Sunday, January 22, 2012


Yesterday I ran into a video that, if you have kids or think kids are cool in general, might seem pretty neat. I gotta admit, I got sucked in. Then I got to thinking about how the parents might be like some of the pageant type parents, where the kid gets pushed into it, without the chance to develop their own interests. I told myself to relax and just enjoy a couple minutes of a kid being a kid, and rocking out while doing so. Still, I just don't think it was the kid's idea.

In contrast, back in 2007 (that's the dark ages in kid years), there was a pair of siblings, Tiny Masters of Today, that actually wrote their own songs, played their own instruments, and pretty much seemed to steer their own ship. Russell Simins (Blues Explosion) did help out on drums, but it's pretty obvious that adult intervention was slight. And that's what made the Tiny Masters of Today special. Remember all that stuff about punk being refreshing because you didn't have to be a virtuoso, and a whole genre was now open to rank amateurs with attitudes? Suppose some of those rank amateurs started bands had little playing time under their belts, not because they never had the opportunity to pick up a guitar, but because once punk opened the door, they saw it as a way to get a bit of that musician adulation that gets people laid and out of a day job. Now compare that to kids who have relatively little experience because they're so young they simply haven't had the time to get spit shined. Who's more authentic?

Tiny Masters of Today, with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), and Russell Simins (JSBX)

Speaking admittedly as a non-parent, this also raises the question, is the "School of Rock" really necessary, or is it just a way to bilk dough out of parents who consider themselves to cool to be soccer moms? Really, just give them three chords and one electrical outlet, shut the door, turn up the TV: Lesson one complete.

Tiny Masters of Today - K.I.D.S. mp3
at Spin
Tiny Masters of Today - Book Song mp3 at Indie Blog Heaven
Tiny Masters of Today - Skeletons mp3 at Quiet Color
Juliete - My First Hardcore Song at iTunes

Tiny Masters of Today - Radio Riot at YouTube
Tiny Masters of Today - Pop Chart at YouTube

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