Weekly 40-Watt #13: The Maine's 'You Are OK'

Weekly 40-Watt #13: The Maine's 'You Are OK'

One of the great music surprises of 2017 for me was The Maine’s Lovely Little Lonely, an album that ranked fifth on my 2017 EOTY list, and an album that has persisted in my regular listening queue as much or more than the albums I ranked above it. As I’ve fallen out of listening to massive amounts of music, I’ve found that the most enjoyment I can get out of an album is when it surprises me, coming from an unexpected place.

When I was writing 100 album reviews a year, so much of the music I listened to was from bands that I had never sat with before, either because they were brand-new or because I hadn’t listened to their past work; the experience was so common as to be neutral. But today, listening to a band for the first time — while not completely novel or foreign — holds more meaning to me. In a way not meant to be pretentious at all, there’s just a higher bar set for the entry into what I’ll listen to when there’s less listening going on. It will usually take a personal recommendation from a friend, a non-personal recommendation from one of the few music critics I really like, or a critical mass of chatter amongst my Twitter timeline for me to pop something new into my Apple Music feed.

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Year-end 2017 stuff: The Menzingers and other bands I listened to in 2017

Year-end 2017 stuff: The Menzingers and other bands I listened to in 2017

It is now February 15, and despite that being the date, I still have not put a 2017 year-end list on my blog. I will note that no one asked me for this list, so it must not be all that important, and my lateness to the party must not have been noticed. Primarily, I am putting this online so I can refer to it in the future. I've enjoyed having lists from past years to look back on, so that's why I'm bothering with it at all.

This year I mainly listened to The Menzingers, but managed to squeeze in time to listen to other bands as well. 

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