"I’m a freshman in high school and I probably don’t have as good of an education as Hammer, I probably haven’t seen as much as him but I am SURE that what I do know trumps his knowledge of contemporary music (Hammer, “Out of Touch with Reality,” Feb. 14-21). I do agree with him on the fact that the Grammys sucked and always have sucked. However, perhaps he listens to the more mainstream music selection, and in truth that is awful and unoriginal, but if he tries harder and goes beyond what is played on the radio he will, without doubt, find interesting and original as well as good music.
He says that rock and roll is dead, and to him and his age group maybe it is. He acts like he’s never heard a single band after Kurt Cobain’s tragic death.
I mean no offense to the big corporations who own the radio stations, and incidentally have a horrible taste in music, but what is played on the radio is practically the same song over and over and over again. Moving beyond radio you come to music that is amazing and just plain good. New bands that are signed with independent labels get almost no attention and almost never make it big; it takes help from outside places like how Garden State and its respective soundtrack gave The Shins, an absolutely amazing band, a nudge towards a wider listening audience.
Mr. Hammer seems to be stuck in the American music scene. If he just looked in another place he would find that the international music scene is much, much better. For example, the British scene is at least twice as good as the American one with artists like the Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines.
These are my views on Mr. Hammer’s column this week and as a final jab I have some information for him: With age comes a sense of nostalgia and a hate of all things new.