Too often in this day and age, we get so caught up in the new releases of the week, in which records Pitchfork just elevated with a “Best New Music” tag, or in what’s going to score high on our year-end lists, that we forget to discuss or delve deeper into the classics that built the foundations for everything music is today. Last week, as Drew and Jason scoured the boards for a new hip-hop reviewer, for someone who could bring a much-needed voice to a genre that never gets enough credit, discussion, or exposure around these parts, conversation sprung up about where else AbsolutePunk could expand. And one of our users
(big shout out to George) noted that, while our forums act as a melting pot for all sorts of genres—hip-hop included—older music is left almost entirely outside the fold.
Enter “My Back Pages,” a new collaborative feature between myself (Craig) and one of our latest staff additions (Chris, welcome) that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike...most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that, anything is fair game, so if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs. We’ll be working on shaping what we want this thing to to be in the next few weeks, and user comments, suggestions, and overall participation are absolutely pivotal to that.
So sit back and strap yourselves in as we traverse the back pages of popular music, from rock ‘n’ roll to R&B to folk and alt-country, from meticulous studio productions to raw and spontaneous live efforts, and perhaps most importantly, from our speakers to yours.
Now without further ado, we give you a Rdio playlist of songs from some of the albums we will be featuring in the future. Enjoy, and check back on next Tuesday, February 19th
for the inaugural edition of "My Back Pages."