What happened to rock music?

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  1. rhythmdevils

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    Ah hogwash. There’s tons of great rock music post 1979. I used to feel the same way. I remember a time where I only bought albums that were pre 1979. Then I discovered the 2000 resurgence and there’s so much good music in that time.

    I honestly think Low’s Great Destroyer for example since I’ve used that previously, is on par with the rock music of the 60’s snd 70’s.

    Or Mono’s Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Fucking amazing. Just as good as any Led Zeppelin album IMO.
     
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    This is before my time like most the stuff I love. I have an original 1973 japan vinyl autographed by Montrose and a promo US copy. Oh and the audio fidelity cd !
     
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    Ten Years After >>>>>> Led Zeppelin
    David Lee Roth > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Sammy Hagar

    One thing from "Golden Age" was all the shit talk we do for the bands/singers that we hate. At work there's this group of middle age folks who all love Styx. I love tearing Styx apart in front of them, including saying you want some Bud Light with that on top of your Rush?
     
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    Let’s face it. It really depends on when we were born. At least to some extent. One thing for sure. We all love rock. Whenever it was recorded.
     
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    The problem is the good stuff dried up. There’s no deep cuts or hidden stuff in post grunge. Where’s the Drain You or Scentless Apprentice? Where are KISS or guys who look like KISS? Those people made great if sloppy music. God of Thunder. I want more weightlifting Black Sabbath roadies to make the most ridiculous band ever, write some great songs doing so, and sell out arenas and huge clubs because they were actually great live.


    https://youtu.be/54H3EUAzpVg


    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n8Ei2KcLnq-2Ps1KHaMZTe5UBUzfn2MaE
     
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    There’s good rock music after the 70’s! I can’t fathom how anyone could not be open to it.

    I think The National are one of the best rock bands of all time.
     
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    Grunge overshadowed the most important rock genre, desert rock. Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Sleep. Where is grunge? yeah, dead. Where is desert rock? Freaking THRIVING! If the legends are true, Sleep is stuck in the eternal loop of playing Dopesmoker for the last 20 years.




    A bunch of newer desert rock
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKTDJzaR6Tse7qAMSCP0pGg
     
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    Yeah, man. If you're also open to doom then there's an endless array of great bands out there now. And some old ones you have to dig for. A good ounce of weedian will help you along the journey to Nazareth, maaan.

    Sleep was posted, but early Om which came after the initial Sleep breakup is great, Electric Wizard, St. Vitus, Weedeater, Church of Misery, Old One, Windhand, Uncle Acid, Pentagram... Fuck, man. And then all the bands that copy all of those bands including the bands copying the bands in that list... Christ. It's an endless sinkhole of shit. This is only doom I'm thinking about, which admittedly could be viewed as derivative Sabbath worship. But fuck it, I think it's great. You can lose a lot of your life in there if it hooks you. There's so much Sabbath nowadays you'll be made sick of it.

    There was just a garage revival about five years ago too. Ty Segall did cool stuff, Thee Oh Sees. Then all the Delta Blues worship revival before that or around the same time.

    Rock n roll never dies, man, it just festers underground. Hey hey, my my, all that stuff. Right?

    I dunno. Is this thing on. I'm rambling. Sorry.
     
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    Yes the stoner doom genre is really active. It's mostly dismissed by people that just say it's sabbath worship. What's wrong with that i say ? Sabbath abandoned a different sound arguably the first 5 or 6 albums always changing. It's the continuation of an abanded form of music. Kadavar is a great band, very basic seem like sabbath worship band but great songwriting and playing.
    Only negative is the couple squashed albums sonically, but the last one is actually not very compressed and sounds great.
     
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    I love the stoner/sludge/space rock/doom metal scene. It is a rabbit hole of heavy monotonous elevator music. It is the metal version of New Retro Wave. Both make for great background music at work as they require minimum focus to enjoy.

    Edit: How could I forget psychedelic rock to that list.
     
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    I'm all in on the Stoner/Sludge etc. scene. High on Fire are worth checking out if this kinda thing floats your boat.

    re What happened to rock music? You got old and out of touch! Every generation feels the same, right? Your parents probably wondered why nobody was singing like Sinatra anymore.
     
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    Seen high on fire a number of times and sleep along with earthless. Took my 58 year old step dad to a earthless show and he had a blast. Good times
     
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    I feel like I should mention Brian Jonestown Massacre which I believe are great even if the brain behind it can be insufferable. I could see older folks digging their sound though as it's a messy pastiche of the 60's/70's/80's/90's. Newcombe is always steady pumping and the catalog is pretty deep.



    Polarizing band but I like them.
     
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    I used to only like old music.
    Then I opened my mind and realized there is plenty of good music, of rock and other styles
     
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    1969 (horrible sound quality, even youtube should have better)

    Give this next one a try. The first notes do not make me think, Oh no not again... They grab me by the heart and wrench it. They put a stupid grin on my face that lasts and lasts...

    ...In fact I couldn't stop listening to it. After wrenching your guts it gets inside your head, spaces it out, juggles your brain cells, then, just like it's a Sunday afternoon walk for them, tickles up your heart again. A whole side, one song, from 1957. And then...

    "This 'ere next one's Rock and Roll." As if we were likely not to notice. Or to disagree.

    This album is 53 minutes of serious, creative musical brilliance. It gets you by the heart, by the brain cells, and by the balls and doesn't let go.

    I'm going to go on listening to this, but let me throw this in before I finish this ode to three of the greatest albums of my life: Love's Forever Changes...



    I could wax lyrical about this one too, but one per post is enough, especially on somebody else's blog thread.
    I've come across a couple of amazingly exciting women recently. Next.

    PS. Just finished listening to Quicksilver. Happy Trails to y'all!
     
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    I like pretty much all the bands on your list. And I seem to find great music every year.
    Out of my favorite albums of 2020 so far, these may fit the musical scope of your list best:

    Alex Henry Foster - Windows In The Sky


    Gary Olson - Gary Olson


    Other Lives - For Their Love


    The Strokes - The New Abnormal


    Thomas Dybdahl - Fever
     
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    This ain’t no blog thread
     
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    Yeah great modern rock bands are few and far between these days. Agree with others who say there was a pretty significant decline after the mid-late 90s, with a small resurgence in the early 2000s. But there doesn’t seem to be a ton of great stuff that doesn’t sound either too indie (poor production, guitar fuzz pedal turned up to 13) or too British underground wannabe.

    I’ve been on a Shearwater kick these days - their last couple of albums are excellent (the last one being a bit more slow and introspective). For more poppy stuff I like the X-Ambassadors. Hozier Is pretty good. Spoon’s Hot Thoughts wasn’t too bad. The National is good stuff (btw, if you like the National, definitely try “El Vy - Return to the Moon”). The Black Keys last album seems to be an homage to AC/DC, ZZ Top and some other 70s/80s rock bands, and is decent, but lacking some of their typical originality.

    Anyhow, I’d agree with others it takes some more work to find great rock, but there’s some out there if you look hard enough and ask others who know their shit (I don’t). Some reccos made in this thread I’ll definitely be checking out. Unfortunately rock just isn’t in the pop realm anymore at all, so it’s just not as accessible as it used to be.
     
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    The younger generation... They just haven't suffered enough...

     
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    The Queens Of The Stone Age? Still here.

    The Foo Fighters? Still here.

    The Hives? Taking a break.

    The Arctic Monkeys? Still here.

    Deep Purple? Also still here.

    Otoboke Beaver? Still here. (If you know this band, congratulations and freak out.)

    I must have skipped a few. (Obvious understatement.) Some new bands are on the horizon, just know where to look.
     
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