‘Einstein On The Beach’…that’s a great tune
Indeed. It has made music a much more singles driven market. That’s fine for most of the disposable pop music that doesn’t have much to say in the first place. But are we really going to have another R.E.M, another Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Nirvana etc. in a singles driven market? Those are just a few examples of bands who had something bigger to say. Something that
deserved the full-length medium of an album. The whole “cherry-pick” mentality of only downloading a single is to me the equivalent of tearing one page out of a book. You don’t get the whole story. The whole experience of buying an album/CD was that you had the full package as the artist intended. The artwork, photos, lyrics. I still see that as an experience that has value even though the world is telling me it doesn’t.
I also think that the whole digital downloads/streaming revolution will hurt bands in the long term as far as longevity goes. I think when people actually own an album in a physical format that they paid for there is more value ascribed to it. It’s something you can go back to. I can walk up to my shelf of CD’s and pick something great to listen to and keep coming back to it for years to come. I can discover something in my collection that I’ve forgotten about and it becomes new to me once again.
If you can just download it for free or stream it it’s more of a “right-now” thing. Once it gets buried among all your other mp3′s or the cluttered morass of a streaming service like spotify it’s kind of lost down the rabbit-hole. Out of sight, out of mind. Will you really keep coming back to it? Will you even remember to?
If I were to take the viewpoint of an artist, I would much rather my fans own a physical CD of my work than to just have it available online for streaming and to be fighting for bandwith and “listener real-estate” with whatever the newest flash in the pan that has everyone’s attention is.
I feel like it has made music really a disposable commodity. It has lost the value that it really deserves. Now I’m not saying the value of it was the $16.98 overpriced CD at Sam Goody in the 90′s, but I feel like the death of physical formats for music makes music less important somehow.
I still buy CD’s because I like owning albums in a physical/tangible format. Vinyl is too expensive for me to buy on a consistent basis. I find I’m more likely to give a good album the listening time it deserves when I have it on CD. I use Spotify too but I can’t think of what I want to listen to half time because the choices are overwhelming. Also, CD’s are much more convenient in the car when you can just pop one in and go instead of fiddling with your phone and crashing your car. It’s a lot easier to change CD’s at a stoplight than it is to go digging through menus on your iPod or phone.
Oh yeah bro, Siamese Dream. What a terrible album. (yawn)
That Afghan Whigs and Pavement comment than Thayil made gave me a good laugh though.
Kim Thayil sounds far more arrogant in his comments than BC does. And sorry Kim, but the last Soundgarden album was pretty wack. It sounded like a soundtrack to an episode of Sons of Anarchy, which consequently featured the song “Been Away For Too Long” in an episode. It was fitting.
So she releases cheap misogynistic music that glorifies women who act like sluts yet she gets upset when men treat her like one?
She sounded like crap.
Some people, myself included, like to actually own physical copies of things they pay for.