Of all the things I was (in)famous for the one I was most proud of was boring people about new bands that I’ve found, sending people into a coma over a film I’d watched, or driving someone to suicide after hearing me wax lyrical over a book I’d just finished.
This year however, is different. Films have come and gone with me missing them, either at the cinema or on DVD. I’ve read two and a half books this year, and downloaded 31 albums on iTunes. Last year at the same point it was over 50 albums and any number of DVD’s. I’m so out of the loop when it comes to music that I’ve missed the fuss about Bastille or Savages and am only getting round to spinning the new Daft Punk now, months after everyone else was getting off on Get Lucky.
Luckily Game of Thrones and Mad Men haven’t been affected by my new malaise over popular culture, but then it’s easier to veg out on the sofa with the television on, than it is to search the internet for new music or take the leap of faith on a book in the hope it would blow my mind in new directions
Is it a coincidence I turned 30 in March this year?
There’s a guy I read sometime last year who seemed to nail my present crisis on the head, “One of the most depressing things in the world to me is how people start to get frozen in their 30’s. you’ll hear your friends say, “I don’t know any new bands,” or, “Oh, did you hear there’s a new record by this band?” And it’ll be some indie rock band where it’s like, ” Really? They’re still around?
And the dude’s (Will Sheff) right, do I really want to be one of those people who listens to Radiohead and the Strokes from now until I’m 60? Or do I want to be like my dad and only watch westerns from the 50’s? In fact things have gotten so bad this year, that I’m, not even on the same level as my peers who listened to some Brit pop and decided that was enough for them and never listened to anything else ever again. AT LEAST THEY STILL LISTEN TO THAT BILGE!
They say accepting you have a problem is the first step in tackling it. So this post is my acceptance. I am seven7faces and I have lost interest in culture. It’s cheap night in the cinema today, I’m going to see Pacific Rim. I’m going to go on Pitchfork or Drowned In Sound and download what they tell me to download and I have an amazon gift card that needs used, the nasal hair trimmer can wait, I’m going to buy a book.
It’s going to be hard to get back to where I was, and be the guy who’d seen everything, heard everything and read everything. As long as I can still discover new stuff I like though, I’ll be content.