Oh my...you ARE good! You've found the BitCandy Music Filter and our handpicked page for Alternative Pop. Sorry Justin Bieber, One Direction, Selena Gomez. You don't belong here. It's a velvet rope and no bad pop gets past our overly muscular bouncer. You see, we're re-establishing "pop" music as something that isn't CHEESY. Because great pop music can be artful, edgy, intelligent, challenging and just simply amazing. And this happened so much in the 80s. You had the ultimate pop marriage of amazing hits paired often and at the best times with credibility and coolness and edge. For instance: David Bowie, Prince, Kate Bush, Blondie, Madonna, U2, Human League, Bruce Springsteen etc. But today either something is cool and creddy and there's just no "song" to sing along...or conversely, the lame-ohs on the chart...well, they may have hits of the day but I'd rather have my teeth pulled...out my ears. (Yes, I'm talking to you Flo Rida).
At BitCandy...this is our version of indie pop music...we call PopSmut or sometimes PopKiller. And if you check out our filtered and hand picked "best of the week" blog posts...you'll see and hear the 10 "must hear" new tracks we've handpicked out of the depths of the blogosphere. And just what kind of artists you might find here on PopKiller? Well for sure...brand spanking new tracks and videos that are both cool and intelligent but have awesome songs, For instance: Gotye, CHVRCHES, Haim, Kanye, Major Lazer, Icona Pop, etc. Wait...Haim is indie? No it's just great pop music. But we also pride ourselves regularly featuring new artists who have less than 1, 000 Facebook likes. We LOVE identifying these artists early (yes, as example, we wrote about The Lumineers more than a year before they got had a hit).
I don't follow popular music but...
I was really happy to see Coldplay win best alternative band (or something to that effect)-- for their album a rush of blood to the head. This was probably the only "pop" album I bought last year and it is quite exceptional. I have nothing against popular music -- I just don't have the energy to follow it. This is mostly because of my involvement in music and because I always have a backlog of jazz/experimental/dub/etc.. to listen to.