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There has been another round of articles worrying bout the state of rock, but plenty of great music is still being created.  It's just flying below the popular culture's - and even the alt-rock indie culture's - radar.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.

I'm a big rock music fan, so a couple recent articles on it have stuck with me.  The first was from a couple weeks ago, and for the life of me I can't track it down now.  The gist of it was that the era of great guitarists is passing.  The most celebrated are all old in rock and roll years; even the youngest among them, Jack White, is 37.  And so on.

Lamentations about the awful state of rock music have been around about as long as rock music, of course.  They are typically rooted in the belief that music was at its zenith when the writer in question was about 16, has been in decline ever since, and can only be rescued by going back to that golden era and entering a perpetual state of suspended animation.

I obviously don't think much of that.  Music changes; either deal with it or stop listening.  Composers work with what's available, and as that evolves so do the sounds they create.  Forty years ago Thom Yorke might well have been a guitar virtuoso, but the possibilities electronic music opened up are clearly more intriguing to him.  So instead of Who's Next we get Kid A.  Wondering where all the great guitar players went makes only slightly more sense than wondering where all the great Gregorian chanters have gone.

That said, there actually are a lot of great rock groups out there, they just aren't front and center.  Guitar-driven rock and roll doesn't dominate the contemporary musical landscape, or get served up to the casual listener, the way it used to.  But if you're willing to go off the beaten path (and wade through a certain amount of uninspired crap) you can find some pretty amazing stuff.  But you won't hear Aladelta by L'Hereu Escampa, Amok by Bohemian Betyars or Meet My Maker by Howl Griff on the radio any time soon.

Still, the ability to hear such artists is an almost unimaginable improvement to anyone who grew up listening to a handful of local stations.  Even better, you don't have to go all the way to Spain, Hungary or Wales to find great rock bands.  No matter where you are, you are almost guaranteed to have at least a couple fine ones in your backyard.  Finding ways to discover and support them is important - regardless of what you (or anyone else) might think of their prospects for finding a wider audience.

Near the end of his "Winners' History of Rock and Roll" Steven Hyden makes the case for a group near his hometown:

Part of me thinks we'd all be better off as rock fans to unplug and go local. I live in Milwaukee, and there are at least a half-dozen rock groups here that I love and can see for next to nothing at a corner bar. A couple years ago, a local band named Call Me Lightning put out a record called When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free that sounds like The Who if Steve Albini had produced Who's Next. It's maybe my fifth or sixth favorite rock record of the decade so far....I have a small hope that by mentioning Call Me Lightning just now, at least a few of you will be inspired to check out When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free and have your heads torn off.
(Memo to Steve: if you want to encourage people to check out a group, include a link like this!  Help us out a little, buddy!)  Sure, it would be great if a good word from a trusted writer could spur lots of sales.  I actually bought the Call Me Lightning album on Hyden's recommendation; it's in my queue and I'll get to it in a few weeks.  But it seems to me that what local groups need at least as much as increasing sales is local support.

High quality music doesn't sell itself.  If that was all that mattered The Donkeys would have busted out of San Diego about five years ago, and Free Energy would plotting world domination from Philadelphia.  Instead they and groups like them release albums and tour as they can, often times playing any venue that will have them.  Showing up to those concerts and spreading the word is also a big deal.  Even in the Internet age there's still a lot to be said for face to face contact and word of mouth publicity.

Going to live shows can also make for some pretty great experiences.  Sometimes you might be packed in with an enthusiastic crowd at a club, sometimes you might be Bobby, and sometimes something totally out of the blue and wonderful happens.  That last one happened to me this past Friday, for example.

It actually began last year when I stumbled on The Ready Stance.  I bought their album, loved it, and kept an eye out for live dates.  A couple months ago they announced a night at a small bar in Columbus, so I circled the date.  I did more than go to the concert though.  I got in touch with the band a few weeks before and we ended up hanging out before the show.

