There are many problems with modern popular music. However, finding brilliant modern music is not so hard as most of you seem to think. Just don't
look on the radio, because all you will hear on the radio is what the major labels pay for you to hear.
Most modern popular music is focussed on the teen market, the spending power of which has grown greatly over the last several decades. And the problem
is that teen-agers (I am one of them, so don't tell me I am making unfair assertions) go for the gimmicky, soul-less crap that is well promoted. The
majors are the best promoters, of course, and they don't really care about quality as long as people buy it.
The practice of paying off radio stations to play their music puts independant music out of the picture. This practice was illegalized in the '50s,
but no one gets punished for it to this day. The major label record industry is entirely corrupt. Records cost too much, artists get barely anything,
the music itself suffers as a result, and thus the consumer gets the short end of the stick also.
You can can save music diversity by supporting independant music and radio, and boycotting major-label music. If you have to have major label music,
then get it on file-sharing networks (the chances of the RIAA suing you are less than your chances of being killed by a vending machine). If you feel
at somewhat of a loss about where to find out about independant music you would be interested in, there are many places to check out....ask me or
other people you know or people on a music-related message board or something. Find publications on independant music (example:
for independant pop/rock, or freshsites.com...
for independant hip hop) Amazon.com can be a good
resource for finding out about independant music you would be interested in. I also recently discovered irate.sourceforge.net...
, which legally
streams music for you, which you then rate, and it learns/give you more of what you like.
I recommend trying to listen to music you normally wouldn't, and looking for new kinds of music. There is so much music out there that to trap
yourself into one genre can be unfulfilling.
I also recommend, if you have the time and the will, checking out your local music scene. Wherever you are, check out the local music and you just
might be surprised with what you dsicover...
There is brilliant music out there that isn't played on the radio. If you aren't willing to take the initiative to look for it, or to save music
diversity by protesting the major label monopoly, then you shouldn't be complaining about the quality of music.
- the best radio station in the world. Totally independant, non-profit, plays all genres of music. You can stream it online
- A music activism organization that organizes shows, poster campaigns, develops programs in aid of protesting major
labels, and keeps people informed about the fight to save music diversity
- RIAA Radar. Will tell you if an album is under the jurisdiction of the RIAA or not.
- Streaming radio that you rate, and in turn learns what you like and gives you more of what you like.
- MUTE, a filesharing program that is 100% RIAA-proof.
[edit on 6-6-2004 by spngsambigpants]