Thursday, August 9, 2018

Day Ten - 10 Albums in 10 Days [BONUS]

The National - Cherry Tree

Technically, this is an EP.  So it doesn’t really count towards my 10 albums.  #outsmarted  In Fall of 2010, I was a broken-hearted boy.  So broken-hearted that I would stare at my shelves of music and be unable to select anything to listen to.  Before that I was screaming into my pillow.  It was rough.  Anyway, craving music, but being unable to pick anything to listen to, I turned to Pandora to pick music for me.  The thing about Pandora is that you really have to make use of those thumbs up and thumbs down to get that algorithm to know you.  It took a little bit of time to fine tune it with my thumbs before it started playing me new things that I liked.  The National was one of the bands Pandora introduced me to.  There’s just something about a baritone voice and sad-sounding music.  Be still my black, aching heart...  The first song of theirs Pandora played for me was “Wasp Nest.”  I loved the song, and I wanted more, but would the rest of the EP be able to deliver?  Or was “Wasp Nest” a fluke?  I wasn’t really buying CDs much anymore at the time, and I didn’t want to take a gamble by buying the EP on vinyl without yet having an opinion on the band.  Also, I was very impatient.  So I rolled the dice and bought the EP digitally...  on, because fuck you, iTunes.  I don’t think it was the first album I bought digitally, but it may have been the first album I bought digitally from a band I wasn’t really familiar with.  I did love it, and now I have all of The National’s albums on vinyl and they’re part of my go-to music for feeling sad, which is almost always all the time.

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