Monday, August 08, 2005

Required Reading: Alan Greenspan is the father of Electroclash/Psyche-folk

Rock as Real Estate

Is Alan Greenspan the Father of Electro-Clash?

Weird War
w/Anna Oxygen, Guests
Thurs July 21, 7:30 pm, $9/$8 w/club card.

[Editor's Note: As former leader of both Nation of Ulysses and Make-Up, Ian Svenonius has left an indelible mark on the face of contemporary independent music. With his Seattle return this week as the frontman of Weird War, we thought it a perfect opportunity to make him a guest music columnist. Take it away, Ian....]

As steward of the Fed, Alan Greenspan has set radically low interest rates in recent years, fueling gonzo speculation of real estate. The subsequent inflation has transformed cities across America and displaced millions of poor people. As a parallel, we have witnessed the rise of two paradigmatic indie-music movements in the last five years: "electro-clash" and its successor, the semi-acoustic/psychedelic "folk" revival—movements based on the absence of space. While the two forms are distinct and even aesthetically in opposition to each other, they seem to share a common genealogy: These are the fraternal twins of Alan Greenspan.

read the rest; discuss. This will be on the test.


At 2:37 PM, Blogger Jim H said...

Well, the first thing to point out is that his own thesis is contradicted in his conclusion. If lower interest rates are raising the number of homeowners, then the "specter of home ownership" is indeed more real than it was previously. Perhaps we'll see a subsequent rise of boomer and senior citizen garage bands as a result? Nah.


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