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Adam C. replied just now!
Totally agree with you. Music now has become stale and craptapulous. (Oh god, I'm using words like a meteorologist friend of mine.) It's not just perception, music *was* better back then. Partially, too, because it all wasn't compressed as hell back then. I've gotten into fights with the girlfriend because I'm quote "out of the loop on new [mainstream] music" because I almost refuse to listen to anything other than "Lucy" on XM (that's the classic alternative channel.)
These days most of the music that I find is worth listening to does not come from a band attached to a major record label. It comes from mainly local and regional rock bands.
The good side, though, with any Joe or Jane having the ability to publish their own music is that it allows for these local bands (and yes, there are some horribly pathetic ones out there) to publish music that otherwise would not get heard.
I think the thing that hurt mainstream music the most, btw, is the fact that the labels moved from developing artists over the long term to focusing on how much money they can make off them *now* and who cares where they are later. Well that and too many people were trying to be rappers... Example: Gwen should of stuck with No Doubt and Ska music... She was so much better back then.
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