Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Long live the 90s

Just to get back on the positive track... speaking of Beck, it's pretty amazing how many of my favorite 90s artists are still making music, and good music. Beck, Weezer, Green Day, Letters to Cleo, even Blink-182, who I'd say I was a casual fan of at best, is making the best music of their career. So I guess the world hasn't turned and left me here, after all. Oh and Radiohead. I never got into their albums outside of The Bends and OK Computer, but I'm glad they're still out there.

I wish country could be more like rock in that regard. I mean, it's still a big deal when Green Day or Weezer release a new album, but not really when Alan Jackson or Clint Black does. Maybe because there aren't many newer, popular alt-rock bands that took over the way country has been taken over. Rock has become ageless, and country is youth-obsessed like pop. Which is so fucking weird, when you think about the tradition of country. But of course, this isn't really country. I could put on a name tag that says Mabel, but I ain't Mabel.

Then you have the 2000s alt-rock resurgence bands, most of whom have not fared as well as the 90s. The clear winner is Paramore, who seem to have transitioned into 80s new wave, at least for an album. I am 100% on board with this. Considering Hayley Williams' musical icon is Debbie Harry, I'm surprised it took this long. My beloved MCR is of course no more; still holding out hope they'll reunite someday, at least for one album. Fall Out Boy actually started out promising. Their first album is classic pop punk, which I can totally jam to. But unlike Paramore, they've gone pop in exactly the wrong way. Ditto Linkin Park. Panic at The Disco fared a little better; I actually liked several tracks off their last album. It's very stylized, dancey rock, but it's done well. Nothing will ever approach Pretty Odd though. What a singularly great album from a band I'm not much into otherwise.

Then there are modern bands like Creeper and The Maine who obviously took influence from the older bands and ran with it. I don't have much cool cred these days, but at least I can say I was into Creeper before they got popular. ;p


I like that mainstream country is transitioning away from the brain-dead bro stuff, but most of it is so boring. Like "we don't know where we're at, so here's a placeholder til we figure it out." Maybe it's slowly limping back towards a more neotraditional sound but man, I miss those lovely warm tones of the 90s that always felt like home. With all the electronic bs, I don't know if we'll hear much of that anymore.

I do have a new Chris Stapleton album to listen to! But I've only listened to part of The Maine, and Paramore comes out in 3 days. Sigh. A lot of albums I want to hear were front-loaded into the first half of the year, along with the new MST3K. I guess it would be a worse problem if there was nothing new I wanted to listen to. I mean, I've come to terms that it takes a while for me to process new music, and I'll get to it when I get to it.

Oh, and maybe we'll finally get those new Beck and System of a Down albums? The world could use some inspired weirdness and inspired rage right now.

Worst song ever?

Well, I hate to burst the positive bubble I've been in, but yesterday I was at the mall and... I heard it. The WORST SONG EVER WRITTEN (ending the tragically short reign of that new Fall Out Boy abomination). This song makes bro country sound like Johnny Cash. This song makes The Chainsmokers sound like Beck. THIS SONG MAKES THAT FUCKING FALL OUT BOY SONG SOUND GOOD. This song... makes me say ridiculous things.

You have been warned.

Yes, a "love" "song" with lyrics about "swiping right" and "tapping twice," and I don't want to live on this planet anymore. :( :( :( I'll be in my haunted treehouse on the moon.

At least the mall trip was successful. I got a sweet Oilers shirt, and in a youth size so it was cheap! #hobbitperks

Monday, May 08, 2017

Music Monday ~ Awesome Mix Vol. 2!!!

Guardians of the Galaxy speaks in music. It gets me. I think I was equally excited for the new soundtrack as I was the movie, and neither let me down. As for the movie itself, I have no words except it's funny and amazing and GO SEE IT. Also, I am Groot.

Back in 2015 I made my own Awesome Mix 2; songs I'd like to see on the next soundtrack. None of them were on it, but they did use an ELO song, so I'm half counting it. :) I love the choices they did make - I mean honestly, how did I not pick "Surrender???" And they even managed to dig up two songs I'd never heard before, a couple of one hit wonders that never made it out of the 70s. And they're good ("Lake Shore Drive" and "Wham Bam"). I think I love old music that's new to me even more than new music. Just great stuff, from Glen Campbell to Sam Cooke to Fleetwood Mac. I couldn't be happier, and eagerly await Volume 3!

It just hit me: I'm like the mom in the movie. I'm the girl who knew every word to every song on the radio (back in the day, obvs, not now).

Of my original list, four songs I'd really like to see on Vol.3:

1. September
Come on, Earth, Wind and Fire are like the ultimate GotG vibe band!

2. I Love a Rainy Night
Again, something about this song just vibes. I think it's from the early 80s, but it has that kind of upbeat 70s-ness to it.

3. Shambala
A 70s song that has that upbeat 70s-ness to it.

4. Crimson and Clover
Because it's one of my all-time favorite songs and also fits.

Also, "Bad Time" could be good for a romance subplot. I'm not sure there's really a good time to be in love when you're always out saving the galaxy. :D

The original list:

1. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers

2. Takin' It To the Streets - The Doobie Brothers

3. Strange Magic - ELO (A lot of ELO songs fit, IMO. "Telephone Line" or "Do Ya" would be good too. Strange Magic is just my favorite)

4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

5. Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers

6. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells (oh please please please...)

7. September - Earth Wind and Fire (another band I really hope is included)

8. Shambala - Three Dog Night

9. I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt (how perfect is this song??)

10. A Lover's Concerto - The Toys (TOTALLY UNDERRATED 60S HIT)

11. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher) - Jackie Wilson

12. Bad Time - Grand Funk Railroad

A few other possibilities:

Crazy Circles - Bad Company
Working My Way Back to You - The Spinners
Little Bit of Soul - Music Explosion