Seven 9s and 10s

High-res steelopus:

Favorite (Active) Bands That I’ve Never Seen Live (as of 9/20/2013)
Queens of the Stone Age
The Cardigans
Radiohead
Presidents of the USA
The Rentals
Junip
Pinback
AC/DC
Nerf Herder
The Darkness
Tool
Soundgarden
Guns N’ Roses (waiting for the never-gonna-happen reunion tour)

Updated.

steelopus:

Favorite (Active) Bands That I’ve Never Seen Live (as of 9/20/2013)

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Cardigans
  • Radiohead
  • Presidents of the USA
  • The Rentals
  • Junip
  • Pinback
  • AC/DC
  • Nerf Herder
  • The Darkness
  • Tool
  • Soundgarden
  • Guns N’ Roses (waiting for the never-gonna-happen reunion tour)

Updated.

For those of you picking up guitars and laptops with the idea that this will be your job, I have some very real facts to lay down here. You are trying to create demand for a product that not only is currently devalued by its own consumer but in a completely over-saturated market to boot.

The Economy of Mediocrity: Music Edition 

Please, definitely click-through to read the whole piece. It’s a short post and it’s overflowing with hard truths. Hat-tip to Kelly, whose comments are well worth a read, too.

My favorite points are things about which I’ve been talking for well over a decade:

  • Live music simply cannot be profitable for anyone without the simultaneous sale of alcohol, and that’s just straight-up not fair to the musicians. Next time you go see one of your friends’ band play live, don’t be ashamed to ask how much they’re getting paid. If they play only original music I’d be willing to bet they’ll be playing for free at least 75% of the time. If they’re in a cover band then they’re probably being paid (but certainly not enough). Additionally, I bet you’d be shocked to hear how often a bar tries to pass off a few free drink tickets as an acceptable form of payment for the band’s services (that’s so very generous to the musicians who don’t even drink alcohol; thanks for the free stale Coke, asshole). The alcohol-requirement has the added bonus of turning the audience into a seething mass of impolite fuckheads who disrespect the musicians (and the fans who are actually there to listen) by being obnoxiously loud throughout the duration of every song, stopping to clap or hoot and holler when the music stops just because they want to believe they actually care about anything other than being the center of attention and the finding the quickest way to the bottom of their bottle.
  • There are too many bands. Realistically, there has always been too many bands, but it’s only in the digital age that we’ve been forced to endure them all. One band or artist breaks through with a hit and then the airwaves and fiber cables are flooded with clones upon clones upon clones of the same shitty song. I guess this isn’t really anything new - I wasn’t alive in 1975, but in hindsight the music that came out in 1976 wasn’t all that much different. Same for ‘88 and ‘87, ‘95 and ‘94, etc. The difference now is that every kid in a bedroom with a computer thinks he can be the next big thing and he has the means to try to prove it to the world simply by flooding the internet with his crappy dub-hop-rock; 999,999 out of 1,000,000 times he is wrong.

Our attention spans are growing shorter while there is an ever-increasing bombardment of music vying for the chance to monopolize our ears. This is a large reason why I tend to not listen to new bands and instead focus on new (and old) music from the bands that I’ve loved for decades. Maybe once a year, likely much less often, I’ll find a new band that I intend to keep around for a long time (Milk Carton Kids in 2012, Junip in 2010, Silversun Pickups in 2009, Manchester Orchestra in 2007), but usually I tend to ignore the trends and dive deeper into the catalogs of the tried-and-true bands of my youth.

High-res GPOYW
We’re seeing Slash live tonight - my first time since 1995. I’ve been pretty ‘meh’ about the whole thing (because he’s opening for Def Leppard, whom I think is among the most overrated bands of all-time), but as the hours melt away and I get closer to showtime, my excitement is growing. It’d be impossible to describe just how influential his guitar playing has been on me.

GPOYW

We’re seeing Slash live tonight - my first time since 1995. I’ve been pretty ‘meh’ about the whole thing (because he’s opening for Def Leppard, whom I think is among the most overrated bands of all-time), but as the hours melt away and I get closer to showtime, my excitement is growing. It’d be impossible to describe just how influential his guitar playing has been on me.

High-res Favorite (Active) Bands That I’ve Never Seen Live (as of 6/12/2013)
Queens of the Stone Age
The Cardigans
Radiohead
Presidents of the USA
The Rentals
Junip
Pinback
AC/DC
Nerf Herder
The Darkness
Tool
Soundgarden
Guns N’ Roses (waiting for the never-gonna-happen reunion tour)

Favorite (Active) Bands That I’ve Never Seen Live (as of 6/12/2013)

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Cardigans
  • Radiohead
  • Presidents of the USA
  • The Rentals
  • Junip
  • Pinback
  • AC/DC
  • Nerf Herder
  • The Darkness
  • Tool
  • Soundgarden
  • Guns N’ Roses (waiting for the never-gonna-happen reunion tour)

Track:
My Name Is Jonas [Live]

Artist:
weezer

Album:
Buddy Holly CD single

weezer - My Name Is Jonas (live)

Recorded on 11/27/1994 in Rochester, NY. Immortalized on the original Buddy Holly single.

I’m amazed that anyone is ever amazed that this band has become one of the most successful bands of my generation. Just listen to this. It’s a perfect song performed by a young band that was riding its first wave of success… and you can hear it in every note.

openareas:

Queens of the Stone Age - My God is the Sun

NEW QOTSA, MOTHERFUCKERS!

I am loving the sound of this. Very SFTD era stuff. June can’t get here soon enough.

A few thoughts:

  • When did Will Ferrell start playing drums for QOTSA? (Regardless of how talented this new guy is, I’m always going to miss Joey Castillo as their live drummer.)
  • When did Mikey Shuman stop playing his Gibson Ripper? His tone was one of my inspirations to buy one of my own.
  • Brazil knows how to fucking rock, and better yet, they know how to document the rock. I’ve never seen a video shot from the crowd at a concert in Brazil… because Brazilians know they don’t have to do that shit because there will be helicopters and cranes and a separate audio-mix just for the broadcast… so they can just concentrate on enjoying the music instead of holding up their stupid phones in the middle of 100,000 real rock fans.
  • I’m going to sign my organ donor card right now because it’s just a matter of time before Josh Homme is going to need my liver.