I have found it difficult to write in the past month... it feels as if there is nothing to say. Which is strange, as I've been listening to music at a break-neck... OK, I will remove the cliche... rapid pace over the past month.
I do, though, have a comment on the indie-becoming-mainstream issue that the XM commercial brings up. There is a film - a typical independent-style film (I say independent-style because I could probably go to my local multiplex and see the film; there's no need to travel to the Avon or the Cable Car or some other art-house cinema) - with the title "Little Miss Sunshine". The film itself looks like nothing spectacular. A typical psychological road comedy in the style of Sideways or Transamerica. But the music that was chosen for use in the trailer is what sets it apart.
Two songs, in particular. The Flaming Lips' "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" and Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago".
I'll stick to commenting on the Sufjan Stevens song, only because the Lips had some previous success in those glory days of Alternative Rock.
Actually, scratch that out. I won't. It's the same questions no matter who gets promoted in mainstream advertising, and I don't want to repeat what I said about Spoon.
It is interesting to note, though, after I wrote the words "Alternative Rock" that my Ipod, which I had set on shuffle mode, played the exact song I was planning on writing about. Interesting that Sufjan's singing about traveling in a van... and this film is, as aforementioned, a psychological road comedy.