Some times I feel I have trouble absorbing new (to me) music, and end up listening to the same old shit over and over again, which leaves me kind of frustrated. I have a fairly vast music collection downloaded onto my hard drive (a little over half a terrabyte) and there is a sizable chunk I know practically nothing about. Part of the problem is that I have the attention span of a 10-year old meth addict listening to a Steve Aoki set, and another part is that a lot of music takes a really long time to settle in with me; very rarely does a first listen of anything leave any kind of impression. So in the spirit of expanding my tastes and controlling my musical ADD, I've devised a minor project for myself and I want your help.
Basically, I want to immerse myself in one "important" album every week, listening to it as much as possible, with a minimum of two listens a day (but hopefully more), seven day straight. It's not very ambitious or complicated or anything, but I'm not trying to overwhelm myself, just alter my habits a little. And I'm more or less going to leave it open to the board to decide what I listen to. Of course, to prevent things from becoming too stupid, there are a few guidelines.
First, I have final veto power. If it's an album I'm already fairly familiar with, or something I've given enough chances to and know I'm not interested in, or if it's some stupid joke suggestion like Nickelback, I'm not going to do it. And try to make it a fairly substantial album that really warrants a week of study, not just some fun dance album you won't remember in a year or anything. It can be an album you think everyone should own or some criminally overlooked semi-masterpiece, just so long as it's something that's really stuck with you for some time. I have no limitations as far as genre goes, just so long as it seems like a serious suggestion. To help with that, it would be cool if you wrote a short description about WHY I should familiarize myself with whatever album you're suggesting. And don't make it some impossible to find rarity no one has ever heard of unless you're willing to send out some mp3s.
Anyone can make a suggestion, and whichever suggestion gets approval by three substantial board members (no lurkers, aliases, or fuckfaces) first wins. I'll immerse myself in it over the course of the week and post my thoughts and impressions afterward. Then we'll go through the process again, every Friday. If other people who aren't familiar with whatever album's been chosen for the week want to participate too and compare notes at the end of the week, that might make it a little more fun, like a book club except for internet music nerds. I'm expecting this to not really go anywhere and get bogged down with LOLZ posts, but it's worth a try. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this or anything, I'll take them into consideration.
I'm going to cheat this week and ask for a Wilco album because I had familiarizing myself with them in mind when I came up with this, but starting next week, I'll leave it wide open for anything.
UPDATE: I'm listening to two albums a week, one of my choosing, and one of your choosing.
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born C-
Personal choice: Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea A+
Board choice: Electrelane - The Power Out B