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Friendly Fires

Today on NMT, Stephen and I talked about music genres and music descriptions.  Know what I mean?

Over the years, while going to school, I worked in several music and record stores (surprise surprise, hey)? I prefer it when music (and I mean pop, rock, etc.) is listed in alphabetical order; it's too confusing otherwise. For example, I went into a store the other day looking for a certain album, and was directed to their 'urban' section...so I rooted through Drake and Nicki Minaj, when all I really wanted was to find a drum and bass compilation. 

It can be really confusing; suppose I hear techno in something, but someone else hears industrial or rock or punk?  Then what?  And what if the artists calls her/himself something completely different?  That's the case with the band I played today - Friendly Fires.  Their music's been tagged as 'dance punk'...so do I find that in the urban section? The punk section? The electronic music section? The pop section? You can see how it gets confusing. They're not jazzed about their categorization, either, identifying more with 'pop'...

Pop is a pretty all-encompassing term; it often works, but I think many people hear 'pop' and think Britney or Lady Gaga.

Make up your own mind (pop, whatnot): Friendly Fires' second album Pala just came out, and from it - and seizing upon the sun that's made an appearance - I played "Hawaiian Air".

 

 

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