New Band of the Month: December – Reflection

For the last month of 2012 (and my last of this feature), I selected one of the biggest selling pop artists of all time, ABBA (read my initial thoughts here). Have I given in to the worldwide phenomenon? Nope. Look, I get it. ABBA wrote some very catchy songs and I can see why some … Continue reading New Band of the Month: December – Reflection

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New Band of the Month: November – Reflection

For the tenth month of the New Band feature, I selected shoegaze pioneers, My Bloody Valentine (read my initial thoughts here). Did I finally get why Loveless is held in such high regard? To truly appreciate Loveless, I think it's not as important to listen to it in the context of the year it came out … Continue reading New Band of the Month: November – Reflection

New Band of the Month: October – Reflection

For the ninth month of the New Band feature, I selected Australian metal pioneers, AC/DC (read my initial thoughts here).Was I ready to rock!? Aaaaaoooooooooooooaaaaya! I guess. Like  some of the other acts I've focused on in this feature, AC/DC is a band that has existed so long that they've amassed a back catalog I … Continue reading New Band of the Month: October – Reflection

New Band of the Month: August – Reflection

For the eight month (and final in Seattle) of the New Band feature, I selected Washington state pop rockers, The Posies (read my initial thoughts here). How did this bit of 90s nostalgia rock strike me? I've always had a soft-spot in my music-listening heart for the mid-90s pop rockers who came alive in the … Continue reading New Band of the Month: August – Reflection

New Band of the Month: July – Reflection

For the Seventh month of the New Band feature, I selected indie folkies,  Okkervil River (read my initial thoughts here). Now, this is what I'm talking about.  The whole idea of doing this every month this year was to hopefully surprise myself by discovering that a band I'd previously ignored was really this truly great … Continue reading New Band of the Month: July – Reflection

New Band of the Month: June – Reflection

For the sixth month of the New Band feature, I selected New Orleans jazz maestro,  Dr. John (read my initial thoughts here). Did his music get me ready for Nahleans? I've always found jazz* music the hardest to get into, largely because it eschews the easy entry points that most pop music has.  It's not … Continue reading New Band of the Month: June – Reflection

New Band of the Month: May – Reflection

For the fifth month of the New Band feature, I selected prog rockers,  King Crimson (read my initial thoughts here). How progressive are my feelings about them? Kind of middling, but with a healthy dose of respect for their obvious influence.  There was no chance I was ever going to delve into the entirety of … Continue reading New Band of the Month: May – Reflection

New Band of the Month: April – Reflection

For my fourth month of the New Band feature, I selected so-called Dance Punk pioneers LCD Soundsystem (read my initial thoughts here). After a month of dancing punkishly, what are my thoughts? I'm trying to remain open-minded because the whole point of this feature is to be receptive to new music and admit that my … Continue reading New Band of the Month: April – Reflection