Skip to comments.What Contemporary Music Do You Recommend?? Break Out Of The Classic Rock Rut!!
Posted on 01/07/2014 7:02:12 AM PST by Notary Sojac
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That warms my heart and my old calluses!
Beautifully stated friend.
They are a kind of 70’s funk. Loads of fun too!
To me that's almost like saying we should open our minds to being more like Pajama Boy. Of course if this is the kind of music you grew up on, I can understand it a little more. Then again, I'm a big 50s oldies fan, but was barely born when it began.
I will check them out... thanks.
The Drive By Truckers are outstanding. I saw a Patterson Hood solo show (though with two band members backing him) in a club last year, and despite the small crowd he gave it his all. Also saw club shows by Alejandro Escovedo, the Old 97s, and Lucero that really rocked the roots music.
Sort of yes and and sort of no. Part of it is a matter of timing because I put a couple of years wallowing in fastfood inbetween high school and college so I’ve got two “last year”s. My musical taste is very broad, but I can trace everything I listen to really to Jr High, I can make that chain of: listening to this band left me open to this band, to this band, to this band, to desperately hoping Nick Cave swings into Arizona on his west coast tour this year.
Part of it is because I’ve always been very referential in my entertainment. If I hear the director of a movie I like was heavily influenced by this other movie I MUST watch the other movie, and then if I get a list of other movies influenced by it I’ll watch them too. I’m that way in music and books too. Which is part of why I’m always listening to new stuff, what I grew up on is influencing artists today, and I want to hear what they’re doing with it. This of course is why I can always draw that chain. It helps that I’ve always had (and tried to be) friends that say “well if you like that you should check this out”. That was the great part about exchanging tapes back in the day, we’d record the requested album but then we’d fill the empty space with something else, conceptually related by not tightly tied. I also get a lot of musical taste from soundtrack albums, I get it for one or two songs and then other bands on there draw my interest, The Sopranos soundtracks gave me a LOT of music.
Kind of how I feel about Radiohead.....Just shut up and sing, Thom.
The ChristianHardRock site also has other channels of Classic and Praise.
Buena Vista Social Club “Buena Vista Social Club”
Kronos Quartet “Caravan”
Seu Jorge “The Life Aquatic” (studio sessions)
“The Tango Project”
Gipsy Kings “Amor”
All good stuff.
Speaking for myself, a child of the ‘80s, thanks to the net, I’ve discovered a lot of Alan Parsons stuff I didn’t know existed back then. Especially “The Time Machine”. I’ve also tried to keep up with Rush, Saga, Kansas, Boston (until Scholz went leftie insane), Yes, King Crimson, and the other usual prog suspects.
This in addition to Christian acts such as Kerry Livgren (who I hope is doing well), etc.
Things I’ve found myself enjoying in recent years (in no particular order or genre)
Dream Theater (Progressive, often heavy)
Kamelot (Poetry for the Poisoned)
Neal Morse/Transatlantic (christian prog, as recommended by another freeper, found myself liking it a great deal)
Work of Art/Lionville (Euro 80’s style melodic rock)
Ayreon (Euro prog/sci-fi/metal/???)
Sarah Brightman (classical/’pop’era)
Andrea Bocelli (more classical/etc)
Anyway, I’m sure most/all of that it outside most listener’s interest areas, but you asked...
By the way, I’ve often thought it might be fun to have a weekly ‘what are you listening to this week’ thread, or maybe a music ping list, I dunno, just thinking. I should know better than that.
Lucero is the best live band around, IMO.
Coming of age in the 80s when there was a lot of music I didn’t like (and good stuff too) I back tracked to classic rock, and still have my roots there. But a lot of what I wound up listening to was classic rock era but not classic rock popularity, I got very heavily into prog and metal and went off into the obscurata of the era.
I think the fact that I separated myself from my era so young set me up to continue to explore. I’m not tied to the era that was popular when I was in high school because I didn’t like it, when I was listening to new music then it was new wave and punk, if I was listening to something popular it had probably been popular when I was 6. Which feeds into my ability to find good music in any era, it might have only sold 100 copies when it was new but that doesn’t mean I won’t find it eventually. Also helps I work in software and get to listen to music all day long, and work with odd people that will bring thumb drives over for no good reason.
Good grief! Yet you consider this thing you linked to good music?? It sounds like cheap video game music. But then "to each his own" as they say.