Think about one of your favorite albums from the last few years.  Now think about sitting at a bar with the group and knocking back beers with them for an hour or so.  Then they say "OK, time for the show," walk over to the next room, pick up their instruments, and blow the walls off the place.  Wouldn't that be fucking awesome?  That's exactly what I got to do.

So when I read about how there aren't any great guitarists any more I just think, well sure - if what you're waiting for is the next supergroup of established stars.  But all the bands above have really talented guitarists.  Listen for yourself!  Internet distribution lets anyone with an interest hear a huge variety of new artists, the kind of thing previously reserved for those who worked in or near the industry.  And while it would be nice if enthusiasm for an artist by itself could spur sales, there are more direct ways to show support.  The artists themselves will notice and appreciate it, trust me.

7:58 AM PT: UPDATE: Feel free to leave music recs in the comments!  I got turned on to Bohemian Betyars from a comment on my Best Music of 2012 post.  In fact, I've gotten tipped to lots of great music through comment threads.

Originally posted to danps on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music and Community Spotlight.


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  •  Thanks for the insights (2+ / 0-)
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    Not all of it to my taste, but some very nice bits here

  •  I really enjoyed this. Thanks for the links. (2+ / 0-)
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    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:18:14 AM PDT

  •  Loved your story about hangin out with the band (2+ / 0-)
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    Before the show.

    I showed up two hours early for a Jimmie dale gilmour show in a dive in ct and got to shoot a game of pool with him.  I suck at pool.  He was very gracious.  Awesome show.

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:04:25 AM PDT

  •  hey hey, my my (5+ / 0-)

    rock and roll will never die  :)

    Extricandae copiae.

    by Lee on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:06:42 AM PDT

  •  I'm glad this got rescued. (9+ / 0-)

    One of the things I've struggled unsuccessfully with over the years is not becoming an 'old fogey' when it comes to music.  Part of the problem is that I just don't have the time/energy to devote to the search that I did when I was younger.  Maybe I should adopt some teenagers...

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:08:48 AM PDT

  •  If ever you mourn the health of R&R (4+ / 0-)
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    just go see the Drive-By Truckers live.  Your faith WILL be restored.

    When the truth is spoken, and it don't make no difference, something in your heart goes cold.

    by Flea on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:41:48 AM PDT

  •  Rock just happened to be the best every when I was (6+ / 0-)

    16 - but that's just an accident of nature. I was 16 in 1971.
    But I do agree with the author's premise. Some people think Van Halen or Metallica are the best bands in history because they first heard them when they were 16.

    But the answer is still Led Zeppelin for pure rock. My personal favorite is still The Who, however.

    What's changed in the musical landscape is the music business.
    Bands are still out there but the record companies seemingly only exist to re-issue recording they already own and not sign and promote new ones.

    Radio stations are all owned by large corporations who autoprogram nothing but rock oldies. Unlike the old days when you were able to hear a song by a new band on the radio, enjoy it and go out to buy the album to see what else they did.

    So, they music is there but you've got to look deeper to find it these days.  

    I ask him if he was warm enough? "Warm," he growled, "I haven't been warm since Bastogne."

    by Unrepentant Liberal on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:04:50 AM PDT

    •  I actually might agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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      Who's Next, Led Zeppelin IV, Tupelo Honey, There's a Riot Goin' On, ELP's debut, The Yes Album, Nursery Cryme (I'm a big prog rock fan), just an unbelievable number of great albums.  1971 just might have been The Year.

    •  Unfortunately, I turned 16 in 1986... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....when most of the classic rock bands were on hiatus, grunge musicians were in their early stages, and hair metal ruled.

      I will say my 20s (which were the 90s), were rich in harder rock music, and the college rock bands I listened to in the mid-late 80s (epitomized by R.E.M.) started to get into the mainstream.

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

      by varro on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:58:38 AM PDT

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  •  You SOOO totally hit it on the head with: (3+ / 0-)
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    They are typically rooted in the belief that music was at its zenith when the writer in question was about 16,
    (Or course, you could apply that to the state of the nation, politics, general ethics, almost anything.)

