I just could not make myself listen to Radio 2 or the like, that would be to admit that I was as old as my years.
There is acceptable music out there from new artists but I am rarely moved to actually want to own it. I still want to own my music, not have a single up-front rental agreement on it, but seriously few artists prise my money from me.
Who knows, perhaps a new Adele [in terms of selling success/talent] is just waiting to burst forth and entertain us.
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I too have been finding new music a hard slog at the moment. Part of the problem I find is that its rare to hear new music that hasn't already been done by a band that I already have attachment too, so why not just go back and listen to the first one? There are exceptions to this, The Jezebels being a great example. On paper it really shouldn't be my cup o tea, but I love them. Their Live at the Hordern Pavilion album is great. I find it hard not to go back to the old favourites though, they are like well worn jeans.
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You say that like it's something new though?
Yes, we've had a lot of "manufacturers" over the years, including Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and many would also class the likes of The Beatles as manufactured. But at the time, there were a lot of rock/indie artists that were still doing well as far as the charts were concerned. That's changed now, but these artists are still around, its just that they don't feature in chart listings.
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I think you tend to like the music of your youth. When I listen to "pop" it tends to be music of the 1960s because that's when I was a teenager and I tend to think it all went downhill after about 1975. However I try not to decry modern music, putting my dislike down to a lack of understanding rather than anything else.
Every now and then I hear something modern I like and believe it or not I often Google names people post on this forum and elsewhere to see if there is something I might like. However I do find myself dragged inexorably back into classical music as the thing I want to listen to.
I think you are partly right but rock music did go down after about 1976. Just look at the big names and see their best albums, then the big groups that came after were not not so good as before 76, IMHO.
Actually i totally agree with you. Age comes into it in that we have accumulated a diverse range of music over time and hence probably take some convincing as to whther an artists is indeed original or a mere copy. When i look at where are the exciting artists that are producing original music - there just aren't many. The "Brit awards " was a good example of how mind numbingly dull the current music scene is.
Its also much harder to find the decent gem, even in these days of the internet.
I have bought new albums by Nick Cave and primal scream have one due, but again these artists have been going on for 20 years.
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Another new discovery for me was: The Raven That Refused to Sing by Steven Wilson.
Sounds like ome of you boys are finally growing up,
so stop combing your pony tails and get into classical music, a whole new world awaits you
Try internet radio.
Everything is there from 1920s jazz to Swedish Folk Metal (ok I made that one up I think).
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I know far too many people whose musical tastes seemed to solidify when they got married - to me, it's one hell of an endictment of such formal coupling! Quite why some lose interest due to parenting, I've never got to the bottom of. If you need to pack away your system for a year - use an iPod rather than giving up on music. As for WAGs not wanting thumping great sqeakers dominating their living space - I'm far fussier without any help from a partner, thank you very much. I'm remain unconvinced that some people don't find the equipment ownership more important than what gets played on it - despite their protestations to the contrary.
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Why would I want to restrict myself like that? I mean at least open it up to any orchestral music, classical's a pretty narrow band...
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I was brought up on classical music. I "discovered" decent rock music from my music teacher at secondary school! However, I must be getting past it 'cos I even listen to a little jazz - (a little being the operative phrase).
Far from it. Music is a fantastic drug and there are thousands of avenues to get your fix from.
Sticking with one genre can be limiting but to me there is loads of new music being released that is great. I still have time for your commercial pop or standard radio playlist music - Laura Mvula beng a recent addition to my collection. I was talking to my mum about the album and she mentioned a similarity with Bobbie Gentry - someone I had never heard of. A quick download and there is another new artist to explore - although hardy current.
With Dubstep influences finding their way into all manner of music now there is a slight refresh of some of the tired pop/rock music which means I dont always look to change the radio station. Guys have been strumming a guitar and singing about heartache for years but I still want to listen to what Ben Howard does next.
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I have heard Laura Mvula, she is OK but like many modern albums there are only a few good tracks, so one for spotify.
Ben Howard is alright but his guitar playing really gets on my nerves. squeak... squeak.
I've bought/discovered almost no 'new' music since my late teens (now in my 40s). My tastes veered into jazz and then to classical and I haven't looked back.
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