"Music isn't as good now as when I was young" -- you hear people utter variations of this phrase all the time. At least I do. And it makes me realize something about the speaker: (s)he pays no real attention to music.
You know, regardless of people's biases, "Saturday Night Live" has always been funny and dumb at the same time. It's had great cast members and duds every single season. And just because someone stopped enjoying music when they set the bong down in their dorm, the music world didn't stop evolving and dishing up quality music.
Two things brought me back to this. One, I heard someone say -- for the 50 millionth time -- that they "don't make music like the old days." To that I say great! That's how it ought to be. If people were still making the same music now as 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago, then music would really be a depressing desert of worthlessness.
The other thing is that with just three months gone, 2010 is already poised to give us some great records.
I love the new Justin Currie and I love the new Monster Movie. The Sade record isn't amazing, but the title track is. The new Josh Rouse is fabulous -- he sings in Spanish and even does that great Barthelona lisp -- and fellow Yep Roc-er Paul Weller's new disc is poised to be amazing (and features his first collaboration with The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton in 28 years).
The latest Massive Attack is something of a return to form and there's a long-awaited Chemical Brothers disc on the horizon.
Add to that some record that came out last year but will still be relevant in 2010, like the Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard collaboration the The Low Anthem record.
And this is just the start.
If you think there's no good music out there, you've only got to lift your head out of the sand and dial in WMSE or 88Nine or NPR's "All Songs Considered" and pull up Pitchfork on your browser or choice, maybe buy a copy of Paste with a free CD sampler. The music is out there and it…Read more...