The last 10 years - What have we gained musically?

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  1. Jazzydave

    Jazzydave Seeker Silver Supporting Member

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    As we're coming to the close of another decade, it got me thinking, "What have we gained musically over the last 10 years?"

    I pretty much skipped over the majority of the music in the 90s and the 80s was bit funky as well. I'm willing to venture out on limb here and say that we've had some of the most amazing musicians, performers, and songwriters surface, collectively, since the late 70s, early 80s.

    With the indie "revolution" in full effect, it's changed the way artists approach the masses. The heavy interweaving of independent music into multimedia has truly changed the industry.

    Myspace, Youtube, Facebook, streaming media, etc...

    There are so many other aspects to go into that could go on and on and on! I think we've had a good 10 yrs and looking back on it, I'm sure the the '00s will be looked at as a decade of great artistry.

    What's your take on it? Who has stood out to you over the last decade?
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Gold Supporting Member

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    i think the rise of Indie as a genre was pleasant. Spoon, the New Pornographers, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, The White Stripes, The Killers, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix and so on. Real bands making music.

    BUT.

    I just picked up a song here and there off the web, then put it into my playlist. Or heard it streaming off an online service. Back in the day you had radio, which prompted you to get the album. These days getting the whole album and listening to it all the way through might be gone. It's the revival of the K-Tel mentality! Which is a shame since a lot of these bands are more cohesive than just generating one hit wonders. I think folks will come back and realize that and check out all the music they never heard.
     
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    Radiohead changed the rules.

    Thank God.
     
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    Hiromi, Bjork, Radiohead, Doves, Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares, Squarepusher, Flaming Lips, Amon Tobin, Wilco, Portishead, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Mastodon, Opeth, Isis, Porcupine Tree, . . .
     
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    I hope this doesn't turn into another lame "ain't nothing's been good since back in MY day" geezerfest....
     
  6. Jazzydave

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    I think its interesting (and I completely agree) that many of the bands mentioned have been around for quite awhile. I feel like they fought the system, learned from it, and are teaching the young cats how to do it without being chained to a major label...

    Wilco, Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Killers, Belle and Sebastian...all of them stick out to me as well.

    On the flipside of indies, there's John Mayer, Norah Jones, Ray Lamontagne, Brad Paisley, Jay-Z, to name a few. Then you have some huge acts that have grown even more - I'm thinking the Dave Matthews Band and the Allman Brothers Band. They've always been big, but they've really been running full force for awhile now.

    I rarely ever talk to anyone that still listens to "pop" radio...and college radio just keeps getting bigger and better.
     
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    Uhm, wrong decade. All of these artists were well established before 2000.
     
  8. Jazzydave

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    Let's hope not...and if it does, we all know that's not the case. When you said that, for some reason I immediately thought of Derek Trucks. Is he a pioneer? I think he's picked up where the great guitarists of the late 60s, early 70s left off.

    Outside of the usual "legends" that are still out touring, I think he's one of the only younger guys on my list of "must-sees."
     
  9. Bankston

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    The 90's was an amazing decade for music and musicians.

    The oughts will be known for a transitional period in the music business and there have been some great artists to emerge. But certainly the paradigm has changed in the most significant way since companies started making more money off recorded music than sheet music.
     
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    Heaven forbid someone with real-life experience, who has owned a gtr for maybe more than a month should speak up...
     
  11. JohnM

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    I often wonder how music would be if musicians weren't influenced at all by the financial trappings - the 'hope' for fame, fortune, etc...
    If music was only made just for the sake of making it :huh

    sorry...back to reality...
     
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    good acts have gotten exponentially better.... that makes the bad music seem incrementally worse.

    unfortunately we've also seen the de-facto death of some decent bands.... red hot chili peppers, pearl jam, foo fighters, etc. all remain relevant in the market, but as far as i'm concerned they've bored themselves into artistic obscurity.
     
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    Sure, but they've all put out some of their strongest material in the last decade, no?
     
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    There are hundreds of blogs out there providing MP3s of all sorts of incredible, previously totally inaccessible music, such as obscure tapes from Africa, long out-of-print blues records, live recordings.
     
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    Yeah, because certainly no one who likes modern music has owned one for more than a month or has any real-life experience. :rolleyes:
     
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    I've gotten into more new bands (and some bands that have been around for a little while) over the past few years than I have since the alternative boom of the early 90's probably even more now than then. There is so much good music if you're willing to listen. Some of it really jumps genres too. Internet radio, satellite radio, itunes, Pandora, college radio, Amazon, myspace... It's not as hard to find as some people make out.

    The standouts for me? Fleet Foxes, Muse, Mute Math, Phoenix, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, Minus the Bear, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Band of Horses, The Whigs, Animal Collective, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco, The Shins, Rogue Wave, The White Stripes, Dirty Projectors, Dr. Dog, Queens of the Stone Age, Norah Jones, Plant and Krauss, Eagles of Death Metal, Flaming Lips, Gogol Bordello, Kings of Leon, The Mars Volta, Okkerville River, Modest Mouse, Rogue Wave, The National, Coconut Records, The Autumns, and that's off the top of my head.
     
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    Musically:
    U2 (continued on a streak of greatness)
    John Mayer
    My Morning Jacket
    George Strait (continued on a streak of greatness)
    Dave Grohl--for really mixing it up and keeping creative, even if the output was not all good
    Brad Paisley--for putting real country tele-spanking back in the spotlight
    Derek Trucks

    For changing the way the game is played:
    Ani DiFranco
    Radiohead
     
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    :rotflmao
     
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    Who is this "we" of which you speak? Since we are talking about popular music, then shouldn't this "we" mean the masses? In that case it becomes a matter of whomever sells the most product, gets the most air time on the radio and on TV and is most discussed in the popular media. Otherwise "we" is an abstract notion based upon some notion of an elite for which no criteria have been specified.

    Sorry for the geezerdom, but twenty years from now when you buy that giant coffee table book entitled "The History of Rock" and you turn to the chapter for this decade, the giant photo on the first page will be that of Lady Gaga. Sad, but true.
     

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