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For the last two months I’ve been trying to enjoy the new Andrew Jackson Jihad record, and at 4:30 this morning while standing in a parking lot somewhere in the decaying outskirts of Long Beach, California it finally hit me why I don’t. It’s because I’m selfish. I don’t want to empathize with Sean Bonnette, I want him to empathize with me. I’ve spent years inflecting myself into his own insecurities. It’s not that I can relate to his exact sarcasm and nervousness, but I can find myself in between his prose and then take it for my own. It’s sort of like what Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack sang almost a decade ago in “L.G. FUAD.” – “…the only way I have learned to express myself through other peoples’ descriptions of life…” It’s such a shitty thing to say, but I participate on emotional appropriation on a grand scale. I live vicariously through the grooves in my record collection, only I take what I need and move on. I completely discard its context and heart like trash pulled to the curb after a house party, feeding only off of the emotion behind the stories and taking them for my own. It’s cheap and absurd but that’s why music is such a personal thing. We build connections to lyrics and sounds based off of how they coincide with our own lives. We’re all guilty of musical colonialism and emotional conquest. Luckily art resonates differently in everyone, helping to expand the wonderful collage of sight and sound that makes life that much better.





Athom
04.30.14
#rambling

Rowan5215
04.30.14
Well shit
Now I feel bad for everything

TPM731
04.30.14
Sometimes, that's just how art works.

TheSupernatural
04.30.14
That's why I write music like I did when I was in high school. I realized that I have nothing fucking worthy to say. The moment I'm inspired, I realize that all I really want to do is the same exact thing that inspired me.

TheSupernatural
04.30.14
*I DON'T write music like I did high school

SitarHero
04.30.14
What's the point of music without this so-called "emotional appropriation"? If you're not the being selfish by failing to empathize with whatever you're listening to, then the artist is being selfish by failing to empathize with you and forcing you to listen to his self-centered ramblings about his/her own feelings.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
04.30.14
nice soundoff wheres the rating tho

silentstar
05.04.14
nice review wheres the rating tho [2]

Electric City
05.04.14
i feel like you could've gone with a term that sounds less ridiculous but i know what you're talking about yes

RoyalImperialGuard
05.04.14
Article is -0/5. Will not read again.

Salvidian
05.06.14
Interesting, but it's all efferent.

AdolfChrist
05.06.14
"it finally hit me why I don’t. It’s because I’m selfish."

ugh.

AdolfChrist
05.06.14
this is exactly the kind of article id expect to find on a website with such a huge indie following.

tommygun
05.06.14
cool article but maybe youjust don't like it cos ajj are not that good

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