i remember stories like this. Columbia records had started up a “war room” or something with a bunch of young A&Rs that they would send out to shows in NYC looking for bands like The Strokes, YYYs etc. I’m guessing every label did the same thing. So many of them either got dropped after one record or shelved which is probably why there are so many great first albums from that era.
Did you do sound at any other clubs? My band was playing around at that time.
Vitalogy was the absolute first album I ever bought. I ripped the cover cause they put a sticker directly on it. I was pissed.
I totally agree with you about First Impressions. Super underrated kick ass record.
So cool to see Calla on this list. They are so absolutely one of those pre-music blog NYC bands that we found in a crate at my record store in Queens and listened to endlessly. Kudos on that one.
I don’t think his voice is shot per se, I just think he’s getting a little carried away with the inflections and stuff that he’s doing to break up his words. Almost like all this newly found confidence (when I saw him two years ago he was incredibly shy onstage) is getting the best of him, but still enjoyed it.
Re: Idolator. I used to enjoy their posts cause I thought they were kinda witty and very smart about how they covered pop. But, I remember they posted a huge rant about Radiohead not performing on a late night show (they opted to live broadcast from the UK instead of fly overseas just for one performance). The site basically called them pretentious jerkoffs pretending to care about the environment. I was done.
Left field choice for sure. I agree with a previous commenter that you should check out Tape One. “Deadline” was on my favorite songs list that year.
Not here to rag on “ALL POP MUSIC” because that is kinda silly honestly. Even the meaning of the word “pop” is subjective, though I realize most people mean ‘”Top 40″ when they say it. The reason I don’t like Taylor Swift is because I just think she’s really boring. I don’t HATE her or her music (though the Polaroid on the album cover is pretty lame), I just find it uninteresting. You could switch her voice out for any American Idol female pop voice and it would sound the same. You acknowledge that she is obviously no Beyonce musically, and that’s true, but it’s not only about being adventurous. Beyonce is a part of what makes her music what it is. She has a distinctiveness, some personality that comes through on her records, which is in my opinion what makes anything good. Same goes for Adele, Justin Timberlake, Drake, who are some other pop artists that I love. To me, Taylor Swift doesn’t have that. She is just a pretty blonde face to slap on the album covers. I don’t even think the craft is all that great either. Yes, her records are a masterclass in pop radio recording, but that can be really boring too.
You know what? F*ck yea.