Who remembers a time when all forms of non-mainstream music was called alternative?… (around the mid to late 90s… just after grunge died)… Guitar music was metal-lite, had DJs and white guys rapping, and bands like limp bizkit and korn were mega popular and requested on JJJ every night. At the same time skateboarding, BMX, freestyle motocross and XTREME sports dominated advertisers campaigns whilst we all drank pepsi max to the MAX. Bogan-cool culture had almost fully penetrated the inner-city psyche… and this continued up until the point when people realised what an idiot fred durst was, and how extremely boring extreme sports were to watch after 5 minutes.
This is just me musing on how popular, but non-commercial radio music has progressed, especially in terms of triple J’s playlist. We are in the midst of the indie hipster sound right now that exploded with the strokes and the vines as i recall around 2003 or something, with forays into french electro disco dance courtesy of a monster tour by daft punk, and their hairy progeny justice.
I have to admit that back then i had some white bogan friends and white bogan tastes in music… limp bizkit, korn, rammstein and countless nu-metal clones feature in my high school 90s mp3 collection! It was awesome rockin’ out to those sounds!!… i dont listen to them anymore AT ALL, but i still might pull out a few tracks for a laugh. Also, my blogger compatriot The Weekend Warrior recently reminded me of bands i used to absolutely LOVE in the day… specifically INCUBUS whom i still listen to seriously without any comedic or ironic element.
So this got me thinking… who were those awesome bands i would love to hear new material from, or wouldnt mind putting their old cds in the player (CD Player? WTF is that is that like an 8-track player or something?)… Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Filter, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Tool… a few off the top of my head… these bands had a more timeless sound and their albums are still awesome to listen to today for me. I am personally interested in the next direction g-tar based music takes after indie… i think there is some awesome indie stuff out there like death cab, mgmt, the temper trap… but a lot of it BORES THE CRAP out of me… not enough sack or cojones as Stephen Colbert would say.
So since this is a music-updatey-with-the-latest-stuff-blog, that was my preamble to the new release another of my old fav bands… 30 Seconds To Mars!! I initially got into them just because i loved the movie requiem for a dream (how it all falls apart and was the antithesis of the hollywood happy ending with julia roberts movie)… and jared leto played the main fucked up junkie. Anyways 30 Seconds To Mars has a new album set for release on the 7th of december
entitled “This Is War”… with one of the tracks “Hurricane” featuring guest rhymes from Kanye
Also: the lead single Kings + Queens has an awesome clip featuring activity du jour cycling, and also bikes and cyclists!!!
(these are notes for myself for my next blog topics in case i get real lazy and dont come back for ages and forget what i was going to write about: book reviews, jazz, the evolution of dance floor sounds today, quality musing/writing/blogging by Danny Katz and Marieke Hardy)