I'm not sure there is any new music out there, didn't Dylan say 30 years ago, "Every note's been plunked and every thought's been thunk" or something alone that line.
Problem is that records companys don't act like companies any more, they act like casinos.
Whoever mentioned that companies used to have diverse catalogues and now they don't was absolutely right. the companies are trying to hit the jackpot with a few mega acts rather than developing a catalogue that has some longevity and appeal to a broader audience.
Why is that I can buy some cookie cutter pop or rap for 14.99 but a good blues artist or singersong writer costs me 26.99, and don't give me the increased numbers equals a lower manufacturing cost. the Bastard record companies conspired to put a lot of record stores out of business with fixed pricing and crooked return policies and left chains and box stores in control of something as important as culture. All of the indie stores, where I live, have gone and you would be hard pressed to find the newest Delbert McClinton or something along those lines at all. I went to a Chapters (large bookstore chain in Canada that also sells music) last year to pick up some Mike Henderson, 'cause they at least carry blues stuff but they didn't have it, but said they could order it. I ordered three of his titles, but they still haven't come in a year later. When I asked why they said "well that distributer doesn't ship until we have ordered X amount of titles". Does that sound like a company trying to buid a business? Not to me, in fact it sounds a lot more like a company that doesn't want to talk to you unless you want Brittney or Avril or Celine.
Unfortunately the whole "going for the brass ring "mentality often makes the artists just as complicit in this baloney as the label.
How many new acts are content to have a life long career making music, touring and interacting with their audience and digging it? I suspect not many, most are looking for the mega lifestyle and willing to do whatever some ****ing weasel tells them will get it for them. A lot of folks I meet in the industry these days are looking for the big score not the job of being a musician, producer, engineer, manager or promoter.
I don't buy that we need some new instrument or new music, I still get a thrill from stuff that is 50 years old and a great song still does it for me, I just want it to be honest and accessable, not costing me half a days pay for a couple of titles. And I want to see the artist in a decent sized club, for a somewhat reasonable cover, where I can revel in "three chords and the truth" and maybe hit the dance floor with the old lady.
A kid I talked to went to see the Stones last year and paid 485 bucks, in an arena where you could only really see them on the big screen. Now I like the Stones, but that's just ****in' wacked.
What's the solution, artist owned record companies where the money made looks after the people making it in a fair and equitable manner. The return of good musical education in all the schools and strong band programs. Music appreciation courses in the schools that turn folks onto the vast variety of stuff out there. Taking the radio waves out of the hands of corporations and putting them back into the hands of local entreprenures and communities and DJs who plain just love the music and the folks who make it. Wouldn't it be cool if you could hear Alanis and Lucinda on the same station Big Sugar and Hank Williams John Hiatt and Bird. Man that would be something! Take care Logan