I know I’m about 20 years late to the hipster indie party – this band and its impresario Robert Pollard have been indie gods since the 80s. I remember hearing my vegetarian, feminist girlfriends in college play GBV’s “low-fi” stuff for me in college in the early 90s. Just didn’t grab me – seemed douchey. Well, the good thing about GBV is that they’ve got about 75 albums and 1000+ songs to choose from, so you’re bound to find something enjoyable.
I’m constantly late to the party when it comes to musical fashion. There’s just such an astounding mass of good music – especially pop music – that its just very unlikely that the best stuff to listen to is what is being performed and promoted right now.
System of a Down is one of those bands. I got into them in 2008 when I was FAT. I haven’t heard their latest album – released in 2011 – but wouldn’t be surprised if it was great. They seem to have held interest from their early albums to their late ones. Their 2005 double-issue “Mesmerize” has some of my favorite songs on it.
Cool cats like Frank Zappa, but like even more advertising to the world that they like Frank Zappa, because liking him is what makes a cat cool.
I like Zappa – not obsessed though. I don’t like too much humor in my music. My first released album contains much sick and sarcastic humor,
but I still don’t consider my music in the Comedy Rock genre. I need some anger and angst in there. Frank’s music is often too happy and goofy for me.
But today’s song, though tongue-in-cheek, is hard-hitting punk/prog Zappa at his best. Its why I love Zappa.
Training to be a composer exposes you to music from a wide historical and stylistic range. It gives you a higher-level view than most people. That’s why “genre” to me means popular, classical, folk, religious – and every major civilization’s flavors of those high-level categories.
But since most people’s scope of music View all photos
Mastodon is a progressive metal band from down south in Atlanta – and they sound it. Their peculiar style of prog-metal bear some of the tell-tale marks of all southern music:
- Extensive use of the straight-up View all photos
I know a lot of people hate Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. These folks are either a) old Nirvana fans who think Grohl whored himself out for douchey music or 2) alt-indie music fans who think Grohl is a cheese ball hard rocker.
I identify with both these views, since Foo Fighters View all photos
Rock music criticism is bullshit.
The fact is that most rock critics are failed musicians who majored in English in college and have a chip on their shoulders that they didn’t make it in music or fiction writing. The evidence for this is the clear avoidance of actual music criticism in rock View all photos