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Monday, March 29, 2004
 
Tell Me Why I Don't Like Mondays

I promised Matt I 'd try to enthuse about stuff I like here, but after a long and often frustrating day at the ol' j-o-b I just feel like shooting the whole day down. I should of known it would be a tough one when I flipped on MTV before heading out the door this morning. I just have basic cable so that means no MTV2 and thus the music video opportunities are pretty limited( I mostly just seem to see plugs for the car makeover show "Pimp My Ride"). Plus I'm usually too busy getting me and/or my kid moving to ever watch too much (and he prefers Nickelodeon or ESPN anyway). But last week and again this morning I flipped it on only to see some 20 something short-haired white guy with a bandana wrapped around a wrist. He also had his band with him but I don't remember much about them(I was getting my cheerios I think). It was the Maroon 5 doing "This Love." Unfortunately I do kind of remember their trite Supertramp meets Wang Chung retro- new wavey aor melodies, mundane instrumentation and cliched lyrics. Please spare me any nostalgia or faux ironic passion for this blandness. I'm no indie rock purist or backpackin' hiphopper and I do like commercial pop, but I gotta drawn the line somewhere. If you want to read a nice compassionate take on music that some consider homogenized, check out Sasha Frere-Jones beautifully crafted Norah Jones piece in the New Yorker, but sorry today I'm not in the mood.
 
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