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Today's Music Sucks? Bear With Me, Dawg!
self | 7/31/2011 | Revolting cat!

Posted on 07/31/2011 8:10:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat!

Every couple of years I would scour the Al Gore's most famous invention after climate for interesting music, sites like artistsdirect.com, garageband.com and others that don't exist anymore and where unsigned bands, or signed and little known artists uploaded their music, oftentimes quite good, occasionally brilliant. I'd listen to hundreds, thousands of cuts to find a few diamonds in the rough.  I had a method, which probably missed a few rarities, but which served me well. I'd listen to a few seconds to decide, 5, 15, 30.  Certain guitar chords alerted me to the worth of the rest of a recording.  And I had my taste - hard rock was usually out, plaintive folk music as well,  electronic sounds - foggetteaboutit.  Americana,  country, soul, blues yes.   I was looking for authenticity. (Doesn't everyone?) I'd gather the diamonds and burn them onto CDs, which I'd take on trips to Europe where I'd hand them to my friends there, DJs and artists, all of them in awe of American pop music, and who I thought were too influenced by the limited range of the most popular artists played on commercial radio, as bad there as it is here.   I liked to share my discoveries, and I had a reputation to maintain, oh, yes.  

Then my life had changed, and I stopped listening, stopped searching.  Until this year.  Last month, actually.   The Internet sites have changed, but the buried, largely unheard music is still to be found.   I have found some amazing artists, whom I would like to present to you.  Rock and roll, or whatever it is called these days, is not dead.   There are people out there with the skills and the ideas, who may not sell many CDs or tracks on iTunes, but who all deserve our support,  and speaking for myself, my enthusiasm.  (Some or all of them may be familiar to some of you, especially if you live in their hometowns, but as a group, I suspect they are largely unknown.)

Here they are:

Deadman,

Malcolm Holcombe 

Pokey LaFarge

The Deep Dark Woods

New Country Rehab

David Jacobs-Strain

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

Lastly, the two incredibles. The future of music:

Phat Bollard

Fitz and the Tantrums

The links are just samples of the artists' music, not always their best recordings, but ones that are easily linkable. You can find more music of these artists through MySpace, YouTube, Google, the artists own sites, and so on.   Enjoy!


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The shiznit, dude!
1 posted on 07/31/2011 8:10:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat!
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To: Revolting cat!

I have found all sorts of new music in my favorite genre punk on Pandora.

Lots of great bands and music out there, but the music labels won’t hardly take a chance on them.


2 posted on 07/31/2011 8:13:00 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama's hoping that we'll have nothing but chump change left when he's done.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Sorry, no good rock & roll since about 1982...


3 posted on 07/31/2011 8:14:30 PM PDT by PROCON (Don't even get me started on man-made globalwarming!)
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To: JoeProBono; dfwgator; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows; Domestic Church; null and void
BING! (Bump+Ping)


4 posted on 07/31/2011 8:15:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!; glock rocks

Bump to check out later


5 posted on 07/31/2011 8:16:56 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (If more is better, too much is just right!)
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To: Revolting cat!

If I ever have a kid, I think I’ll slap them if they use words like “sucks” and “dawg”


6 posted on 07/31/2011 8:17:15 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: PROCON
Sorry, no good rock & roll since about 1982...

That date depends on your birthdate!

7 posted on 07/31/2011 8:17:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: PROCON

you’re not looking very hard, or in the right places...

and the eighties? really? come on.


8 posted on 07/31/2011 8:18:49 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (If more is better, too much is just right!)
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To: Revolting cat!; PROCON

>>”Sorry, no good rock & roll since about 1982...”
That date depends on your birthdate!<<

You are correct. Rock died, for the most part, in 1971.


9 posted on 07/31/2011 8:19:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: GeronL
If I ever have a kid, I think I’ll slap them if they use words like “sucks” and “dawg”

If I ever have a kid I'll slap him for confusing the singular with the plural!

10 posted on 07/31/2011 8:20:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: PROCON

“Rock N Roll’s been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.”


