“People see rock and roll as, as youth culture, and when youth culture becomes monopolized by big business, what are the youth to do? Do you, do you have any idea? I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture.”
These are the opening lines of “Heaven’s on Fire” by Radio Dept., eloquently delivered by none other than rock music demi-god Thurston Moore. The band then jumps in with one of the catchier hooks in recent memory, but those opening lines really stick with me. Is it safe to say that blogs and DIY music releases published by today’s youth are this youth culture’s response to the capitalist process? What does it say, then, when some of our favorite blogs (GvB, The Hype Machine, RCRD LBL) are getting bought up by massive media outlets? Does it even matter?
More importantly, is the music still fantastic? In the case of “Heaven’s on Fire,” the answer is a resounding yes. The Hood Internet has also furthered the youth movement towards a free-sharing system with their amazing mash-up of the aforementioned Radio Dept. jam and Trey Songz’ “Say Aah.” Wherever music is headed, if it’s more like this, it’ll be just fine with me.