I’m glad that Green Day’s American Idiot didn’t take the “Album of the Year” prize, instead being relegated to the lesser “Rock Album of the Year.” Not that I have anything against Green Day (I will probably be taking Katelin to see them later this spring), or that album particularly, but I am sick of all the critics and pundits who are citing their “punk opera” as some kind of cultural or musical breakthrough. It’s not. For instance, Husker Du created a far better “punk opera” way back when punk and its early hardcore offspring actually mattered: their Zen Arcade blows American Idiot out of the water, hands down. And even among recent records, American Idiot isn’t the best conceptual musical look at contemporary politics and culture. I’ll take . . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead’s Worlds Apart in that department, any day.