Every Monday, I make myself a playlist of (mostly) new songs. It gets me in the habit of hunting for new music and hopefully gets me embracing fresh trends. This is the Monday Mixtape.
Silversun Pickups, “Neon Wound”
In 2005, I attended my first CMJ Music Marathon in New York. The now-defunct event was part festival, part trade show, and part label showcase for a multitude of music labels. (This was before South By Southwest essentially cornered the market on such a thing, including the CMJ idea that you can get people to come out to shows if you put big artists in small venues.) I was in heaven: I was 23 years old and had a media pass that allowed me into any show I wanted. I’ve never watched so many live bands over such a short period of time. Of the nearly 100 acts I saw over the course of that week, the one that sticks out the most is Silversun Pickups. They were on a bill with a band called the Vacation that was supposed to be the next big thing (they became nothing), and I remember thinking, “These guys will be pretty big!” It’s one of the few times I’ve been correct in such a prediction.