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  •  Rock is the sonic language of freedom. (3+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately, as the influence of freedom wanes in our culture, so does its audio representations.  Bold, expansive sounds echoing out into infinity to explore what is possible don't really matter to people crouching down into their own little controlled world of Orwellian reductionist hip-hop.  

    It isn't that great music isn't being made - it's just not being understood, recognized, and disseminated anymore.  Genius falls on deaf ears like pearls before swine, and never even gets delayed recognition because the aesthetic void is now constant and absolute.  

    In previous eras when trivial pop songs blew up to worldwide popularity, you could at least understand how they got there - they were catchy, and had some kind of something that explained it.  Now though, there's just nothing there at all: Songs become popular almost by default because they are totally formless and anaesthetic, like some sort of diabolical exercise in the cancellation of conscious experience.  

    Rather than getting these songs stuck in your head, you find it's almost impossible to keep them in your head - there's nothing to recall.  No feeling, no change, no sensation but the existential dread that comes into play when you realize that you are listening to annihilation personified without even the leavening of dark aesthetics.  

    At some point the music industry started waging ideological war on the very concept of music itself, and has been churning out inhumanly vacuous abominations ever since while actual music retreats into a panoply of isolated, embattled enclaves with little mutual awareness or cross-traffic into the "mainstream."  The songs that are now most promulgated succeed because they best fit the machinery that proliferates them, not because any actual human being finds pleasure in hearing them.  

    Everything just ends up bifurcating into meaningless, chaotic complexity of sound - the pretentious wasteland of most electronica - or else the fascistic, rigid simplicity and creative desolation of the overwhelming majority of hip-hop.  All is abstraction, fleeing in terror or contempt from anything resembling meaning or raw emotional content.  The cowardice of it sickens me.

    Going faster miles an hour, with the radio on.

    by Troubadour on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:42:47 AM PDT

    •  There's been some great popular music... (5+ / 0-)

      ... in the past couple of years.

      Mumford and Sons' latest is solid all the way through.  Fun is a heck of a lot of fun.  I defy you to listen to Gotye's "Somebody that I Used to Know" in a sociable situation and not have a good time.

      But it's the exception, not the rule.

      There's just so much music out there these days that a lot of it goes unrecognized.  Also, the music business has a formula down.  They know exactly what sells, and they don't put their backs into an artist unless they can mold them into exactly what sells.  The problem with the music business is that it produces the business music.

      Used to be some guesswork involved with A&R.  They'd hear some great new band and take a chance on them.  That doesn't happen anymore, and the result is (usually) anodyne music.

      The meek shall inherit the Earth that the stupid destroyed.

      by CharlieHipHop on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:57:53 AM PDT

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      •  Two memoirs of the music industry.... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....show how the big labels push bands, then inexplicably drop them - Jennifer Trynin's "All I'm Cracked Up to Be" and Jacob Slichter's (drummer from Semisonic) "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star".

        The worst example was how they sucked Trynin's royalties dry by staying in 5-star hotels and flying first-class on the road on Trynin's dime, while Trynin and her band stayed in cheap motels.

        9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

        by varro on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:04:14 PM PDT

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    •  I think our culture no longer (0+ / 0-)

      encourages people to make things or do things for themselves.  That's what's great about rock -- anybody can listen to it and say, "I can do that."  Most of the time, they don't, but the promise is meaningful.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:45:05 AM PDT

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    •  best comment on 'music' (0+ / 0-)

      i ever read on dkos... or even maybe anywhere. nailed, accurately and repeatedly.

      aural toothpaste...

      why? just kos..... *just cause*

      by melo on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:46:53 PM PDT

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