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When did we fall back into the 1960s?

I was listening to the local alternative rock station a couple days ago and realized that there is a pretty strong trend to a sort of neo-folk music.

It's ballads, story songs, a particularly mushy kind of love song ... there's political overtones in a lot of it, and religious content ... but then I just saw a Pearl Jam concert (I'm working from home and Palladia was on) and near the end, Eddie V performed an anti-Bush anti-War piece (NOT the one that got censored) that was a pure Dylanesque folk protest song.

So. Welcome to 1960. I feel like a kid again, only older.


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Jan. 9th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Alternative stations have been like that pretty much forever. They are the antithesis of the modernized-synthesized-vox-box-vocalized R&B pop top-40 music that plays everywhere else.

And I wish those pop artists would realize that just because Peter Framption used a talk-box with his guitar doesn't automatically make it cool when they use it with a synth keyboard so they don't have to actually sing on-key.

Jan. 9th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
And yes, that means you, Kanye West.
Jan. 10th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Or sing.
Jan. 9th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Everything comes around again. And again. Each generation puts their own stamp on things and calls it "new". =)

PS LOVE the icon. =)
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Here's to the State of Mississippi?

[insert name here] find yourself another country to be part of?

That's a Phil Ochs song, actually. Tim Robbins re-wrote the lyrics and Eddie played it with him on the Vote For Change tour back in '04, and it's gained new life since then. I saw them live in '06 in LA and Tim Robbins joined Ed onstage to sing that one. I've got a copy of it in mp3.
Jan. 10th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
I only heard a bit of it to notice (my focus was on the test I was running and then suddenly realizing that it sounded like Vedder imitating Bruce impersonating Dylan in his 1968 style.)

He did point out that the fingering included a particular bar that was done with the middle finger extended across the bridge and the ring and little finger and the index finger on the fretboard near the wrist, so that you could be playing the music and giving the finger at the same time.
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was the VH1 Storytellers.
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for identifying that one.
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
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