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Al Forsyth

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It’s THIS Decade (only)

Maybe it’s one or more of your favorite songs from this current decade and maybe you aren’t happy with the music these days because things have certainly changed but let's have a good look at it (post four, or so, at a time).  There are incredible artists/songs still out there making/comprising the music.  I’ve picked out a smorgasbord of songs (four) that are from this decade of music that ranges, more-or-less, from all over the place (nothing in common or particular OR maybe so).  Hoping that the week will have as much randomness in it’s voting as are the songs and artists, but one never knows with the Blueboard voters.  Maybe there is some familiarity with some songs and maybe (hopefully) not.  You decide.

Away we go…

First up, yep, we know Sebu from No Pier Pressure but how about his band and song?:

Safe And Sound – Capital Cities

A new phenom?  Started first album in high school.  Pharrell had her for master class NYU to really get her going:

On + Off – Maggie Rogers

No Pier Pressure brought us new songs but Brian employed various artists to sing on it as well.  This one with Nate Ruess of Fun:

Saturday Night - Brian Wilson featuring Nate Ruess

A songstress from the UK (Scotland):

My Kind Of Love - Emeli Sande’



So let's dig into this decade of music, listen and vote on the four songs above and listen to what has been going on the past seven/eight years.  Listen to no OTHER decade this week.  Be as current as you would like [smile] 

Happy listening and voting [smile] [smile] [smile] [smile] [smile]


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Hi, Al. It's good to be home again and great to see this week's theme. It's been a while since we looked at newer music. Shall we assume that the decade began in 2010? I think so.

The Black Keys, "Howlin' For You", 2010


The Kills, "Future Starts Slow", 2011


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The 2010s.  Slim pickins IMO.  

Gold - BW - Easily my favorite NPP track with a guest vocal by a non BB.  I think Nate Ruess is one of the better voices in modern pop.  With better promotion, this would've been a big hit in the summer of 2015.

The rest of pretty interchangeable, but for the sake of the battle.

Silver - Capital Cities - I never thought I'd pick a dance song for silver.  But I do think these guys have good voices.  

Bronze - Maggie Rogers

Tin - E. Sande 

IMO, Ghost is by far the best artist to emerge during this time period 




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Gold  Brian and Nate.  Clearly ahead by a century.

then way back in the pack

Silver  Emeli...although that's NOT how you spell Emily...or sand for that matter.  Real instruments are nice though.  2nd...almost by default.

Bronze  Capitol...sorry Capital Cities...probably 3rd only because the big tin loser is so off key...even with pitch control.  Oh so typical and pedestrian.  A pox on this kind of same old/same old junk.

and finally the afore mentioned one which can't stand the sniff test... ... ...

Last and decidedly least...pant suit girl.  Maggie may...not.  Yuck!!!  A contender for the worst song ever in ye olde 'battle'.

I loathe songs with computerized instrumentation.  Makes me wanna put my fist through a wall...and use the radio as a shot-put.  The last 2 are both shyte.
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I see my old pal kds referred to this mess as "slim pickins".  Slim pickins after an 8 1/2 year NO food/no calories diet.  'Cept for Brian and Nate...not much in the way o' music either.
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Gold  Brian and Nate.  Clearly ahead by a century.

then way back in the pack

Silver  Emeli...although that's NOT how you spell Emily...or sand for that matter.  Real instruments are nice though.  2nd...almost by default.

Bronze  Capitol...sorry Capital Cities...probably 3rd only because the big tin loser is so off key...even with pitch control.  Oh so typical and pedestrian.  A pox on this kind of same old/same old junk.

and finally the afore mentioned one which can't stand the sniff test... ... ...

Last and decidedly least...pant suit girl.  Maggie may...not.  Yuck!!!  A contender for the worst song ever in ye olde 'battle'.

I loathe songs with computerized instrumentation.  Makes me wanna put my fist through a wall...and use the radio as a shot-put.  The last 2 are both shyte.
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I see my old pal kds referred to this mess as "slim pickins".  Slim pickins after an 8 1/2 year NO food/no calories diet.  'Cept for Brian and Nate...not much in the way o' music either.


Very true, and one of the reasons I tend to stick with music of the 60s and 70s
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Two of them I've heard before and two are newbies to me.

