I’ve been thinking about Louis CK lately. I’m a fan of his show on FX, and I’m so happy his recent adventure in distributing his newest comedy special himself has been a rousing success. But my thoughts are going elsewhere to wonder why he has blown up in popularity in the past couple years, and why his comedy seems to resonate with these times. It always feels like there’s a comedian willing to address contemporary concerns with insight and honesty for each moment in time. All the greats had their focus: Richard Pryor and Chris Rock had race, George Carlin had absurdity, and I think Louis has hit on some sort of subterranean undercurrent of emotion that I didn’t realize might be swelling until I listened more closely: shame.
“The 7” single set the length of the standard pop song, the double album symbolised the excesses of 70s prog rock, and the 12” gave life to the idea of the extended dance track for club DJs. The clarity of sound, the seductive gleam and rip-off pricing of CDs became emblematic of 80s yuppie aspirationalism – which made the sheer functionalism of the rave era’s white label 12”s, often with nothing more to identify them than a scrawled phone number from Doncaster, Dagenham or Düsseldorf, seem all the more thrilling and rebellious.”—The Medium is the Message: Joe Muggs on how it’s never just about the music: music, and how we respond to it, is shaped by the medium. (via zedequalszee)