by Tyler Cowen
on August 24, 2009 at 9:06 am
1. Which firms give the most to politicians? (David Henderson comments.)
2. The Attention Festival.
3. Top twenty tracks of the decade?
4. Meat in desserts, a survey.
5. Adam Thierer review of Create Your Own Economy.
Of the twenty tracks, there are only three that I can so much as hum a verse of.
Yeah, I’m getting old, but the music market is also getting a whole lot more fragmented, like books already are and like movies will be a couple of decades from now.
All top twenty songs are pretty terrific. Of course lists like these are good to the extent that their contents are interesting. I’m not so sure that’s true in this case as almost everything there could be guessed easily by anyone familiar with pitchfork.
I was surprised at how much money unions paid in political contribution, but not by their beneficiary. Financial companies seem to be invested in both parties, which is not very surprising or enthusing.
Very disappointed in the top twenty tracks. Hipster-driven and awash with 1/2-hit semi-wonders who can’t seem to originate a sound that isn’t completely derivative of the Clash.
The top 20 is predictable when you consider the source. Pitchfork has to pick stuff largely off the beaten track to preserve their indie cred.
Evidently Goldman Sachs knows how to play the political game.
Re: top twenty
I’m a little disappointed with all the pitchfork hate.
First, you don’t have to accept their taste as gospel. The site is useful in that it consistently highlights innovative sounds. Notwithstanding their apparent passion for the a-tonal music, which I just cannot get behind, I find the site is an invaluable resource when I want hear something very new.
And second, this list is hardly the sneering hipster list some seem to be implying. If the site really is so devoted to heaping scorn upon the unwashed masses, this list is shockingly pedestrian. Outkast, Radiohead, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley, and R. Kelly is hardly a rogues gallery of hipsterdom. Even bands like Arcade Fire, MIA, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have long since lost whatever hipster cachet they may have once had.
Getting old is only in our mind.
Age never prevented people from doing things:
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