I'll go with:

GOLD:  Brian Wilson/Nate for Saturday Night.  Clearly the best in my opinion.
 
SILVER:  Emeli Sande/My Kind Of Love.  

BRONZE:  Capital Cities/Safe and Sound.  

TIN/PEWTER:  Maggie Rogers/On + Off.  

My final answer.  

Thanks, Al!
 


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Hi Al.

There is a lot of good indie music around at the moment.

Excuse my language.


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2012 saw the comebacks of two iconic California based bands

Van Halen 



The Beach Boys 



Both comeback albums might've went to #1 on the Billboard chart if not for that (somewhat bafflingly) popular Adele album at the time.  

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour released a new solo album in 2015



Also, in 2015, Iron Maiden returned from a five year recording break (so that Bruce Dickinson could be treated for tongue cancer)



Deep Purple released what will likely be their final album earlier this spring 




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I try to avoid 21st century pop at all costs, and now I have to choose which one is better. But I can't so I'll just say which one I hate least.

GOLD: Saturday Night-Brian And Nate
This is only gold because it's Brian. At least no fake instrumentation. I don't like Nate's voice.

SILVER: All the rest are silver. If I could tie them for tin I would. I can't even decide which I hate least. I can't stand a single one. I feel embarrassed that this is the music of my generation. Sorry Al, but there is no way I'll be listening to this stuff all week. I couldn't even listen for a few minutes. This music is mindless in composition and lyrics. So called "music" for the masses. Man I hate this decade. I'll stick with 30s to 70s. What has the world come to?

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I try to avoid 21st century pop at all costs, and now I have to choose which one is better. But I can't so I'll just say which one I hate least. GOLD: Saturday Night-Brian And Nate This is only gold because it's Brian. At least no fake instrumentation. I don't like Nate's voice. SILVER: All the rest are silver. If I could tie them for tin I would. I can't even decide which I hate least. I can't stand a single one. I feel embarrassed that this is the music of my generation. Sorry Al, but there is no way I'll be listening to this stuff all week. I couldn't even listen for a few minutes. This music is mindless in composition and lyrics. So called "music" for the masses. Man I hate this decade. I'll stick with 30s to 70s. What has the world come to?


At least some of the old guard is still out there....for now.  

Pop music as a whole has been declining for the last quarter century.  I wonder what things are going to sound like in 5-10 years.  
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At least some of the old guard is still out there....for now.  

Pop music as a whole has been declining for the last quarter century.  I wonder what things are going to sound like in 5-10 years.  

If the quality continues to decline at this rate, the music will just be a giant steaming pile of cow excrement. But then again, I can't imagine it being much worse than it is now!

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If the quality continues to decline at this rate, the music will just be a giant steaming pile of cow excrement. But then again, I can't imagine it being much worse than it is now!


I thought the same thing in 2007, and look where we are now in 2017.  

I'm convinced the song doctors have the formula for earworms, and most pop music sales are the result of people not being able to get the songs out of their heads.  
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I thought the same thing in 2007, and look where we are now in 2017.  

I'm convinced the song doctors have the formula for earworms, and most pop music sales are the result of people not being able to get the songs out of their heads.  

It's all about the formula now. I hope some people are going to follow in Brian's footsteps and f*** with it.

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It's all about the formula now. I hope some people are going to follow in Brian's footsteps and f*** with it.


Some still do.  Unfortunately, you really have to hunt to try to find some decent new artists out there these days.  I used to really make an effort in trying to find new groups, but a lot of the ones that I did find just sounded like watered down copies of previous groups (ie. The Australian band Airbourne.  They sound so much like AC/DC, I'd rather just listen to AC/DC). 
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Some still do.  Unfortunately, you really have to hunt to try to find some decent new artists out there these days.  I used to really make an effort in trying to find new groups, but a lot of the ones that I did find just sounded like watered down copies of previous groups (ie. The Australian band Airbourne.  They sound so much like AC/DC, I'd rather just listen to AC/DC). 

Yeah a lot of bands sound like lesser versions of their influences. Yesterday I was at a Buddy Guy concert and he was touring with this child prodigy guitarist, Quinn Sullivan. You should look him up. I got a CD and it's not bad.

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