What's the point of listening to house music on a dinky stereo? Absent a mass of freaks shimmying on the dance floor and the bass-induced rattle of empty cocktail glasses, house often sounds empty, devoid of edge, easy. And these days, house has assumed the same aural role once dominated by Muzak: background music harnessed to motivate consumers to buy Powerbooks, panties and Passats, music used to trick young purchasers into responding in Pavlovian fashion to the 4/4 party pound, to imagine their fave rave as they decide whether to buy the Bug in puke green or pee yellow. House is everywhere -- which explains why the hipsters and the smarties seem particularly dismissive of the music. You don't think about house music; you either grind to it or, anymore, listen to it during... More >>>