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20 February 2011 @ 12:45 pm
top five musicians/bands whose aesthetics/politics/any other non-musical attributes make you happy but you don't actually like their music.
cut_dead on February 20th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
The Fabulous Stains -- for not putting out
Mogwai -- they have clever album titles
The Knife -- pompous costumey aesthetics
She & Him -- for being easy on the eyes & their dress aesthetics
Zola Jesus -- has pretty awesome taste
dark arfstwitchywrote on February 20th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Cept the whole Yoko Ono thing.
cut_dead on February 20th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
You'd get it if you read Canadian news.
before and after science: fire walk with mesmallvictories on February 20th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
is that a cig in bev oda's mouth (or, NOT a cig?)
i can get behind this list, except that i do actually like the fabulous stains.
cut_dead on February 21st, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: is that a cig in bev oda's mouth (or, NOT a cig?)
It's actually a cig.
vogdoidvogdoid on February 21st, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
fuck yeah I'd go see Zola Jesus at Empty Bottle
"the bad baroque": little nemo in slumberlanddanschank on February 20th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
ani di franco - not the aesthetics, but i like that she's a kind of gateway drug for 14 year old girls flirting with gender empowerment. plus she put out a few interesting super-old folk records a few years back.

lady gaga - i sort of wish i liked mainstream pop more than i actually do. people often think i won't listen to music like hers because i like weird krautrock bands or something, but i'm really not trying to snob my way out of mainstream desires anymore. i just honestly like weird music i guess. anyway, i'm glad we live in an era of real rockstars again, and i could care less if she's ripping off david bowie or madonna, or if robyn is so much better or whatever. ten years ago we lived in a landscape of nellys and matchbox 20's. i'm gaga for gaga.

devo - i rarely like silly music. sometimes i like witty lyrics, but geeky silly-ness always irks me, even when it's done well.

sparks - same reasons as devo.

erykah badu - i like her attitude, i think she's hot, i like the idea of neo-soul to a certain extent i guess. but i find her music bland.
dark arfstwitchywrote on February 20th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Dead Prez - sound message, BORING sound
James Blackshaw - the classical aesthetic is there, he loves a lot of great stuff, but I don't hear what people are describing. I don't know if that's the same thing as what you're talking about. Basically, his sound sounds better on paper than it actually does.
Yelle - I appreciate what the band looks like, with that whole French new wave/minimalism thing, but I think I've liked...one song.
Vladimir Horowitz - I enjoy reading about him more than I do listening to him.
David Bowie - Most of his stuff leaves me cold. I am far more interested in the person than the music.
before and after science: almostsmallvictories on February 20th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
yes, your explanation for james blackshaw def counts!
jane.: banksyglazomaniac on February 20th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
- about half the anarchist punk bands out there aren't really that good, but i love them for what they are

- radiohead's internet releasing is pleasing to me, but their music is painful to me

- likewise, limp bizkit's support of napster in the early days, though nothing else about them is respectable

- wynton marsalis's support of new orleans is commendable

- riot grrl's feministic slant is admirable, but most of the music is not my thing
RJ: Record store kittydiematrosen on February 21st, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed 100% on riot grrl music.
vogdoidvogdoid on February 21st, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
I don't know. Lately it seems like I like almost everything. One of the new Radiohead songs sounds good. I suppose what Dan says about Gaga (who I basically like) applies to a lot of artists for me. I love Robyn, Amerie, Kylie, but I don't really like Beyonce, Rihanna, Ke$ha. I like Odd Future as long as I don't pay much attention to what they're saying. Conversely there is a lot of avant-garde noise type stuff that appeals to me a great deal as long as I don't have to listen to it very often (Keiji Haino).

Edited at 2011-02-21 06:05 am (UTC)
Sebastianho_zonelayer on February 28th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
I have also found that I have become increasingly open to pretty much anything. Specifically like, super-pop stuff that while I never outwardly disliked, I always ignored (ex: new Avril Lavigne song, "Party in the USA", etc). I have also become a lot more accepting of "mainstream/p4 indie" or whatever.
stop hitting yourself why are you hitting yourselfapresminuit on February 21st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
they might be giants' balls-out dorkiness is super endearing & i do think they're relatively talented songwriters & musicians but their music is just a little too much shtick/kitsch/weird al-esque for me to take in anything but the teeeny tiniest doses

the boss, particularly in younger years, has a love of performing (for five hours, drenched in sweat, until he collapses) that i admire tremendously & find totally heart-warming... but his music is v. boring to me. sorry!

joan baez seems like a neat lady but her voice/style of singing is unbelievably grating & unbearable.

corin tucker of sleater kinney fame, same as joan baez.