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Yo La Tengo: in their fifties, still great.
there are loads more, so this should be a decent thread. interesting topic.
is 55 - still full of life (which wouldn't have seemed very likely in the mid eighties)
around at the moment; Comet Gain. Been going for around 20 years and still play brilliant gigs. Obvious ones that come to mind would be Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Bjork, Patti Smith and Suede (who have released the best comeback album in years this year; 20 years after their debut).
...he hasn't sacked his band for ages.
(if not necessarily the best
carl cox (may not be massively into him, but you can't fault the dude's enthusiasm)
don't just name names. talk about why they didn't lose their edge.
...but the gigs this year were ace considering he's such an old goat.
...there was always some dross mixed in with the good stuff.
Still interested to see what he comes up with these days. Which is a lot more than I could say for Bob Dylan.
...is the definitive answer here...he's seems to have a bit of that twat Benjamin Button about him...
This track's better than anything the Beatles made
has his album with ?uestlove dropped yet?
Their release this year was as good as the stuff from their 90s heyday IMO.
is the only one I can think of
His post-2000 output as Angels of Light and with Swans reformed has been faultless.
but Sonic Youth
worked better on their separate work than the last two sonic youth albums. Body/head is fucking awesome, and Chelsea Light Moving is much better than the eternal..
Bit weird to be almost 50 and playing twee but there ya have it
but 'vitality' has never been the first word that sprung to mind when I've thought about them
making good music.
in this country. Criminally ignored though.
66 years old and still climbing speaker stacks, jumping in the crowd, inviting stage invasions at every gig (even if they are pretty orchestrated), getting his cock out from time to time...
they're inveterate music nerds
whose love has only deepened their
essential anorak qualities.
what about others? what is it that
makes people lose it, what keeps
I would say Wire are the only band who were in at the start of punk who are still making interesting, vital and challenging music in 2013.
The only other contender I can think of is The Fall, who were also formed in 1976. Much as I love The Fall, I think the last two Wire albums are better than anything MES has made since Country on the Click ten years ago (not to say there hasn't been decent stuff on the albums since then).
not by much but I think it's amazing
Wire is my #1 answer to this thread. The Read & Burn/Send material is probably my favourite post-hiatus material by any band. They still bring the fucking ruckus, they keep it fresh and they're practically in their 60's. Incredible artists.
goddamn I keep forgetting if there's an apostrophe in 60s. gonna say there isn't.
More Light is their best album since XTRMNTR.
but they went through a bit of a lull between that album and XTRMNTR. It could've been worse, I guess...
...by my reckoning it's almost as good as XTRMNTR.
obvs they haven't released any new music but their live performances after they reformed were incredible.
Both bands have been releasing fantastic records for over 20 years now.
he'll never lose his edge.
when I saw them a few years back, and they're all getting on a tad. Recent records by both have been a bit dull though.
saw them live a couple of months ago; was the greatest gig I've been to (possible exception: Melt-Banana)
but seriously. in their mid 60's and goddamn destroying it. three men, not a backing track in sight, making the most incredible sound.
one of the most wonderful bands there could ever be
But the last couple of Dinosaur Jr albums were as good as anything he'd done before I reckon, or pretty bloody close.
hell, until I read 'Our Band Could Be Your Life', I never even considered that he might actually be the smartest songwriter in the band. always seemed like the music just oozed out of him.
have never lost their Vitality