I blame the Internet.
Lately, when researching bands on Wikipedia and Allmusic, I’ve been noticing scads of new musical subgenres. Some, such as “post hardcore,” are downright embarrassing.
Sure, we’ve all gotten used to the terms “post rock” and “post punk” by now, but seeing “post hardcore” in print like that makes all three terms look lubberly. How about post pop? Pre rock? “Post garage” could be when you make it out of the garage.
Allmusic describes post hardcore as music that is “guitar heavy,” is performed by bands with “do-it-yourself ethics,” employs “complex and dynamic ways of blowing off steam that generally [fall] outside the strict hardcore realm of ‘loud fast rules'” and is open to the occasional “whispered croon.” So not only is the title stupid, but so is the definition. The “croon” observation is perhaps the best attempt at something meaningful — or at least distinguishable.
I honestly don’t think “post hardcore” would have made it into the music-genre club if it hadn’t been for Al Gore. If the Internet didn’t exist, not even Rolling Stone would be stooping to “Idiocracy”-speak. But now the long-lobotomied magazine uses the term to describe At the Drive-In and Hot Water Music — bands, by the way, whose names are bland descriptions rather than actual titles (which gives me an idea for another rant).
If that’s not bad enough, Wikipedia describes “Nintendocore” as music that “fuses aggressive styles of modern rock with chiptune [8-bit music] and video game music.” Sounds more like a fetish than a music genre.
“Core,” by the way, is a gold mine in the genre-naming game. There’s also electroniccore, metalcore, sadcore, breakcore, glitchcore, terrorcore, noisecore … and then I stopped looking.
A few more I have to mention to see if I can make your eyes bug out are experimental metal, new rock revolution, New Weird America, electro-house, new rave and power noise (also referred to as power noize).