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Thursday, May 17, 2007
Music Video Stream of Conciousness: Have You Heard...
My friends always seem very surprised by my taste in music. I don't know what it is, my musical interests are diverse enough that I hardly think I could even be said to have a specific taste in music. And yet, I hear "You like Dolly Parton? Really?" or "I would never have guessed that you'd ever even have heard of The Cows" or "I've never even heard of Scared of Chaka" to get the impression that if my musical likes and dislikes confound people so, I must be doing something right. As a result of this, bands I've never heard, or heard of, get talked up to me periodically. And with the invention of the internet, it's become fairly easy for me to sample songs from those recommended groups.
Kings of Leon, "On Call": I know folks who absolutely adore this band, and actually arrange their vacation and travel schedules to see them whenever and as many times as possible. I just don't have that level of devotion to any band. And, you know, they're not bad, but I can't say I'm too taken with this song. It's rather droney indie-rock sounding, and honestly, that sound doesn't really do it for me anymore. <
Big & Rich, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)": When country became rock with an obnoxious accent, I really stopped caring about country music. There's nothing special about this at all, just the exact type and sound in country music that I can't stand. I can see why this became somewhat popular, what with its taking a t-shirt slogan and turning it into a song. It's the sort of pop-orobous which contemporary American culture seems to thrive on.
Goldfrapp, "Strict Machine": Now, I could get into this. It's got just about all the things I like about electronica (about the only musical genre where I find that I prefer female vocalists to male vocalists by a wide margin), but even those elements of electronica that I tend to dislike, such as the back-beats which frequently overpower all the other elements, are restrained here. Of course, all it takes in that situation is one lame DJ to turn up the bass too damn high, and that delicacy is ruined.
Shiny Toy Guns, "You are the One": Oh my word. The imagery is damn pretentious as to be absolutely giggle-worthy. Especially when it's being used to promote the music of a rather generic indie-RAWK! band that had to resort to the chick-singer cliche to differentiate themselves from all the other nearly identical sounding indie-RAWK! bands out there. Of course, that being said, they're not bad, and I could see myself buying a CD. If I found it used or similarly on sale. It could make good driving music.