Unnecessary ramblings on music....mostly.
"Lustig primarily managed alternative rockers, who broke out after the mainstream success of Nirvana in 1991. He remembers the moment he saw the expiration date coming for his kind of music: At a party in 1998, he says, “I ran into this publishing exec, who said to me, ‘Boy, I’ve never been so happy to see the end of alternative rock. I love Britney Spears and the Spice Girls!’" According to Lustig, the “punk rock ethos” of alterna rockers alienated and annoyed most music execs. "The labels were happy to trade these difficult, confronting, and aggro children for actual, malleable kids, who were often managed by their parents," he says. "I mean, why struggle to sell challenging, interesting music when you can churn out banal, cookie-cutter, factory-written pop? You can blame this attitude for the shift from artists to performers that still dominates pop music today.”"
- Mary Kaye Schilling writing about 1998 and it’s affect on the music industry for Vulture
"It’s not that white and black cultures should not interact, or that musicians should not look outside their frame of existence for inspiration. But Arcade Fire’s primal, tribal, magical marketing only serves to reinforce white society’s narrow view of the black experience as such, by presenting it as creative reinvigoration to last a single album cycle. A vacation."
"All music videos wind up looking stupid 20 years later; what matters is how a particular video felt at the time it was popular, and “Jeremy” undoubtedly made Pearl Jam seem like the most important rock band on MTV."