19 September 2006

The New Dumb

The New Dumb sure is proud of being loud--their bio mentions earplugs and being loud an awful lot. This is, as their name suggests, dumb--loud requires no skill, and gets no credit. Their name and their website's tagline--"charming is the new dumb"--remind me of a mock-interview with Björk I once read, wherein she declares that ham sandwiches are the new black. After that, X is the new Y is impossible to take seriously. I don't think The New Dumb are aiming to be taken seriously (Cross-Eyed Bear suggests otherwise, somehow); ironic and loud indie post-punk might be enough for a fun show, but for listening music . . . there's no draw, nothing this band offers that many others don't do as well or better.

They are, however, having a show at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville on 30 September. If anybody reading this goes, I'd be interested to hear if the live show is compelling.

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1 comment:

bruce said...

Early in this stage, the child learns that he is either dumb or smart. If the teacher puts intelligent demands upon the child, the child learns he is smart. If the teacher expects little of the child, the child learns that he is dumb and soon quits bothering to tell the testers what they want to hear.

At this point, education becomes more subtle. The child taught by school that he is dumb observes that neither he, she, nor any of the many children who are even dumber, ever fails to be promoted to the next grade. From this, the child learns that while everybody talks a lot about the virtue of being smart, there is very little incentive to stop being dumb.

What is the point of school, besides attendance? The child wonders. As the end of the first formal stage of education approaches, school answers this question. The point is to equip the child to enter college.