A Record Store Geek (And Parent) on Exploring The Music Generation Gap

Finally, I get to write about music.

I've been hanging out on the cultural side of the New Times site, Jackalope Ranch, writing a little column called Parent Hood. Not a "how to parent" column, more like a look at pop culture through the eyes of a parent (five kids aged 11 through 30) and a hoodlum (not a criminal, just a rowdier-than-average person).

So what is some unorthodox parenting clown doing Up on the Sun? Actually, this is where I belong. This is where I figured New Times wanted me to be when they said, "How'd ya like to write?"

Why? I've been in the music business in the Valley for a little over 25 years, managing both corporate (Wherehouse) and indie (Zia) record stores for the first 10, and owning an indie record store (Hoodlums) for the past 15.

That fact does not mean you should read on. It's just a quick background check. My qualifications for adopting the moniker "Record Store Geek."

Hopefully, the reason to read is that I'm a lifelong music fan with an opinion . . . and the tendency to stir up shit, er, debate (and you like debate, don't ya?) about all things music.

See also:
- Parent Hood: Discussing Your Rowdy Past With Your Kids and a Punk Legend
- Parent Hood: Help! My Kids are Corporate Branding Machines.

So What About "Parent Hood"?
Yeah, that's the trick. I've grown to really enjoy writing my little "Parent Hood" persona too . . . even though I wasn't sure, at first.

Admittedly, I was a little perplexed when my editorial overlords first told me that they wanted me to weigh in on Jackalope Ranch, which does not do music, especially considering my background.

"No music?" "But, but . . . "

Music is central to life, to my brain, to my existence. A huge percentage of anything I've written as an adult is either about the music itself or the ridiculous idiots that have been running our industry for the past 20 years (most people call those "rants" instead of columns). How could they not want me write about music?

Whatever. I didn't care. I've got an opinion on almost everything. I just wanted to write.

Consequently, I had to break out of the box. Which was fine. Once we had the angle, I had no problem finding stuff about which to contemplate or opine. Lord knows that parenting has been an overwhelming part of my existence.

But writing an opinion column with no music? Not possible.

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boingo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sounds cool; looking forward to seeing what comes out of this one....esp. since I find that I sometimes end up at shows where I look around and feel either like somebody's dad, or like the creepy old guy.

You know, I still find myself over by Changing Hands and Mac's on occasion, and I walk by that empty storefront to the south of Mac's and just about want to cry.  %&##*@& landlord.....it's forced me to have to buy my CDs at Zias now.  Which is fine....but it also means I find myself just downloading stuff more often, too.  The Hoodlums special orders were a lot more fun.

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