There are plenty of albums Pitchfork likes that I never bother checking out. It’s a longstanding practice that goes back to my days at Stylus. Not necessarily contrarian for the sake of being different, but realizing that there’s so much more ground to cover that it’s not really worth adding my two cents to most Pitchfork-approved releases. Let the rest of the blogosphere chime in.
I’m eating crow this morning thanks to my friend Marc Masters. He’s mentioned them a few times in his Twitter feed (follow him here) and I’m finally getting around to check their Daytrotter session out. I’m also loving eMusic’s Best Albums of the Year…So Far list, which takes me once again through the musical underbrush to discover stuff I haven’t even heard about until now. Which is all to say that I do sometimes miss the manner in which I was exposed to a frightful and delightful amount of music when I was a struggling freelance guy that I just don’t hear now that I’m paying more attention to the tabloid news media.
As an aside, I have to admit that since Lala.com shut down May 31st, I’m coming around to the various legitimate ways to hear new music. Everyone’s recording people now, whether it’s places like Daytrotter or it’s an NPR stream and I’m okay with that. Instead of feeling as I once did that putting a full album stream at MySpace was an invitation to piracy, I’m hopeful that more people are okay with the idea of just listening and enjoying what’s out there and supporting the artists they truly enjoy.