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Again, I have a question for the lot of you.

I just got back from taking in some live blues from local artists at the Famous Dave's down the block. Now, I love music. Everyone and their dog knows this. Still, even though I love music and will go to extreme lengths to discover good music, I am - and always have been - horrible at keeping up with the local scene. I have friends in bands, and I support them. That is unfortunately about as far as I go, and I don't really know why I don't make more of an effort. I often yell at myself for it... and I want to know:

Do you keep up with your local music scene?

It's ok to say no. If you don't, why not? If so, how? Furthermore, do you have any music recommendations?

Please respond in the comments [with your name, age, location and favorite music genre(s)] and pimp this to your f-list. I really want to know, and I'm thinking about using the answers for yet another magazine story.

Favorite Genre(s):
Do you keep up with your local music scene?
If yes, how? If no, why not?

Oh, journalism. Oh, art. How I love the two of you. By the by, thank ya'll so much for letting me pick your brains.

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Mar. 6th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
*heh. Deleted that first comment*

Name: Laura
Age: 20
Location: Shippensburg/Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite Genre(s): Um...*looks at music player* Really, it doesn't matter.
Do you keep up with your local music scene? Depends.
If yes, how? If no, why not? The Pittsburgh music scene just freakin' ROCKS. Well, with the unfortunate inclusion of Christina Aguilera, and MAYBE Anti-Flag. It ranges from hard rock to rap to folk to jam band and back again a couple times more round the Rivers. Unfortunately, it's hard to keep up with said music scene as they good radio stations have been eaten up by Clear Channel (WDVE, REPRESENT), and it's hard to head out to one of the MANY music clubs in the cities/scattered throughout the suburbs. But it's always great to see the music scene grab some national attention. Doesn't add to our image of rioting, football-obsessed drunks.

As for the Shippensburg music scene...Really? It's all wanna-be emo/alt bands made up from the student population. I had to appear at several of these concerts all last semester for radio station purposes. Not fun.
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
Radio stations do make it really hard. I think it's really sad that they don't reflect the area they serve.
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Mar. 6th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Where do you go? What venues?

I know in Madison we did the whole... jumping from garage punk concert to basement punk concert to jazz being played at the union.

What kind of a musical career are you thinking about?
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
I'm too busy, and it doesn't seem like there's as much of a local music scene as where I'm originally from in Atlanta. Now, back home I did, because I had friends who were a part of the scene.
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Name: cal
Age: 23
Location: perth, western australia
Favorite Genre(s): hiphop, breaks, experimental
Do you keep up with your local music scene? Not really

If yes, how? If no, why not? Yes in the sense that I'm always going to events. Usually DJs. Usually drum n bass because... Well EVERYONE here, including every single one of my crew, listent to it. Most of them are drum n bass DJs. So I'm out there dancing along to a lot of it. But I'm not interested enough to really follow who's who in terms of DJs and shit. No one I hang out with is really interested in hiphop so I'm not even slightly involved in that scene. I'm also not really listening to music much at all anymore anyway.

Mar. 6th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Aesop Rock, Aesop Rock, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien,. Aesop Rock, Sole, Mr Lif, Aesop Rock, The Prunes, DJ Craze's Live In Puerto Rico, QBert

And so forth, basically I think you already know everything I like.

- calbot
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
You know that I love Aesop Rock!
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
Because clearly the lady has taste!
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
PEE ESS my homeslice Troll, who I've been painting with is as big a Aesop head as I am and burned me a cd full of crazy shit like a 1 hour long freestyle session with Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, BluePrint and a couple others. It's THE SHIT. Man, I never knew how good Sage was at freestyling, he fucking trounces EVERYONE, and they're not exactly the kinda heads you'd describe as easily trounceable if you know what I mean. Hit me up on aim or msn sometime I'll take time out to send you it all.

