest. Your so-called guilty pleasures are merely evidence of a broader taste than what you imagine your friends to have. You can recognize that some things aren’t good (or as well-constructed, or as intellectual, or whatever) and enjoy them anyway…