    To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

    by ban48 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:10:00 AM PDT

    •  Exactly! (4+ / 0-)
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      Me and my buddies were sitting around one night, talking about this very thing. We called it being stuck in a time warp. And we were probably around sixteen at the time too, making fun of beatniks and their jazz.

      But I think rock and roll is dead. The music featured on this diary isn't rock and roll, but it might be called 'rock music'. But have no fear, there's lots of rock and roll being played by bar bands.

      It's so easy to self-publish music these days, that good music doesn't need to come out of radio. I think radio popular music certainly isn't rock or even rock and roll.

      I happened to be listening to old, old rock and roll the other day. X, which people used to call punk rock, did a lot of real rock and roll music. But that was a long time ago, when I was in my late twenties. Time warp!

      "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

      by Crider on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:49:23 AM PDT

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      •  Under the Big Black Sun (3+ / 0-)
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        is my all-time fave amongst a great string of classics they recorded, and you're right - it just sounds like rock 'n' roll anymore. "The Have Nots" still resonates directly as anthem for the Occupy era.

        But then again, when it was released that which was sold and commodified as "rock 'n' roll" was the likes of Journey, Asia, and Quiet Riot. The industry had to market a band like X as something else.  

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        by FutureNow on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PDT

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      •  Great Great Band - Manzarek on Drums in this song (3+ / 0-)
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        My at-the-time Brother-in-Law had a band playing on the fringes of the punk/new wave LA scene in the late 70's-early 80's. I roadied for them (and sang on their demo woo-hoo!) and got to meet a lot of great bands back then. Peter Case and The Plimsouls, The Go-Go's, I wish I could recall them all but the truth is my memory grows hazy these days, after all it's been 35 years.

        35 years! Shit.

      •  Best live show I have ever seen (1+ / 0-)
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        X at The Channel in Boston, with Mission of Burma.  1982.  I hope someday I blunder into a video of that show on YouTube.

  •  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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        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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  •  Its only a regime change... (1+ / 0-)
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    You can spend $1000 for to see the Stones so Keith can get another full body blood transfusion or look around to realize there are many bands coming up in this new Millennium to take their place.  

    My personal favorite is "Tea Leaf Green" whom I first saw open for David Lindley and El Rayo-X at the Fillmore in 2003. They have been touring incessantly since then.  

    Check out this video "Easy to be your Lover"

    It really showcases Trevor's song writing talents, Josh's guitar and the the other worldly things that Reid can do on the bass.

  •  No Mention of Punk Rock? (3+ / 0-)
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    When I was 16 Led Zeppelin reigned supreme.  I really got sick of them because they hogged the radio.  Worst were the horrible metal wannabes such as Foghat, Foreigner, etc. etc.

    1976 and 1977 were IT for me.  Patti Smith, Ramones, RICHARD HELL, and Sex Pistols are where it was at for me.  I also LOVED the underground hardcore punk explosion of the 80s, including Minor Threat, GI, BLACK FLAG, and others.  

    In the late 80s and early 90s, I loved the grunge scene: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.  It was then I learned to appreciate Led Zeppelin, because these Seattle working class folks were interpreting 70s metal through a more grassroots lens.  

    Between the mid-90s and today, I fell in love with the rave scene and electronic music, which really isn't rock music.

    I still find things to love in rock music.  Punk, a genre I thought might have expired by now, is as powerful as ever.  Look at Pussy Riot.  No, they're not virtuosos, but rock music is so easy to play, it's the attitude and the emotion that matters.  I love listening online to KEXP in Seattle.  The American Northwest produces as many great bands as ever, including The Learning Team, Verbex and The Thermals.  

