(NCS supporter KevinP came up with an idea. Unlike his idea that the NY GIants will return to the Super Bowl in this decade, it’s a good one, so we’re going with it. Read on…)
If you are like me (shudder at that thought for a moment) then you get overwhelmed with all the new music that comes out over the course of the year. Call it professional curiousity (I guess I feel special today calling myself a “pro”), but I’m always on the hunt for new bands and music (even from older bands). I feel some type of moral obligation to myself to hear as much as I possibly can. But there’s simply not enough hours in the day and we all miss a plethora of releases. Then at the end of the year I comb through endless “Best Of” lists trying to see what I missed and what I should check out.
So instead of waiting until the end of the year and trying to pack it all in at once (which inevitably causes even the best of us to overlook something by not giving it enough time), I propose after each quarter of the year (that’s every 3 months for those of you who failed math), we all list 5 releases that each of us recommends everyone check out (in the Comments section below if that wasn’t painfully obvious).
Some ground rules though:
1 – You have to provide a link to music for people to check out. Even if the album/EP/demo isn’t officially out yet, as long as the band/label has released a track to hear, that qualifies.
2 – You can’t repeat what I or others have already posted. The whole point is to expose all of us to new stuff. You may be jazzed for the same album that I or someone else has posted about, so simply leave it out and pick something else. (Yes, you have to read the comments to make sure someone hasn’t “beat you to the punch” on your recommendation.)
3 – You may not have 5 recommendations. No problem, just post what you like so far. You may have more than 5 recommendations per quarter. Well, too bad, pick your 5 best that haven’t been posted yet. I’m going with a limit of 5 to prevent somefrom from listing 20 albums and spiraling this out of control. I feel 5 is the ‘sweet spot’.
I’m not going to repeat the albums I posted about last month, so here’s 5 new ones for ya — and then it’s your turn:
Not available for streaming at the moment (but they could be any day), so here’s one until that time:
Here’s one track:
BLUT AUS NORD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
EDITOR’S NOTE: We know the first quarter of 2014 hasn’t quite ended, but it’s close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades. And this post.