Nikki on: Crappy Music

September 6, 2011 sexyknees
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Support Garage Bands!

I wish to begin this blog by saying that I have no idea what I am talking about beyond personal preference, and regardless of whether or not I like a certain entertainer my disdain is focused solely upon the corporate entities which have taken the soul out of music.  That being said, I wish to relay the following:

I enjoy looking beyond catchy tunes, striking videos, and marketability in order to see the true talent of modern musicians and find them seriously lacking when compared to those who came to fame only 10 years ago.  I know that many of my favored bands are also members of the “corporate club,” but fact remains that I don’t listen to the radio any longer in search of new music.  Don’t get me wrong – contemporary tunes are great for clubs and sex, and the videos are extremely eye-catching, but in the end you don’t really want to chill to Lady GaGa or engage in intellectual conversation over depth of Rihanna’s lyrics (no offense ladies – I love your music).

When did music stray from personal joy and/or anguish and become corporate agenda?  Most likely it began many years ago and I am sure that people will over-educate me on the facts – but as an ignorant observer of music trends I noticed the hostile takeover of the emotional content of our music sometime in the early 2000’s.  90’s greats such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, NIN, Goo Goo Dolls, Bush, Collective Soul, the Dave Mathews Band, Better than Ezra, Third Eye Blind, Corn, Edwin McKay, Stabbing Westward, Hootie and the Blowfish, Counting Crows, Everclear, Toad the Wet Sproket, et al, seemed to  have something to say…something personal.  Event though modern artists have similar messages, it is totally lost within the prepackaged electronic tunes which overtake and swallow them whole, leaving but a small morsel of soul from which to shine.

I say it is time to take back our music.  Support your local garage bands and see them live.  Spend time and money following musicians whom are battling it out at bars and clubs rather than on massive stages bought and paid for by corporate interests wanting nothing more than to gut the little guy and drive its desires down our throats.  Don’t let anyone tell you what tunes are hot – find them yourself.  Lets beat back the forces of evil and make music sing again!

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  • 1. Ky Erickson  |  September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    great blog Nikki! it is a shame that music seems to be more corporate with each year. i tend not to listen to the radio very often (other then NPR cause im a sucker for classical music and jazz) but i do listen to streaming radio like pandora.com and have been introduced to a lot of interesting music thru that medium.

    • 2. sexyknees  |  September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      I think most people are doing that these days. It is a shame that new bands are having such a hard time promoting these days – just look at whom they are up against, you know?

      • 3. Ky Erickson  |  September 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        maybe you could occasionally do a blog on upcoming bands that you like Nikki. or even youtube videos?

      • 4. sexyknees  |  November 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        What a wonderful idea, Ky! I will certainly spend more time keeping up with local band events so I can promote them effectively. They deserve a great following!


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