    I've also explored rock music South of the Border.  Cafe Tecuba is like the Mexican Beatles, except that within one album, they also incorporate influences like New Order, Led Zeppelin and Mexican folk music.  There are great bands from every country in South and Central America.  I once did an exploration regarding Argentinian rock and learned that their punk and new wave scene helped bring down the murderous dictatorship in 1983.  I really believe that the Latin American world is doing its best to save rock music.  Interestingly, I've found myself singing along to Cafe Tecuba lyrics and learning some Spanish that way.  Fun stuff.  The vocals in these bands are some of the best in rock music, by the way.

    If you guys are still stuck in the 60s and 70s, I feel sorry for you.  

  •  I went totally local 20 years ago (5+ / 0-)

    Some of our local bands of that era are gone.  Teri, the drummer for Tizzy died of breast cancer, the Stone Coyotes found two other local stomping grounds in Texas and LA, Jaya the Cat found a not-unpredictable home in the Netherlands.  Others like The Hutus are gone for the more traditional rocknroll reasons of alcohol, egos, and "creative differences".   But a new generation of bands has stepped forward to fill those voids, The Prozacs, Gimlet Slip, No Intention, the Creepin' Cadavers, and some hold on come hell and high water, Steve Westfield, Angry Johnny & the Killbillies.  And we rock on, and I couldn't be happier or care less about the "international recording artists".  As some oldtimer said long ago, "Hey hey my my rock and roll will never die."

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:05:24 AM PDT

  •  "Rock is dead they say..." (3+ / 0-)

    Unlike when Pete Townshend sang "Long Live Rock," there is a truth to the sentiment now, depending upon how we define "rock." If, by it, we mean 2/4 syncopated music rooted in the I-IV-V 16 bar blues, then it is no more dead than ever, but, it is unquestionably dead and unburied if we mean certain select other things.

    1. If rock is the model that was always proposed but nearly never followed, where a band forms, plays locally, gets heard by an A&R person, gets a record, gets played on the radio, and matures as artists over the course of four or five albums, then it is gone. First, the A&R people were slaughtered by the mega-disk mergers, and the remaining ones were killed off again by more mergers. (I.e. the model was dead before punk, which is one of the reasons for punk. After the merger of the post-WEA/Sony groups, even the memory of the model was dead.)

    2. If rock is a model of independent artistic innovation in music, made without regard for sales, then it is alive.

    3. If rock is a model of performance by groups of teens and young adults that recreates the tribal and communal experience of the bacchanal, then it is almost dead. The club scenes exist, but only sporadically, and, most essentially, they do so without the groups. Each artiste has an iPad with a full band on it, so the shamanistic element so praised by Lester Bangs is gone. The sweaty catharsis of the blues is gone.

    4. If rock is a substrate of culture for the young, where lyrics voice counter cultural protest and record the spirits of the age, then it's about dead, too. The loss of the radio has meant the loss of any consistent language, any medium of exchange. Being hot on iTunes may work, but it will not knit together a subculture.

    I'm a punk, so I might be expected to be nasty about this stuff, but I'm afraid that it's true. The corporations took over while people were nattering on about their "po mo'" clipping and sampling.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:04:35 AM PDT

    •  My philosophy is simple (1+ / 0-)
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      Listen. If it moves you, it's alive.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:57:11 AM PDT

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      •  Aestheticism, yes. That's fractured, though. (1+ / 0-)
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        Sure, if I set the definition at myself and define myself as an aesthete, then it's all good. In fact, it's all better. After all, Pandora does great stuff. I wish it had existed when my band was making records -- more folks'd have found us.

        However, that's a pretty severe loss from what rock was. There is nothing that prevents a local scene from developing and recreating the original -- except for the love of samples and the problem of getting along with other artists -- so there is always hope. After all, the recipe is pretty simple. Still, as anything other than a bunch of individuals pleasing themselves?


        Everyone is innocent of some crime.

        by The Geogre on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:12:24 AM PDT

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  •  In the battle between the singer and the guitarist (2+ / 0-)
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    ... the singer won.

    The days when the lead guitar was right up front with the singer, where people knew his name because his guitar work helped define the band's sound, is pretty much over with.

    It's a singer's market now, the guitarist relegated to rhythm guitar and filler.  

