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Male Bonding — Daytrotter Session

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.