*UPDATE: Spider picture removed. Readers found it unnerving.
*UPDATE II: Apparently scorpions are verboten as well. Enjoy the new image.
When was the last time you shut down on a band? Happens to me all the damn time. So much more than I wish it did. I used to think that bands I quit on must’ve had a decline in quality since that time I absolutely adored them. But time has taught me it’s not the band…it’s me. I’ve thought about it quite a bit and I think the typical reason is I’m also searching for new music so my tastes are constantly evolving, sometimes really dramatically. Not getting better or worse, mind you. Simply changing. And bands and entire genres simply get lost in the wake. If 10 years ago you would’ve told me I wouldn’t give a shit about Bloc Party but would be infatuated with something like SOPHIE I would’ve laughed in yer grill. But sadly, that’s where I am in 2017. So without blathering too long here’s some bands that I at one time would’ve had as a personal top 10 band and now won’t even bother listening to their latest output. And again, this isn’t a slight against these bands. It’s more a comment on how fickle I’ve become.
The Shins – Then? Words cannot convey how much I loved Chutes Too Narrow. Now? ZIP
Fleet Foxes – Then? Changed my entire outlook on music. Now? Snooooooze
Bon Iver – Then? What a fresh take on thoughtful folk music! Now? What the fuck are these sounds?
Decemberists – Then? I love needing a thesaurus to enjoy this music! Now? Tedious brainiacs.
The Strokes – Then? NYC swagger for the new Millenia. FUCK YES! Now? Ugghhh…make it stop.
It’s a harsh toke when the bands you love become the bands you loathe. And the truth is it’s almost arbitrary and without merit. I apologize to all of you. I hope we can still be friends.
And maybe we can hook up for a playlist track every now and then. I still really care about you and want to stay in touch. Just not THAT in touch…… Love, Bloc