So I’m standing in my local Independent Records and feeling 40. I’m having a conversation with a hip 20-something who has holes that you can see through all over his face and I’m trying to talk to him about stuff that was awesome in the 90’s (trip-hop) and trying to figure out if there’s been anything similar to that that flew under the radar in the last couple of years.
For the first time, the hip 20-something at the record store fails me: he recommends an album that is much more Kid Rock than Portishead.
Next time, I figure that I need to open with “who’s your electronica expert?” and then having a short meaningful conversation in which I figure out if they’ve heard of, say, Tricky before buying whatever it is they thrust in my hands.
But, then again, maybe I’m going about this all wrong. Is there a better way to figure this stuff out? How do *YOU* get your new and obscure stuff?