Babylon Of The Occident - The Shanghai Restoration Project:
Not to be confused with Lucero, the Mexican Soap Actress/Singer.
Two blues recommendations: Popa Chubby (electric) and Kelly Joe Phelps (acoustic)
You are comparing apples to rocks and you come off as a clown.
Saying people who listen to new music or try new music ( again - the subject is MUSIC ) are just like political liberals or progressives is total BS.
Do you even read what you write on this thread?
No one on this new ping list dedicated to new music gives a sh-t about your head in the sand attitude to music.
Robbie Fulks is pretty darn good too.
Well, you just came off like a complete j-off who doesn’t know the first thing about good music by recommending that bizarre crap you just did.
Are you able to get that through your head?
I like a huge range of music and I dislike a good deal of music. Can not stand poorly written lyrics, can not stand insipid musicians who think whatever drivel that comes out of their mouths “ educates “ the masses.
Have you ever sat down and read the lyrics from the Doors? The Moody Blues? Its moronic, heavily dated and laughable.
Thats my opinion. Thats all. Just as what you think about is just that, an opinion.
Interesting thread. I’ll enjoy poking around the songs/groups that get recommended. My musical tastes are ... different. In my 17k+ songs on my computer, I’ve got everything from Bagpipes, to Bluegrass, to Big Band, to Metal. Sometimes you get really interesting songs thrown together when I’m on a random walk.
Been listening to Foster the People, 2 Door Cinema Club and forever a Strokes fanatic.
There is a interesting band (new to me) called Tame Impala and another called Foxygen worth giving a listen
Your “ agree with me or your a liberal “ attitude is just so stupid I’m not at all surprised how my post came off to you.
You got ‘em too? Cool.
When the callouses start showing up my my students we have a little celebration!
It is a milestone.
“I like quite a bit of electronic music”
I still play lots of Cusco, Kitaro,Suzanne Ciani, David Lanz (early), George Winston (early) and others.
But anyway, contemporary or sorta contemporary stuff I'm listening to now:
Not really. Music is reflective of a person's personal sense of style. It's part of their inner selves. A part of who they are. Same goes for the kind of car they drive and the type of clothes they wear. That is of course assuming you have a choice when it comes to the type of car you drive or clothes you wear. In any case, one just about always has a choice when it comes to what music they listen to.
Let’s see.... I like Miley, Beyonc’e, Bieber, Rianna, Gaga, Swift, Spears, all the boy bands and girl bands.....
Ah...but when you are 10, it’s ALL NEW! :-)
I never accused you of being a liberal, politically. I just said some people are "musically liberal", and others "musically conservative", as in stick with what you got if it works and you like it.
That’s almost exactly where I am, except you left out 70s.
“In short, if it works, don’t ‘fix’ it.”
The problem is, if you work at home a lot as I do, even the couple of hundred recordings I have from the 60’s and 70’s get boring if there is music playing all the time. Also, the modern reproduction equipment really lets you hear some of the mistakes and sloppiness of those early albums (some of the early Beatles albums - oh my). On the other hand, when you don’t hear an album like ‘Sticky Fingers’ for about five years, cuing it up is an absolute joy.
Most of my stuff is remastered and on mp3s. Sound quality is terrific to me.
“Most of my stuff is remastered and on mp3s. Sound quality is terrific to me.”
My problem is a lot of it is TOO terrific. You can hear Paul McCartney’s bass go completely off the beat when he starts singing. Several of the early Who albums all sorts of studio noises. And on a lot of albums of that time, when you move it to higher quality digital, you can hear things like the singer taking a big gulp of air before beginning the next verse. Really odd, when I listened to the Beatles through one six inch oval speaker in my Dad’s car, they were perfect!
The most famous is Pete saying "I Saw You" to Keith at the end of "Happy Jack."
To me the 70's were a vast wasteland,music wise.I doubt that more than a dozen songs of my 5,000 song library (thank God for CD burners) are from the 70's.I certainly understand that many will disagree with me...perhaps even including you.
Thanks for the PING!
It’s a shame how some decide to age ugly. It’s ridiculous to think that popular music is worse or better at any particular age. Why would it be?
I mentioned maybe a dozen great bands, mostly Americana, on the previous thread.
Here are two of them again: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Filligar, Red Wanting Blue.
