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How much good music have I missed in the past 20 years?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by burntfrijoles, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. elihu

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    If you like Emmylou Harris you’ll like Dori Freeman.
     
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    Also, keep in mind you've just asked the band equivalent to "What amp should I buy?". You're going to get a lot of suggestions and you're probably not going to like every single song off every single album. That means you have some digging to do in order to find gems. Here are a few songs from some of the bands I've discovered. I don't like every single song of theirs but, like I said, there are some really good songs with these bands.







     
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    Molly Tuttle's 2019 When You're Ready album is the best "new" thing I have heard in 2020 (I was a little late to the party).
     
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    I apparently aged out of popular music's target market in 2007-08.

    To try to keep up I check out

    austin city limits
    Sun Studio Sessions
    and
    Bluegrass Underground (which isn't necessarily bluegrass but is filmed underground in a cave)

    pretty regularly

    Also Live from Daryl's House (which you can find online or on AXS)
    Often features relatively new artists I probably wouldn't find on those PBS shows.

    These are good ways to get exposed to what's happening in certain styles of music
     
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    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I'd say you missed about 20 years worth of good music in the last 20 years.
     
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    Jump to 30 seconds in as it's the official video and you have to get through the lead in before the music starts.



    Not sure if this falls outside of your 20 year dry spell and you've already heard it but it's a really good song if you like good guitar tone.



    Let's not forget Spoon



    Are you aware of Audioslave? (RIP Chris Cornell, perhaps the greatest singer of all time...)

     
  8. MilwMark

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    So much. But in this space:

    - Built to Spill
    - Guided by Voices

    I found both in the last year or so and they are both prolific and brilliant.

    - Wilco was already mentioned so I'll add Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo. Guitar AOR (more so Wilco) with a touch of country or bluegrass influence. Drive by Truckers are juggernauts in this space.
    - Bottle Rockets. National ****ing treasure. Unbelievable songwriting disguised as great guitar rock. Led by former guitar tech for Uncle Tupelo

    Shoegaze. If your last touch of the 90s was grunge, you owe it to yourself to learn about the better (IMO) side of 90s rock. Catherine Wheel, Ride, Slowdive, Swervedriver. Get lost in layers of guitar noise.
     
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    What's fun about the streaming era is that not only am I always learning about great new music, but I also am digging in deeper to earlier eras and finding great stuff I missed.

    A few of my favorite recent albums:

    Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud (2020)
    Swamp Dogg, Sorry You Couldn't Make it (2020)
    Anna Tivel, The Question (2019)
    John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness (2019)
    Big Thief, Two Hands (2019), Capacity (2017)
    Miles Okazaki, Work (2018)
    Steve Coleman, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (2018)
    Anna & Elizabeth, The Invisible Comes to Us (2018)
    Jake Xerxes Fussell, What In the Natural World (2017)
    Valerie June, The Order of Time (2017)
    Mdou Moctar, Sousoume Tamachek (2017)
    The Deslondes, Hurry Home (2017)
    Jonny Fritz, Sweet Creep (2016)
    Hayes Carll, Lovers and Leavers (2016)
    Drive-By Truckers, American Band (2016)
    Parker Millsap, The Very Last Day (2016)
    DAve RAwlings Machine, Nashville Obsolete (2015)
    Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
     
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    Is it just me, or doesn't Ben Bridwell sound a lot like James Mercer? They could become a "supergroup" named The Band of Horse Shins?
     
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    I have to admit that I've never heard of almost all of the bands mentioned.
    And I haven't a clue what K-Pop is, but I suspect I've head some and didn't know it.
    My primary source of music is an internet channel that aggregates radio stations into similar groups. Rock, soul, pop, etc.
    I listen to the folk grouping which includes traditional folk, Americana, bluegrass and more.
    I like a lot of what I hear but mostly don't pay attention to group names.
    The one recent group (not specifically folk) that stands out to me is Lovell sister's Larkin Poe.
    They are very talented and euphonious.
    They have developed into a blues-rock band but also have many recordings on YouTube of just the sisters on acoustic playing seemingly anything that comes to mind.
    The girls have some serious huevos. The are fearless in playing songs by anyone and everyone and doing such a good job.


    Markrk



     
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    I've seen both live and I'd have to say - not remotely.

