Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Random Ten: Musin' on a Saturday afternoon, evening, etc

I eat breakfast relatively late on Saturday, at a nearby restaurant/diner I like.  It does give me the "opportunity", though, to listen to top 40 radio.  Now even at the top-of-the-charts level, I don't think all contemporary music is crap.  I haven't grown old in that way yet.  But it does offend me to find that people like Ryan Seacrest are dj's now.  A dj is supposed to be a desperate idealist/possible drug casualty with deep passions and feverish tastes, not a network talking head who "likes" what he's told to like.

Since the '96 telecommunications act, I've seen radio be taken over by megaconglomerates and subsequently shrink.  The number of formats has become ever fewer and ever stricter.  The influence of the medium has shrunk as well.  When/if people still buy music, they're sometimes influenced by blogs and other press, sometimes by what plays in the background of TV shows.  The number of people taking musical cues from radio has plummeted.  This is sad, but also funny.  By making the investment in multiple radio stations around the country, the corporations have made them less of a wise investment.

1. Neko Case - Vengeance Is Sleeping*
2. Yo La Tengo - The Room Got Heavy
3. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
4. Diana Krall - I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
5. TV on the Radio - Halfway Home
6. Chic - Real People
7. Sarah Vaughan - Ain't Misbehaving
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Third Stone From the Sun
9. Radiohead - Like Spinning Plates
10. Martin Denny - Caravan


susan said...

As a sure sign of how out of it I am I had to search for Ryan Seacrest to see what you mean. Every generation seems to need contemporary music that represents their experience. I'm just glad I got to hear so much from those who were 'desperate idealist/possible drug casualties with deep passions and feverish tastes'. Nowadays there are so many musicians making their own videos, MP3s etc. as well as playing clubs and festivals that it's no surprise corporate owned and operated radio has lost its influence. The only time I ever hear any is in the dental office waiting room where they play 'soft rock' (ughh).

I liked the Neko Case video song. You still have very good taste in music as I get to see every week.

Ben said...

Ah, I'd say your trips to the dentist have sufficiently educated you as to what I'm talking about. The initiative that young and not-so-young musicians has taken is a positive, no doubt. It's just that I miss the personal touch that radio used to have, and hardly ever does now. That and the freedom deejays might have had to make personal choices here and there.

Thank you. I thought you might like that song, which is why I wanted to highlight it.