Why Modern Music Sucks

I’m an old man, grumbly and set in my ways. I don’t really think new music sucks, but it’s true I’ve reached the age where it’s impossible for me to keep up.

I have younger people in my life who inform me of new bands, and I do like a lot of it, but I have not the patience to invest time in becoming a fan. My life is too full.

There are a tiny handful of artists still making music I follow, and will buy whatever new album they put out. John Fullbright, Manchester Orchestra, The Dear Hunter, Iron & Wine, Mike Doughty, Radiohead, and a few others. Many of them don’t even qualify as “new” artists.

But this post isn’t to shake my cane and tell those kids to get off my lawn. I’m here to actually review two new albums by two of my favorite artists:

A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra has long been one of my favorite bands. Top five, for sure, as well as lead singer Andy Hull’s side project, Right Away Great Captain. If you ever get a chance to see them live, absolutely do it.

Their last two albums, COPE and HOPE, left me with mixed feelings. I adored HOPE. It was a re-imagining of the album COPE, taking all of those songs and re-recording them as slower, more thoughtful tunes.

The new album, A Black Mile to the Surface, is okay. It seems to settle somewhere between the slow groove of HOPE and the angry churn of COPE. But there’s nothing on the album that stands out as a killer track for me. Too much of it sounds like easy-listening. Safe tracks.

As a Manchester Orchestra album, I gave it a fair shake. I listened to it enough times to find three or four songs I liked, but if I had never heard MO, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with a second listen-through.

 

Beast Epic by Iron & Wine

And then, there’s the new Iron & Wine. It hits on all levels. While it’s impossible for a long-running band to make new music that sounds like their “old” stuff, Iron & Wine comes pretty close on this record. There’s an echo of the old stuff in every song. And while I didn’t like the last album, almost every track on this record hits me right in the feels.

Listening to Iron & Wine gives you a blip of every bit of joy and pain you’ve ever had in your life. Makes you nostalgic for experiences you’ve never had. Sticky lines of lyrics like, “there’s no safe place to bury all the time I’ve killed.”

It works. If you like Iron & Wine, get this one.

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Beastie Boys Remixes: Hot Sauce Committee

Beastie Boys Remixes, Part 2

 

I know you’ve already listened to my first collection of Beastie Boys remixes. Remixing music can sometimes be a greater challenge than creating original music, because there’s less flexibility with the material. That’s what makes it so fun for me.

Here are some more for the peoples:

Click to see more of my original and remix music here on my website
If you prefer to watch your music, check out my Youtubes for playlists of my original music and my remix music. So much musics!
 

Beastie Boys Remixes, Part 1

Beastie Boys – RIP MCA.

We miss you. Here are some Beastie Boys remixes to help ease the pain.

All vocals sampled from the Official Beastie Boys Acapellas, with music written and performed by yours truly in Garage Band, hunched over my iPad all hours of the night. Come for the B-boys, and stay for the Heskett.

Click to see more of my original and remix music here on my website.
If you prefer to watch your music, check out my Youtubes for playlists of my original music and my remix music.

All my youtube videos feature slideshows of my photography.

New Electronic Music: The Unavailable Remixes

Electronic Music for the peoples:

Back in my four track days, I recorded a track named “Unavailable.” I now present some electronic music remixes of that track. My gift to you, world.

You’re welcome.

If you’re a fan of this electronic music, click to see more of my original and remix music here on my website
If you prefer to watch your music, check out my Youtubes for playlists of my original music and my remix music. So much musics!

All my youtube videos feature slideshows of my photography.

Branching Out With My Electronic Concept Album

States: an electronic concept album

Got some new tracks for the peoples: the album is titled States, and it’s supposed to represent musical versions of different emotional states, and flow into each other like a wave. Did it work? You be the judge.

enough ado, here’s the music:

If you like my electronic concept album States, click to see more of my original and remix music here on my website.
If you prefer to watch your music, check out my Youtubes for playlists of my original music and my remixmusic.

All my youtube videos feature slideshows of my photography.

Youtubing the Beastie Boys Remixes

Beastie Boys Remixes for the peoples

Got some new Beastie Boys remixes (this time, all tracks from Hot Sauce Committee Part 2), also, I uploaded a few tracks older remix tracks to youtube. Give them a click:

Click to see more of my original and remix music here on my website
If you prefer to watch your music, check out my Youtubes for playlists of my original music and my remix music. So much musics!

New Electronic Pop Music Remixes

Electronic Pop Music Remixes – The Peoples Need More Musics

Couple weeks back I uploaded 4 remixes of Lady Gaga’s song Paparazzi, because I liked the melody but thought the music was dumb. Well, maybe that was too much Gaga. So I’m back with remixes of Paparazzi, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, and Wrecking Ball by the Miley of Cyrus.

Electronic Pop Music Remixes for your listening pleasure:

Make fun if you want, but I had fun taking crappy pop songs and putting fun grooves behind them.

Click to see more of my original and remix music

Check out the youtube playlist here