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.
Mama told me there would be days like this: Days when I have to go way out of my comfort zone to listen to something like Delphic, an electronic dance band that just released its debut record. My friend Ben actually suggested I listen to this -- he's a big electronic music fan and a DJ as well. I was a little wary, but I figured I throw him a bone, because usually I find this kind of music about as interesting as the late-night TV talk show wars.
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