Pop Music

Modern Music Void

I realized today that I can name less than 5 new (less than 10 years old) rock/pop/alternative/indie/folk/hip hop groups/bands.

Here are a few musicians I discovered tonight by reading various blog posts, by random clicking, and by word of mouth. They all link to their band sites so you can hear a bit of their tracks if you like:

  • Kim Boekbinder – The Impossible Girl: I know absolutely nothing about this woman, as her bio seems to be nowhere on her website. However, I found her through another wordpress blog post. In particular I like the tune “Big Easy” – but then again, I would. You can listen to her tunes for free and purchase them each on her site for $1.
  • Good Charlotte – Again, I found this group through another blog post. I’ve heard of them before, which is apparently a good thing because I hear they’re quite popular. “Counting the Days” rocks. The group reminds me of being a freshman in college. It’d be great for a road trip track.
  • Khaled – Alternative World Fusion. I like. You can preview the tracks. Rock meets alternative meets middle eastern.
  • Time to work on expanding my repertoire. If there’s anything I should be listening to, let me know.

    P.S. Don’t give me boy bands. Or female versions thereof.

    The Musical Ascent of Herman Being

    I picked up a copy of The Musical Ascent of Herman Being recently, and this morning it seemed like a good short text to read while lounging at the pool. Ah, summer.

    If you know absolutely nothing about classical music and would like a little impetus to sit down and listen to a forty-minute symphony and actually learn to like it, I’d recommend this book. If you’re so immersed in the music that you have trouble explaining the basics to a novice, it stands as a nice reminder that really, this stuff isn’t your average pop music, and no, not everyone just gets it from day one.

    It’s short – less than 100 pages, and in a larger text format. I read it in less than an hour, and I’m a slow reader. So there’s no excuse. Pick it up.

    The author, Robert Danziger (from CSU), takes a stab at presenting western art music to beginners, without any technical jargon. He introduces a twenty-five year old guy with no musical background who wants to learn: Herman Being. Herman consults a music guru friend of his, and through this, he is pushed up the ladder – on a musical ascent. His motivation is also driven forward as he crushes on a graduate music student (okay, it adds interest). (more…)