Glad to have your support.
This seems like a great idea to me. Has potential to be a really great column. It's nice to see the site branching out into other genres the way it is. Don't get me wrong, I'm no veteran on these forums, I think I joined last summer or something, but even in that timeframe I've seen it change- albeit slightly. It's a step in the right direction. I have two fears though- one being that it strays too far from its roots. What I mean by that is it only ends up covering bands or artists of a certain size and the smaller bands who are coming up in their respective scene start getting phased out. I don't think that'll happen, but if it did it would suck. The other concern would be (and this is probably due to my being on mobile where that playlist isn't showing) that this idea turns into a weekly discussion of the same old classics everyone already knows about (I.E. Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, etc). Everybody already knows about these things. I'm hoping this column will introduce me to some bands from other eras that I haven't heard and could potentially love.
No Hendrix on the list, but we are planning on doing some Stones at some point. I think you'd be surprised, though, at how many people haven't given a record like Exile on Main St.
a fair shake. We assume most people have heard the classics we know and love, but that's not the case. So many people just don't listen to anything that came out before they were born, and even out of some that do, there are people who listen much, without really engaging, and then move on. Our goal with this feature is to counteract that mentality and to inspire some deeper conversation and discovery concerning these albums, and like I wrote in the intro, we've got some really renowned classics here and some less heralded, lesser-known gems. We didn't want the list to be entirely made up of stuff people know and love already, but we also didn't want it to be entirely populated by unknowns.
There's still time!
Well you know, there are worst ways to spend a month than reviewing all of the Springsteen records. I started a retrospective of him on my blog ages ago and I've only made it to Tunnel of Love. They get good hits though, so when I get around to writing them, it's always rewarding.