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Winter 2020-2021 Banter

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4 hours ago, Juliancolton said:

"Today's music" doesn't even have any meaning. It's gibberish. Jeff Lynne/ELO released in the year 2015 what I'd argue is their best album ever. Is that real music because a 70s band created it, or today's "low IQ BS"? Paul Simon released one of his best-selling and highest-charting records in 2016. McCartney, Dylan, Neil Young... they're all actively creating music that charts and permeates the popular culture. Just say "I don't like rap" and be done with it.

this is just more proof of consumerism lol..... best selling doesn't mean better.  Paul Simon wrote some amazing songs, so I'd argue that he's an artist from the classic rock era and so doesn't fit into this discussion.

Actually when I mean "bad music" I'm referring to the likes of country music, Katy Perry, etc.

 

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1 hour ago, Juliancolton said:

But then that's just "I don't like crappy music," and crappy music is hardly a new thing. There's a reason you'll hear the same mega-hit two or three times on a 60s channel in one day trip... the best of the best lives on and the 95% of material in the just-okay to really bad spectrum gets filtered out with the sands of time. Labels telling artists they need to appeal more to the masses also goes back pretty much to the beginning.

I'd argue that artists collectively have more freedom than ever to do their own thing without corporate pressures. They aren't beholden to the interests of terrestrial radio listeners anymore. The Jason Isbells, Phoebe Bridgerses, and Taylor Swifts of the world are objectively producing really imaginative material dripping with talent, even if it's not to one's taste – but with so many venues for independent discovery, there is, invariably, something to everyone's taste being released every day, if they're inclined to look. I mean, shoot. Bluegrass is probably having its hottest moment right now since Flatt & Scruggs got on the scene.

if we can do away with RIAA and MPAA then I'm a happy man.  They take most of the profits.  Sony getting hacked a few years ago was the best thing that could've happened, people learned how awful they are (I always knew.)

 

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12 hours ago, HeadInTheClouds said:

Agreed. A lot of it has to do with just not hearing music from 60's/70's/80's. If you are just fed today's "music" that's basically all you know. I have seen that younger people who have listened to music from the past actually appreciate it. I find it funny how many kids really like "immigrant song" from Zeppelin because of Thor and "wayward son" from Kansas because of Supernatural. The latest "dreams" video on tiktok that went viral is another example. There is hope. 

Kansas is one of the greatest of the supergroups.  I saw a lot of angry people on Twitter when Supernatural ended, I guess they wanted it to go on for a few more years.

 

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12 hours ago, Maestrobjwa said:

 

 

Hello! From the Mid/Atl thread but I lurk up here occasionally! (transferred the quotes hear so as not to take the other thread off topic). 

But as a musician who regularly rants about how terrible today's music is, I couldn't help but chime in and agree here. I am also stoked to hear your kids are enjoying music from other decades...and I'm actually encouraged that they came to a similar conclusion about the quality (or lack thereof) of today's music! And I believe that's evidence that this generation CAN appreciate better music if given the chance. I often wonder if it's a matter of exposure (or again, lack therof)...You may not realize you're getting fed musical slop from a lot of "current" music if you don't have anything better to compare it to! And for the record industry...if people keep buying up the slop, is there real motivation to change? Ya gotta wonder...

And even worse is seeing some artists who were popular even 20 years ago start watering down their music to fit the "current" sound (and in this case current too often becomes musically mediocre). I could go on, but...just thought I'd add my two cents!

Thanks for your input!  I consider you an expert!  I think it was the variety of the music back then that made it the "golden age".  People were more willing to take chances and let music tell a story, like an old epic poem.  Attention spans today are lacking, everything gets melted down into a "sound bite" and rank commercialism is to blame.

 

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5 hours ago, Nibor said:

I'm convinced anyone who says current music is bad is either too stubborn to step out of their comfort zone and listen to something new or just lazy and prefers being spoon fed classic rock.

Yep, probably still listening to FM too. Take your music app of choice but for me I’ve discovered a number of talented groups with very good lyric writing by simply letting Spotify do its thing. Some of these groups might have had some limited air play on Sirius but not in FM, not around here anyway. The talent is out there, no question. 

