Music suddenly got good again!

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rho
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Music suddenly got good again!

Post#1 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:15 pm


Has anyone noticed that in the last few years music has been getting better and better, and of late has been of exceptionally high quality? For a music lover like myself it's been like Christmas day every time I sit down in front of YouTube.



For a decade and a half or so this has not been the case, everywhere I turned my poor little ears were assaulted by Hip hop and boom boom, or some dork screaming until they wanted to detach themselves in an effort to escape the horror of it all. I locked myself away like an old man with my tatty old albums, peering out of the dusty windows from time to time, only to mutter "rubbish" or "get a real job hippy!" then slammed the rotten net curtains back in place and turned Led Zeppelin up again.



Then one fine day a few years ago, while I was rocking in my faithful old chair with my old green cardigan on, a new sound penetrated the confines of my self made prison, (Jack Johnson) It was a cheerful bubbly acoustic sound, like water bubbling from a brook or the hearty giggles of young children. I lifted my head and listened, my god I thought, what is that.... and behold, it was the resurgence of folk rock! But unlike a lot of genres over the years it hasn't come blasting onto the music scene boosting "Here I am and you're all gonna love me!" Nope, Folk rock just quietly flowed in, just one quality song after another, catching the attention of people with real musical taste, influencing all our young musicians and teaching them that music isn't just about sex appeal or drugs and drinking or having a good time, it's also just about the share pleasure of music, of letting the melody get inside of you. But to my amazement, other old genres heard and replied, Motown lifted it's fuzzy Affro head. smiled a cheeky grin and sent us Aloe Blacc, a man who seems to excrete coolness from every pore of his body, but it looks like he's time traveled straight out of the '70s.



So I ask you all, my quiet, thoughtful intelligent Tolkien fan friends, shut that old copy of the Children of Hurin, or the adventures of Tom Bombadil for just a little while, It'll keep, the professor will understand, he enjoyed music as well. And listen to some of this stuff, it will invigorate you and make you appreciate the arts even more. Thanks for reading. Here is a short list of some of the really talented young guys and girls out there. it's all on YouTube.



Ben Howard, Avalanche City, Michael Kiwanuka, Luke Thompson, Liam Finn, Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Mumford and Sons, Lydia Cole, Missy Higgins, Aloe Blacc, Florence and The Machine, Jason Mraz, Dave Mathews Band, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, John Mayer,  and many many more.



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Wenlesael Isil
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Post#2 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:08 pm


Yippeee! You said it Rho. (:



I still have yet to look up some of the stuff you listed, but two of my favorites are Jason Mraz and Mumford and Sons. Great music. very catchy.



Rock on,



 



Wen



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Wenlesael Isil
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Post#3 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:10 pm


Jason Mraz has a style of his own, I love Lucky and I'm Yours. I play I Won't Give Up of guitar.



Well, where I live there isn't any good music going round. I am actually starting to get into country and folk rock a lot more.



Rho, I will totally look up the Kiwi stuff, especially Luke Thompson because my name is Luke too!!



 



Wen



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Post#4 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:42 pm


Hehe, I grew up with Charlie pride and the Carpenters and I hated it, still do but but there was a few goodies, i love John Denver, The Hawk in particular, man that Acoustic rhythm gets under your skin and you can actually feel it making your whole body vibrate. Big fan of Rodger Miller too, I remember being a little kid and just loving the wackiness of his stuff, but then again he could get serious as well. Never really been a huge fan of the country rock scene, bit too commercial I guess. What stuff you getting into? Alison Kraus? I don't mind her but it has nothing to do with her musical talent if you know what I mean.....



 



Oh god the misus is gonna read this.. oh well, I got plenty of brownie points owing :)



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Post#5 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:57 pm


Sorry I missed your question in Chat Wen.



The best folk artist would be Ben Howard I reckon, he's just so damned good!!



Old school best would  be Paul Simon.



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Post#6 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:05 pm


Jason Mraz is a cool guy, and he's really matured over the years. The first song I heard from him was the remedy and I liked it immediately, really catchy, lyrically clever and well put together. Fun video too!! His latest one "I won't give up" is really nice, and once again well crafted.



The first time I saw Mumfords it felt like going home, they something special aright....



I'd recommend any of the Kiwi stuff, Avalanche city, Brooke Fraser , Luke Thompson Liam Finn. Also not folk but still good, six60, Che fu, the blackseeds, Opshop, Fat Freddie's Drop.



It might take you a little while to get used to the Kiwi sound but once you do you'll love it, we got plenty of old school tunes as well, including Dave Dobbyn, Crowed House and Herbs,  Heaps of good stuff . Then again I'm biassed :D



Any local stuff from where you are that'd be worth a listen too?



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Post#7 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:10 pm


OK, i've pulled the old dusty guitar out again, happens every few years, but maybe this time I might actually see it through and learn how to play it......



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Wenlesael Isil
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Post#8 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:25 pm


Good for you! I love the guitar, I have been playing for about 2 years...though I am not so good as I would wish (I don't have anyone teaching me).



Rho, I looked up Ben Howard, and I will say that he I VERY unique! I love his style of guitar playing and some of his songs, especially The Wolves, are wonderful! Thanks. (:



Wen



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Post#9 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:53 pm


Hey no worries bro, yeah it actually took me a little while to get into him, as you said he's quite unique and pretty intense. Wolves is cool, also "the Fear"



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Post#10 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:30 am


Well, I've to agree with you two. Music's been getting better in many fields and genres.



Though my tastes mainly revolve between metal music and classical music, there has been plenty of music to keep me interested along the years.



But these days, I sadly don't explore new music anymore. There was a time, when I downloaded all kind of albums from different metal genres to try it all out, but it didn't work. (Dl, 'cause at times, there's not enough money to buy real cd's).



This year's highlights for me: Be'lakor - Of Breath and Bone, Wintersun - Time I and Therion - Les Fleurs du Mal.



I'll give some listens though to the bands/artists that were mentioned in earlier posts, 'cause everytime people mention folk music, I remind myself of how good folk metal can be. So, folk music is something I really enjoy. :)


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