Moms have notoriously bad taste in music. I know I'm not the only damaged victim of Bette Midler, Carole King, and Mary Chapin Carpenter-filled car rides? Horrible top 40 stations, or worse: easy listening? Sure, it isn’t fair to lump all mothers into the category of musically challenged. I’m sure there are plenty of mini-van warriors out there rocking Diiv, Chairlift, or Tame Impala, but these sages of motherly musical acumen are rare beasts. Not that I’m calling your mom a beast, I would never do that.
If you’re like me, and your mother hasn’t always walked the straight and narrow where good music is concerned, then you’ve come to the right place. We recently learned how to get your dad started on the long journey to hip-hop appreciation, and now it’s time to get your mothership headed in the right direction as well.
In this round we’re steering clear of the controversial genre of hip-hop (we don’t want to bite off more than we can chew). This time we’re advocating a genre with a bit more flexibility, a bit more digestibility, and really trying to set ourselves up for success with a concentrated attempt and strategic discussion of how to introduce your mother to indie music. With a little luck, a little soothsaying, and probably some little white lies, you can get your mom on the indie bandwagon. Maybe she’ll argue with your pops about how much better indie is than hip-hop.Click to start the list