- cal
Mar. 7th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
N'awww! You so generoso!
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Name: Leah
Age: 16
Location: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Genre(s): Indie, pretty much. I venture into other territories (alternative, classic rock, punk, postpunk, grunge) but not very far.
Do you keep up with your local music scene? No.
If yes, how? If no, why not? I wish I did, to be honest. I love music; I love concerts; I love finding NEW music and concerts. It's just really difficult when you don't have a license. You can't really just show up anywhere...you have to plan. As soon as I get my license I'm planning on taking myself out every weekend to random local clubs and listening to random local bands. I'm excited for it.

And, music recs? Hmm. Any genre in particular? I don't know how many of these you'll already know, but here are some I'm into at the moment:
Belle & Sebastian, the New Pornographers (I literally JUST got back from seeing those two live; it was awesome), Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (AMAZINGAMAZINGAMAZING), Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis (an extension of Rilo Kiley), the Good Life, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Built to Spill, Feist, Joanna Newsom...I'm going to stop now. But yeah, they're all fantasticcccccc.
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
I just wanna say, I fuckin' love Rilo Kiley (they're comin' to town!). My roommate is from Omaha, so she's big on the saddlecreek and I love it.
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Name: kylie
Age: 18
Location: to make it easy, i'll say central ohio
Favorite Genre(s): post-punk, britpop, indie rock, noise, idm, kraut, hip-hop, etc etc etc
Do you keep up with your local music scene? on the whole
If yes, how? If no, why not? central ohio is pretty lucky in that it has a locally owned alternative station, cd101. it plays the standard fare (death cab, franz ferdinand, r.e.m.) most of the time, but it does make time for local bands (3 songs by one local band at 9 pm every weekday i think?) and it also hosts an independent music show for 2 hours twice a week (which plays local talent frequently). not to mention that we've got some great internet coverage, two alternative weeklies, and an annual free local music festival. keeping up is actually fairly easy and very worthwhile, since we've got some really, really good local bands.

recs? hiphop: rjd2 (possibly our most famous export), blueprint, and their collaboration, soul position. rock: go evol shiki!, a planet for texas, eric wrong and the do-rights, and the sun, for starters. and, possibly the best of all, gil mantera's party dream.
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Location:lincoln, nebraska
Favorite Genre(s):jazz, swing, blues,folk, pop, rock, country
Do you keep up with your local music scene? not really.
If yes, how? If no, why not? i occasionally attend a concert or hear somebody playing on a whim, but i don't seek out local music. i've had bad experiences with the local bands i've seen...just not my kind of music. too much like noise, not singable enough:)
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
Name: Jason Smathers
Location: Madison, WI
Favorite Genre(s): Name it: Indie, Hip-hop, Alternative, Brit-pop (my area of expertise..), too many to list.
Do you keep up with your local music scene? Boy, do I try. but I find myself failing.
If yes, how? If no, why not? Yes because I work at a local radio station, WSUM 91.7 FM. As such, I do try and pop my head into the union and listen to what's going on, as well, as popping into our music library to give listen to some local acts. However, There is also such a vast amount of music to keep up with at the station (especially for the British music show I do) that it's hard to actively search out new local music. I listen to support your scene when I can, but as you know, the life of a college student often doesn't allow for a complete exploration. Plus, there is the problem of finding a common link. If you like a local band, you listen to them. Sure. however, if they're a local band, it's also pretty likely not too many people know them. and when people have never heard of a local band, or have never HEARD the local band, it's easy to write off: "oh, they'll never go anywhere, or else they wouldn't be here." While that shouldn't be a reason not to listen, some people write them off as easy as that.

Hope that helped! Any further questions, I'd be happy to answer.

Mar. 6th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
oh, I almost forgot...
Recs?: It depends on what you already listen to...recently...Art Brut (Indie while making FUN of indie), The Editors (Indie), Deadboy and the Elephantmen (southern rock), Robocop Kraus (Talking heads meets futureheads), The Chap (electro/rock), Mylo (electronica), animal collective (weird folkish indie), Maximo Park (brit-pop), Mclusky (disbanded punk :( )...lord. Just look at the entry in my lj below the latest one. that's a total list of cd's I own. bolded ones are new. this is just off the top of my head...


