In an effort to determine if my lack of gigs was due to the fact that no one was coming here or due to my general hatred for most music I decided to count up the bands that I would be interested in seeing if they came to play in San Francisco. The total came to 36. Although a good 10-15 of them could be dropped if the price was too high or it was sold out or I hated the other bands they were playing with. When I think about it, that's really quite a low number and could explain why I have so few gigs on my horizon. I mean, it's a larger number than many people, however that would presumably be people to whom music is not their life. I'm sure to your average joe who goes to see the Rolling Stones every couple of years 36 would sound like a lot. But considering my lifestyle, how much music I hear, how much I am familiar with, or for example that there are somewhere in the range of 900 bands I have badges for on my website and that does not even come close to representing the whole spectrum of indie bands out there....you can see why 36 is a fairly small number. It's just, there are so very many bands that I hate. I keep having the terribly disappointing experience of going to see bands and liking them far less after I've seen them. I'm sad to say I don't remember the last time I went to a really excellent show.
Am I becoming one of those old music critics who bitches about the kids today not having any soul and how everything sucks and just rips off the past? I think so. Sadly, although part of me is kinda upset about this, I think more than anything I'm actually proud. I also think I'm going to steal this entry and use it in next month's column.