Welcome to "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert recordings) and write about it. Why? Because in the words of his editor, Martin Cizmar, he suffers from "aesthetic atrophy," a wasting away of one's ability to embrace new and different music as one ages. Read more about this all-too-common ailment here.
Apparently, Spoon's been around for a while, but my debilitating case of "aesthetic atrophy" has prevented me from being aware of the Texas band's achievements up to this point. Perhaps when 2011 rolls around I'll seek out some of Spoon's back catalog (any suggestions where to start?) because I like Transference. It's certainly one of the better releases I've heard in these early stages of "Nothing Not New."
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