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  1. peeveen

    Best New Music 2020

    Having given this album a fair old try over the last week, I have to say it's "lower tier" stuff for me. The last four tracks are the highlights. Shame, as I *really* liked the previous album, apart from the naff single.
  2. Another niche case, but if you want to develop a mobile app, developing for iOS is a pain unless you have an actual Mac (£££) ... Apple have decided that developing iOS apps on Windows or Linux is just out of the question, for no good technical reason that I know of. When I started out on mobile dev, I had imagined that I could get myself a cheap old second-hand iPhone to test on, but nope. Compare that to Android, where all the tools are freely available, and can be run on any old box. The standardised audio capabilities of Apple devices make me jealous though, because Android screwed up BIG time in that department.
  3. I had a boxed SAM Coupé that I think I sold for about 40 quid in the late 90s. I daren't look, but I gather they're worth a little more than that now.
  4. Really glad to see this show sign off with such a great final episode. Cheerio Carrie, Saul & co ...
  5. I really like this bit of pop. "Dying To Believe" by The Beths, from NZ.
  6. Yup, this one was a shocker. I've been giggling at TBT on ISIHAC since I was 10. Always seemed like a nice guy too. Rest in peace, fella. ... and fuck you, Covid.
  7. Enjoyed that a lot. Dipped a bit with eps 4 & 5, which were nice bits of character drama, but didn't really seem to have much to say ... but a cracking couple of episodes at the end. Nice to see the story from ep2 wasn't left unresolved. More of this kind of thing please!
  8. When you're playing Gran Turismo or Forza, with the photo modes, garages, customization and endless car-porn loading screens, sure, the makes and models of cars might matter if you're into that sort of thing. When you're playing Outrun, you get about a second to think about it before you're hurtling down the road. It's a sporty-looking box with wheels after that. Somebody please make Outrun 3.
  9. Fairly interesting BBC article today that covers some of this topic ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51502519
  10. I try not to be a grumpy old man about this sort of thing, but yeah, I remember the pop charts of my teenage years containing a decent mix of pop, rock, soul, hip-hop, singer-songwriter stuff, and sometimes even a bit of country or metal. And I could happily listen to almost all of it. Seems bizarre now.
  11. No, I'm not "worried" about it, it was just something that I had noticed, and couldn't really put my finger on why it was. I know that bands are alive and well in clubs and venues up and down the land, but the once steady stream of bands that "make it" has dried up. I think route 1 for fame these days is YouTube, which is a lot easier to do solo. Yeah, I was kinda using the word "pop" in it's original sense of "popular", rather than the "modern, lightweight and disposable" sense. Even when they were emulating Chuck Berry, they were still popular.
  12. Yeah, I guess when the artist's cut of the already-meagre profits is so low, who wants to split it 4+ ways? This is presumably why you're lucky to get change out of £100 if you want to see any current superstars "live", as this is now their primary income. I agree with all that, but what else exists as a barometer of popularity apart from the pop charts? My main query was why popular music has very noticeably become the domain of the individual rather than the group/band ... but then I had a thought and looked further back, and the very first pop charts (1950-1960ish) are once again stuffed with individuals, backed by anonymous session musicians, much like today. The dominance of bands seems to have been a ~30 year spell that started around the time of the Beatles (understandable, everyone jumping on a bandwagon). I guess that should be viewed as a phenomenon rather than a baseline that we've deviated from.
  13. I suppose the sharp decline of bands in the pop charts DOES seem to start around the turn of millennium, when the Pop Idol stuff started taking over telly. Can't really think of why though. Video now has a more intrinsic link with modern pop music: it's probably a sad fact that most people's primary listening device has a screen. The charts have historically always contained a songs from a few so-so male singers that have coaxed the cash out of young lady's purses with their good looks, so these days, when window shopping counts as a sale, who's looking at musicians? And is the increasing acceptability threshold of the amount of tits 'n' ass that you can put in a pop video contributing to that? I expect all these things play a part, but mainly, it's probably just like @davidcotton there says: the types of music that it takes a band or group to produce are generally not that popular with today's generations ... but again, I can't really think why that is. The last time I can remember that bands were a really dominant force in the world of pop music was about a quarter of a century ago with mid-90s Britpop, and even that didn't last long, coming after several years of DJ/dance/techno dominance. Maybe it's just a technology thing: it used to take a band to sound good, now it takes an iPad.
  14. Popular music today seems crammed with individuals. I just skimmed through the top 40 and I was lucky if I saw ten entries that weren't just the name of a person, maybe featuring some other person. For all I know, the other ten might've been individuals using pseudonyms, but I couldn't be bothered checking. Going back ten years at a time from today, I counted 11 (2010), 19 (2000), 22 (1990), 28 (1980) and 25 (1970). I know that there are still loads of bands out there, but they don't seem to be as popular with the public as they used to be, or maybe the labels aren't interested in signing and promoting bands any more? Why is it? Presumably it's a money thing? I imagine it's cheaper for a label to put together some simple track on a DAW for a carefully selected sexy young singer to warble over than to get four or five musicians into a studio with their equipment and interpersonal issues. So rllmuk ... whatever happened to the pop band?
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