I think the worst part about trying to listen to lots of new music is that not every band only has a single album that can take up around fifty minutes of my time and give me a good first impression. For a lot of bands, I need to sift through a discography or a good myriad of songs to find shit I like and shit I don’t like, and it’s easy to get turned off by the songs I dislike and consider a band a waste of my time. Bands like Weezer or They Might Be Giants are two simple ones to name; while I like both of these bands for some of the music they’ve put out, I can not and will not enjoy their entire discography. I tried this with TMBG when I first started collecting music, and I came to realize that I hate half of the shit they’ve put out over the years. It can be nigh impossible for me to really get into new bands without a hardcore recommendation from people I trust or respect. I get a lot of my recent shit from Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop on youtube and his youtube videos, and my buddy Matt. Both of them have great taste and a wide variety of musicians that they really appreciate and listen to, and it’s easy for me to take recommendations from them because I feel like I understand where they’re coming from when they explain their reasons for liking and disliking shit.
Matt’s also one of my closest friends, and he’s a really great guy. I just get so sick of digging through hundreds of albums, and I always feel like the albums I end up downloading without some level of recommendation end up sucking way harder than they should. I hope I have these two for some time to come, because I don’t think I’d be listening to new music at all if it weren’t for them!
The Tallest Man On Earth - I Won’t Be Found (Live on KEXP)
Andrew Jackson Jihad - American Tune
holy shit this is brilliant, tears of joy here
andrew jackson jihad is actually a hell of a lot better than i thought they would be
way to ruin all of my skepticism for music guys thanks
I’ve never really thought about it consciously, but what’s really the most appropriate song length? I think I’ve found that it depends super heavily on genre and style. What influences your music and drives it is really what should define your song length. This isn’t to say that musicians should be going out of their way to write down a definitive number for the time stamp on their respective songs, but it’s really,reallyimportant that you understand what’s acceptable for your genre.
If you’re in a band that’s drawing heavy influences from mewithoutyou and La Dispute’s spoken word, then more power to you for giving us a lengthy epithet on the nature of man’s inhumanity to man or how your girlfriend broke up with you. If you’re in a rockin’ punk band that’s off the fucking hook and has the most angst riddled lyrics since
Blink 182’s earlier albums (no that joke is just tasteless) the invention of punk, then you can wreck that 0:52 second track. If you’re passion pit, or islands, or death cab for cutie, or just about any band ever designed for popular consumption,please don’t make your songs longer than around 4 minutes.
I’ve had swimming in the floods by passion pit marked down as a 4 star song in my library since I fucking got their
2011 2009 LP Manners, and I could never for the life of me understand why. The emotional build up the song gives was always right on cue, I was in love with the singing voice, I was in love with all the synth and how the instruments came together, and I just could not piece out why the song was hard for me to get into. It took a very long time for me to realize that the emotional buildup just came too late, a little farther into the song than I’d like, and came across as melodramatic. It’s a 4 minute and 47 second long song. As it stands now, I love the song and couldn’t imagine it any other way, but a lot of songs in indie pop really could use some trimming down — and you’re a lot less likely to make a super fantastic hook as a pop band that keeps people coming back for more if your songs drag on like the coals in an extremely smoky fire. We get it. You’re really trying to make us notice you and pay attention, but the longer you burn, the worse our cough gets, and the more the smoke smell gets into our hair. After a while, we’re just going to put a huge distance between us and you, until the wind blows the smoke back in our direction to remind us exactly why we took a few steps away just a few moments prior.
If you really want to write super catchy pop music, I don’t think it’s beneficial to make your songs too long. What constantly brings people back to pop music is catchy hooks that don’t feel trite or overdone the millionth time they come back to listen. Shorter pop hooks as opposed to lengthier ones always feel more catchy, and make me want to come back and listen a thousand times for that one hook that’s drawing me back. I don’t necessarily want to go back and put swimming in the floods on repeat the way I’d put a bag raiders song on. Watch the length of your music, and try to trim the fat when it seems excessive.
Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
Been stuck in my head all day and I’ve really no clue why.
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea (Full Album)
This is an interesting upload - all ~40 minutes of Neutral Milk’s very laudable album in one youtube video. I wanted to just list the song of the same name, but this is excellent too for those who want a nice streamable version.
Ghoul - The Lunatic Hour
Man, these guys really are more interesting than I thought they’d be. This is traditional metal at its core.
Holy Ghost! - Do It Again
Holy 80s batman