11 posted on 07/31/2011 8:20:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: freedumb2003

take this for a spin and this isn’t even scratching my 8,000 collection...

http://youtu.be/paeNnR33i5Q


12 posted on 07/31/2011 8:23:10 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (If more is better, too much is just right!)
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To: freedumb2003

1971? I can tell your birthdate. Elvis’ best recordings, by the way were for Sun records, 1954-5. Then he died.


13 posted on 07/31/2011 8:23:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Like this classic from Hard Day's Night?...


14 posted on 07/31/2011 8:24:20 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Revolting cat!; dfwgator; freedom2003; Pete-R-Bilt
It's funny how music you grew up with is always the best!

For me it was the 60's-70's.

15 posted on 07/31/2011 8:25:06 PM PDT by PROCON (Don't even get me started on man-made globalwarming!)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Very nice.

Not great, just nice.


16 posted on 07/31/2011 8:26:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Very nice.

Not great, just nice.


17 posted on 07/31/2011 8:26:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: PROCON

A few weeks ago, I drove around with my kids in the car, and I decided for the first time to switch from my usual sports talk radio station to the classic rock radio station.....well now my kids are hooked. They can’t even listen to the pap that stands for popular music today.


18 posted on 07/31/2011 8:29:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!

Bump.


19 posted on 07/31/2011 8:30:32 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: PROCON

perception is reality but I know what you mean, I started in about 66 and am still putting hot stuff in my collection.

The worst part of the trip was going from 8 tracks to cassette to CD to Ipod. What a long strange trip it’s been...


20 posted on 07/31/2011 8:30:58 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (If more is better, too much is just right!)
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To: Revolting cat!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppYMKMuDp58
thanks pavement.
21 posted on 07/31/2011 8:31:21 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Revolting cat!
Some interesting music. I wouldn't call it rocking, to be sure, but still good on its own merits.

Putting "music" like rap, hip hop, and metal aside since most of it is junk, the problem I have with musicians these days is that they are too technical and not tuneful enough. They are more concerned about the guitar they are using, or the speaker they are using, or whatever other wonkish aspect they can think of related to music, when they should simply worry about writing a good song. The art of songwriting is being lost, with many songwriters being too cute by half most times. Of course, as with many things that they touch, liberals have destroyed the music industry, which is another kettle of fish altogether.

22 posted on 07/31/2011 8:32:44 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (“I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat")
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To: freedumb2003

but it’s still out there,

it can’t all be great or how would you know?


23 posted on 07/31/2011 8:33:05 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (If more is better, too much is just right!)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-mqhkuOF7s&feature=related


24 posted on 07/31/2011 8:33:44 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Revolting cat!
freebird Pictures, Images and Photos
25 posted on 07/31/2011 8:35:49 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: struggle

Well, this is one of those that I turn off after 15 seconds. I’m not sure if I am reading it correctly, but after hearing my daughter’s Green Day antimusical cuts during car trips, I concluded that these groups (like Pavement in the first 15 seconds that I just heard) are rebelling against the musicality of the previous generations, against the melodious, good voice music. It started with the Sex Pistols, I believe, and has gone down since then.


26 posted on 07/31/2011 8:38:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: PROCON

http://wickedcoolrecords.com/


27 posted on 07/31/2011 8:39:14 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: PROCON
Sorry, no good rock & roll since about 1982...

Lies. There's even good NEW stuff. Case in point, a young rock band called "Kill It Kid." The lead singer (Chris Turpin) has a voice that completely does not belong in that kid's body. Give them a listen.
28 posted on 07/31/2011 8:39:18 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Revolting cat!
I like David Gray - Sail Away
29 posted on 07/31/2011 8:39:37 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: dfwgator
They can’t even listen to the pap that stands for popular music today.

Ain't that the truth!

My 21 year old daughter went over to the darkside with music, but she's heard all the classics before so hopefully she'll return to reality soon; as for the younger son, what dad likes, he likes!

Good on you for giving your kids good music!

