San Diego CityBeat - Everybody's Happy Nowadays http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-71-1-everybodys-happy-nowadays.html <![CDATA[Moving in unison - The difference between subcultures and the mainstream continues to dissolve]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Believe in Steve - Steve Albini continues to speak his mind, without apology]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Growing pains - Trying to cope with age through musical obsessions]]> ]]> <![CDATA[The drugs don’t work - How romanticizing substance abuse in rock ’n’ roll is missing the point]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Six degrees - Why a passť website is still the best way to discover new music communities]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Cleaning out the closet - How purging might save me from collector-nerd exile]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Louis C.K. and Wavves - Two guys who are turning bad vibes into good entertainment]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Post pattern - Attempting to tiptoe around the most dreaded of conversations]]> I found myself at a multimedia art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location about a month ago, spending much of my time wondering how I ended up there in the first place. Let’s just say my reaction to the sort of social hobnobbing I tend to observe at these kinds of things is not very positive, to say the least. I guess it’s just not my crowd.]]> <![CDATA[The pleasure principle - Why you should like what you like—and not feel guilty about it]]> People consume cultural products for pleasure. Music, films, television, literature, visual art, video games— these things wouldn’t exist if their goal weren’t to provide us with a heightened sense of joy or a greater appreciation for life. That said, I find the concept of the “guilty pleasure” to be one the most trite, annoying and unforgivable clichés in our cultural lexicon.]]> <![CDATA[Freedom of choice - Is file sharing a major-label slayer or simply a detriment to artists?]]> Listening to an interview with Devo’s Gerald Casale on American Public Media’s Marketplace radio show the other day, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how prophetic a vision the band once had—that humans had passed the point of any real progression and are in a constant state of “de-evolution,” despite any technological, social or scientific advancements that may seem like evidence to the contrary.]]> <![CDATA[The big Pink - Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and the battle of irony and sincerity]]> Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and the battle of irony and sincerity]]> <![CDATA[Last of a dying breed - Underappreciated by mainstream listeners for years, ISIS make their last stand]]> Underappreciated by mainstream listeners for years, ISIS make their last stand]]> <![CDATA[Major leagues - Music and sports don’t have to be mutually exclusive]]> Music and sports don’t have to be mutually exclusive]]> <![CDATA[Dancing about architecture - Writing about music may not be so ridiculous after all]]> Writing about music may not be so ridiculous after all]]> <![CDATA[Down the hole - How the absence of quality mainstream rock forced me into a dark abyss]]> How the absence of quality mainstream rock forced me into a dark abyss]]> <![CDATA[Homegrown - Stop whining about bands leaving San Diego and catching a buzz—just be happy for them]]> Stop whining about bands leaving San Diego and catching a buzz—just be happy for them]]> <![CDATA[Walking contradiction - A brief tutorial in picking apart the patterns of pop-music writers]]> A brief tutorial in picking apart the patterns of pop-music writers]]> <![CDATA[Back to black - When all other band names fail, there’s still one reliable descriptor left]]> When all other band names fail, there’s still one reliable descriptor left]]> <![CDATA[Go ahead, punk - Retracing my teen years through the most problematic of genres]]> Retracing my teen years through the most problematic of genres]]> <![CDATA[Take a chance on me - Striking (ABBA) gold in the unlikeliest of places]]> Striking (ABBA) gold in the unlikeliest of places]]>