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Welcome to Headphone Sacrament.

The purpose of this site is an attempt by me to push through a bout of writer’s block that I’ve been suffering from for about 8-9 years. I know the last thing that the ‘net needs is another site dedicated to music reviews, but I tried to just accept the fact that I couldn’t write anymore and that didn’t work, so I’m trying this. Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide something worth while that will keep you coming back.

Considering how subjective the process of reviewing is, its probably best to start this all off with a note of introduction.

My name’s Matt and I’m currently coming to you from a town just north of Washington, DC. I make mention of my location because its important in understanding where I’m coming from in my writing. For those that don’t know, DC has a reputation in the world of punk for a particularly dedicated DIY scene. This is something that’s influenced me over the years and I have a sort of fondness for music that is coming out of a DIY mindset. The music won’t receive an automatic by, but I do take things like that into consideration in my reviews. In other words, I’m not going to ask a couple of kids recording in their bedroom 2 weeks after learning how to play their instruments, to suddenly deliver Dark Side of the Moon or even Never Mind. By the same token though, I’m not going to hold their work up as something that it isn’t. I try to look at each recording as a discreet thing and judge it on its merits.

Speaking of reviews, I tend to stay away from the “this sucks” style of reviewing. For one, there is very little music out there that I simply do not like. Second, I acknowledge that what I’m doing is a subjective practice, and just because something doesn’t do it for me, doesn’t mean it doesn’t do it for someone else.

In the past, this idea has manifested in reviews where I acknowledge if something doesn’t do it for me and why, but then try to describe what it is doing in hopes that people who may find the work interesting still have enough information to decide.

Bottom line is, I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t buy, I’m hear to tell you what I think and give you enough information so that you can decide if you want to buy something or not.

Now that writing style is out of the way, my musical background and what kind of music you can expect to find here.

What my musical background lacks in depth, it makes up for in breadth. As I mentioned before, I am a fan of punk in all its forms. I’m also a deadhead, who spent a number of years in the middle of what eventually turned into the jamband scene. The beginning of my writer’s block actually corresponds to my gradual loss of interest in the jamband scene. I’ve started to flirt with it again over the last couple of months though.

I am also a full blown sucker for a good pop tune. My earliest memory of listening to music is sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car listening to people like the Carpenters, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Carol King, and the like. While I’m still a fan of those artists to various degrees, my pop fix these days comes mostly from things like the indiepop scene.

While I am a slave to a good pop hook, I’ve also become a fan of experimental music. Groups like the Japanese prog-noise group Ruins, free folk groups like Scorces or Sunburned Hand of the Man or No Neck Blues Band, various Zorn projects, improvisors like Derek Bailey, and of course, the legendary John Cage.

While my varied interests mean that any thing can get reviewed on this site, at the moment, I’m guessing the the majority of the reviews will focus on indiepop, jamband, and nerdcore hip hop.

Nerdcore will probably provide me the most opportunities to stick my foot in my mouth since my knowledge of hip hop is pretty bare, but it also something that I find fascinating these days. So, you can be pretty certain that it’ll pop up now and then.

I guess that’s enough for now. If you like what you read here, please leave a comment. When I was writing before, a lot of it was over email lists and the loss of that feed back loop is something that I miss dearly. So, I’d love to hear what people think about what I’m writing.

That’s it. Until next time.

Written by Matt

December 27th, 2006 at 8:46 pm

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