    While both do quite a soprano/falsetto they get there different ways.

    Though I approve the super group name.
     
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    Now that you mention it...hmmm. Definitely inhabit the same range. I wouldn't mind hearing Bridwell cover some Shins tunes. Mercer's voice is sorta like if Bridwell's went to finishing school. :cool:
     
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    Ha. That's how I hear it. And why I prefer Bridwell (though I am a fan of both).

    We saw BoH in the basement (itself a good size room with a lot of floor and balcony seating) of a famous small venue here that has 3 venues on 3 levels. I've played shows in that basement and it's always a bit surreal to switch places. Anyway, it was 106 degrees and HUMID. I guess because it's in the basement the venue has no AC. Those poor guys were suffering but damn if they didn't put on a full, great show. Sweating buckets. I recall being mildly grossed out. Not because they were sweating, but because Ben would swab his face and head down after a song, then toss the towel onto the stage, then PICK IT UP AGAIN, after the wet towel soaked up whatever was on that stage from all the decades, and wipe his face again. Ewww. I'm too much of a germaphobe to tour I guess.

    Ironically was saw the Shins on the upper ballroom level of that same venue. The acoustics are much better in the basement. The ballroom is all hard surfaces and one big level, so sound bounces and reflects everywhere. But they put on a great show too.
     
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    I think the problem I find time and time again with older listeners is a multi factor formula for disappointment:

    1) do something as good sabbath, Hendrix, etc whoever I like did
    2) you have do it in the same vein, no new fangled gimmicks allowed
    3) oh but also, you’re not allowed to copy them in any way

    result: this isn’t as good as sabbath, Hendrix, etc. I’ll just listen to the old stuff

    I think keeping an open mind helps. I had a professor in college who was 70 years old and loved autechre. Had another teacher once who would have been in high school during the rockabilly days who loved all that crazy post crimson frippertronics stuff because of his son. Otherwise, for the close-minded, I would encourage older music that isn’t your primary favorite genre. Just because the aesthetic is different, doesn’t mean the artists weren’t working with similar concerns or in a similar environment. If you’re a rock guy, check out jazz or country. If you’re a jazz or country guy, check out r&b and disco. If you know all this stuff then listen to Latin American music from the same era. If you’ve exhausted everything, get into afrobeat or psychedelic rock from other countries or something. Lots of homework to do.
     
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    here's my theory

    back in the day, we had radio and other small apertures

    because the aperture was small, there was a mainstream of possible music to hear

    because there was a mainstream, musicians could bash away at it, try to make it more to their liking

    this made for a lot of creativity

    then the internet happened

    now there is no mainstream, but rather a million small substreams with less current and pressure

    so there's nothing big to push against

    so we have entropy

    my view is that most music will now be micro-traditional
     
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    Lillie Mae - Other Girls
    Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
    Julian Lage - Modern Love
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky, Star Wars
    Eminem - Recovery
    George Benson - Guitar Man
    Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age
    Public Image Ltd - This is Pil
    Patti Smith - Banga
    Promise of the Real
    Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color
     
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    @teletimetx and @MilwMark

    If y'all haven't seen Band of Horses' ACL episode, it's worth tracking down. Great performance.
     
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    Ok, I've had a think, these are some starting recommendations. If you dig, I'll bother more. :D

    Queens of the Stone Age - Rated 'R' (2000)
    Rocket From The Crypt - Live from Camp X-Ray (2002)
    Brendan Benson - Lapalco (2002)
    Social Distortion - Sex, Love & Rock n Roll (2004)
    Jason Falkner - I'm OK, You're OK (2007)
    The Wildhearts - Chutzpah (2009)
    Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders - Red Light Fever (2010)
    Social Distortion - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (2011)
    Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Vol 2 (2011)
    The Night Marchers - Allez! Allez! (2013)
    Bob Mould - Beauty and Ruin (2014)
    The Nils - Shadows and Ghosts (2015)
    The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger (2019)
    Supersuckers - Play That Rock n Roll (2020)
     
  20. soulgeezer

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    Based on the question, if the OP hasn't listened to new music for the last twenty years and is wondering how much good music he's missed during that time (assuming there was any good music during that time), I'm guessing... All of it! ;) :D
     
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