Best albums, my arse!
The BBC has come up with its list of the best albums of 2016 HERE. It’s compiled from surveys in various print media, where responders have mostly been given lists of albums to choose between.
What that really means, of course, is those albums deemed to be the hippest to like from the big three record labels who run the mainstream industry and their so-called independent feeder labels.
Being recently deceased or being “rebellious” in the most politically correct direction are always good attributes to have if you wish to acquire a place is such a prestigious list.
Best, my arse.
To be fair, though, the mainstream industry does sometimes deal with some genuinely great music amid their sea of pop-by-numbers dross and tame, manufactured, fake rebellion. Some of these releases are actually good.
We are still believers in the great album, even in this brave new world of individual tracks. We also believe there is a lot of truly awesome music out there that gets no attention at all.
We try to feature some of it in our podcast and we know other podcasters, radio people and bloggers who do so too.
In 2017, we’d suggest making an effort to listen to some podcasts and community radio, read some good blogs and then spread the word about any great music you find.
This is a quiet, cheap, way to undermine the pernicious culture-destroying influence of those big multinational capitalist companies that actually don’t give a flying one about the nature of music as long as it sells.
Please comment with any great albums, any top podcasts, any excellent radio or any well crafted blogs that we should know about.