Far alternative music?

November 28, 2011

robert bell, paul buchanan, paul joseph moore

In the age of digitalized music, I am still the unconverted, due more to inertia than anything else. I have never bought an ipod, nor possessed any incarnation of an iphone. Sure I have “burnt” music, but I don’t recall ever going back to listen to anything, in large part because I have no equipment, nothing to hear them with.

I don’t listen to the radio – i think the last time I switched one on was back in the 90s, or otherwise I turned the ignition on in a rented car one day and the radio came on automatically. I wouldn’t for the life of me be able to distinguish between(though I may recognize their faces) a lady gaga or lady antebellum song if it did come on in that rented car.

I rely on CDs still. My newer sources of music would come from places like the “customers who bought this item also bought…” section in amazon.com. I would then go to the sample playlist or search for that artist in youtube.

Is it discerning taste, or just simply inflexibility, my musical tastes has nonetheless filtered down into just one of 2 narrowly defined genres, and I would only spend hard earned money on either one of them. Thus, my CD collection is dominated by hardcore jazz, and trip-hop/Lo-Fi – music as different as they come.


The Blue Nile is a highly acclaimed scottish band who had between 1983 & 2004 released only 3 new albums.  A typical fan would wait 6 to 7 years on average for anything to appear from them.

Recently I googled them for any news.  It seems they are classified in 2 puzzling new categories – adult alternative &  dreampop. What’s going on?




Approaching silence

November 23, 2011