Originally Posted by jamo
I don't know. If you really can't find music in 2013, when statistically half of everyone's Facebook friends are trying to get people to view their Youtube videos and music on SoundCloud, part of me thinks you're just not looking hard enough.
The site won't let me do a multi-quote today, but to address Jamo's comments above, I think you're making a few false assumptions. First, I have nothing to do with Facebook, Twitter, or the ilk. I don't feel any need to spend my time learning that someone just sneezed three times in past hour, his kid's got a weird rash on his ass, or that someone else is "Just Facebooking to see what everyone else is Facebooking about!" I keep in touch with my friends the old fashioned way, by phone, e-mail or meeting in person.
Second, I think you overlooked the fact that I said that there are practically no modern bands anyone has ever heard of
who are making quality rock music with an edge these days. I don't dispute that there are talented newer rock bands out there who have interesting songs featuring great guitarwork and other instrument playing (I'm sure they exist) but they simply aren't getting any sort of widespread recognition. I don't dispute that access to such music is easier now via internet than ever before. However, discovering such bands is not easier and requires more work. Twenty or thirty years ago, there were multiple radio stations in every market playing a variety of current rock music. Nowadays, other than little college stations (which sometimes play a lot of really weird crap), the only rock that exists on the radio is classic rock; my local alt-rock station has even basically become a second classic rock station, albeit with a bit of a more eccentric twist. No good rock music (not this sappy-crappy alt-folk stuff with peculiar vocals that seems to be popular now) gets any radio airplay or televison time. I try to catch a musical act on Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, Fallon, etc.. at least once a week or so and do pay some attention to the musical guests on SNL and they simply aren't playing interesting rock music. Last time I can remember watching any group that I thought worthwhile was a few years ago on Kimmel when he had the Foo Fighters and somewhat over-the-top German metal group Rammstein on within a few months of each other if memory serves. I'm not paying close attention to these shows every night, but the bands I see week after week are uniformly mediocre and uninteresting.
Sure, there are musical websites where one can discuss and find out about bands via YouTube and band site links. And I suppose there are also some rock stations on Sirius/XM that I haven't bothered listening to yet because I'm usually listening to one of the comedy channels or the blues channel instead. But I can remember hearing dozens of new bands getting airplay and getting discovered that first week on the radio back in the 70's and 80's, groups like The Cars, Van Halen, Journey, etc... then they broke on MTV and they became household names nationally. I can even remember hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit (their only worthwhile song IMHO) on a college station months before the first week that Nirvana broke big nationally. That isn't happening with rock bands nowadays. There's no terrestrial radio rock stations other than classic rock stations, no music any more on MTV.
And I'll give you Pandora, which I listen to a lot. The problem with Pandora is that one needs a starting point and picking a station to play music like an older group or song you like will tend to bring up almost exclusively music of the same era that you already know. If you don't have a modern rock band or song in mind to start with, it's not likely going to alert you to many more of the same. Pandora has helped me discover dozens of blues and surf bands I like, but not a single modern rock band, that I can recall off the top of my head, when I've created ZZ Top, Stones, etc... stations or stations for one of favorite songs of those bands.
My problem is that there's a finite amount of time in a given day and paying proper attention to my family, my work, my house, etc... leaves me with less free time to discover new music than I had even 10 years ago.
Several years ago I came up with an idea (I'm sure I'm not the first to think of it) of doing a musical competition reality show that isn't focused on a single individual's solo singing, but on rock bands. Call it Rock Gods, have the bands in the initial rounds play covers, in middle rounds have them all play at least one instrumental piece and an out-of-their-specific-genre cover, and in later rounds, once we become a bit more familiar with the better bands and their styles, have them play at least one original song. Have judges like Billy Gibbons, Slash, Tommy Lee, Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana, Billy Corgan, Jack White, etc... people who have made it big in rock and who have big personalities - hell, maybe even drag Ted Nugent away from his killin' and politics and get him on the show. Have a significant portion of the competition be based on talent playing instruments, not vocals. So if a band's drummer plays as sloppily as Dave Grohl did back in his Nirvana days, they get the axe and conversely, a really talented drummer like Green Day's Tre Cool or a great bass player - today's Geddy Lee, could have a performance that saves a band. This show would not be popular with the 6 to 46 female crowd that makes up the bulk of the American Idol, et al. audience, but would bring in hundreds of thousands, probably millions of male viewers and they could probably attract some female viewers by having something cheesy like a calendar photo shoot on one episode. I bet such a show would be commercially successful and could resurrect rock music, much in the same fashion that The Ultimate Fighter was greatly responsible for the huge upsurge in popularity of MMA.