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Al Forsyth

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And now to fun it up - some live versions, but the original post should be what we vote on!


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Al -- Thanks for this week's topic. It's motivational.


Ariel Pink, born Ariel Rosenberg in 1978, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Los Angeles. He has sometimes recorded as Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Some favorites from this decade:

"Bright Lit Blue Skies" (2010)



"Only In My Dreams" (2012)


"Put Your Number In My Phone" (2014)


"One Summer Night" (2014)


"Jell-o" (2014) (now it gets weird)


"Exile On Frog Street" (2014) (still weird, like Brian meets Zappa)


Plus one from his next album: "Another Weekend" (2017) (not weird)



PS -- bonnie: thanks for the Wolf Alice.

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Larry Franz

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oh, hell, might as well

Lord Huron, "The Night We Met", 2015


The Secret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Low", 2017


Gem Club, "Flax", 2010


The Pearlfishers, "A Peacock and a King", 2014


TORRES, "Cowboy Guilt", 2015


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Larry, your interests go all over the range of audio possibilities.  I can't even keep up.  The Secret Sisters have been around awhile.  I'll pull up some of my faves tomorrow evening. 
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Al -- Please do. It's so lonely here. 

In music news, Fleet Foxes have released their first album in six years. It's called Crack-Up and is disappointing. The only two tracks I found worth posting:

"Kept Woman"


"If You Need To, Keep Time On Me"


And a young woman named Taylor Swift has a new song out that's garnered some attention. It's called "Look What You Made Me Do".


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One wouldn't think that a band that made it's debut in 2003 would need to make a comeback less than a decade later, but that was very much the case with The Darkness, who returned in 2012 after they'd been broken up for six years.  

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More indie bands, including another recent Wolf Alice release.

Wolf Alice "Beautifully Unconventional".



The Regrettes "Seashore".



Peach Pit "Peach Pit".





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Has anyone besides me missed input this week from John B? He is, of course, from Texas, and may be dealing with the hurricane after effects, so a shout out to him and his loved ones. John, hope you all are safe and well.
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Larry Franz

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John B posted on Tuesday on other forums. Let's hope he and everybody else are simply spending their time elsewhere and not involved in that disaster.

On a much less serious topic, what is "indie" music?  Supposedly, it means rock music "produced independently from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing" (Wikipedia). Maybe it also refers to music made by musicians who started their careers on small labels, like Beck, who now records for Capitol? But there also seems to be a certain style of music that's called "indie". Maybe it's music that doesn't easily fit the other broad categories, such as mainstream pop?

Urban Dictionary has lots of definitions. The most popular one says "the sound is melodic, the instruments are simple but well textured. Usually includes ... soft vocals, usually well harmonized". Another definition says it's "really cool music that you wouldn't typically hear on the radio".

On the other hand, there's this definition:

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Today indie music most commonly refers to a genre of music that is heavily influenced by electronic, folk and rock music. A good and what is probably the best known artist for this genre is Beck. 

However the vast majority of indie music today is <expletive deleted>. The main components to an indie band are:

-A singer and a guitarist or a singer/guitarist 
-A bass player, preferably a <stereotype deleted>
-A guy on a synthesizer 
-A drummer who only does 4/4 beats
-Some weird, obscure, or just plain obnoxious instrument

In the many horrible "indie music" bands, the musicians barely know how to play their instruments.... Next are the lyrics which are dreadful. Anyone can write typical indie music lyrics in five seconds.  


Spotify has a playlist called "Essential Indie", which currently includes songs by Lord Huron, the Shins, Elliott Smith, Tame Impala, My Morning Jacket, the Pixies, Talking Heads, Arctic Monkeys, Arca
de Fire, Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand and Beck, among others, but mainly bands that don't appear to be well-known.

That playlist doesn't include these songs at the moment:

Camera Obscura, "French Navy" (oops, 2009)


Best Coast, "Better Girl" (2012)


Tame Impala, "Lucidity" (2010)


St. Vincent, "Cruel" (2011)


Dessert, "Back Around" (2016)


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Larry, now we are talking with what you have just posted.  Some gooduns. But PLEASE no more T. Swift.  Bonnie likes her Wolf Alice.

Yes, yes, no John B and do we have any other Texans who have more serious matters to be attending to? 

Shows I've caught the past few months - two by Sarah Jarosz:


Ruthie Foster (twice) and check out her new interpretation of War Pigs - she explained this a few weeks back at the show:

Rhiannon Giddens has emerged from the Carolina Chocolate Drops but they play old-timey things -

Rhiannon  (saw her twice) is on her own now - but Hubby was a CCD:


These folks all have true TALENT - not in the pop vein at all. 


