December 18, 2009
Mommy, Where Do Bands Come From?
by Bob Boilen
Last year we mapped out the locations of the top 100 bands you loved. It's fun to see where the music we care about comes from. So with the help of our intern Meg Ruddick, we've done it again.
December 17, 2009 from KUT - No, no " the headline's not referring to you. Heaven forbid. But someone like you listens to a lot of cool and/or unusual music, and refuses to sample the good stuff right under his or her nose because it's "mainstream." Lots of hipsters know about the very latest bands, having scoured the Web for the newest undiscovered thing, but are coiled to backlash as soon as others "get it." And, while the music world needs hipsters to help others find new stuff, it's best not to think them omniscient " after all, there's lots of great music they're too cool to notice.
Y'know, since there's an all-time baseball teams topic floating around somewhere on A2K, we should have an all-time bands topic, too, like all-time girl groups, all-time bands where the band members coulda done something else for a living, etc. Plus an ONBB topic would be great (WNEW used to do those, it was a musical set called Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. Borrowed = cover tunes).
In fact, I think I'll make 'em both. Hang on.