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Discovered any new music lately?
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6 October 2013
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I've discovered a band called 'the Strypes' recently. Don't know how popular or well-known they are, but they seem like a really cool band. They're only 16/18, which is quite hard to believe when you listen to them. Influences: sixties music, especially the Beatles (I think), and 70s Pub Rock.

Some of their songs sound really Beatle-ish, but in a good way, not like they're trying to copy them. One of the guys plays the harmonica.

EDIT: Just discovered their debut album was produced by Chris Thomas. Interesting. They're obviously gaining peoples attention and admiration.

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fabfouremily said
^ Do you think maybe what put you off was the forcing yourself to listen to it all, rather than what you like the most. Obviously, not all classical music, and composers, are the same. That's why I want to buy some sort of guide - so I can identify what I like the most and listen to the composers that were around in that period. Hopefully then it won't become some sort of monstrous task that I'll get bored of after a while. So far, it's the late Romantic period that I think I like the most, though I'm quite new to this so that might change.

Not really - I actually enjoyed changing styles so often as I moved through the composers.  I spent quite a few years on the journey and just needed to get back to rock music.  I have kept my list of what I still need to listen to and will no doubt pick it up again one day.  I have been back with my rock kick for about 3 years now and having a blast - so it is all good.

I must say though, my 'classical phase' really surprised me :)

I like the Romantic stuff as well - it has a lot more variety in my mind - to my untrained ear many of the Baroque and early Romantic pieces sound very much the same.  They were a lot more into the formal structure and 'rules' of each form they composed in.  That's not to say I don't like them, and even Mozart experimented quite a bit during his (way too short) lifetime.


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fabfouremily, regarding classical music: there are some works that are famous partly because they are so distinctive and broke new ground at the time.

If you've never heard "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, it's worth at least one listen.  It was a revolutionary piece when it premiered in 1928, and although enthusiastically received, it apparently caused a near riot. 

I just read on Wikipedia that during the mayhem of the premiere, one woman shouted that "Ravel is mad!", and when Ravel was told of this, he said: "That woman is the only person who understands my piece!"

Wikipedia also has an interesting note about when Ravel was composing this work:

While on vacation at St Jean-de-Luz, Ravel went to the piano and played a melody with one finger to his friend Gustave Samazeuilh, saying "Don't you think this theme has an insistent quality? I'm going to try and repeat it a number of times without any development, gradually increasing the orchestra as best I can."

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I found this band called the American Authors, because their song Best Day of My Life (which is actually pretty well known) is the theme song for the World Series of Poker (Yes, I watch the World Series of Poker, don't judge) They only have one EP out, but the rest of the EP is pretty good, my favorite is called Luck. I also like Imagine Dragons, those are really the only two current acts I like. I only like bands, the solo artists just don't do it for me. I'm only really discovering U2 right now, but almost everyone already knows them, so that's about it.


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trcanberra said

I have all of Paul's classical stuff and will listen to it when I get to the relevant year.  I bought Liverpool Oratorio during my classical phase and liked it.

I hope you'll post your thoughts at the classical thread in the Paul section. :-D

fabfouremily said
^ Do you think maybe what put you off was the forcing yourself to listen to it all, rather than what you like the most.

I have posted a couple of times that I was forced to listen to classical when I was a child, and that put me off most of it. It's influenced my tastes in popular music, and occasionally I'll get into a mood where I want to listen to a classical radio station, but it's rare. Enjoy your discovery, Emily. I tend more toward 19th/20th century composers, my favorites being Debussy and Satie.

Funny Paper said

If you've never heard "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, it's worth at least one listen.  It was a revolutionary piece when it premiered in 1928, and although enthusiastically received, it apparently caused a near riot. 

It's hard to believe there was once a time when people were so passionate about music that that could happen. Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" comes to mind.


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