if you like electronic music, check out the old stalwarts of warp records or ninja tune or other up-and-comers like the above mentioned planet mu and even rephlex (for real wackiness). in other areas, labels like kranky, constellation, thrill jockey, and alien8 are doing some really cool stuff as well.
and that's just a small sampling. dig a bit and there is absolutely no reason to complain about a lack of interesting music out there.posted by almostcool at 9:34 AM on January 11, 2001
I really hate how it's considered "conventional wisdom" that Britney, N'Sync, et. al are bad. Now, I know, and respect, plenty of mainstream, marginal, and underground groups, but I don't think that precludes me from liking and appreciating teen pop acts.
I mean, good production, very entertaining stage presence, well-crafted (if not well-written) songs? That's most of what the Beatles had during the BeatleMania phase, and it wasn't until they started experimenting in the studio that they became more than that.
I don't personally like her music that much, but look at Alanis Morisette. Her background was no less vapid and disposable than any other dance-pop act, and she still managed to turn out two pretty good albums. Yes, they were still manufactured and commercial, but they were good. Who's to say Britney doesn't do that too someday?
And, on a side note, Prince is still great. His descent into an almost parody-like level of self-absorption hasn't done much for his music, but he still had a more important role than probably will be realized for a while. Everyone who objects to Eminem today would do well to remember that the Prince of today, who refuses to swear and preaches incessantly about Jesus and love, was still singing about screwing his sister on his third album. He didn't hit huge until his fifth, and didn't peak until (arguably) his eighth.
And Eminem's on what, his second? Seems like music's doing just fine. Besides, having a Bush in the White House always seemed to make for some really good hip hop records... I think that was the last time rap was still able to get my attention and move me....
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