"Put on some old sad bastard music - see if I care!"
Sad Bastard Music takes its name from the film "High Fidelity," and can be described as slow songs with unabashed tenderness in the lyrics or vocal style - a general celebration of expression, regardless of genre. Sad Bastard Music belongs to a breed musicians who dare to care in the face of apathy. If you love an eclectic mix of new and old Indie-Rawk, New-Wave, Alt-Country, Post-Punk, and Soul, you've found a home. Examples of what I'm thinking : Modest Mouse, Low, The National, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, Drive-By Truckers, Wilco, Bonnie Prince Billy, Otis Redding, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500, Talking Heads, Andrew Bird, The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Beck, Nick Drake, M. Ward, & Guided By Voices.
-Your Loving Moderator
From "E Unibus Pluram” by David Foster Wallace...
"The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence and conviction. Who eschew self-consciousness and hip fatigue. These anti-rebels would be outdated, of course, before they even started. Dead on the page. Too sincere. Clearly repressed. Backward, quaint, naive, anachronistic. Maybe that’ll be the point. Maybe that’s why they’ll be the next real rebels. Real rebels, as far as I can see, risk disapproval. The old postmodern insurgents risked the gasp and squeal: shock, disgust, outrage, censorship, accusations of socialism, anarchism, nihilism. Today’s risks are different. The new rebels might be artists willing to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs, the parody of gifted ironists, the “Oh how banal.” To risk accusations of sentimentality, melodrama. Of overcredulity. Of softness. Of willingness to be suckered by a world of lurkers and starers who fear gaze and ridicule above imprisonment without law."
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