Uncommon music criticized by the common man. (Or, exercises in futility masquerading as critical thought.)

Thursday, July 29, 2004

How did it come to this?
There's just too much music out there. Too much. I could never be a music critic, because there is simply too much I want to hear (or think I want to hear), that I never give the new stuff enough time to sink or swim.

I came to this realization while making the rounds at music sites today, trying to catch up on new stuff I'm missing (and old stuff I think I should have). Today, I added armloads of records to the want-list, simply by passing time reading about on Fushitsusha and Sunny Murray. And just like that, I'm following links and other musical tributaries, reading reviews and interviews about these other artists, and I just don't know how to stop. It would probably help immensely if I had the desire to just focus on one genre of music, but I've found so many different genres to be pleasurable that I'd feel like I was missing out if I had to shitcan one or the other.

If I had my way, I'd walk into a store tonight and walk out with a hernia and a couple thousand CDs (slight exagerration). Then I'd get home, give them all the once through (over a few months, obviously), but I wouldn't really be able to sink my teeth into them. No doubt, after a week of listening, even with a 1000+ discs staring me in the eye, I'd start to think about what I should get next.

Which is where I'm at now. I have close to 100+ cds that have not been sorted into the collection because I haven't listened to them enough. With a handful of exceptions, I couldn't give an enthusiastic yea (Black Dahlia Murder) or nay (Party Fun Action Committee) about any of them. I've listened to them all, but only a few have been digested thoroughly. I feel bad, because I'm sure there's probably a dozen albums that are awesome, but I haven't had a chance to peel back many layers. Not to mention that it's a waste of money to buy something and not get the most use out of it. Worst still is that this site was supposed to be a way to solve this problem, as I wanted to hone my writing skills by penning reviews to the albums (old or new) that are in my collection, and you can see how successful that's been.

The point is, there's just too much, and I'm not sure how to curb my appetite for more. There is certainly never a dearth of quality music to be had. It's getting to the point that I think I should go out of my way to set aside time where I can listen to a couple of albums without distraction (that last part is key). I should do the same thing with the stack of books I have, too, but that's a whole other story.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

I haven't even heard this, but I give it a thumbs up.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Elvis was a hero to most... Good read, not that most music fans don't already know this. But if you didn't, you should. So read!

In other news, I have once again neglected this site for far too long. A small part of me thinks that I should shut 'er down, but I really don't want to do that. I think I just need to regiment and actually make time specifically to contribute to this blog. Because quite frankly, even though DVX gets posted to a lot more, I'd really like to have this be the blog that is the focus of my creative energies. So...we'll see.

For people who still have this site linked and/or are blog rolling me, thank you. I will try to make it worthy of your recognition.