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Music/Media Picks

Larry’s

  • WOXY The Future of Rock and Roll
  • When In AZ compilation
  • Some band from Liverpool England has an album that got re-released, they are broken up now, so I couldn’t find a link for it.

Eric’s

5 Responses to “Podcast #2: Thank You For the Clap!”

  1. Javdoc Says:

    Interesting that you touched on the heavy bias towards metal bands on Figment. Always wondered what you guys thought about it. Wonder if people who are into metal are more likely to think about creating their own bands [or dreaming up fake bands], or what. In my own case, I do like some metal music – I am probably more of a hard rock guy versus a true headbanger, but I just find it an almost limitless genre to play with. I’d be curious to hear anyone else’s thoughts…..

  2. frizbee Says:

    Thanks for the shout out, even though it may have been on a tender topic. Sorry, Eric! I certainly agree that there is an overabundance of metal bands on Figment, but it’s the same in the real world, isn’t it? I remember when you had rock bands and you had metal bands, now everything is some form of metal. I never understood why people labeled bands like Kiss or Van Halen “heavy metal”, because they are the furthest thing from it. They may have been what the original idea of “heavy metal” was, but I never thought they fit that bill. To me, they were merely rock bands. Bands like Metallica and Megadeth, that was metal. I don’t really get into too much metal, personally. I love Slipknot, but that’s really as heavy as I get for the most part. And even with Slipknot, I much prefer the more melodic style of Volume 3. The Subliminal Verses to their fuck-the-world hardcore style on Iowa. I totally understand how some bands just can’t fit into a genre easily, and therefore they have to create their own genre. But I do agree that it gets a bit out of control. I don’t think KoRn are just a rock band, but they’re certainly not a metal band either. But to dub them Nu-Metal…what is that? What’s the real difference between black metal, death metal or any other kind of metal? It all sounds the same to me. Personally, I love when bands hop around from genre to genre. I like a little bit of everything, so I love when bands are daring enough to explore. I hate when people complain about how someone’s new album doesn’t sound like their first album. Well, no shit; it’s called progression. If every album sounded the same, where’s the fun in that? Where’s the musical growth? That’s why I created the genre “Amalgam” for Eccentric Arcade, because it means they can do anything. Nothing is off limits. One song may be hard rock, the next song may be a ballad; hell, maybe the next song is a techno pop song? You just never know, and that’s the beauty of it. Usually, whenever I see another metal band pop up on Figment, I tend to just ignore it. Because, 9 times out of 10, it’s just like every other metal band. But when I see bands like Fait Accompli and !?, then I get drawn in because they make you want to know more.

  3. Overground Says:

    I have an appreciation for metal and I am not disparaging the genre at all, but not my thing. I agree with Frizbee. I look at the new bands created and sometimes say “oh look, another winged devil skull coming to suck my soul” and I am usually disappointed by the contents lack of originality or I ignore it completely. Truthfully, Fig runs more like the music industry than the music industry. Back in the day, for every Pixies album, there were 15 Crue wannabe albums getting released (thanks Geffen Records)! We all have our tastes, and our own version of what a rock band is and should be and that is what makes Figment so great. Just remember all you rider demanding, groupie banging, tax evading and vodka puking rockstar dreamers…25 years later, someone WILL remember you and remember you fondly. That in the end is all that matters.

  4. frizbee Says:

    Well said. I always think it’s cool that no matter how bad a band may be, somewhere in the world they are someone’s favorite band. A band may go nowhere in the states, but some person in Norway may worship that band. And that’s awesome.

  5. theHoseman Says:

    I’ve always said there are 2 genres in music. “Music I Like”, and “Music I Don’t Like” That doesn’t mean the latter sucks, just that I don’t care for it. My tastes run relatively eclectic and I like some “Metal” bands, but as a general rule (like the above comments) it’s not my thing. It does seem as though that is the going currency on the site right now, just as in the real world. Unfortunately, (just like the real world) there are too many that are just alike. But as previously said, that is the beauty of music (and Figment). Any one can create what ever they want. So to Eric and Larry and everyone/anyone else behind the curtain at Figment, I say a big Thank You for giving us this site! I’ve certainly had a blast creating my (I think) pretty diverse stable of bands.

    Oh, and my agent just called. Turns out we’re HUGE in Norway!

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