Tag Archives: Popular music

The Substance of Pop Music

2 Feb

I have always wondered why, when there is so much powerful and artistically driven music in the world, are we left with the pop music we have? No one I talk to listens to top 40, but there continues to be over-saturated music that is shoved down listener’s throats. I am by no means denouncing all popular music or trying to attack certain genres of music. Everything under the sun can be held up to a particular light and shine with some merit . I have just always found it strange that while everyone I know listens to music, no one listens to the top 40. Do children have that much say in what becomes “popular music?” Are the big wigs that poor at learning the demographics of their industry, or am I the crazy one?

Well an interesting development happened to me the other day. I stumbled upon some pretty spectacular music (which isn’t really out of the ordinary at all) and the funny thing was that these were all cover songs by “top 40” artists. The kind of music that just has no connection to the real artistic community of music and is more of what I like to call “corporate-pop/hop” than actual pop music. When I listened to these covers, it brought a whole new light to the melody and the lyrics. It got me wondering: are these artists really not artistic or have we just lost the ability to produce music now that we can do it so cheaply with computers? Was the real magic behind the artists that controlled the charts 25-40 years ago the fact that real musicians had to come into the studios and lay down tracks for the album? Were the producers just that much more vital to the process? Is Quincy Jones just that good? Probably.

Check out a couple videos that I found that completely redefined their originals.

There is just something about the way this music is recaptured with an honest sound instead of a couple poor synth riffs and a drum machine. Maybe there is some hope for the music community, even if the world of popular music is continuing to head in the wrong direction.

OurVinyl.tv – A Music Video Session Archive

14 Jan


What does every good music aggregator possess? Music, right? That’s a fundamental feature. But what do most of these archives lack? Live music video. Premium, high-quality video of the band performing their popular songs adds a personal touch to the material. A viewer is able to obtain a clear image of the performers. In a sense, these videos – as they become technologically better and better – better preserve the band.

As someone who reveres the art of making music, I can attest to eagerly viewing the live sessions of musicians. This not only adds a familiar element to the performances, but also provides the viewer with a whole new musical dynamic.

OurVinyl.tv has jumped on the opportunity to make high-definition live music videos more accessible. Spawned from the popular music blog OurVinyl, OurVinyl.tv provides users with a clean platform of music videos. After signing in, viewers are prompted with categories of videos they can stream (see below).

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Not everyone is into Hip Hop, Indie, or Folk. By splitting up the categories, OurVinyl.tv assures that viewers do not have to sift through a hodgepodge of different genres. After clicking on a genre, the viewer is prompted with a video of a band performing. They have the option of skipping the video if they do not like it, or, if they are enjoying the song, they can click a plus sign on the lower left-hand side of the screen and add the song to their personal playlist (which can be accessed by clicking on My Library at the top of the page). Viewers can also share the video through social media.

The videos featured are from OurVinyl’s self-produced archive of music videos and 12 other video music blogs (Current Contributors: AudioTree (Chicago), Jam in the Van (LA), Porchlight Sessions (Nashville), Belmont Sessions, Noise Coalition, Bowlegs, Subway Sessions (NYC), The Crypt Sessions (London), The Wilcox Sessions, Southern Souls, Music Fog, Single Barrel Detroit.)

The website is free, but viewers can subscribe to a premium account (with a Monthly paid rate) that gives them unlimited amount of music in their library, no advertisements, and exclusive content.

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