Mar. 6th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: oh, I almost forgot...
Thanks so much, this is brilliant and I might end up friending you. The recommendations are fantastic.

Also, represent for Madison. I grew up there, well... just outside of but I spent all my time on State St. The union was practically my home. I miss the summers I spent there with the live music.

I also really agree with what you said about being a college student. I feel like there's never enough time, and I definitely don't have the money. Plus, in my experience, there are a lot of aspiring bands that - god bless their hearts - are simply and completely awful.
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: oh, I almost forgot...
Oh lord. too true. Some people think they can pick up a guitar and they're just gods gift to music (and often women. sometimes men. even if they are men. Those tight pants aren't just a fashion statement, they're a cry for help.), but there is so much live music here the riches of such are obscene. I'm proud to call this place a second home (as the first one is only two hours south east in racine, WI.)

But, YES! go ahead and friend away. hell, IM me if you want. the more the merrier.
Mar. 6th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Name: Caroline
Age: 21
Location: Central NJ
Favorite Genre(s): A lot -- "indie rock" as long as it doesn't sound too dissonant, bluegrass, jam.
Do you keep up with your local music scene?: No.
If yes, how? If no, why not?: Venues around here, even in Philly, are sort of divey. Plus, I'm a college student without much cash, so chances are good that I'll only pay for a show if it's one that I really want to see.
Mar. 6th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
That's totally where I'm at right now. Sucks.
Mar. 6th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Name: Kirstin
Age: 21
Location: Michigan
Favorite Genre(s): Psychobilly, punk, rock, jazz, europop (oh the shame!)
Do you keep up with your local music scene?: to an extent.
If yes, how? If no, why not?: well, i used to play, so i met and saw a lot of the bands that way. and a lot of my friends play. plus there's always myspace.
Mar. 6th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
This next comment may be ill-advised, but I loathe myspace.
Mar. 6th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Name: Faith

Age: 21

Location: Minneapolis/Omaha

Favorite Genre(s): Don't even. :)

Do you keep up with your local music scene? Not really.

If yes, how? If no, why not? We really haven’t, you know? We went to the Profits, yeah, and we went to Famous Dave’s last night, but other than that? Not really – not nearly as much as we could be. We haven’t been to Lula’s Coffee and Jaz yet, we only just went to Famous Dave’s because Adam was playing – we didn’t even know about it before. We haven’t been to Acoustic Sunrise, or the Dakota, or seen Atmosphere live, or any number of things. So we do to an extent, yes, but not really in practice so far.

Also? I lived in Omaha, and I didn’t get excited about Rilo Kiley (nor, I think I can say pretty safely, did I even hear her music) until I got up here. I’ve never seen her in concert, or Bright Eyes, or the Faint, or Cursive, or Desparecidos, or Azure Ray. Never. And that, my friend? Is actually a little bit criminal.
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Criminal indeed. You are under arrest.
Mar. 6th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Name: Mark
Age: 19
Location: Niagara Falls, ON, CAN
Favorite Genre(s): Electronica, classic rock, rock, jazz
Do you keep up with your local music scene? I'm starting too!
If yes, how? If no, why not? Friends are updating me, local student papers list all shows in the region for the week each week, both at bars, clubs, and elsewhere. I also check ticketmaster for any shows at the Casino and in Hamilton, Toronto.

The papers do it all though. Just fantastic!
In fact, I saw a good band called Alive and Living last night, along with Cuff the Duke. Very good indeed!

Hope this helps!
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I was going to ask if being under 21 affected you but then I remembered... Canada. You are ridiculously lucky. Thank you!
Mar. 7th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
haha, yes it's strange knowing the Americans can't drink at 19.
That doesn't stop you though does it??
Being a border town it's really annoying. Americans come over the border to get trashed and make the downtown area a nightmare.. guns, drugs, violence.. insults out of cars, etc..
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
No, it definitely doesn't stop us. And I really hate my fellow countrymen sometimes. I have visited Ontario every year of my life, and most Americans are so ridiculously disrespectful.

