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Am I missing something? I thought I could like John Mayer. I bought Continuum, but gave it away because it is just too perfect. It needs some texture to it, some soul. Add a dash of Tracy Chapman maybe.
The only fairly recent popular song that I liked was Bad Day by Daniel Powter.
So, am I getting old or is popular music really just not so good right now?
Question #2: Who likes to listen to Justin Timberlake?
somewhere in your city or on the web you can find a college, independent, public and/or listener-sponsored radio station that plays different types of music at different times of the day instead pumping a formula through a computer into your ears 24/7/365.
a place where there is a dj and the dj is actually a music lover and selector and not just a radio personality.
when you hear something that turns you on - find the artist's myspace page (every musician or band has to have one now) and check out the artists listed as influences.
support listener sponsored radio.
buy directly from your preferred artists if possible.
in other words, support good music in a way that most directly impacts the provider.
There hasn't been a decent song written or sung since July 12, 1967
i thought the music died February 3, 1959.
what happened to all the decent songs on July 12, 1967?
did they stop singing them?
which ones were they?
it's coming up on the 40th anniversary and i'd like to pick up some copies on vinyl while i still can...
That is crazy talk, there are good songs written every day, you just have not heard them.... and you wont with that attitude.
I like the suggestion about independant music and college type radio. That is an excellent way to find new music that suits your tastes. Another way is to go to music festivals and search out bands you have never heard of before. You would be amazed at how many excellent musicians are out there that the large record companies are not trying to spoon feed you.
re: John Mayer
I saw him just by chance at the Austin City Limits Festival last Semptember, he put on a great show. I was not into his music before, but he is a terrific performer and a much better guitarist than he is given credit for. He will have a long career, mark my words.
That is dance music, so you have to go to dance clubs to find people who like it. If you want a good laugh, check out his "performance" on Saturday Night Live, i am sure its on Youtube and its called "d**k in a box". He is poking fun at his genre, its hilarious.
There hasn't been a decent song written or sung since July 12, 1967!
LOL . . curiosity got the better of me . . . a few notables . . .
On July 12, 1967 on the set of "Speedway" Elvis announced that his wife Priscilla was pregnant.
CREAM: July 12, 1967 Floral Hall, Southport, Merseyside, England
Yardbirds: July 12, 1967 Crimson Cougar, Aurora, IL
....John Petrucci. Born on July 12, 1967, and raised in Kings Park...
On July 12, 1967, a black taxi driver named John Smith was arrested and brutally beaten by police for illegally passing a double-parked police car and then resisting arrest. .... new and larger riots took place. Twenty-six people were killed, 1,500 wounded, 1,600 arrested, and $10 million in property was destroyed.
So what's your July 12 notable? Inquiring minds want to know. :-)
As for music, well, it continues to evolve, some good, some bad, just like always.
"The only thing new is what you don't know about history."
Nothing like having a 16 yo stepdaughter to keep you exposed to the "new" music. Honestly, I have to say that the percentage of wheat to chaff is about the same as it was in my own imagined heyday of music; I hate most new music now AND then.
Not to sound entirely pessimistic; as long as creative humans have free rein, new songs will keep coming out that just move you!
#2 I beleive Mr. Timberlake's demographics would fall into the tween to mid twenties middle class female camp. To a certain extent, yes, you are just too old. Also too old for the Cartoon network.
All have released great tracks this decade - IMO there's soooooo much good music being produced at the moment. I can't keep up (my wallet has a restriction on two albums a month).
Today's Music resolves too perfectly.
If you understand that statement in your heart of hearts, please keep in mind that you are not alone in your longing for the days when music moved you, instead of something that just occupies the time.
"Don't Panic"......as the good book says......it simply means we are older and wiser than those that like the junk music released today.
In 20/30 years from now they will see the light and agree with us.....in the meantime, accept that you are getting older and wiser :)
In the good old days people were still carrying the banner of the beatles while the musical landscape was moving forward by decades with bands like the jam, joy division, buzzcocks, smiths, bauhaus, psychic tv, coil, sonic youth, swans, orbital, nurse with wound, etcetera etcetera. Not eveyrone's cup of tea but that's why it's not pop until twenty years later.
Why didn't Leonard Cohen make the pop charts in the seventies? Coil's album, "Love's Secret Domain" from around 89 or 1990 is adventurous but also their most accessible.
Nowadays I only listen to college radio, classical, jazz, Cajun, various world music genres and even older music like Buck Owens. Why not go back in time to discover the good stuff?
Todays music doesn't suck, there's lots of cool stuff out there. But in my opinion you're never going to find the exciting stuff in pop except in rare cases. Pop stuff like Gorillaz or Black Eyed Peas are this decades' KC and the Sunshine Band and will probably last. Most everything else, like everything else that preceded it, won't.
There's a ton of great stuff out there but the original uncut stuff is generally not coming at you from the mainstream radio stations or on MTV.
the original uncut stuff is generally not coming at you from the mainstream radio stations or on MTV.
Thankfully, Radio 1 is there to save the planet. >;->
I only ever listen to radio one when I get my hair cut - my barber has it on - it is dire - full of garbage wannabie musicians. Since they changed their policy and started trying to be a teenager's station listenership nosedived and now radio two has more listeners (and plays better music).
The best (bar none) station at the moment is Radio Caroline it's not on the airwaves anymore but it's on line and on the sky digital platform.
There is a lot of good new music around but it is submerged under the sea of dumbed down dross. I blame reality TV, the rise of the "DJ" as a performer and "Rap" all of which gives people with no talent whatsoever the opportunity to pretend they are musicians, perform and record thus thrusting their inanity on to the rest of us.