Phoulmouth wrote:I used to try to keep up but then the artists and producers started getting greedy. Instead of getting albums filled with awesome music we started getting albums with 2-3 good songs then a bunch of crap. I would rather wait another year for an album that I can listen to front to back rather then something I need to rip to my comp and make a mix CD from.
Now when I hear a song from a band I like I log into Amazon and DL the one single song. If I hear a new band that sounds interesting I will pirate the whole CD, find the songs I like, then DL them from amazon as well. Most people just stop with the pirated copies though, lol.
I think that if bands started putting out quality albums again you would see a drastic decrease in the pirating of music. But until that day comes I say set sail me hearties!
I moved on from mainstream music to mostly indie stuff a long time ago. And no, I'm not a cliched hipster, there just happens to be a lot of really great indie music. And not everything in my library is indie, but most of the new stuff is.
I do have my old standbys that I listened to in high school back in the early 90s, like Sarah McLachlan, Smashing Pumpkins, and Seal (told you I wasn't hipster!) but these days it's artists like Shiny Toy Guns, Natalie Walker, Metric, The Jezabels, Uh Huh Her, The Birthday Massacre, Tom Sartori, Chevelle, The Fray (Top-40 pop but a nice "indie" sound), Keane, Eisley, Grum, The Voltaire Twins...I could go on forever.
All of these bands and musicians came to (relative) popularity in the mid to late 2000s and they are across the board in genre. You have electro pop, gothic, "indie" pop, heavy rock, techno, britpop, shoegaze, folk, and a couple that are unclassifiable. And I'm super picky so that's an infinitesimal sample of what's out there right now.
Get on sites like Soundcloud and last.fm, search for a band you like, and listen to the recommendations based on your search. That's how I found a lot of the unknown or lesser-known acts I enjoy so much. Oh, and you're on the right track with Amazon too, their recommendations are usually pretty good if you REALLY like the band you're currently buying from them. Another good source to buy from, and with good recommendations, is cdbaby.com.