Right, well, you know YouTube can be used for hearing music that isn't fans recording live shows, right?
I use youtube to check out how a group performs live, but it isn't to see if they're any good, it's to make sure they're not terrible.
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I use youtube to check out bands on the coachella lineup. Sure its not ALWAYS going to show the "full presence" of a band live, but generally it does.
I really don't enjoy listening to a recorded album that sounds great and then live, the band sounds like shit, consistently. Sure fan videos aren't the best but there are the occasional live videos that really sound better than the bands actual recording of the album. Those are the bands to see live
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Spotify because I'm a premium member.
fuckin' with the lights on
If it's a big band, I try Spotify first. If it's a small truly independent band, I go to Bandcamp. I really can't stand soundcloud. The only time I go to youtube to listen to non-live music is if I am looking for an out-of-print recording (or bootleg or demo or whatever) that I think a fanboy might have uploaded. The sound quality on YT is pretty horrendous.
I hate how producers now put up condensed "previews" of their albums/eps on soundcloud.
7/25: Ultimate Painting @ The Chapel
7/29: Woods, Gun Outfit, Cian Nugent @ The Chapel
7/29: Lucy @ f8
7/30: Robag Whrume, Sassmouth, Solar @ Mighty
8/3: Margo Price @ Gundlach Bundschu
8/25: Gold Panda @ The Independent
And for non-live stuff, as both Jeff and I stated, youtube's sound quality is just not trustworthy. Sometimes it can be good, frequently it's crap.
God forbid people have different opinions and then even have the audacity to explain them.
I mostly just find myself doing this with Coachella research, and the like. I knew The Besnard Lakes would end around 1:00am, and I was sort of dreading it, so I wanted more of an idea about what I might see. Watching videos put me at ease knowing that they don't do any weird awful shit to their songs, like playing at slower tempos or not utilizing some key instrument.
I know you and Icey are more musical purists than someone such as myself, so that probably doesn't make sense to you.
If they made good music then I'm willing to take the chance. I paid 30something to see Danzig play a total shit show back in 2007, and more than that to see a flat and uninspired Arcade Fire set at the Greek Theater. When I saw R.E.M. I'd never watched live videos and I coughed up a decent amount of money and drove 400 miles. It's just how I like to operate. If watching the videos works for you, cool, but that's not how I like experiencing music.
I make no claim to be a "musical purist" but I like a live set to be an experience, and for me part of that is being surprised by how the band is going to perform.
Goddammit Mack, you fucking asshole. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE QUESTION. THE QUESTION IS THIS:
You and I go out to drinks. I say to you, "Hey, there's this band I saw the other night--YOU WOULD LOVE THEM. Gotta check them out. Their name is [some band you've never heard of]. Look them up online."
WHAT DO YOU DO, SHITHEAD?
Good, then stop derailing this into a bizarre, shitheaded conversation about something else.
Danzig and REM have no relevancy whatsoever to the conversation because you already knew their fucking music, your prick bastard.
Nine times out of ten, checking out a live clip of a band on youtube to determine if you should see them live is like reading a sixth-grader's book report to determine if you should read a book.
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