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LTP 11/22: Pump Up the Jams

I like to listen to music, but I have to say I don’t invest time into discovering it like I used to. I don’t look for new music online or at the store anymore.

Mostly I listen to whatever’s on the radio, and I’ve fine-tuned my Pandora station to be “just right.” How do you discover new music these days?

5 replies on “LTP 11/22: Pump Up the Jams”

I found Loretta Lynn thanks to you guys, I think! (I know she’s not new) But otherwise, I don’t. I listen to the CBC (maybe the Canadian equivalent of NPR- lots of classical and occasional other stuff) and my hard-drive is full of Cyndi Lauper, Metric (old stuff) , Ani- DiFranco, Tori Amos, Fleetwood Mac,  Rolling stones, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel  and classical music. Actually, I was recently at a wedding, where I realized that I don’t know anything new/most of what I listen to is between 5-10 yrs old.

I do totally jam out to Lady Gaga at the gym.

Also- I have no idea who Drake is. Can anybody fill me in?

I’m starting to get back into searching out new music, though for me (and Meghan, it seems), it’s been going back and discovering a lot of bands I missed, due to age (I’ve been on a big Replacements kick lately). I still read a few music blogs, though most of them don’t jump at me- the one who has in recent weeks has been Frank Turner. But then, my favorite band is the Clash.

Oh, god, I don’t.

The Mister and I were talking about this yesterday; how both personally, in our emotional states, as well as publicly, with the political climate in our country and the various public dramas we watch unfold, contemporary music just isn’t speaking to us. It either seems to be about partying or it’s this dreamy, checked out hipster stuff, or it’s so introspective it’s unaware. We’re finding (and maybe we’re just getting old) that the stuff that speaks to us now is older than we are, like Janis Joplin and Hendrix and the Beatles and Dylan and so on, or it’s from our adolescence – I still relate to a lot of the music that came out of the Lilith Fair crowd, and though he has some problems with it, my dude feels like no one since Rage Against the Machine has really spoken of the kinds of feelings and thoughts we have when we watch cops pepper spray peaceful protesters at UC Davis. For instance.

I don’t want to sound like a music snob, because it’s not about that. There are some find singers and musicians out there. But the things they’re writing about we just don’t feel like we can relate to right now.

Are we missing something good? I’d love to hear about it.

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