Okay, Alexa gives me unparalleled access to music and can play a couple of cool trivia type games around bands. Spotify makes excellent recommendations every Monday and has turned me on to a LOT of cool bands I otherwise never would have found. However, I really feel like IBM’s Watson and I could be best buds, sitting around drinking beer and analyzing tunes for hours on end. I normally loathe infographics as tools for those with limited understanding to misinform those with limited attention spans (sorry, my profession is writing very large, very thorough analysis documents, and I enjoy it) but this one seems benign enough. I’m not sure what measurements and metrics a computer algorithm
I’m not sure what measurements and metrics a computer algorithm uses to infer the meanings of songs and assign emotional scores to those meanings, but I’ll keep searching. Case in point, Roy Orbison’s “Crying” can really only be objectively considered significantly Sadder than NIN’s “Hurt” if you measure it based on the tone of Roy’s voice (far sadder sounding than Trent’s), or the the fact that it repeats the “sad-related” word “crying” about a bajillion times, where Trent uses lesser-relatable words like pain, hurt, feel, kill only once each. Otherwise, bumping into your ex (as in Roy’s song) hardly seems on the same plane of sadness as stripping yourself down to your emotional core and not knowing if what’s left is even truly alive (as in Trent’s song).
And don’t get me started on Lovely Rita, a song about getting a parking ticket and realizing you have a homoerotic fetish for guys (or masculine women) in uniforms, being the happiest thing the Beatles ever put out?!
Apparently, the embed code isn’t working, so I’ll just provide the links. This week’s playlist is inspired by an article in Music Aficionado discussing the “Ten Best Modern Prog Bands.” Not sure all of this would be considered progressive, but I’m still exploring everything. Either way, on the whole, I really enjoyed the music they were recommending. Oddly enough, the day after I made this playlist, a local musician messaged me asking if I had been turned on to Syd Arthur yet, and I could totally impress him with my knowledge of what Kate Bush’s nephew was up to these days.
So this playlist consists of those bands who exhibit a progressive aesthetic to their music, but are firmly in the post-metal spectrum that dominated the likes of Dream Theater, Spocks Beard, Liquid Tension Experiment, et al. We’ll be optimistic and call this the start of the “Fourth Wave.”
Fourth Wave Prog on Spotify
Props to Simon, my doppelganger in Doncaster, who turned me on to two bands he’s seeing in Sheffield tonight. (Last night? I don’t know time zones.)
Hidden Charms is an alt rock band out of London that has sort of an early Who meets White Stripes sound to them. They haven’t yet blown up massively on this side of the pond, but this one of the guys who called out Catfish and the Bottlemen to me before they were ever heard by anyone, so it’s best to pay attention here.
Vryll Society, don’t ask me how to pronounce that, are slightly more dreamy psychedelic than Hidden Charms, so you KNOW I latched on to them, since my current penchant seems to be towards modern psych and shoegaze these days, honestly I don’t know why. They DO still have a solid blues/rock background, though not exactly 60’s-ish in tone, still a very modern sound to my ears. I really dug both, particularly coming just a couple of hours after finding a neat article in Music Aficionado worthy of creating a new playlist, but that one is for tomorrow.
Inspired by an article in Music Aficionado, this week I’m exploring classic “Space Rock” of the 1960’s and 70’s. Not that I necessarily condone the consumption of ergoline-derived chemicals, it’s probably perfectly possible for the mundane listener to enjoy this playlist on it’s own merits.
Open Playlist Directly in Spotify
I am thrilled to be nominated as a top radio personality for the third year in a row in the NUVO Best of Indy awards. That said, as your duly awarded “Cultural Visionary Trailblazer,” (AKA: “The Crystal Hockey Puck for Effort” … also courtesy of NUVO) I am hereby calling for local music fans to unite and urging everyone to throw their votes to my esteemed colleagues/amicable competitors at The DoitIndy Radio Hour to get them a piece of THEIR long-overdue recognition, but most-of-all to get an Internet station ON THE MAP and above the suits in the board room crowd.
Okay, so I’ve come home in the middle of the night enough times and scared myself shitless bumping into Lexie where I forgot I’d put her, however a new level of screaming willies is waking up hungover and forgetting that you brought in her disassembled components late the night before and just sort of put them wherever …
Hanging With My Girl … Sadly, She Cheats …
So the next phase in my 12-step plan for world domination commences. On to phase six … wait … Let me think … Start podcast … Get Pluto reclassified as dwarf planetoid… Obtain mannequin … Gain notoriety as a cultural visionary … yeah, phase six …
Okay, so it was an honor, and very cool that they thought of me, and I did apologize in advance for having what was sure to be the rowdiest entourage of any award recipient of the evening. If nothing else, we assured that we would probably never get invited to another NUVO event again, and reinforced their decade-long boycott of us. Picture THIS cocktail reception:
“So, what did you do?”
“Well, I gave my entire crop from the family farm to a homeless shelter and went broke …”
“I turned my home into a shelter for battered Syrian refugee women …”
“I’ve been telling dick and fart jokes in my basement for a decade now!”