I apologize on behalf of the idiots in this country.
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
haha, it's okay!
I'm over it.

My college is starting a strike tomorrow so I think I might go to the bar.
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Name: ursula
Age: 16
Location: wayne, new jersey
Favorite Genre(s): pretty much anything that i think sounds good. post-punk, post-rock, post-hardcore, post-post, bluegrass, folksy-type stuff, whatever.
Do you keep up with your local music scene? nooo no no no. i literally took a vow to never go to a local show again.
If yes, how? If no, why not? it's horrible. the bands are abysmal. i have not seen one good band at any of the shows i've ever been to. i'll support local music when local music has the courtesy to stop sucking.
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Name: Loren

Age: 26

Location: San Diego, CA

Fav. Genre: Rock (the whole spectrum, DMB to Pantera)

Do you keep up with the scene: I hate the fucking scenesters in this town. I am in a hard rock band, and I wish we heard more of what we did--everyone is apeing the trendster set or super-agro. What happened to tasteful rock, ala Pumpkins or Perfect Circle? That being said, I do go to shows prolly two to three times a month (other than ours).

If yes, how: Go to see friend's bands, when I hear a good band, I never hesitate to check 'em out. Myspace is a rad way to keep up on local bands.
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
I agree with that. I don't like the shameless fangirls/fanboys that go head over heels for the best bands omg! but at the same time, I often think that they're probably younger. I hope they are, in my experience they have been.

Out of curiosity, did keeping up on bands get easier after you hit the 21 year old mark?

Also, I definitely miss the Pumpkins.
Mar. 7th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Honestly, I didn't really get into music before I turned 21, so it's a moot point. I think that is most likely true, however, as most bands are forced into 21+/pay-to-play situations. It's so critical to support music you like and be a constant cheerleader, or the band will fall off the face of the earth. I've seen a number of bands lose steam after the first four or five shows, which is unfortunate, because that's when they finally start getting good at what they do!
Mar. 7th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Name: Abby
Age: 19
Location: Minneapolis / Green Bay
Favorite Genre(s): Indie, rock, punk, pop/rock, alternative... whatever. I'm horrible at putting things in genres.
Do you keep up with your local music scene? No.
If yes, how? If no, why not? In Minneapolis, i have no real connection to the scene, and i don't know of any sources where i could get info on who's playing when and all that. If there was a website, or free magazine, or something, i'd definitely at least pay attention to the scene even if i didn't go to many shows.

To the best of my knowledge, the scene in Green Bay is comprised mostly of angsty-emo high school bands, so i'm just plain not interested.

Recommendations: You've probably heard of all these people already, but: Laura Viers, Amadou and Miriam, Flight of the Conchords, Milla Jovovich, Pinback, American Analog Set.
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm from Minneapolis, and the best way to find local music and shows is in The Onion. They usually have a couple pages of just shows that week at clubs all over the area.
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Name: Melissa
Age: 22
Location: Pasadena/Los Angeles
Favorite Genre(s): Emo. Yeah. I said it. :)
Do you keep up with your local music scene? Alas, no! Because of my job's hours I can't go out during the week, and on the weekends, I usually go dancing or seeing established bands in concert
If yes, how? If no, why not? I honestly wish I could, especially since my profession IS music journalist. Honestly, it's hard for me to find new music on my own cos I spend too much time chasing the more established artists (hell, at least it's garnered me some MAJOR interviews!) But all the unknown bands I listen to, I discover thru record companies sending me and my publications pitches.

Therefore, my current obsessions/recommendations include: Goldfrapp (cocaine-soaked brilliant europop,) The Boy Least Likely To (twee Belle and Sebastian type stuff with a lot of xylophones,) Stars (of the Broken Social Scene/Feist family,) The Gossip (feminist disco) and the Welsh band Catatonia (long disbanded but it is what all pop music should be!)
Mar. 7th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Hooray for journalists! I'm studying at the U of M (minnesota, Twin Cities) to become an arts reporter... focusing on theater and film. XD

Also, I love Goldfrapp. I'll have to check out the others!
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