Friday, September 21, 2007
Markers of Cool
Life in Cineville:
A typical college rite of passage is the boom box placed in a window, or on a porch or front stoop, and turned up to "11" so that everyone can hear-- can be blessed by, really--whatever tape or CD you've chosen to play. Punk, metal, hip-hop and electronica--with their loud riffs, heavy drums, and thumping basslines--are especially good for this, since the sound really carries and shakes the environment around it (when I was in college, Nine Inch Nails was a popular choice); multi-tracked vocals are also good (another popular choice, circa 1992? Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"-- thanks, Wayne's World!).
Walking to campus today, going by the student co-op in front of my house, I hear the ritual repeated, but this time with a twist that tells you that you really are living in Cineville. What were the students blasting at top volume?
Belle & Sebastian's "Like Dylan In The Movies".
Yes, nothing says "headbanger's ball" quite like jangly, acoustic-guitar-driven emo pop, does it? I didn't notice if any of the students were making devil's horns...