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Here's a number of excellent artists who first became popular during or near the 2010s, and a sample of their fine songs and albums from 2010 or later. I don't believe any of these artists have been mentioned yet this week:

The Zac Brown Band was selected Grammy and others' Best New Artists in 2009 and 2010, and since then they have produced a number of new albums and hits, including their new album this year, Welcome Home, which was a Top 10 album in the US, Canada, and Australia. Here's "My Old Man" from their latest album:


Mayer Hawthorne is a Michigan native who is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer/arranger and multi-instrumentalist, whose music is heavily influenced by the classic soul music of the 60s and 70s, but in his own distinctive and sometimes ironic style. Here's his memorable song and video, "The Walk", from his 2011 album, How Do You Do:


In my opinion, one of the most dynamic new bands from this decade is Alabama Shakes, a young blues/rock group featuring powerful lead singer Brittany Howard. Here's their big debut hit "Hold On" from their self-titled album in 2012:


Contemporary rock group Imagine Dragons first hit it big in 2012 with their international smash album, Night Visions, which was a Top 10 album in numerous countries. Here's their big hit "Radioactive" from that album:


Many of you are probably now familiar with country crossover singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton. Though he's been active as a songwriter in Nashville for a number of years, having written six #1 country hits and numerous additional songs for other artists, his award winning debut solo album, Traveler, was a big success in 2015, reaching #1 in the US, and with a number of fine songs. His latest album, From A Room: Volume 1, has been a big hit album in 2017. From his debut album, here's his bluesy cover of "Tennessee Whiskey", which I featured in a battle here a year or two ago:


The American Southern rock band Drive By Truckers, from Alabama, have been around in various incarnations since just before 2000 and have continued to grow in domestic and international acclaim in recent years. Their last album, American Band, from 2016, was perhaps their biggest and most critically acclaimed, and increasingly filled with social commentary. Here's their dynamic protest song about recent major events of racial discrimination, "What It Means", from that album, which I highly recommend.


Likewise, former Drive By Truckers band member (2001-2007), Jason Isbell, has established his own successful solo career with his band The 400 Unit during the past decade. His latest album, The Nashville Sound, was released a couple months ago, in June 2017, and has received high praise. Here's his lovely song "Tupelo" from his new album. On some of his songs, including this one, Isbell sounds remarkably like the late Eagles co-founder, Glen Frey, at his best:


Young Australian singer Courtney Barnett had her first hit album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, in 2015, which became an international success. Here's her poignant social commentary song about life in suburbia, "Depreston", from that album:


Our own Lee Marshall gets the credit for turning me on to this blues rock group, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and their self-named debut album from 2015, during one of our weekly battles a couple years ago. Here's their big hit song, "SOB", from that album:


Joe Bonamassa is an American blues/rock guitarist who has recorded numerous albums since 2000. His latest album, Blues of Desperation, from 2016, has proved to be his biggest international hit album, reaching the Top 10 in numerous countries. Here's one of his hits from that album, "Drive":


Finally, for now, we shouldn't forget hip-hop duo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose debut album, The Heist, from 2012, was a major international Top 10 hit. Here's their big international #1 hit, "Thrift Shop", from that album:

 

I've got plenty more examples of recent quality artists and their music from the 2010-2017, but this should be enough for now to illustrate that there is still plenty good new music that can be found across popular genres. I'll share a few more when I cast my votes sometime this weekend.


 


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Punk, indie, college rock, alternative, etc etc.  I can't say I ever really understood the appeal of most of it.  

Although since few metal bands get played on the radio anymore, do they qualify as alternative? 

One of the few metal bands to crack modern radio is Avenged Sevenfold, who digitally released a cover of this song last week 

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Larry Franz

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Contemporary rock group Imagine Dragons first hit it big in 2012 with their international smash album, Night Visions, which was a Top 10 album in numerous countries. Here's their big hit "Radioactive" from that album:



Tom -- I'd forgotten about them. From Al's season 6, week 4, devoted to songs from 2015:
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It was hard to choose, so here's 6/16ths of Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons (2015):

"Trouble"


"Polaroid"


"I Bet My Life" (an actual video video)


"Summer"


"It Comes Back to You"


"The Fall"


Although today, I'd skip the first two and go straight to "I Bet My Life".


Al -- Ok, no more of that up and coming Taylor Swift person. How about some Lana Del Rey? She sings about "vintage music" and apparently namechecks "Don't Worry Baby". Plus, she's on another planet and her eyelashes are deadly weapons.

"Love" (2017)


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thanks very much Bedford for concern.   Although I now live in the sillycon valley in Northern California, Houston is my hometown, and I was scared for several days when I could not reach my mother and youngest brother.  I make fun of cellphones, but that's how I got ahold of them, everything else went out and they had to recharge somewhere/eventually.  turned out that they were okay, with just 1 and 3 leaking holes in their roofs, respectively.   The 3 hole roof was only several years old!  and there will be sheetrock to replace.  But ...they are/I am lucky.

My votes are exactly Bonnie's order this week!
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thanks very much Bedford for concern.   Although I now live in the sillycon valley in Northern California, Houston is my hometown, and I was scared for several days when I could not reach my mother and youngest brother.  I make fun of cellphones, but that's how I got ahold of them, everything else went out and they had to recharge somewhere/eventually.  turned out that they were okay, with just 1 and 3 leaking holes in their roofs, respectively.   The 3 hole roof was only several years old!  and there will be sheetrock to replace.  But ...they are/I am lucky.

My votes are exactly Bonnie's order this week!


I'm glad to hear that everyone's OK down there.  
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