|Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has written up a new blog talking about some of the philisophies behind why they play songs, as well as addressing a few comments he's seen about the band's new album.|
Two things though, real quick before I go, and these are only tangentially related to the above musings: 1) a few people have expressed disappointment in the fact that there are references to Twitter on this album. The arguments seem to be either A) that’s gonna date this record, bro… besides, technology is kind of a faux pas in general when it comes to creating stuff of a certain caliber or B) Twitter is too stupid to sing about. But I disagree with both of these assessments and here’s why:
A) I am on twitter. You can even follow me if you want. I’m @badsandwich. It’s a part of my existence. Is Twitter gonna timestamp the record? Who fucking cares? The DATE is printed on the record. And sure, Twitter probably won’t last forever, but if you think that referencing outmoded technology is a surefire way to turn something from high quality into laughable garbage, tell it to Dostoyevsky and his novels full of old potbelly stoves and samovars. Tell it to Revenge of the Nerds and their shitty desktop computers. Tell it to Biggie and his pager. Kurt Vonnegut once said something roughly to the effect of (and I’m WILDLY paraphrasing here, so forgive me) “leaving technology out of your books is disingenuous and lame.” (well, he probably said it with a tad more eloquence). And I totally agree with that. If I can write about television or cars, I can write about twitter.