So I’m becoming more and more of a music omnivore. There are very few genres of music I don’t like, and in fact my music collection probably has at least one representative of most any well known genre. They only major exception I can think of off the top of my head are Boy/Girl Group Pop Genres where how pretty the singer(s) are and how well they dance are often as or more important than the actual music. No. Sorry – this is not, has never been, and probably will never be my thing.
The two genres I have the least interest in right now and am often likely to avoid are country (especially in it’s modern form) and hip-hop/rap. I suspect this is mostly because both of those kinds of music are strongly tired to cultures of which I am not a member.
That’s not to say there is no hope for me there. Especially for hip-hop/rap. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2014 isn’t the year I gain much greater appreciation of those genres. I’ve already started my education on them with volume 1 of Ed Piskor’s great history comic: “Hip-Hop Family Tree”.
Now, the music I can’t stop listening to lately. It’s split between music from 2013 (a lot of it electronic based – the newest kind of music I’m really getting into) and music from before I was born. All of it great:
- Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
- Arctic Monkeys – AM
- Avicii – True
- Bombino – Nomad
- Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick
- Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
- Rush – Hemispheres
Brief thoughts: Random Access Memories is probably my favorite music to come out of 2013. So good. So fun. / True is really almost as fun, and a close second for my favorite thing to come out of 2014. EDM + Bluegrass&Country? More please! / Everyone who likes guitar based music needs to listen to Nomad / Yes I love Prog-Rock / Why didn’t anyone tell me Genesis was a Prog-Rock band in the 70s? The’ve only ever been Invisible Touch and We Can’t Dance to me.