This is interesting and well said, in part because just as much as it gets at why some younger people might not connect with what I find so perfectly poetic and evocative about Stephen Malkmus, it also gets at why I just can’t get with so much of what those younger people got into instead as teenagers and young adults. I’ve spent the past ten years wondering why people a bit younger than me went for all these spazzes, softies, and sadsacks, and didn’t share my intense love for artists who are aloof and funny and cerebral and cryptic and didn’t just artlessly barf out all of their emotions. I’m not an open guy. I get really embarrassed talking about personal things in public without having to obscure it in something else. Most of my favorite artists are the same way. So there’s that. But there’s also…I can’t help but think…can’t you kids just be cool?
EDIT: As it turns out, I actually need to spell it out that I’m being a bit sarcastic/ironic at the end there, which sadly illustrates a point. Also, I am 31 and not that old!