Today's typical batch o' mailers:
A recent Cream post about eye-catching CD artwork spawned a few mildly cranky posts lamenting an industry where music editors, journalists and A&R types don't have the time to lovingly listen to each and every CD that floats through their inbox. Guess what? We don't.
But the responses gave me pause. Normally, we'd never pull back the curtain on the magic we're making here every day at the Scene
, but I thought it might be amusing to show you a sample of the records we get, and how, much like standing before a grocery aisle filled with 47 different kinds of tuna, sometimes you just grab blindly at something and hope it passes the taste test.
What follows is a batch of records we received today alone. There's hardcore, rock, jazz, folk, country, rap, string band and baby tunes here, all ready to be checked out and seriously dug. And we're just a little ol' alt-weekly, so I can only imagine what the larger-circulation papers contend with. 90% of these records don't even contain the most motivating-for-coverage tidbits: that is, if, when or whether the band is playing here, if there's a local connection or even what it sounds like.
Ahoy Matey: some 20 records, not counting the duplicates:Fanciest Fish: The Avett BrothersWatermarked: Lil' FlipStocked for Winter: Six Copies of The SuperficialsThe Captain's Bounty: LCD Soundsystem (not playing in Nashville btw)
Final thoughts—you can lead a fish to water, but you can't make him drink.