30 posted on 07/31/2011 8:40:11 PM PDT by PROCON (Don't even get me started on man-made globalwarming!)
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Bump for later


31 posted on 07/31/2011 8:40:13 PM PDT by ChowChowFace
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRk2iHkOcNE&feature=relmfu


32 posted on 07/31/2011 8:40:19 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Major Matt Mason

You oughta hear Fitz and The Tantrums. Fitz, the lead singer and songwriter, is a pianist himself, and the band reflects his concepts. He doesn’t want guitars, enough guitars is enough, he says, relying instead on the keyboards and the sax for melody carrying instruments, certainly an original idea, and certainly some conceptual work behind the band’s sound.

As compared, for example to Deadman, the most traditional (and conceptually weakest, I think) of the bands I listed.


33 posted on 07/31/2011 8:43:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Youtube has certainly changed my life. I've found songs on that site that I've been seeking for years, plus hundreds of great tunes that I never knew existed. Here are some of my favorites.
34 posted on 07/31/2011 8:46:19 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Renderofveils

Very good, thanks.


35 posted on 07/31/2011 8:50:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usksH8B07do

Hes 44 years old. Just listen to the lyrics and keep an eye on the surroundings as the song unfolds.

I like this guy a lot.


36 posted on 07/31/2011 8:51:02 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

I should have include a Thank You for posting it.

I get the feeling it will be one of those cuts I will listen to in the wistful hours...

Good, is, well, good. :)

I was expecting something more ugly like most of the late 80s through the 2011’s...


37 posted on 07/31/2011 8:55:08 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Fiji Hill

Great!

This is what I started off with today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdzD9ZsuQ60


38 posted on 07/31/2011 8:56:13 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Renderofveils

>>There’s even good NEW stuff. Case in point, a young rock band called “Kill It Kid.” <<

Ah, see that is kind of crap that I was expecting from the post-rock post-garbage era.


39 posted on 07/31/2011 8:56:59 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Revolting cat!

If you take time to look you can find music that sucks from any generation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP4gAo3BEyA&feature=related


40 posted on 07/31/2011 8:58:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking)
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To: Fiji Hill
Yeah, but have you ever heard Let's go slumming the way it should have been recorded in the first place?
41 posted on 07/31/2011 8:59:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

The best thing in pure rock I’ve heard lately is Grace Potter. Not bad on the eyes either.


42 posted on 07/31/2011 8:59:30 PM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: Renderofveils
Lies. There's even good NEW stuff.

Music is so subjective!

I listened to Kill It Kid and it was amateurish to me after having listened to the greats of the past: Moody Blues, Beachboys, Dooby Brothers, The Eagles, etc.

No cut on your music, it just doesn't do it for me.

43 posted on 07/31/2011 8:59:54 PM PDT by PROCON (Don't even get me started on man-made globalwarming!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Love Fitz & The Tantrums! Check out The Steel Wheels for cool Americana/bluegrass.


44 posted on 07/31/2011 8:59:54 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Domestic Church

LORDY!

That is the way to start the day!

Early Modern Jazz — you an FEEL them work through new ideas of the time — the rawness of what is now taken so for granted is like an exposed nerve (in a good way).

Thanks for this — another for my favorites YT collection!


45 posted on 07/31/2011 8:59:59 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: ThomasThomas

Well, sure. You could have been listening to Mitch Miller and Ethel Merman in the 1950s.

“You’re so square, baby I don’t care!”


46 posted on 07/31/2011 9:05:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: John 3_19-21

http://youtu.be/r8qBuxGvGCw


47 posted on 07/31/2011 9:09:19 PM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: stylecouncilor

I’m crazy about F&TT. Will check out Steel Wheels, thanks.


48 posted on 07/31/2011 9:10:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: John 3_19-21
Grace Potter:

"I got beauty,
I got class,
I got style,
I got ass!"

Like, wow! And she's too short.
49 posted on 07/31/2011 9:15:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: freedumb2003
Early Modern Jazz — you an FEEL them work through new ideas of the time — the rawness of what is now taken so for granted is like an exposed nerve (in a good way).

Unless they try to play it too darn fast.

50 posted on 07/31/2011 9:15:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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