I got this on my Google Music feed. It's suggesting albums, since I like the band Glossary and have listened to them a bunch on Music and Youtube. I know a few of these - Cory Branan, Two Cow Garage, Joey Kneiser, but am not familiar with the others. These are country-ish bands, ones that I would certainly put in the realm of modern Americana. If you've experienced a lazy summer day in the States, you could probably get down with any of these.
What I was surprised about were the themes present here in these album covers. Cory Branan's 80s clothed-in-the-tub album cover aside, two feature dilapidated rural housing (and one run down motel), three have children in some sort of rustic American dress (I'd argue shirtless and jeans is the most American childhood dress ever, even more than the kid literally draped in the American flag) and a solid 80% are in either black or white or some sepia shade. From a marketing perspective, if I was targeting the run-down America backwater old-timey memory of childhood, it'd look like this, too.
Well, good for them, because it worked. This Lauderdale album sounds like the Drive-by Truckers and it's great. It'll wear out its welcome, certainly, but at least I have some other sepia albums to wander into. Thanks, Google, for finding me bands I like that sound like other bands I like and yet wouldn't have heard of, if not for your crazy algorithm of truth.
I'm now wondering if Google can do some sort of social engineering and filter some of this good stuff into people's Kenny Chesney-or-whoever-the-fuck-is-on-the-radio stations playing that version of country that's really just sloppy pop with twang and stereotypes. I just heard this band and song for the very first time, but tell me this isn't ten times better than any song on the 'country' radio stations: https://youtu.be/MLUFq5qeXNA
On another note, it's been 14 years since Hot Snakes put out an album? Is that right? As with most of Hot Snakes, I'm not sure I'm digging this, but I love it in principle. Other new releases from bands I'd forgotten about, like Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, The Go Team, Calexico, the Shins. Think there's an Okkervil River in there, too. What is this, 2003?