Here's a new one. Are there any bands that you would purchase their new recording without even sampling it first?
For me it's a short list:
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I would say a major part of my collection is based on tracks which I haven't heard. Up to a couple of years ago. I would buy new music based on things like thank yous in the credits of albums I liked or if the cover, band name and font appealed.
The last album I bought was Diamond Eyes by Deftones. I have no other albums by them and have never heard a track. I know it was Kerrangs! album of the year and in a 2 for £10 in HMV.
Joe BonamassaEric Bibb Seasick Steve I also used to buy Santana but the last album was a bummer so I will no longer buy his without hearing.Nick
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King of Leon
For quite a few years I would've included U2 as well.
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
Medeski, Martin and Wood, I buy most of their stuff unheard as there's no opportunity to hear it usually.Nobody else though, even the next PWEI album (if it happens, Crabb's gone very quiet) will need sampling as I've got no confidence in Graham's ability to do something decent by himself...
No signature worth mentioning...
For me that's a no brainer: Marillion, although I might have a bit of a wait for the next one.
Can't think of anyone else off the top of my head.
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
I would have an often changing list, based on how much 'goodwill' a band/artist has built up from the previous release or back catalogue. 1 (or sometimes more) disappointing albums and they'll drop off the list!At the moment:The EditorsGroove ArmadaChemical BrothersMercury RevFlaming Lips
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All my faves really.
Opeth, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Mastodon, Dream Theater. etc. etc.
I mean, how bad could they be?
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Lucinda Williams Feb 28th
Elbow March 7th
REM March 7th
All pre-ordered with Amazon
and Johnny Cash if something that wasn't already on a hundred other cds turned up!
Thanks for reminding me about Lucinda
Ten grand of plastic and metal
Here's a new one. Are there any bands that you would purchase their new recording without even sampling it first?For me it's a short list: The WaifsThe NationalPinbackNewton Faulkner
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"A music lover will stop what he's doing and stay glued to a favorite piece of music even if it's coming over a 3" speaker or a public-address system..." - Ken Rockwell
I will be buying Radiohead's new album when it releases next week without listening to a second of it.
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