An excellent point. I did the same along with a number of my friends and listened to a lot of new wave, punk, the Clash ( a favorite ), the pogues and so on.
Having had an interest in American history I started looking for music that would have been heard during certain time periods I was studying.
So, I've listened to a lot of great early music including a ton of jazz, big band, motown and so on.
Trying to find music that would have been listened to by our founding fathers was not easy. I was looking for something they might have heard themselves rather than music from the time period. Have had very little luck finding music from the period of WWI but did find some great stuff from the Roaring Twenties and even the Great Depression.
I do a lot of digital restoration of photographs and try to play music from the time period of whatever I am working on. Listening to Glenn Miller and his contemporaries while restoring an old photo of an LST or a B-17 is a lot fun.
I had thought about trying to find a small collection of German music from WWII as I thought it would be fascinating. I've only heard snippets and of course its pretty nationalistic but I would be interested in hearing what they listened to at the time.
I think doing so gives us a better idea of any time period.
- and while still on subject, thanks to Pandora, I have discovered I really like the Spanish guitar. Would not have ever guessed that but thought I'd give it s try. Its pretty darned nice.
I second the Tame Impala recommendation, especially their album Innerspeaker. That is some brilliant, or near brilliant, stuff.
I also like some of the songs on the latest Queens of the Stone Age album.
The Gorillaz album Plastic Beach has some super catchy and in some cases beautiful pop songs. They are also brilliantly produced.
Sneaker Pimps had a great album that seems to have gone totally under the radar back in 2002 called Blood Sport. The singer’s sense of melody is unusual and very cool (which is something I like about Tame Impala too, btw).
Doyle Bramhall III had an album around that same time or maybe a little earlier that is squarely in the classic rock vein but is actually on par with some of the better stuff from the ‘60s and ‘70s. I’m blanking on the title but it has a song called “Green Light Girl” (not the best song on the album, only one I can remember).
Anything early and mid period Radio Head is pure genius. Of course, that’s been a while now.
I’ve actually been having more success going backwards in time to find good music. I think we truly are in the doldrums right now. I don’t think it’s just the standard intergenerational complaining to come to that conclusion this time.
I don't know. Maybe we're just running out of good ideas and talented people.
Don’t forget Teddy Thompson, guys!
And the Deep Dark Woods, New Country Rehab, Carrie Rodriguez, Catherine Mclellan, Dustin Welch, Imelda May, Pokey LaFarge, Aaron Embry, Amy LaVere, the incredible Brooke Annibale,Brown Bird, Danielle Miraglia, Grant-Lee Phillips, Danielle DeCosmo, Ida Jo, Julia Nunes, Neoga Blacksmith, Martin England, Sahara Smith, Sol Ruiz, Sons of Fathers, the Bus Driver Tour, the Farewell Drifters, the Flanks, the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Wayward Vessel, Will West & the Friendly Strangers, Yes Ma’am.
Yes, ma’am, all found on that newfangled thang called the Internet, where I found them. (I’ll need a bigger hard drive to store all the great contemporary music I’m downloading. Unfortunately, I don’t have any so-called classic rock on it to delete and make space, never cared for the pretentious art progressive rock.)
You call it a rut. I call it a GROOVE!
Here’s Sahara Smith, better than most of that 70s ‘classic rock’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16cCkDmZRRQ
Got that right! They can keep that new junk.
Agreed. Anything beyond that just makes me want to lit my wrists. Both of 'em. Pablo Honey is just flawless IMO.
Queens OFTSA does the intro to Anthony Bourdain's new show on CNN. (yeh, I know but Bourdain is a guilty pleasure of mine. Snark, sarcasm, food and travel--) It's really good but I guess it's not a whole song just that little blurb.
Some people wouldn't know good classic rock if it jumped up and bit them on the butt.
I remember commenting to an old gal at church about the drums they added at worship, “...but I guess the kids like it.” She said it has always been that way. “My parents couldn’t stand the music I listened to. I liked Big band, they thought anything with a horn in it was the work of the devil!”
RUSH came out with their Clockwork Angels album a couple years ago, and toured with a small string section. They have changed over the years in their music, so I can still enjoy “modern-classic rock”. (Although I guess most RUSH songs would not be considered classic rock!)
Headlong Flight is a pretty good one off the album with a bit more of the hard rock edge to it.