Has there been a revival of quality music taking place for a good decade or longer? I'd say so but it's been forced "underground" due to a pandering of industry created performers that all sound the same - and likewise sound horrid. I'd venture to say it's not merely my "opinion" that the quality of sounds emanating from the airwaves isn't quite up to par to musical acts of the not too distant past.
"Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse, with sub-genres that include indie pop, jangle pop, C86, and lo-fi, among others. Originally used to describe record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US, and then Britpop bands in the UK, broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, a number of indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term." - Wikipedia
While there's elements of the early 60s,later 1970s funk,and early 80s post punk (early New Wave) - it's largely a revival of the late 1980s ethereal end of New Wave that never caught on due to the emerging garage rock movement (that became known as grunge) that quickly grew to prominence. There's nothing edgy about the new "alternative" music. The only thing independent about it is that its not the horrid crap that the music industry tries to pass off as top 40. What's currently playing on most radio stations might be deemed "popular" but if that was factual then why do so few people listen to it? People have little choice but to turn to the internet and/or satellite for a quality musical experience ESPECIALLY if they're craving newer stuff that's worth a damn.
In other words - had radio been allowed to keep playing quality music instead of all the bubble gum,screemo, and hip hop crap then what's deemed "indie" or the "new" alternative music would simply be quality pop rock - nothing more but nothing else either. That's not to say I don't like the new hipster sound. Im quite fond if it actually. I just have to call it for what I see. Its great music and its what deemed "alternative" but there's no reason why it shouldn't be playing on mainstream stations. It's not crude or lewd in any way. Why it's relegated to mostly the internet is beyond me.
Maybe something sinister is at work here. Hmmmmmm.
So as far as newer music goes bring on the indie and post rock,the down tempo,and the neo jazz. The more the merrier. Thank goodness most businesses offer free wi fi. It's now about a portable tablet (with good music apps) as opposed to the standard mp3 player (with fm radio). Either that or I need to move to one of the few areas left in this country with decent radio stations. Knowing my luck I'd up and move to such a place and the only radio station worth listening to will shutdown within a few months of moving there. So this is where I type "LOL" and and finish this blog posting making light of the fact that radio sucks and there seems to be no hope in sight of any improvement.