Pop Goes Your Culture

Monday, April 03, 2006

We've Come for Your Children

Culture has been characterized as the collective social experience of a specific and identifiable people at a certain point and place in time and space. It is evidenced in the popular ideas and sentiments of the day. The evidence is all around us, at all times, every day.

Popular culture has often been described as the vernacular of the common people. Some have suggested that popular culture is the opposite of the high cultural art forms. High art forms such as the opera or classical painting have oft been considered within the realm of the wealthy, educated classes. In this context, low art is defined as commercial entertainment for the “lower classes”.

In modern times, the relationship between high art and low art has become increasingly blurred. Commercial entertainment for the “lower classes” has come to define our culture. In many ways, people have come to define themselves in reference to the forces of commerce. In our popular culture, there is a distinct relationship between the producers of cultural products, economics, and the social identity of consumers.

This is not going to turn into a left-leaning rant against corporations and the perceived evils of capitalism. We have no intention of contributing the ideas that divide us. The chief aim of Pop Goes Your Culture is to explore the relationship between commerce, culture, and classism. We believe that it is in the interests of the greater good to explore and investigate the forces that effect and impact our lives. More to follow… In the meantime, here’s a few links you may have some interest in.

Blow's my mind, dude

You say you want a revolution...

This day in download history

Homer's Odyssey

Def Fro for Death Row

At War with the Mystics

Just say No

Just say Mo

It's not unusual to be loved by you

A pivotal development for culture in the UK

It's the end of the world as we know it

Bear witness to the awesome strength of digital sales

Whew! It sure is getting warm in here!

I get by with a little help from my friends

Broken Idols

A Rock and Roll Trainwreck

Sunday, April 02, 2006

This Day in Pop Culture

Sup Y'all? Here's a bunch of links you might find interesting. Real post coming soon. Honest :)

Ted Turner Strikes Again

Entertainment meets Politics

Sweet Pussy

Rockin' it up!

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Classic Morrissey!! Oh, Canada!

I read the news today, Oh boy...

Slag or Shag?? What to do?

Harry Potter and the Latest Book Award

Some people try sooo hard...

An Empire in the Making.

The New Apple iDoula :)

Whitney! Where you at, baby?

Believe the Hype

The Secrets of Dan Brown

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Current Soundtrack of my Life

I am fully impressed with some of the music I have come across lately. Thank you Oink! I have been listening to Wolf Parade for quite a while now. They played here at The Bookshelf not long ago. I missed the show, however. I downloaded a side project of theirs called Sunset Rubdown, and it is nothing short of spectacular. My favourite track is called "US Ones In Between". I have also been listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's new album. It is quite a departure from their debut, but excellent nonetheless. The single "Dudley" reminds me of a nursery rhyme. Pure nostalgia! I am still really digging on the Arctic Monkeys. Initially, I wondered if I could really believe the hype but the Monkeys have surpassed all of my expectations. I might even pay some cold hard cash to see them open for Oasis in Toronto next month. I am not particularly keen the new Flaming Lips album, At War with the Mystics. They transcended space and time on Yoshimi, but this album is simply weak. They should have released this a collection of b-sides 6 months after Yoshimi as a gift to their fans (ala Grandaddy), not as a studio release 4 years later. This shit is wack! The Strokes new album does one better. It is by no means comparable to Is This It, but otherwise quite decent. I had planned to catch their show at The Hammerstein in NYC last week but, alas, it wasn't meant to be. One of my co-worker's ended up going, and apparently it was amazing. They even covered the Ramones! I so wish I was was there. I did, however, catch a shitty punk rock band at CBGB's! Somehow, it is all very fitting......

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A Stellar Collection of Recent Singles

Juicebox - The Strokes

Eighteen - The Harlem Shakes

Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
- Arctic Monkeys

Banquet (remix) - Bloc Party

I Turn My Camera On
- Spoon