nothing makes me feel older than realizing i haven't bought a decent cd/record in like 4 years. like... stuff that really makes you get excited and glad you still listen to new music rather than just fall back to the same old crap you've had for a decade.
so like... independent music seemed to polarize around 10 years ago and led to two musical pathways, neither of which i am very fond of. i didn't mind so much "as it was happening" since there were still bands i like out there making music i like... but they have all broken up or gotten shitty and it seems:
1. we're artsy fartsy and pretentious but CMJ/pitchfork/whatever popular review site is around now blew us for kicking so much artsy ass. sure, it may be "interesting and cerebral," but that doesn't make it fun to listen to. there is, in fact interesting and cerebral music that is still a good time.
2. we're so raw and rock the f out, we completely ignored any musical evolution over the past 20 years and reverted back to 3-chord rock but with a raw early 70's sound.
it's sort of like... they took all the good of independent music and separated it into two parts that suck by themselves.
i really started to form my own musical opinion in around 1989-1990 and i got to watch music evolve from then onward along the "alternative" vein. things grew... noticeably over the years. but somewhere around 1999-2000 evolution just sort of halted and that's when the divide started.
it seems like any bands still around from my hey day have songwriters who are so bogged down by the weight of their own genius that they've grown completely stale and committed to a niche that shows no progression beyond when they were first noticed as being talented.
"hybrid genre" bands went from what i saw as being a potential savior to being some mish-mash of bs, leading to basic A/B/A song structures and just alternating genres per section rather than integrating everything into a cohesive sound.
this past week i stopped by a record store that i frequent and asked one of the guys for some recommendations and he asked me what was the last album that really got me excited. that was a tough question. i dug into the memory banks and had 3 albums that came to mind over the past decade. cursive - the ugly organ (2003). the north atlantic - wires in the walls (2005). hot cross - risk revival (2007). the last cd i bought that i really enjoyed was probably owen with new leaves in 2009... but enjoy vs. makes me grateful that i listen to music are two different things. i've got links to samples below:
the north atlantic - wires in the walls:http://www.myspace.com/thenorthatlantic ... s-28208001http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PEwX5WjRb8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9hXexd6A-Qhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL1rcc2coMs
cursive - the ugly organ:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQQoi_DRAyUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW6GJIdznVMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JcFgL2qO9Yhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wix_6ZGpiU0
hot cross - risk revival:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89PkzgQYsoghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSI2OakJwfshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIPjSSjo-DU
so my point with all this... based upon these samples can anyone out there give a recommendation of a band that still exists, still kicks ass, and i'll like a whole lot? (i realize these sample sets are kind of homogenous, but they sort of culminate my own musical taste evolution from the pixies to present).