An Intelligent Conversation Podcast: Does Today’s Music Suck?
Matt Lessinger and I just released another edition of AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION. It’s our new podcast.
We ask — does modern music suck?
This is one of the very few occasions in recent memory I can remember where my opinion changed on two topics. Matt’s arguments were so informed and convincing that I came away with a different viewpoint after 90 minutes of conversation. If you’re into music, see if you agree.
I was also fascinated with Matt’s tutorial on the history of rap and hip hop music. That’s probably not a topic that would normally interest many of my readers, but Matt’s subject knowledge and passion made this a terrific exchange.
I hope some readers and listeners are enjoying this series as much as Matt and I look forward to doing AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION, which is an unscripted hour-and-a-half on a variety of subjects. We’ll be releasing a new segment every week.
At the very least, some listeners might enjoy a deviation away from the draining hostility of current events.
0:02 – Intro
8:08 – The #1 song in the United States is WHAT??
16:48 – People are incredibly passionate about their music.
20:47 – Good, original music is harder and harder to make as time goes on.
22:44 – Most people think the music from their era was the best.
25:13 – A brief discussion of rap.
35:12 – Where do we go from here? (EDM!)
40:50 – Our pull-the-car-over moments in music.
51:07 – What will the early 90s be remembered for?
1:00:45 – EDM and instrument-based music aren’t entirely mutually exclusive.
1:07:20 – Music brings us together, even in an era of isolation.
1:10:06 – Are musicians past their prime at 30?
1:21:23 – Giving props to longevity and boos to plagiarism.
1:26:50 – Final thoughts and Matt’s best song of the past decade.