There is a meme floating about social media that says, "The record companies have done a good job of fighting piracy by releasing music no one wants to steal." I like that, even if it does stir up the same old debate about the state of music. But in the wake of a few more deaths--Maurice White, Dan Hicks and Coldplay--I can't help but think that at some point, all of the artists that we have been taking for granted for years now, will stop making music, whether they want to or not.
Many of our heroes are getting up there in age and the reality of hearing new music from these great artists is dwindling. Then what? Am I supposed to get all sweaty with excitement when the news breaks that a new Dawes record is coming out? Or when a new one hits from Savages? (I don't quite get Dawes and I quite like the new Savages. Just making a point.) There must be a roster that can be put together of current artists to rival the masters. Right? I'm just not the one to do it.
The New York Yankees had amazing teams throughout their career, especially the years 1927, 1961 and 1998. How about the 1986 New York Mets? We don't need to be reminded of the rock and roll names that would be the equivalent of those teams. You know exactly who I am talking about. John, Paul, Bob, Mick, Keith, etc. It's 2016. Anyone care to put together a championship lineup of active players that you foresee carrying the legacy of the legends from the 60's and 70's? For the life of me, even in my most positive and most accepting frames of mind, I just cannot. I don't care how much I love the new J.D. McPherson record or how "cool" the Parquet Courts might be, or how "interesting" Father John Misty is.
How about Hinds? Would they be your first round draft pick?