Yesterday, I saw this thing on Twitter called the February Music Writers' Exercise: listen to one new-to-you album on each day in February, then tweet about it. On the playlist v. full album debate, I'm about 95% on the full-album side, so I like this idea because it forces you to sit with one at a time, all the way through. I also like this idea because it has a little bit of accountability attached (my Twitter followers are very demanding).
Two main goals of the exercise, according to the guy who created it:
1) Have 29 new experiences
2) Think critically and write succinctly about them
I can get behind that.
One thing I don't want to do is spend time each day arguing with myself over which album to pick...so here are my 29. I'm taking "new-to-me" to mean albums I haven't listened through in entirety, or albums I've heard but haven't paid attention to.
Caves - Betterment
Restorations - Restorations
The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
Acceptance - Phantoms
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park
Frameworks - Time Spent
Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Mutemath - Mutemath
The Receiving End of Sirens - The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
Basement - Promise Everything
Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
All Get Out - The Season
The Republic of Wolves - No Matter How Narrow
Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion
Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
Baroness - Blue Record
No Trigger - Canyoneer
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Pinegrove - Everything So Far
Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before the Sun
Moving Mountains - Moving Mountains
Mongol Horde - Mongol Horde
Butch Walker - Letters
Every Time I Die - Hot Damn!
City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You
Like Pacific - Like Pacific
The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms
Poison the Well - You Come Before You
What I'm personally hoping to gain? A better understanding of some older bands I've neglected, the chance to spend a day with some new artists I haven't gotten around to yet, and a little more willingness to get out of my comfort zone (i.e., not throwing on On the Impossible Past every day out of habit).
Want to follow along with my #MWE journey? Want to make fun of the albums that I definitely should have heard before 2016? Catch up with me on Twitter: @lindsayjmich.
Graduate student taking a break from grants and manuscripts to wax poetic on music.