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.
On Pitchfork.com, the hipster's bible for all things music, the Florida quintet known as Surfer Blood is one of the most heavily hyped soon-to-be-all-the-rage indie bands. In "Best Hope for 2010" category of Pitchfork's readers poll released last week, Surfer Blood came in at number five. All this buzz for a band that's been around for less than a year yet has toured relentlessly in that short time and played a bunch of shows at last year's CMJ Music Marathon in New York. They even played at Trunk Space in Phoenix last month. Maybe you're one of the few in attendance that night who can say, "I was there when Surfer Blood were nobodies."
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