Ten Most Annoying Singers Ever

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/listoftheday/17793/the-ten-most-annoying-singers

Amen.

Michael Bolton was an easy top pick, but you’ve got to applaud this guy for including the likes of Celine Dion and John Mayer. Not sure I agree with the Billy Corgan decision, and I would definitely include Mariah Carey (don’t care how popular she is, her voice is quite annoying) and maybe even Collin Melroy from the Decemberists…not because I don’t like his voice (I actually love the Decemberists), but because I can only listen to him sing for a few days/weeks at a time before I need a break.

Anyone remember the group X? I was never a big fan of the combination of John Doe and Exene Cervenka.

Twilight Zone

I have always been a huge fan of the Twilight Zone. Not the new stuff, but the classic old Rod Serling shows. I think it’s part of my indie-ness to like weird but intensely thought-provoking stuff. Now CBS has made entire episodes available online.

http://www.cbs.com/classics/the_twilight_zone/video/video.php

Now…to see if I can find my favorite episode, “The Jeopardy Room”

Kiddie Indie?

They Might Be Giants are the undisputed pioneers of moving from Indie to Kiddie rock, as they’ve done so seemlessly, and many of their kiddie songs attract the parents as much as they do the kids.

But, the latest band to make a foray into the kiddie music scene has me wondering. Barenaked Ladies are releasing a kiddie CD that apparently has a Western flare to it. The obvious question is: Is this going to be a pattern in Indie? But deeper questions raise issues in my mind about the direction BNL is going in. I am admittedly a huge fan of BNL, and have even met them personally. But I have to wonder why they’re doing this.

First, the band’s name is a bit difficult for me to connect with the kiddie space. Kids don’t get adult sarcasm. How many parents really want to get into a conversation with their kids that starts with, “Mommy, why are they called barenaked ladies?” I usually just call them BNL in front of my kids. But still, there are issues there.

Second, TMBG moved into the Kid scene because their music is easy to translate into that space. The style is still TMBG, the silliness and zaniness is characteristic of TMBG. This album by BNL is apparently supposed to have a Western theme.  Our friends from the Great White North touting a Western theme? Did I miss something?

Maybe I’m too pessimistic here, and I’m sure album will be awesome. Most stuff by BNL IS. I’m just a little disenchanted with the idea of BNL moving into the Kiddie Space. How many other bands will tire of the adult indie scene and try out kid music?

 

A New Direction?

Judging by the frequency of my posting (or lack thereof), I think it’s safe to say that it’s difficult to do a blog dedicated solely to music when you don’t actually get album companies sending you stuff to review.

So I’m changing things up. I think an Indie Life is more than just music, it’s about living life independent and going against the grain. For me, an Indie Life is one that fines the finer joys that the mainstream has missed out on. Books, music, movies, even sight-seeing spots that may be off the beaten-path, but that are much better the heralded experiences we see in everyday media.

So, this blog is moving in a new direction…well, maybe not new, but enhanced. Stay tuned for an enhanced blog that defines what the indie life is!