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Old 10-07-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Have you caught up on music of the past??

..or are you drowning under the weight of your ever expanding wish lists in which classic albums compete with new ones for your hard-earned/pocket money?

There is so much goddamn music out there, it's staggering!

I'm curious to know... how many of you feel like you have reasonably covered most of popular music history and have either bought or listened to almost every classic/essential album out there?

One could spend a whole lifetime catching up.
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I definitely haven't. But at the moment I find new music more interesting than classic albums. I try to listen to a few "new" oldies every once in a while however. I recently bought Spirit of Eden for instance.
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I often wonder if the sheer volume of music I listen to is counterproductive, as I rarely spent substantial time with an album I have purchased. For any given year, there are probably three new albums and three older albums (out of around 100 total I hear) that enter regular rotation for me.
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I'm pretty content with where I am, music-wise. There are classics out there I haven't heard, obviously, but I do what I can. I don't feel like I need to check every box to be happy.

Grooveshark, of course, is my best friend.
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I often wonder if the sheer volume of music I listen to is counterproductive, as I rarely spent substantial time with an album I have purchased. For any given year, there are probably three new albums and three older albums (out of around 100 total I hear) that enter regular rotation for me.
I've really tried to limit the amount of new things I buy the last year or two because of this. Even with that, I still often feel overwhelmed. Have to make a concentrated effort to listen to new albums sometimes.
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I find that disliking most new music that comes out really helps keep my efforts in that respect under control. Also, being old means that I've heard a lot of old albums.
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It's like books, I'll never truly catch up. For every one book I read, there are a dozen more I'd like to get to, and that list is ever-expanding as I 1) discover older things I want to read and 2) new things are released. Music is the exact same way. The more you listen to, the bigger the holes in your collection/general awareness become. The further you delve into a specific sub-sub genre, the more you realize exists like it or created by the same people/geographic scene.

I try to limit the new music I check out to bands I am pretty sure I'll like, otherwise I'll run into the same issue a lot of people already mentioned where I hear something once or twice and move on.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #8
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This is one of those things that I think about every so often myself. I'm pretty good about keeping up with newer stuff through all sorts of sources, and even discovering a few songs I haven't heard from the past as well. But there's plenty of artists who have back catalogs I just haven't gotten around to hearing completely. It's a lot harder when you have day jobs and a fraction of the free time you had when you were a teenager.

Like IWasBored mentioned though, it's not something you'll be able to truly catch up on in the end. All you can do is just take in what you can at the moment and hope there's plenty of stuff there to like.
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..or are you drowning under the weight of your ever expanding wish lists in which classic albums compete with new ones for your hard-earned/pocket money? There is so much goddamn music out there, it's staggering! I'm curious to know... how many of you feel like you have reasonably covered most of popular music history and have either bought or listened to almost every classic/essential album out there? One could spend a whole lifetime catching up.
LM has probably heard them all.

I definitely feel you though, and this year it's been harder than ever to keep up.
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LM has probably heard them all.


Music is far easier to keep up with than books, as you can have it on more or less everywhere (ask Schloop what he does while listening to The Darkness). I listen to about 5-6 new albums a week (current year or otherwise), if I'm being conservative, so I'm usually not too far behind on my wishlist. You just have to keep reasonable goals or you'll get discouraged.
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I am catching up on music of the future. Ashley knows.

As far as past music, though....I'm quality over quantity and have explored a decent amount...but still like to catch up on certain artists I maybe dismissed in my youth, etc.

And I second what LM III just said...so much easier to catch up on music as you can listen while doing other things.....I feel much more woefully behind when it comes to books and I read a lot.

THE FUTURE
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The Future, Conan?


 
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 I miss that sketch .

Do knives listen to music in the future?
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Knives make music in the future. Especially in Robo-France 29.
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I like to think I started something by listing my top ten albums that-didn't-come-out-that-year when we do the end-of-year threads.
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