Too Old For This

Posted by on Thursday, July 12, 2012

I suppose it's my turn to say a little something. I've sort of fallen out of the blogging world since college. It's not that I don't like blogging. I love it. I just don't do it. Even worse is the music world. I'm totally in my own little world when it comes to that. These last two years I've just been sticking to what I know and if I start listening to anything "new" it's usually something older than I am. Like, recently I've been getting into the blues a lot more and listening to musicians like Muddy Waters or Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Getting into new music stresses me out sometimes. Everyone will be raving about these bands and I'll try listening to them and get bored. I don't know what it is. There are just so many new bands anymore and to me, they all sound pretty much the same. Am I the only one that thinks this? I think maybe there's something wrong with me. I just need something catchy, something with and edge to it. It's rock and roll for me.
I've been working at this studio recently (I'm a photographer) that's packed full of young, twenty-something hipsters (same age as me). They're always talking about these bands that they love that I've never heard of before in my life. So we'll start playing them and it just puts me to sleep. I don't know how they do it. How do they stay so up to date? How do they not fall asleep with all these new bands that sound exactly the same and have no edge? There are just too many new bands for me. I'll stick to what I already know, thank you. It's rock and roll for me.

I feel like an old lady.

Ok, ok, so there are few good ones that I've started listening to over the last year and a half. Especially recently since I've started working with hipsters. Im' really loving The Black Keys (duh, everyone loves them, I'm just a little behind on it), The Butcher and The Builders, The Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show and Fitz and The Tantrums. If you're into older, bluegrassy, bluesy, and/or motowney sounds, you'll like some of this stuff.

So I'll post on here about music, but it may be nothing new and exciting. I'm not that cool.

And just as a side note, let's talk about how all the cool new bands are photographed exactly the same...

One Comment

  1. There is a lot of great music being made today. Stating 'hipsters' as an example of people who study and are up to date with new good music is a very limiting and inevitably wrong way to look at it. I understand that you are giving this example because you are surrounded by hipsters (And what does that even mean anymore? you may seem like a hipster to some too) at your studio but isn't it a little rude to put them in the same category and even refer to them by that word. Yes, I agree that there is true glory in the classic rock and roll but I would argue there are equally good bands today...and that applies to all genres. What you are referring to as good has had the opportunity to age, persist and gain a sort of novelty. There are so many amazing bands today! I think people are lazy or perhaps not confident in their music preferences to allow themselves to understand new things and to even seek them out. If you find something boring that is generally because you don't understand it or because it is boring. Do you think all the people in your art studios like boring things? It's really become a thing these days to call new things boring and frankly I find that very irritating. Old music is more easily digestible. Having said that, yes motown is actually amazing...but so are so many things these days...they are just representative of our time. It's so much easier to refer to the past than it is to explore the fields of your NOW. I would encourage you to not 'stress out'... don't worry about what is cool...nor should you reject it because a certain type of 'cool' people are into it. Expand your horizons and you will find yourself overwhelmed by the desire to write posts about all the awesome stuff you love, without having to make unnecessary comparisons which will only annoy people (like me) and make you look a bit naive.
    That's all.
    Oh actually, the whole band photo thing I found very petty. There are underlines themes in each artistic demographic. If this type are all the band photos you are exposed to than that is your own choice/fault. Using them to prove a point is utterly unsuccessful. I could easily do the same with a lot of old school soul or whatever band pics. Just saying. Not trying to be a dick...just trying to be helpful and being responsive.


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