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Dec. 28th, 2013 | 09:40 pm
mood: pensivepensive
music: rhye - open

Every now and again I get completely overwhelmed by things. (Sometimes it's as simple as existing. Holy shit, I'm real, you guys. So are you. How crazy is that?)

Today it's how much music I've never heard. And I think part of it is that yesterday I went through Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2013, because it's getting close to the time where I'll start making my own list. And I had never even heard of many of the artists. Granted, many of them are hip hop, or pop/indie/whatever, and I'm really not all that into such things. I listen to underground hip hop when it strikes my fancy (dälek and Immortal Technique are the two I can think of off the top of my head, but the former is practically black metal and the latter is mostly out of nostalgia). I haven't really been up to speed on the indie/rock scene since my teen years.

Someone once said my last.fm profile has the largest library they've ever seen (currently at 2,224 individual artists, and growing almost daily, especially at the end of the year). Most of them are metal and industrial, but I think that's my dilemma. I don't listen to enough variety.

And that's a bit overwhelming. There's so much music in the world, even just individual countries. Like Japan. I don't know shit about Japanese music. I know about Yoshiki, and X Japan, and. I think that's it. I don't even know if I have any Japanese music. (I have Taiwanese metal, which I think is probably impressive, but I digress, and anyway it's still within the metal realm that I know all too well, and is thus a moot point.) I found my niche a decade ago and haven't really strayed from it much. I have strayed a little, for the sake of avoiding pretentiousness, but I think for a long time I enjoyed being pretentious about metal or goth or whatever I felt like obsessing over throughout the years.

So I need new music. And lots of it. LOTS of it. 

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kathryndearborn

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from: kathryndearborn
date: Dec. 29th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
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Have you listened to Unwoman? She has a new side project that I am fond of called Beauty Queen Autopsy as well.

Edited at 2013-12-29 07:30 am (UTC)

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finalarrowhail

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from: finalarrowhail
date: Dec. 31st, 2013 09:16 am (UTC)
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I hadn't, but I like it! Especially Beauty Queen Autopsy, thanks for the rec!

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Sam

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from: vivaciousmuse
date: Jan. 1st, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
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I have somewhere between 4 or 5 thousand songs on my iTunes ... but it does amaze me how much I haven't been exposed to. I think it's really awesome that you're so interested in expanding what you listen to, though. I think it's important that we at the very least, try to experience the music (and art, of course) of other cultures and countries.

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finalarrowhail

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from: finalarrowhail
date: Jan. 1st, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I think it's important as well, I wish more people branched out.

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