August 30, 2006

Fillmore Scene

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 30, 2006 3:29 PM

At the Zero 7 concert, opening act Jose Gonzalez is covering The Knife's "Heartbeats" on an acoustic guitar.

Guy: Does the original version sound like this?
Me: No, The Knife is an electronica band—it's very different.
Guy: When were they big?
Me: Well, currently.
Guy: That's weird, I've never heard of them.
Me: [realizing] Well, "big" in the sense—
Guy: Oh, in that particular scene.
Girl: Travis, are you a scenester?
Me: No! I just... listen to scenester music... by coincidence.

I don't think she believed me. Will "Travis, are you a scenester?" replace "Travis, are you a math major?" I don't get the latter question much anymore.

(The Knife's version can be heard here [except it may not be working, so also try here] and Jose Gonzalez's version here and also in that cool Sony commercial with the bouncing balls in San Francisco.)

Tags: Concerts, Music, Music Videos

Heh, these days I only get asked if I'm an applied math or math person if I happen to be sitting with the applied math crowd (in which case it's sensible).

That said, when a regular person asks me what I do, any comments about my being a "mathematician" usually end the conversation pretty quickly.

By the way, couldn't a Techer (especially undergraduate Techer) be considered a kind of scenester? The wikipedia entry seems to suggest this as at least feasible. In many ways, we have our own way of communicating, so it seems very reasonable to me.

Posted by: Mason | August 30, 2006 4:01 PM

Loved the YouTube link. Nice tune too.

Posted by: JSpur | August 31, 2006 10:47 AM
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