I want to talk about music like I was a teenager again.
May 12, 2014 9:52 PM Subscribe
Lately I've been digging through a wealth of new-to-me Japanese bands and getting into music in a way I haven't really done in a long time. I realized this was largely because I'd stumbled upon a bunch of places that discuss JPop and JRock like this ginormous Popjustice thread
, full of people who obsess over the latest bands and new music videos and whatnot. I also realized that I don't have anything like this for other music I listen to. So where do I go to discuss the other music I like?
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Let's say, for example, that I was really into bands like Broadcast and Melody's Echo Chamber—for lack of a better phrase, let's call this genre I just made up "psychedelic retro-pop"—and I wanted to find people who discussed this all day long, keeping me up to date on new singles and bands vaguely related to the movement and leftfield suggestions from yesteryear. Or if that's too narrowly focused, you could also try British indie rock—where do I go to talk to people about Sky Larkin and Johnny Foreigner and Rose Elinor Dougall and The History of Apple Pie and etc., etc., etc.? Where do I go to find more bands like these, not from a faceless recommendations algorithm (as much as I love Last.fm or Google Play), but from real live people with opinions and obsessions?
Obviously, I can't just sit here and list all my favourite bands/genres and get specialized recommendations for each and every one. So instead I'm looking for something closer to a one-stop shop where I could conceivably find a few different niches for discussion. Places I've kind of looked at but found wanting:
Reddit. Oddly, not enough critical mass, as far as I can tell. I've been searching for particular bands I've been into lately as a barometer (ex. Elephant's new album "Sky Swimming" or Passepied, a band from Japan) and Reddit doesn't have much if anything in the way of discussion. This despite the wide variety of subreddits.
ILX. I remember I Love Music as being a big go-to for this stuff back in the day, but running the same test against ILX yields very little. In general the forum seems a lot more scattershot, with random threads about decade-old Yo La Tengo albums sitting comfortably alongside... well, decade-old threads about Ian Svenonius's new band (Weird War, which was his new band... a decade ago!). I mean, they all seem cool, but not necessarily a place I'd start with now. Maybe if I got in with all the veterans back in the day.
Popjustice. This would probably be pretty close to what I want, except that I don't actually care about mainstream pop. So all the discussion in the world about Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen doesn't really help me much.
Random band message boards. This actually helps sometimes—I discovered Melody's Echo Chamber from the semi-official Broadcast board—but these days the only official message boards seem to be for really old bands (Saint Etienne) or dead bands (Broadcast), which tilts the conversations heavily in favour of nostalgic retells of the band's past exploits. Newer bands started in a time that saw forums and message boards as hopelessly antiquated. They ain't totally wrong, either.
Does what I want even exist anymore? Am I forever doomed to trawl the likes of Pitchfork and Tiny Mix Tapes and The Quietus, reading erudite record reviews in silence and imagining a conversation between music critics in my head like I'm playing tea party with my dolls?