worpswede wrote:The big picture is how fragmented everything is. I don’t listen to radio, MTV doesn’t play videos, there’s so many television options now, the act of listening to music has become so isolated and personalized…it has nothing to do with my age that I haven’t heard these songs! The chart system is irrelevant!
I hope I'm not using worp's quote out of context, but we have repeated every single one of those phrases mantra-like on this board as reasons why we oldsters don't listen to as much new music anymore. Sometimes I, for one, so badly want to return to the old days of the monolithic music industry, when the labels manufactured talent and product; and the radio stations, record stores, MTV, live music venues, and music press duly served it up to us. Life was so easy then! Whether our tastes ran the way of Mariah Carey or My Morning Jacket, the way we experienced new music was common and predictable. Conversations about music tended to be, if nothing else, natural and informed.
We indie folk hoped cheap digital production and internet distribution would make the whole music business (at least, that part of it we liked) more organic and democratic. No doubt, they have. We have witnessed the promise of the punk movement nearly fulfilled, in which any group of kids with enough passion can be a band. Unfortunately, we now have to try to listen to them all, each with awful bandnames and millions of MP3s free-associated across cyberspace. And when we find something we like, we'd be advised not to grow too attached.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is (was?) a prime example of how our ADHD-addled internet music culture creates matter from energy, then destroys it in a nanosecond. Say what you like about Alec Ounsworth's voice or CYHSY's obvious musical debts to another New York band, this band self-produced a promising album in 2005 with four or five really good songs songs, hustled it onto the internet, sold 200,000 copies, and toured the planet. By 2008, CYHSY was pretty much history. Their epitaph should read NOT WIRTH THE HIPE IMHO. When you see this happen too many times, especially to bands you like, you start getting a little weary of the conversation.