Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shaky Knees, Day One

Here's Calgary's Preoccupations (the band formerly known as Viet Cong), performing an appropriate coda for this blog.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Well That Does It Folks

Name of Artist? - Photo by Bryan Regan

The kindest thing I can say about Hopscotch's 2017 lineup is that it's better than Bumbershoot's, but this is profoundly disappointing.  (The cruelest thing I can say is that while I don't know what the background graphics are supposed to represent, it look like the bands are listed on one half of a turd.) So many of the headliners are pop bands, dance music, or hip-hop, and while I understand that's all very popular and sells a lot of tickets, it also shows that the indie rock renaissance of the '00s is clearly over.  There's no longer any reward for being innovative or for trying something new, unless you want to be one of those bands in small print at the bottom of the lineup (I know the poster above is all in the same font, but you know what I mean, so bear with me).

It's over, boys and girls.  One of the best decades in popular music lasted from about 2005 to about 2015, but these are the Trump years now and it appears that commerce will be revered over talent, masked dj's will get billed above artists baring their souls, and success will be determined not by artistry but by sales.  Pitchfork is now owned by Conde Nast, and that pretty much says it all right there.

It's been coming to this for a while, now, and to be honest it's not entirely because of the disappointing Bumbershoot and Hopscotch lineups, but it's time to hang up this old blog.  I spun Music Dissolves Water off of my long-time blog, Water Dissolves Water, a few years back to separate the MDW posts about music from the more spiritually-oriented posts at WDW, but who am I kidding? There was never anything particularly profound being said over at WDW, and the Buddha pointed out that there was no difference between the sacred and the profane, so the most enlightened thing of all may be to just post about what I want, when I want, where I want, without worrying about appearances or impressions.  So if I do have something to say about music, or want to share a show experience, or post a new song or video I just discovered, I'll be doing it back at WDW like I used to back in 2012 (ah, remember 2012? Things were so much better then!).

Having said all that, I recognize that this weekend is Shaky Knees here in Atlanta, and I may post some pics from the festival here, so this most likely won't be the absolute last post here.  Might as well go out with a bang.  I'll leave this site up as long as Blogger will let me, and who knows? - maybe I'll end up dropping in here every once in a while.  Also, if anyone wants to take over this site, contact me and I'll give you the keys, so to speak.  But in the meantime, come join me over at Water Dissolves Water and we'll talk about music and god and the buddha and politics and stoic philosophy and Atlanta's fucked-up traffic and climate change and some fuzzy-minded ideas about the meaning of life and whatever else happens to pop into our heads.

Just don't expect me to compartmentalize my mind any more into "music" and "not music."

Thanks for your understanding and for reading.

It's been real.  Buh-bye.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

LCD Soundsystem

Although most bands seem to disappoint with their post-reunion output, the new LCD Soundsystem songs are actually pretty good.  Here that are from SNL last night.  I like that they put the drummer toward the front of the band, rather than burying him behind everyone else like most bands. 

LCD will be playing this Friday night at Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Algiers

This may be the only music I need for the next year or so.

2017 finally gets the song it needs.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Alice Coltrane

This may be the only music I need for the next year or so.

If you can't wait until the May 5 release date, you can stream it now over on NPR Music.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Well, This Is Disappointing . . .

The lineup for the 2017 Bumbershoot Festival on Labor Day weekend in Seattle was announced today.  Sure, there's some bands in there that I like, but I can count them on one hand and still have enough fingers left over to roll a joint, so let's just say I'm, um, disappointed.

The festival has gone the way of Coachella and booked a lot of EDM producers and DJs as well as various hip-hop acts,  It's what the kids seem to like nowadays and by gosh it apparently sells tickets, but it's not my thing.

I went to Bumbershoot all the way from Atlanta for the first time in 2011, and then returned in 2012, and 2013, and 2014.  The festival hit some hard economic times in 2015 and selected a decidedly B-list but affordable roster of bands, so I didn't bother to go that year.  Wasn't worth the travel.  Or the next year.  Or apparently this year either.

Another sign that I'm growing old: not only did I return to seeing live music sometime around 2010 when I was already far too old (56) to go, but now those acts that I saw back in 2010-2014 are already passe and old school, and the kids these days are moving on to new things, and now at 63 I'm not about to go out dancing all day to the latest electronic beats.  

I can't even seem to make the effort to keep my own blog up and running.

I'm losing my edge.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yesterday at Coachella

Featuring Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) filling in for Nina Persson (The Cardigans).