*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

  • DFrye

    I’m feeling this one more than you know. Actually, we may have chatted on this very subject but I am old and can’t remember exactly. You want the truth? This makes me sad (the phenomenon not the post).

    I feel you on FF, Decemberists, and Bonny Bear (still haven’t heard Justin’s latest and don’t feel compelled to listen). Never really cared either way about The Shins. The Strokes? Let’s just say I’ve heard ’em. And seen ’em live.

    Here are a few I loved in the not-too-distant past but am fiercely apathetic about now:
    TVotR: then? this genre-mashing brilliance is the future of music! now? gimme my Ride the Lightning CD
    Aesop Rock: then? man, this guy knows all these words and can spit! now? gimme that Illmatic shit
    Band of Horses: then? this is new southern rock! shimmering and emotional. now? Gimme back my bullets

    • DFrye

      Oh, and to your point, my love for acts like Charli XCX and Perfume Genius remind me that my jaded ass can still be impressed by brand new sounds.

      Like you said, it’s me and I am sorry!

    • Blochead4real

      Band of Horses is another one. Thrown My Morning Jacket on that same scrap heap. And I mean I LOVED THESE BANDS. And I can’t even fall back on youthful exuberance giving way to adult tastes. Neither can you! We were fully grown ass men when we got into some of this stuff. It’s pretty damn shameful.

      • DFrye

        I can’t quit MMJ. They still fill me with total joy. I recommend EVERYONE check out Jim James solo joint from last year. It is up there with MMJ’s best and is a shit-ton better than Evil Urges. It probably helps that it hit me when I needed that brand of positive realism in my life but I absolutely adore that man.

        • Cooolin

          *Immediately creates draft for totally unnecessary feature, “In Defense of Evil Urges”*

          • Blochead4real

            *listens to “Highly Suspicious” and thinks about how Cooooolin could possibly pull this off”

          • Doris Montgomery

            touch me pt 2 is top 5 mmj

          • meat

            Smokin from shootin is my joint

          • DFrye

            Exactly. That song is such an egregious offense it kills the album, which does have a few jams.

            But the real point is that Jim James album. That thing crushes.

          • meat

            I’m with you. Evil Urges is a delight.

      • Padfoot24

        Throwing MMJ on that heap is a got-damn shame. Go see em next time they’re in town and you’ll feel fucking stupid (mostly from getting yr face melted off).

        • DFrye

          I will be doing just that in less than a month. Outside, in John McEnroe’s backyard.

    • Black Antlers

      I always get a ton of shit for this on the ‘other site’ but M83. I loved their earlier Silver Apples meets MBV stuff, but man, I loathe the John Hughes-isms of Saturday = Youth onwards. In fact I loathe it so much it actually taints my feelings towards all their output.

    • Cooolin

      Used to fuckin’ love The Decemberists. Sometimes on warm spring days in high school I’d skip classes and drive through the countryside listening to Castaways or Picaresque. In undergrad, I made one of my best friends after sharing our mutual adoration for The Hazards of Love (good lord, that is so #college, circa 2009). Colin Meloy is from my home state, and I’ve met his mother, for Chrissake!

      But now … well, Bloc pretty much nails it. And it feels like downright betrayal.

      At least we’ll always have those long country roads in Northwest Montana. *sheds a single tear*

  • Black Antlers

    It’s already been said on one of the other threads so allow me to chorus ‘we need a worst of 2017’

    • Blochead4real

      Couldn’t agree more. But I think we need to shy away from shit like Ed Sheeran. Focus more on bands that many of us had super high hopes for but were sorely let down by the final product. No names!!! But remind me to tell you about the time in 1984 I saw Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo AT THE DRIVE IN.

      • Black Antlers

        EXACTLY, maybe I should rephrase that to ‘biggest disappointments of 2017’

      • DFrye

        Too coy. Say what’s on your mind!

  • meat

    i thought this was going to be an essay on U2

    • Blochead4real

      LOL…..I was pretty specific and reiterated several times that the bands in question here are still very good.