let’s talk about the process of once formally or socially “radical” music getting written up and maybe sanitized, maybe rehabilitized, maybe just turned into some critic’s object lesson.
is it right to call 1980s american hardcore “populist?” 60s free jazz “nationalist?” is it fun for you to wonder whether john cage is high modern of postmodern? it’s fun for me.
what’s a worse sin, to clumsily make “political” these art forms, or to get all grecian urn about it and act like any such sullying with real time relations is like wet-farting in the fruit punch? it probably depends on the aim of the interlocuters.
me, i’m just going for better-than-barstool, blog palaver.