I asked him why while he visited this weekend.
"It's the local radio station," he explained. "They play music you can't hear anywhere else. It doesn't seem to record right, either."
"What's it like?"
"It's not quite like rock and roll. It's like.... well, okay, you know how all rock and roll is sort of founded on injustice? I mean, how rock and roll gets its funky edge from injustice?"
Huh. Rock was based a lot on blues, which was all about living with post-slavery injustice. Then white musicians made it into a much bigger industry. Then protest rock, then punk. Then the RIAA oppressing just about everyone to make big bucks. I don't know if I agree with Vincent's assumption that rock and roll was built on injustice (kinda from both sides), but I could see how someone could say it.
"Uh, sure," I said.
"Well, this music is like what rock and roll would have been if there human history was guided by a deep, abiding sense of universal justice. That's because it was all recorded in a parallel history with, well, a deep, abiding sense of universal justice. At least, that's what the DJs all say."
"So, uh, what's it like?" I asked again.
"You'll have to come out to hear it yourself. But I warn you: once you do, you might find yourself trapped in that awful valley."