Speaking of ages and old things, I must be getting old. I got a gift card to iTunes for Christmas and I’ve been browsing the music store trying to figure out what I want to buy. The thing is, I love most kinds of music and I really have a hard time narrowing it down to what is essentially 2 albums worth. On a side note, it’s funny how they’re still called albums. I’m old school enough that “albums” is equated with the vinyl record albums of long ago. Do stores even still sell these? But I digress.
Back to the old age thing. I used to be very “hip” and “knowledgeable” about different kinds of music. I worked at Tracks for a long time and loved finding new musical treasures. My home music CD library was packed to the rafters with all kinds of genres. One of my favorite genres was what was then called Alternative Rock.
Not any more.
I clicked on the Alternative link for the iTunes store and do you know how many bands I recognized? One. Out of all of the ones listed on the front page. One. The Decemberists. And that’s only because Trey listens to them. Really, I feel my age. I’m sure most of the twenty-somethings of today know all of the bands and then some. They wouldn’t be on the Best Alternative Albums of 2009 if they weren’t being listened to.
I think I’ll sneak over to the section for the thirty-somethings-getting-close-to-forty-who-still-have-delusions-about-being-cool-and-listening-to-current-Alternative-music and see what they have to offer folks like me.