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48 minutes ago, IrishRob17 said:

Yep, probably still listening to FM too. Take your music app of choice but for me I’ve discovered a number of talented groups with very good lyric writing by simply letting Spotify do its thing. Some of these groups might have had some limited air play on Sirius but not in FM, not around here anyway. The talent is out there, no question. 

Some college stations have great new artists and live(pre Covid) shows.....

I listen to wfuv Fordham...

 

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1 hour ago, IrishRob17 said:

Yep, probably still listening to FM too. Take your music app of choice but for me I’ve discovered a number of talented groups with very good lyric writing by simply letting Spotify do its thing. Some of these groups might have had some limited air play on Sirius but not in FM, not around here anyway. The talent is out there, no question. 

Thats a really good idea.  I'll try spotify.  I haven't listened to radio in years (not FM not AM nothing), I pretty much just youtube everything.  It's completely replaced radio for me.  I think the last time I listened to radio was about a decade ago.  I hate commercial crap.

 

 

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2 hours ago, IrishRob17 said:

Yep, probably still listening to FM too. Take your music app of choice but for me I’ve discovered a number of talented groups with very good lyric writing by simply letting Spotify do its thing. Some of these groups might have had some limited air play on Sirius but not in FM, not around here anyway. The talent is out there, no question. 

You mean like the sunday irish stuff on fordham radio? Blehhhh lol

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On 12/19/2020 at 10:40 PM, Kborne said:

I have three sons.  They know the words to all my fav 80's songs...Their friends come over...they like those songs too..  it surprised me to hear them say today's music sucks. 

 

 

 

Yea. Great music.  

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9 minutes ago, Brian5671 said:

move to Watertown NY.  Sometimes they have 15-20 days a month with at least flakes in the air.  Crazy

Pretty boring up there

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10 hours ago, LibertyBell said:

Kansas is one of the greatest of the supergroups.  I saw a lot of angry people on Twitter when Supernatural ended, I guess they wanted it to go on for a few more years.

 

I'm not sure what we're defining as super groups here but is there any argument the Traveling Wilburys were the greatest super group of all time?

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn and Roy Orbison (for one album at least until his death) all in the same group, and all best of friends on top of that. I don't think there's ever been a group as talented since, or ever will be.

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3 minutes ago, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

I'm not sure what we're defining as super groups here but is there any argument the Traveling Wilburys were the greatest super group of all time?

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn and Roy Orbison (for one album at least until his death) all in the same group, and all best of friends on top of that. I don't think there's ever been a group as talented since, or ever will be.

Blind faith #2

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26 minutes ago, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

I'm not sure what we're defining as super groups here but is there any argument the Traveling Wilburys were the greatest super group of all time?

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn and Roy Orbison (for one album at least until his death) all in the same group, and all best of friends on top of that. I don't think there's ever been a group as talented since, or ever will be.

 

22 minutes ago, Torch said:

Blind faith #2

You may have at least an argument there. I think the Wilburys still win out, but that could be argued either way IMO.

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39 minutes ago, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

I'm not sure what we're defining as super groups here but is there any argument the Traveling Wilburys were the greatest super group of all time?

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn and Roy Orbison (for one album at least until his death) all in the same group, and all best of friends on top of that. I don't think there's ever been a group as talented since, or ever will be.

Damn, that even beats the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood super group.

 

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I think 107.1 "the Peak" is a great station. Good Mix and  Chris Hermann in the afternoon and  Jimmy Fink in the evening always plays much different music then you hear on other commercial stations in the area.

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13 hours ago, NorthShoreWx said:

Near Sunken Meadow.  Did you go to West?

Yes went to smithtown high school west graduated in 2008, my parents are still there and I work in smithtown. Moved to holbrook now in an apartment not sure where I’ll be when we buy a house. Smithtown too expensive 

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Anyone catch the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction? Went down to a park on the water and got lucky for about 5 minutes when a hole opened in the clouds. Got double lucky when someone was there with an 8 inch Dobsonian. 

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Skunked by a wall of clouds over the south western horizon, looking from the Central Park Reservoir.

Guess I have to wait another 800 years.

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4 hours ago, etudiant said:

Skunked by a wall of clouds over the south western horizon, looking from the Central Park Reservoir.

Guess I have to wait another 800 years.

Yeah we had pretty crappy visibility out in suffolk county as well, kinda disappointed...

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