Monday, January 21, 2008

This is why people are dumb.

Rolling Stone picks a random, funky, independent record store somewhere in the US, asks them what their ten top-selling albums were in the past week, and prints that list on their Charts page. Also on that page is the iTunes Top Ten Downloads. Let's compare the two, shall we?

Top Ten Albums at Paul's Compact Discs, Pittsburgh:

1. Levon Helm — Dirt Farmer
Former frontman of The Band. Musician of renown. Well-respected by all.

2. Radiohead — In Rainbows
'Nuff said.

3. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss — Raising Sand
An intriguing project by the singer of Led Zeppelin and a bluegrass legend. I actually would like to pick this up.

4. Moby Grape — Moby Grape
A re-release of their debut album from '67. Good and weird and psychedelic.

5. Burial — Burial
Alright, I have no idea who or what this is. Next.

6. Robert Wyatt — Comicopera
Another former frontman; Wyatt drummed and sang with awesome rock-jazz fusioners Soft Machine. Can be nothing but amazing.

7. Centipede Eest — Surf Licks and the Wall of Sound for World Peace
With a name like that, it's gotta be good.

8. Battles — Mirrored
My buddy James told me about these guys a few months ago. Trippy electronica, but with definite rock undertones. Well worth your time.

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Live at Monterey
Also: 'nuff said.

10. Amy Winehouse — Frank
She's a wreck. She's popular. But you can't say she doesn't have talent.

Now, the artists on the iTunes Top Ten Downloads:

Flo Rida, Sara Bareilles, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Soulja Boy, Finger Eleven, Colbie Caillat, Jordin Sparks, and (gulp) Fergie.

Ask yourself this question:

In three, five, fifteen or fifty years, will anyone care about any of the artists on the iTunes Top Ten Downloads list of January 3, 2008?

Nope, I don't think so either.

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