Music nerds! All these indie rock bands are starting to bore me. I want something different... something unique, unconventional, magical, soulful, challenging, uncategorizable, fun, heartbreaking, bizarre, and all or none of the above.
I think as part of my mourning process for the recent disbanding of the Rheostatics
, I got to wondering what made them so special. Their particularly fervent Canadianness
aside, they were uncompromising, unorthodox, smart, witty, idiosyncratic, and I suppose a little avant-garde. They're the one band that grew with me from highschool into adulthood and helped me learn to broaden my musical tastes and embrace the awkward, the geeky, and the unconventional in everything.
The more I reflected on the band these past weeks, and how much their music meant to me and excited me, the more I realized just how disheartened and bored I am with the current crop of hyped indie bands like the Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene, Death Cab, Wolf Parade, etc. etc.
All fine bands, but just not what I'm looking for (and without a doubt one of you was going to suggest the Arcade Fire, admit it!) My disinterest has made them all start to sound the same.
That said, in addition to the Rheostatics, here's a quick list of stuff I have
been digging: Talking Heads, early Elvis Costello, Magnetic Fields/Stephin Meritt, Lambchop, Pavement, Man Man, Stereo Total, Prince, TMBG, The Polyphonic Spree, Smog, Gogol Bordello, early Bowie, Jens Lekman, Crooked Fingers, The Go! Team, Optiganally Yours, The Russian Futurists -- much of which I don't know how to classify (which in itself is a desirable quality). My last.fm profile
may be a good barometer, too.
But don't limit yourself to rock/pop. Different is good! Bring on the exceptionally incomparable country, soul, doo-wop, hip-hop, bluegrass, exotica, electronic, folk, blues, polka, jazz, and punk! Bonus points for banjos, vocoders, and toy pianos.