Post-Modern Pop alternately mocks and celebrates trashy culture — sometimes at the same time — through a hodgepodge of sampling and genre-bending. Beck, Post-Modern Pop’s point man, crystallized the genre’s junkyard vision by blending nearly every imaginable musical style — from folk to hip-hop to Indie Rock — on his groundbreaking mid-1990s albums Mellow Gold and Odelay. L.A. production duo the Dust Brothers have played a significant role in forming Post- Modern Pop’s eclectic sound, producing Odelay as well as the Beastie Boys’ cult favorite Paul’s Boutique plus several tracks on I Become Small and Go, the sleeper debut of Bay Area band Creeper Lagoon. Post-Modern Pop’s success rests in its ability to tap into an overwhelming variety of stylistic sources to assemble hazy yet gripping amalgamations of sound that somehow reflect the essence of pop culture.
Posted on Dec 20th, 2008 by Marmalade
I’ve been trying out a trial of Rhapsody. I must say I like the service and can find nearly everything I’m looking for. In the process, I discovered a music genre that they had… Post-Modern Pop (top albums, top tracks). I’d never heard of that category, but they had several of my favorite artists listed: Bjork, Ween, They Might Be Giants, Beck, and Tegan and Sara. Here is Rhapsody’s definition of Post-Modern Pop: