This week on The Echo Chamber: "I listen to pretty much everything except rap and country"!
And now I do the post-game thingy where I share links and thoughts that didn't make it in, like how "Playin' Invisiball", the song for the theme, is pretty country.
-So the main takeaway from this episode is basically "Don't Listen To The Radio".
I live in New York City where the only rock station is Q104.3, the "classic rock station" that plays Green Day and Pearl Jam. Everything else is either "Lite Music", "Hip Hop" or "Top 40" which is essentially the bastard child of the two. When everything is watered down for the sake of a crossover hit, you can't really get a "feel" for the genre, since it's not what you want, it's what the market wants.
-Also, maybe it's just me, but rap and country, for all their brutal honesty, can be pretty depressing to listen to. With rap, you have a lot of outward frustration with a system that has all but ignored you, and the music is broadcasting to the world in the hopes that someone will listen. With country, it's more of a contemplative, inward focus, by playing whatever you'd have on you. The "country" is very sparse, very lonely, but at the same time, a little empowering.
-That Nickelback story and the "Mexican Sandwich" story are my favorite ones to tell.
-Cowpunk rules. Thanks, Jeff.
-Also, Facebook has You Don't Know Jack. THANKS A LOT JEFF.
-That Guy With The Glasses has a Rap Critic. Haven't seen much from him, but he knows what he's talking about.
-Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, in all its glory:
-The Dave Chapelle Sketch that no one heard of :(
And yes, THOSE WERE REAL TWEETS: