I am a huge music geek and I really wish I knew of a website or RSS subscription or something that would allow me to input my, i dunno, 25 favourite bands and be emailed like two weeks or so before the band drops a new album. Because even though I am a huge music geek, I don’t necessarily go to artists’ websites unless I have a specific question, and even that is pretty rare. In fact, I would say that I’ve never even been to most of my favourite bands’ websites. And of course, being a music geek, I’m not going to get the info I want from commercial radio stations. At least none in my area, that’s more sure.
I know that I could spend a couple of hours one night going through and signing up for all these bands’ newsletters, but seriously, we all know that would involve getting a lot of faux-news crap that I really don’t feel like sifting through and I’d just wind up unsubscribing to them all. When I had a MySpace account I had a lot of bands as friends, but really, who reads all those bulletins? Do you?
That’s what I thought.
In the past two weeks, I’ve been caught off guard by Ani DiFranco’s Red Letter Year, Amanda Palmer’s Who Killed Amanda Palmer, Nine Inch Nails’ The Slip, and Mogwai’s The Hawk Is Howling. Not that those albums were released in the past two weeks. It’s just that I suddenly became aware that the bands had given birth and I didn’t even know that they were expecting. And those four bands really all fit into my All Time Top Ten without question.
What else am I missing?