VAL'S BLOG   7.6.14  

 

 



 

  


 

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, 

"I have my kids download for me" 

I'd be a gazillionnaire. 
 
Damn, I should have started collecting a long time ago. 
 

 

The excuses are many.  

 

YOU: 

  • don't know the new artists
  • forgot how to download
  • are confused by all the new music services
  • streaming?
  • the cloud?
  • can't remember password
  • which cord?
  • what file?
  • have no time
  • dragged and dropped and then forgot 
  • worry you'll delete something
  • internet is down again
  • where do the songs go?
  • how do i get back to the... 
 
Your kids get the frantic call. Five minutes before your dinner party. Day of your girls' night out. When you're ready for your run. You run to your kids to get a playlist on your phone. As your begging goes up your standards go down. You'll take anything. Ok, I'll take the hip-hop. The explicit rap? Whatever. Just get the playlist in. And can you hurry? 
 
You settle, don't you?  You know you don't love their music. Electronic dance music, garage rock, puppylove pop, naughty rap, metal, lame songwriting by kids younger than your kids. It's not ok. 
 
 
IT'S TIME TO 
DECLARE YOUR MUSIC  
INDEPENDENCE!
 
 
You do not need your kids to help you find great music. They can help with other things like taking out the trash, bathing the dog, driving little brother, working the remote, cleaning up your email inbox. Go ahead and take their advice on cool apps, instagram tips, and craft beers. Daughters can help you with fashion, sons can replace printer ink cartridges.  Just don't trust them with your music. 
 
And don't trust other people's kids with your music either. The faceless / nameless curators behind the big music services. Who are these people? I think many are kids like your kids. They may know the day, the time and the weather... what you're doing and where you're going...  maybe your favorite song...  but they sure as hell don't know the great music you grew up on, and I'm not sure they can find you a dozen new songs you can't live without.   So good luck with that. 
 
Don't let anyone tell you what you like.  From now on, you tell them. With just a tiny bit of effort - and a few tips (below) - you'll own this in no time.
 
 
A FEW TIPS TO BECOMING INDEPENDENT AGAIN:
 
 
NO TIME?  WANT THE EASIEST?
Download the music app Shazam onto your phone. When you hear a song you like on the radio, in a store, anywhere - simply tap the app and it records song/artist. Download these songs onto your phone later. 
 
 
HAVE A FEW MINUTES?
Tuesday is new music day in the industry. Check iTunes for new album releases. 
 
 
SPEND A BIT MORE TIME?
For a bit more, check out Paste Magazine and Daytrotter for new album reviews.  Not TMI.  Find a cool new artist?  Listen on YouTube. Easy. 
 
 
SIT AND LISTEN?
Great radio stations with new emerging artists: KCRW and  KEXP
 
 
TASTEMAKERS WITH GOOD TASTE?
Al Kooper "New Music For Old People" part of the Morton Report
Mike Marrone, Meg Griffin, Franny Thomas -- The Loft  Sirius/XM Radio
Jenny Eliscu, Kristine Stone, Mark Goodman  -- Spectrum  Sirius/XM Radio
 
 



A FEW NEW ONES
and remember, you decide!
 
 
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF-RAFF
Waverly Sessions: Hurray For The Riff Raff - Look Out Mama
Waverly Sessions: Hurray For The Riff Raff - Look Out Mama
 

 
CAROLINE ROSE
Caroline Rose - America Religious (Official Video)
Caroline Rose - America Religious (Official Video)
 
 
 
BAD SUNS
Bad Suns - Cardiac Arrest
Bad Suns - Cardiac Arrest
 
 
 
MIKAELA DAVIS
I'm Just Tryin' To Be Your Friend - Mikaela Davis
I'm Just Tryin' To Be Your Friend - Mikaela Davis
 
  

 

 

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