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.
If you like old people who still know how to rock, you might be interested in the Oregon band Pierced Arrows, which is essentially a re-formation of the longtime garage rock band Dead Moon, but with a different drummer. As they did in Dead Moon (1987-2006), the husband-and-wife team of Fred and Toody Cole lead the way, plying guitar and bass, respectively, in an even more stripped-down, gutty take on the classic Dead Moon sound.
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