I know I may sound crazy, but thank you for being an O-Nerd, liking good music, and wanting to discuss it.
This is my first exposure to Shellac. The music is odd, but not too odd, in my opinion. Like The Books, I think their album might satisfy a particular corner of my music taste – a bigger corner, actually. I think it’s interesting they aren’t a full time band…
I’ve had Queens of the Stone Age stuff for a few years now, but I never have latched onto it. I was drawn into getting this latest album by their single and the good reviews, and it does seem to be on a slightly higher/deeper level than previous efforts. If I remember correctly, there have been significant personnel changes recently … I wonder if that has anything to do with it. In any case, my jury is still out on it.
I’m completely new to Nada Surf, also, but am very impressed with The Weight Is a Gift_. I’ll have to check out their other stuff (_Let Go first and foremost). It looks like they have a new album (Lucky) coming out in ’08, too.
Side question: Do you ever find yourself wishing there was a site on which you could enter the names of bands you’d like to track and then be notified of releases/concerts/happenings/etc.?
I would like such a website to exist. I think Pollstar is supposed to perform such a function. But I don’t know. Only recently do I live in a city that has a regular schedule of good touring acts and I am not accustomed to such events.
I wish I were more into live music. To me, live music is like 67% of my ex-girlfriends: great concepts executed poorly.
You know, I do enjoy discussing music. The only shitty thing is there’s so little of it I like. Do not let that be confused with my opinion of how much good music there is. I suspect that at least 75% of the music I like is considered critically good.
There is a lot of music that is considered critically good that I do not like and that I simultaneously do not dislike. I am ok with this. I have trouble with music that does not grab me on the initial listen. Keep in mind that I realize the above admission paints my aesthetic judgment almost the same color as a 14 year-old’s. I am also ok with this.
I am one of those people who thinks there is more heart in soul in the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds than in all of the Beatles’ catalog.
Side note: The big difference between discussing music with you and discussing it with EVERYONE ELSE I have ever talked about music with is that you don’t seem to care that I don’t really care about Shellac. Most people want to get in a pissing contest about how many bands they like/know about/have seen/shook hands with/got punched by/etc…you know?. Thank you. I like talking about the event of liking music and the process of liking it more so than critiquing one person’s "taste". [I suspect taste is one of those class distinctions invented for the purpose of dividing and conquering societies…we can talk about that, too eventually.] But exposure to new music via yourself is also a perk to such discussions.
I am looking forward to hearing Lucky, however, the one song posted on the Nada Surf myspace (a preview track) does not impress me as far as Nada Surf goes. Regardless, I will still buy Lucky.
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