30 Day Posting Challenge | Day 6 - My Views on Mainstream Music

Pardon me while I go all 'hipster' for a moment...

Mainstream music has it's place.  It really does.  I completely understand why musicians dream of making it big and to the radio.  After all, that's where the money is.  That's were recognition and a following happens.  I get it. 

I have some friends who work in the music industry, and a few of them are even DJ's with a rather large following themselves.  So I'm going to politely ask them to turn away from the computer for a moment while I tell the rest of you this...


I hate the commercials, the song interruptions with someone talking over the intro, the remixes, the over play, etc.  Every so often I'll turn it on in my car and I'm immediately reminded why I dislike it.  I would much rather listen to Pandora, my own CDs, or a mix on my iPod any day.

Some of my favorite artists are ruined by going mainstream.  Adele?  I LOVED her a few years ago.  Right after her freshman album was released I caught one of her songs on Pandora, loved her sound and bought it.  I enjoyed her for close to a year before she caught fire with her second album.  I was able to enjoy it for about a week before she was EVERYWHERE and I couldn't take it anymore.  I like to pick my music to create an atmosphere and when Adele is pumping over the speakers at my gym, coffee shop, book store and the mall, well the atmosphere is out the window.

I also love to find out about music organically.  The other day I was in a coffee shop in Portland and had the best conversation with the cute barista!  He was humming a Mumford and Sons song and I told him I loved their new album.  Next thing I know 20 minutes had passed and we both had a list of 10 or more new artists to try out. 

Ok, I'm going to get off my soapbox now, but I'll leave you with a list of my favorite artists at the moment.  Give these guys a listen, but try and find the songs that aren't played on the radio.  I find that the lesser known ones are often the best!

Amos Lee - Bottom of the Barrel and Arms of a Woman are my favorite!
Mumford & Sons - The Boxer is amazing!!! (and I know it's a remake of Paul Simone's song, but it's seriously beautiful)
The Lumineers - Classy Girls is my current favorite.
Florance T and the Machine - ironically the one that everyone knows, Heavy, is my current favorite
Civil Twilight - the entire first album is golden (the second one is good too)
The Civil Wars
Avett Brothers
Regina Spektor 

I'd like to also add that I don't hate popular or mainstream music all the time.  I mean there is nothing better to run or workout to than a little Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.  Also, I love me some David Cook and Glee, so, you know, I'm not hipster all the time.  ;)

How do YOU feel about mainstream music?
Who are your favorite artists currently?
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