Quieting The Voices

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Is Sneaker Country a Thing?

The Hollywood music scene’s been slowly going country for the last 6-7 years. If fact, I coined a term for it almost 2 years ago. I call it “Sneaker Country”. As in, “Get them boots outta here, this is Sneaker Country.” 

You see, a characteristic of the LA Neo-Country Bluegrass acts is their tendency to wear the T-Shirt or flannel or the cowboy shirts and the stetson hat (unless you wear boots, then you wear a baseball or trucker cap), but instead of boots, they wear sneakers (Unless you wear a baseball or trucker cap, then you wear boots). And all the clothes fit a lot more snug… A LOT more.

Beyond just the fashion and the sound, there is reportedly a more anthropologically intriguing reason for the rise in popularity of the sound and style, according to my friend Mark (I believe it’s his theory, I’ll have to get proper citation). Following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in ‘05, the masses that were evacuated settled out west AZ, CO, OR, CA and other population-absorbing states. 

Well California in particular got the musically ambitious ones … A LOT of them. They brought their guitars and their musical styles to LA and besides just performing, they permeated. A few jam sessions with LA musicians later, the sound is evolving and taking on the malaise of the west coast, the “first world problems” angst of emo, and indie rock’s love of irony. 

7 Years later the scene’s become rich with a stable of bands that have all embraced this whimsical style that is becoming more and more defined to almost garner being called a movement. Consisting of members from a variety of musical and geographical backgrounds, they are no longer the Southern Diaspora, they are the product. 

It remains to be seen who the frontiersbands will be in this emerging genre. They are still experimenting and fine-tuning their style. Sometimes the live shows feel a bit too free form and impromptu, other times that’s exactly what you love about them.

What are some bands that you feel fall into this category? post your thoughts on the bands and the topic below:

#OccupyPandora

#OccupyPandora

Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved

The connectivity corner (Taken with instagram)

The connectivity corner (Taken with instagram)

WTF pic of the day. Screenshot from the film “Children at Play” (1989).

WTF pic of the day. Screenshot from the film “Children at Play” (1989).

Pictures emerged from the recent Michael Jackson tribute concert and I got to thinkin’… why does Paris Jackson look like Jared Leto in a Thriller Jacket? I can’t be the only one to spot this!

Pictures emerged from the recent Michael Jackson tribute concert and I got to thinkin’… why does Paris Jackson look like Jared Leto in a Thriller Jacket? I can’t be the only one to spot this!

i got nothing to add…. it’s perfect

i got nothing to add…. it’s perfect

(Source: jakenoah)