    He might be stuck with the singer's leftovers, but at least he's not the bass player.  :)

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    by Rick Aucoin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:49:52 AM PDT

  •  We only remember the good stuff from back then (4+ / 0-)
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    For every Beatles or Doors there were eight Herman's Hermits and six Strawberry Alarm Clocks.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

  •  L'Hereu Escampa revisits Mission of Burma (2+ / 0-)
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    I listened to Aladelta.  Interesting.  At 5:00 it enters a punkier segment that really put me in mind of Mission of Burma circa 1981.  I went back and listened to Academy Fight Song and sure enough these Catalan dudes are tuned into Boston rock from 30 years ago.

  •  Call Me Lightning (1+ / 0-)
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    Because of your post, I just bought to CML releases. Even though I live in Milwaukee, I had not gotten around to listening to them.

    Glad I'm catching up now. Thanks!

  •  Great young Guitarists are out there... (1+ / 0-)
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    In full disclosure, I am related to the guitar player in question.

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    by Mark E Andersen on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:08:15 PM PDT

  •  When I was 16...(1984).... (1+ / 0-)
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    Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, new wave, and synth pop ruled the charts. Yes, R.E.M., U2, Bon Jovi, and Metallica were just getting started, but the rock music that was huge at the time was Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Quiet Riot. I was more of a early hip-hop fan myself, but the same sentiments the diarist is making about the death of rock and roll could easily be applied to R&B and hip-hop right now, though R&B is experiencing a bit of a renaissance thanks to artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel, Luke James, Elle Varner and The Weeknd.

    But on topic, hair metal was just beginning to blossom around that time, but the excesses of that genre wouldn't become self-evident until about three years later.  There were a few good punk/alternative bands that were rising up during that time (Husker Du, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, The Cult, The Pixies, The Smithereens) but only the geeky kids or "too cool for school" kids knew about them.  It would take a few bands from the Pacific Northwest to get alternative rock into the mainstream years later.

  •  Country, Alt Country, Prog Country (1+ / 0-)
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    Plenty of great rock licks happening there.

    I would like a new world.
    I love that new world odor.

    by Ex Con on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:45:51 PM PDT

  •  This one blew me away - "Time" by Asteroid (1+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man

    If you listen closely, you can hear Sabbath, the Doors, and even a little Mountain here.  The whole record this is from is worth hearing and certainly proof that rock is still viable, just as Stravinsky said that there was great music still to be written in C major.  Like all great rock songs, this one builds and builds....

  •  Lessons from a master (1+ / 0-)
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    David Bowie's new album The Next Day is maybe one of his best.

    When it was released on iTunes I bought it after listen to the first 2 samples. Unfortunately he doesn't plan to tour China any day soon but it is top on my chart right now.

    Reviews have been mixed, to be expected when a 66 year old legend releases his first album in a decade, but the more you listen the better it gets, and it made the Metacritc top ten last month, which has a lot of good stuff, actually.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:55:44 AM PDT

  •  Jake Bugg (1+ / 0-)
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    came to our little podunk town recently. The audience was mixed, but there were a lot of younger people there.
    The local festivall is also popular with a mix of ages, and the lineup of artists is eclectic to say the least. Thank heaven it's back this year and the Beeb covers it fairly thoroughly because it's a good place to hear breakout groups, along with old favourites.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:31:34 AM PDT

  •  The Link to sight for my Solo CD (0+ / 0-)

    from 2008 is Here

    The long still unreleased CD from my last Hard Rock Band GliTCHeD is here

    And my upcoming Cover Project is here

  •  There Is Lots Out There (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for this diary.

    Check out  and for more free music than you could ever listen to, from an incredible variety of bands and virtuoso musicians.  Too many to name.

    I'm kinda partial to Umphrey's McGee.  Excellent, modern improvisational, progressive rock band.  They are a hard working band that loves their fans and will melt your face every time.  You can listen to them for free by getting their podcasts on ITunes.

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